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“I applied for the (TV) play by play job in Columbus before the team’s inaugural season and would have loved to come home and been the voice of the Blue Jackets for 40 years.  I didn’t get the job and have been stuck working at the most successful network in TV history. Darn the luck. My current contract (with ESPN) is up July 1, 2012. We will see what happens then.”

-John Buccigross of ESPN.  A bit more from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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Flyers Show Interest In Emery

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Philadelphia Flyers have had significant discussions with Emery’s agent J.P Barry about the potential of the 26-year-old returning to the National Hockey League. ...

Following Philadelphia’s first round playoff elimination, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren acknowledged he’ll have to consider all options in goal, considering Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.


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Ducks Even Series With Triple OT Win Over Wings

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Rest up boys, next game is Tuesday at 10:30pm EDT.

Long plane ride for both teams and many tired bodies on both sides right now.

added 8:04pm, via Curtis Zapke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,


The Ducks were called for just two penalties in regulation, their fewest in the postseason. They took one penalty in the first overtime but killed it.


The Ducks continued to lose the puck possession game. They were beaten, 56-38, on faceoffs and have been beaten, 92-43, in the first two games. Andrew Ebbett lost all eight of his faceoffs.


The Ducks improved to 5-0 against Detroit in postseason overtime games. They beat the Red Wings twice (on goals by Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne) in the 2007 Western Conference finals and twice in the 2003 quarterfinals (Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin).

Watch Marchant’s game winning OT goal below…

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Situation Room Review Of The Brad Stuart Goal

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Video Review: Anaheim at Detroit - 14:00 of the first period
05.03.2009 / 02:38 PM ET

Video Review -Anaheim at Detroit, 14:00 of 1st period - Hockey Operations used video review to determine if Detroit player Stuart used a distinct kicking motion (the fact that the puck bounced off Anaheim defenseman Wisniewski before going in the net is not a factor - Rule 49.2 states “A kicked puck that deflects off the body of any player of either team shall be ruled no goal”).  The decision of Hockey Ops was that Stuart did not use a distinct kicking motion - Good goal.

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Just How Far Away Is That Pie In The Sky Summit,  Anyway?  Oh.  11 Games?  Awesome.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Swiss Boy.  Yesterday.


“It was nothing special,” Hiller said. “These days pretty much every team you play, especially in the playoffs, try to put guys in front of you, get shots through traffic. It was the same against San Jose (in the first round). I didn’t think it was much different.”

Dude. You’ve played 7 career NHL playoffs games.  And the Wings were rusty. 

Stand by.

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Why Is Detroit Hockeytown?

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A Hemsky Trade Could Work Out

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from Jim Matheson of he Edmonton Journal,

Would you trade Ales Hemsky?

I know, I know. His Edmonton Oilers contract is user-friendly in today’s salary cap world. His cap hit for the next three seasons is a very agreeable $4.1 million, less than Dustin Penner’s number, although Hemsky’s salaries are $4.4 million, $4.5 million and $5 million during the last season in 2011-12. On the other hand, his contract is also attractive to other teams that might want to trade for him.

If the Oilers could get two front-line players for him, at least one a bigger, stronger body like winger Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and retrieve hard-nosed defenceman Matt Greene, too, would they consider it?

Is it that far-fetched? I don’t think so.


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Vladimir Konstantinov - Where Are They Now?

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ESPN during their Sports Center show this morning did a feature on Vladimir Konstantinov.  The video below is not as in-depth as the one that appeared on the show this morning but still gives us a look at Vladdy today.

update 1:05pm, added the full video of the feature below…

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Home Ice At Stake Today

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Will Anaheim and/or Carolina be able to steal home ice advantage today?


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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 2: Red Wings (1-0) host Ducks (0-1)  (2:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

19:10, 29.0, 37-24, 27:55.  The first number, one that I hope is personally burned into the hearts of Duck fan forever, is the time of The Perfect Human’s second goal of the game (his third point of the night, 2 g, 1 a, +1).  29.0%  was the Duck’s faceoff percentage in game 1.  37-24 are the shot totals (ANA 8 9 7 24, DET 9 10 18 37)  3-2 advantage for DET.  Hopefully, the shot totals are an indicator that the Wings finally found their stride in the 3rd (although ANA were short-handed 4 mins in the 3rd).  27:55 was Getzlaf’s TOI (by comparison, Lidstrom was 27:15, Zetterberg 22:24).

Two things to look for this afternoon, shots into Hiller’s pads, and a faster tempo.  Hossa:  “. . . when we got [Holmstrom] in front of him or Franzen or [Dan] Cleary, there [were] lots of rebounds and we have to capitalize on those second chances.”  Uncle Mike:  “We’ve got to get after them. We’ve got to get the tempo way higher.”

Here is one more number 7:28, the time of Perry’s 1st goal; as I recall that is the 1st time DET have trailed in the playoffs. Game 1 was incredibly tight, yet the Wings found a way.  Fil, Homer, and Hoss did not leave a mark on the scoresheet, yet DET had seven players with at least one point.  ANA had only 4 players tally, Getlaf and Pronger each had 2 A.  Perry and Selanne (the 5-3 PP goal)  each had a goal—end of score sheet for the Ducks.  Ducks have little scoring after their top line.  If DET can minimize the top line scoring, they should prevail in this series.

Game 2 Matinee, Bitches.



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