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2nd Great Save Of The Day - Luongo On Eager

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 11:59pm, The Versus version of the save can be watched below…

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  Tags: ben+eager, roberto+luongo

Hiller Feels He Will Have To Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News (Sunday edition),

In Game 1 against the Red Wings, Hiller made 34 saves against the high-charged Detroit offense but left the arena feeling like the Ducks missed an opportunity to beat the Red Wings.

He got a taste of what the series will be like: plenty of bodies in front of him, namely Tomas Holmstrom, and shooters with pinpoint accuracy.

“They’re good players, but it’s not much different than the series against San Jose,” Hiller told reporters after the game. “I’ll have to do a better job next time.”

Don’t be surprised if he does a better job today. After all, he has done it before.

much more on Hiller…

added 10:10pm, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times (Sunday edition),

Saturday came and went and the NHL didn’t suspend Ducks forward Mike Brown, known in Hockeytown as The Baddest Man On Skates, for his hard hit on Detroit’s Jiri Hudler during the Red Wings’ 3-2 victory in the opener of the teams’ second-round playoff series.

Now, maybe they can get back to playing hockey today at Joe Louis Arena instead of playing victim and maligned villain.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“This is the script- You have a major market. You have transcendent players on both teams. I don’t know if there has ever been a team with three centers as good as Crosby, Malkin and Staal. And this is the most evenly matched series I’ve ever seen in the playoffs. You compare the stars, the lines, the goalies.

“This will go seven games. I don’t know how. But it will.”

-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis after today’s game.  More on the Caps/Pens series from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.

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Goal Under Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Saw this commercial a few days ago on CBC during HNIC.

I thought it was pretty clever.

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  Tags: lakeport+beer

How About This One?  Spezza For Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

It was suggested to me this morning by a friend in the business that the Senators and Sharks might want to consider a 1-for-1, high-profile trade that would give each team a significant shake on the heels of a disappointing season:  Jason Spezza for Joe Thornton.

Spezza, who is 25, is listed as 6-foot-2, 206 pounds. He has 418 points in 404 regular season games. He has 39 points in 40 playoff games. He’ll make $8 million for each of the next four years.
Thornton, who is 29, is listed as 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. He has scored 842 points in 836 regular season games. He has 53 points (and just 12 goals) in 76 playoff games. He’ll make $7.2 million for each of the next two seasons.

My opinion: The younger Spezza has more upside. But if the cap goes down, as expected, that salary could be a real handicap.

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Ducks Can Make A Few Changes To Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

...The more immediate concern for the Ducks is shoring up some breakdowns that cost them Friday night. Cutting down on penalties, minimizing turnovers, lessening congestion in front of Hiller, making it more difficult for the Red Wings to penetrate their blue line and challenging Detroit goalie Chris Osgood with more shots and traffic are among “a few points of emphasis.”

Another is faceoffs. The Red Wings piled up a monumental 36-15 advantage in the circles, providing a huge leg up with the puck-possession style they employ so effectively.

“There are a few things we can do to change that,” Carlyle said. “They did a better job of supporting their centers in those situations, as far as that loose puck. Their winger or their defenseman got to it before ours did. Their mandate is that they’re going to jump one of their wingers into the middle. You can call it cheating. You can call it aggressive, whatever you want to call it. That’s up to the linesmen to control. I don’t call it cheating.”

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Simeon Varlamov Save On Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This save deserves two calls, one from NBC and the other from CBC.

Watch both below…

added 6:22pm, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insiders quotes a few players and both coaches on the save,

Sidney Crosby:  “I don’t need to discuss [the big stops]. You don’t want to waste those opportunities. You want to take advantage of it. You end up losing the game, 3-2, and you don’t want to look back and say, ‘What if?’ The fact is, it happens in the game. As a player, you have to forget that quickly.”

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Bettman Strikes Again: No Suspension For Brown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below: Randy Carlyle’s whining again.  Yes, even more than last night.

Via the AP,

The Red Wings were told Saturday that Brown would not be suspended for his hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.

Will post here as more comes in on this.

And meanwhile…

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Wings Don’t Expect Suspension For Brown, Rafalski Out Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Ducks said they hadn’t been contacted by the league regarding any disciplinary action against Mike Brown for his hit on Jiri Hudler in Game 1 and the Wings believe there will be no suspension.

“I’m not surprised (no suspension yet) and I don’t think there will be,’’ Wings coach Mike Babcock said….

Babcock confirmed that defenseman Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) won’t play in Game 2 Sunday. Rafalski did not skate Saturday. Dan Cleary (lower-body injury) also didn’t skate, which has been common since the playoffs started, but he is good to go.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Murphy at Inside Hockey radio:

We’ve got a great show in store for you this week. Todd Carroll will be in the studio with me, and we’ve got an excellent guest list including Conor McKenna (Team 990), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), Matt Recchi (Kamloops Blazers), Jim Cummins (former NHLer), and some surprise guests as well!

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.

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