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Has Price Found His Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There is a time in a season when a player has that moment that changes everything.

I wonder whether Carey Price had his Thursday night in Boston. His 42-save performance lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 shootout win over their rivals.

Hey, I know the Bruins were missing Marc Savard, Milan Lucic and David Krejci, and I know how their offense has dried up mightily in the last little while.

But Price delivered a dynamite effort in enemy territory as the Bruins launched everything but the kitchen sink at him. And that’s why I consider this game meaningful for Price.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: carey+price

Troubling Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers are clearly a hockey team in big, big trouble. And next comes double trouble.

It was Game 16 and the body language of Pat Quinn’s team was that of a club mopping up the season with 16 games to go and out of the playoffs.

The Oilers now head into the double trouble part of the schedule which will see them play 11 of the next 16 games on the road as a result of the combination of the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the Roar of the Rings Olympic curling trials taking over Rexall Place.

Which means they can spread the flu to Colorado, Ottawa, Buffalo, Atlanta, Columbus, Vancouver, Detroit, Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay and St. Louis while at the same time temporarily


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NHL Network Coverage- HHOF & GM Meeting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A quick update to let you know NHL Network (U.S.) will be broadcasting the 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, November 9th beginning at 7:00pm ET.

They will also be covering the NHL GM Meeting in Toronto with a special on-site edition of NHL Live! broadcast at noon – 2:00pm ET on Tuesday, November 10th.  NHL Network Canada & U.S. will also carry a special 30-minute show from 6:00 – 6:30pm. ET, repeated from 6:30 – 7:00pm ET.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, NHL Network, | KK Hockey | Permalink

“We Win, I’m More Happy”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pavel Datsyuk talks about the victory over the Sharks last night.

added 8:49am, Elliotte Friedman was on Fan590 this morning and talked about how the Wings seem to now understand the can no longer win 5-3 games and have tightened up their defensive play.

Listen here.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Wild Off To A Slow Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,

If they need help finding “celebrities” to fire up the “Team of 18,000,” I am here to help.

Next game, they should bring back Doug Risebrough. That way Risebrough could get the fans riled, and then the Wild would get to fire him all over again.

Thursday night at the X, it was hard to tell if there were more empty seats or empty Wild jerseys, as the Fighting Christmas Trees played pathetically while losing 5-2 to the beat-up Canucks.

There are four prime figures you could blame for the Wild’s lousy play so far: Risebrough, new GM Chuck Fletcher, old coach Jacques Lemaire or new coach Todd Richards.

Richards is the easiest to pick on because his players have looked so confused and tentative, but every rookie coach should get a little time to learn on the job.

read on

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Elias Plans To Play A Simple Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

When Elias returned from Hepatitis A, which he contracted during the lockout, on Jan. 3, 2006, the Devils were a game under .500 and in serious danger of missing the playoffs. They went 30-9-4 after his return and he had 45 points in his 38 games.

“That was ridiculous,” Elias said. “Don’t expect that from me, even though I’d like to play that way. It’s different things in your body. They’re cutting into you and doing things to you, repairing. It’s different for an athlete.

“It’s two separate issues, and the body reacts totally differently.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: patrik+elias

Gilmour Belongs In The HHOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Hall of Fame case for Doug Gilmour is much like the player himself. It darts back and forth, is statistical yet empirical, creative but contradictory, and, in the end, absolutely convincing.

No matter what criteria is chosen by the Hockey Hall of Fame committee—Gilmour doesn’t just meet the standards, he exceeds them.

How best to measure a Hall of Fame player? A Hall of Famer must be exceptional, even if there are too many hockey examples to the contrary. A Hall of Famer must have a playoff resume. A Hall of Famer must make his teams and his teammates better. A Hall of Famer must be a player you can’t take your eyes off and must be at his best when it matters most.


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  Tags: doug+gilmour

Blackhawks Have Holes In Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

What’s happened to the offense?

The Hawks have scored 11 goals in the last six games and not more than 3 in a game since Oct. 14. And it’s not all because the power play is 2-for-32 after a 0-for-6 performance in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Coyotes.

Only Patrick Sharp (6) and Dustin Byfuglien (5) have scored more than 4 goals.

Patrick Kane needs to step up. Byfuglien has looked more like the inconsistent Byfuglien from last season. Sharp is up and down. Andrew Ebbett is not cutting it by any means and could be back on waivers soon.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Chris Neil Hit On Victor Hedman Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hedman being evaluated and will not return.

No penalty called on the hit.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chris+neil, victor+hedman

Now That Is What I Call A Wedding Reception

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Parros at the Fabulous Forum,

My wife and I made sure to put our own stamp on the weekend event. I decided to have a barbershop quartet perform before the ceremony. I have always loved that stuff—maybe it’s from watching too much “Family Guy.” We decided on having a country band play at the reception, and for a surprise, Tiffany (my wife) hired cigar rollers for all our guests to enjoy. The following day, we went to a local water park because, wedding weekend or not, who doesn’t love water slides?

more from George…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: george+parros

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