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World Hockey Championships Update

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The World Hockey Championships are underway in Switzerland.  Games are being played in Bern and in Kloten.  The initial Preliminary Round began with 16 teams that were sorted into four different four team groups.  Each group plays a round robin tournament with the top three teams moving forward.

Group A:  This group was won by Canada.  They were not seriously tested as they outscored opposition 22-4.  Martin St Louis and Jason Spezza led Canada’s offence with Shea Weber leading the defence.  Dwayne Roloson and Chris Mason split the duties in goal.  Second place was taken by Belarus-  They were led offensively by Alexei Kaliuzhny and Mikhail Grabovski, with Ruslan Salei leading their defence.  Andrei Mezin was the top goalie.  Slovakia finished third with a shootout loss to Belarus.  Marcel Hossa was their offensive leader with Rastislav Stana leading then in goal.  Eliminated was Hungary, who was led offensively by Imre Peterdi and used Levente Szuper as their top goalie.

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Canucks Lower The Decibels In Chicago

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They brought in the legendary Hall Of Famer Bobby Hull for the ceremonial opening faceoff. They filled the United Center with 22,659 screaming fans, brought to their feet by Jim Cornelison’s stirring rendition of the national anthems. They came ready to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’ next step down the NHL playoff path.

Then ... nothing.

The Vancouver Canucks spoiled the party with a methodical and defensively sound performance last night, grinding out a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final, with Game 4 set for tomorrow night.

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Quick Whistle Helps Ducks

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from CBC,

Scott Niedermayer’s power-play goal 8:16 into the second period proved to be the winner as the Anaheim Ducks prevailed 2-1 over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal on Tuesday night.

Marian Hossa of the Red Wings looked to have forced overtime with 65 seconds remaining, but a hasty whistle negated the tying goal.

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James Wisniewski Takes A Puck To The Chest

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via Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Wisniewski was elbowed in the mouth by Tomas Holmstrom at about the same time he blocked Pavel Datsyuk’s shot with his chest. Wisniewski was taken to UCI Medical Center (because of the shot to his chest) for precautionary reasons. He left the game on a stretcher, bleeding from his mouth (because of the elbow).

Not really sure if I agree with that description.

added 8:24am, After tests tonight at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski has been diagnosed with a lung contusion. He will remain overnight at the hospital as a precautionary measure and is doing well. 

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Disgusting

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you haven’t seen it, you will.

The officiating in this league is the most pathetic of anything just south of professional wrestling.

But the league’s healthier than ever, eh Gary?  Is this how you want your playoff games decided?

I’m two games away from being done with this whole charade.

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Twelve Hours Out Of Mackinaw City And It’s Time For A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One: there’s no frigging way the Chicago game’s over by 2230.  Thanks Gary. Ass. 

Two: I just spent the last three hours walking the sidewalks of my neighborhood, making a list.

By my count there are sixteen domestic pets on the east side of my street.  Twelve on the west.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just to up the ante, Balsillie should offer to give 10% of the Coyotes to Gretzky (who coaches the team), locate the team in Brantford—driving distance from Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo and west-end Toronto—and name the arena after Walter. Then watch Bettman squirm.

-Kelly McParland of the National Post when writing about the Phoenix situation.  More from Kelly….

added 9:57pm, from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

...the Coyotes might have stood some chance of survival had they put a competitive team on the ice. Fans will brave rush hour traffic to see a winner. But it’s been seven years since the Coyotes were in the playoffs, and they never won a postseason series. By the end, only die-hard hockey fans were venturing to the arena, and there aren’t enough of those in the Valley to support a team.

For that, Wayne Gretzky has to take responsibility. He was supposed to bring a Stanley Cup to Phoenix, but he surrounded himself with cronies and yes men and turned out to be a mediocre coach. His reputation will survive — he’s still the greatest player ever — but when the eulogy is given, he won’t be spoken highly of.

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added 10:52pm, from Scott Morrison of CBC,

According to NHL governors, the league is still very much of the opinion that you cannot join the league or move a franchise without league approval. So that smells like a major court battle ahead if everything unfolds as such.

Will the league want to welcome Balsillie? Presumably they will watch to see if any other bidders step up and with a lease in place in Glendale, a judge might opt for less of a bid if it means keeping the team. Or not.

The judge’s ultimate goal is to try to get as much money for the secured and unsecured creditors as possible. So far Balsillie is offering the best deal amongst proposals discussed.

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added 10:54pm Balsillie met with the media tonight.  Read a transcript at the Globe and Mail.

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The ‘Pied Piper’ Of Hockey

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Children love his absolute joy of playing. They love the leap into the boards after every goal. They love the new Hip Bump with which 23-year-old Ovechkin and young 21-year-old Nicklas Backstrom celebrate victories. They loved Ovechkin’s clown getup for the shooting competition at the all-star game. And they loved his stick-on-fire routine following his 50th goal of the season.

Don Cherry attacked Ovechkin for this on Coach’s Corner, and the support for Ovechkin’s bringing a little delight to the game was so overwhelming that, in subsequent weeks, Cherry backed off and even began praising the Russian star.

Ovechkin is not only good for the game, he is becoming the game, just as only Gretzky has done previously.

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NHL Statement On Phoenix Coyotes Situation

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NEW YORK - National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement regarding the Phoenix Coyotes:

“We have just become aware of today’s Bankruptcy Court filing purportedly made on behalf of the Phoenix Coyotes.  We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the petition, including the propriety of its filing.  We have removed Jerry Moyes from all positions of authority to act for or on behalf of the Club.  The League will appear and proceed before the Bankruptcy Court in the best interests of all of the Club’s constituencies, including its fans in Arizona and the League’s 29 other Member Clubs.”


If this is all news to you, check out an earlier KK post.

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Malkin Walks, Doesn’t Talk

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Evgeni Malkin did not exactly duck the media on Tuesday. Instead, the Pittsburgh Penguins star ran, skittering through the locker room of his team’s practice facility with a member of the Pittsburgh public relations team trying to chase him down, shouting his nickname. “Geno!” she yelled, getting a handful of his skin-tight shirt. But it hardly slowed him down, and Malkin gleefully absconded through a door.

“He’ll walk by you every time, guys,” the Penguins employee said cheerfully. “How many times do I have to tell you?”

It was fitting, since Malkin has made only cameo appearances in the first two games of Pittsburgh’s second-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.

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