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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ted Leonsis at Inside the Owner’s Box at USA TODAY,

We arrive at the arena and my son and I go shake hands with our coaching staff. We see Sergei Fedorov in the hallway. He stops his stretching and comes to see me, shakes my hand and says “thank you — this is so much fun.” I say “No, thank you — I appreciate all you have done and will do for our team.” We hug and he has a twinkle in his eye. He says, “We have great fans — and I love playing in this building”.

more on today’s game…

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Predators Can Handle The Pressure

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from the CP via TSN,

Goalie Dan Ellis, who almost single-handedly stole Game 5 with 52 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss in Detroit, says the Predators are used to the pressure.

“We’re a desperate hockey team right now. We’ve been desperate the entire season. We just put ourselves right back in that same situation,” he said. “It’s a comfortable situation for us.

“We’re back home where we have the advantage of our home crowd behind us to lift us up through those tired moments. We’re going to give it every push that we can.”

read on

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Huet Is Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In my recent playoff predictions, I said the Flyers/Capitals series would be close, high-scoring, and ultimately decided by Washington’s Cristobal Huet outplaying Philadelphia’s Martin Biron in goal.

The Flyers still led the series by a game after Saturday’s 3-2 win by the Capitals, so my pick still needs a wing and a prayer to come true.

But as Huet showed in Washington’s second win of the series, he has to pull nearly as much of a load as Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Caps’ talented youngsters if his team is to make it to the second round.

continued

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Knuble Out With Torn Hamstring

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via the AP,

Right wing Mike Knuble is out for the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff series against the Washington Capitals. He suffered a torn left hamstring in Saturday’s Game 5 loss. Knuble, who scored the winner in double overtime of Game 4, appeared to catch his skate in a rut while attempting to block a shot late in the second period.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Courtesy of Jeff Riger of 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit...

You have to bash Osgood a little bit.  He should have been able to tell the boys to step aside last night and say I got this one, but he didn’t do that!

-Riger talking about the game tying goal by Bonk last night.

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All Penguins Can Do Is Watch

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from the CP,

Welcome to the Penguins’ unexpected spring vacation, one they hope doesn’t get them off their game just when they appeared to be peaking. On a day they expected to be playing Game 5 against Ottawa, they had a light skate before many players went home to watch some or all the day’s three NHL playoff games.

“I’ve been watching a lot,” forward Jordan Staal said. “It’s always fun to watch playoff hockey and, even though you’re a part of it, you love watching it, too. I think all of us have been watching a lot of games to see what’s going on.”

Sidney Crosby said not knowing who the Penguins would play next - either the Bruins, Rangers or Capitals, in a series that will start sometime late in the week - made watching the other games more interesting.

“It’s nice that we’re through our first one and we can have a little sit-back and watch,” he said. “I think everyone who’s involved in the playoffs has fun being part of it and follows it.”

read on

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Today in Playoffs History—April 19

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

April 19, 1947 • After assisting on defenseman Vic Lynn’s goal at 5:39 of the second period to tie the game at one goal apiece, Toronto Maple Leafs center Ted “Teeder” Kennedy scored the Cup-winner at 14:39 of the third period to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in Game Six. The series-ending victory earned Toronto its third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

Note: Find out more about Vic Lynn at Legends of Hockey, and more about the 1946-47 NHL season on the Wikipedia

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*information courtesy of NHL media

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No Matter How You Look At It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Nashville Predators are 0-10 in playoff road games throughout their team history.

Sure they battle, and keep on battling, but 0-10 is not going to cut it for them.

A win on Sunday by the Predators will force a game 7 back in Detroit on Tuesday.

That would be another first for the Preds, they have yet to play a game 7 and would be looking for their first series win in their playoff history too.

Are the odds with the Predators?

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The West Coast Leafs

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from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,

Besides the short-sighted rationale from the lunatic fringe suggesting the ‘Nucks should re-sign Trevor Linden and give him the ‘C’-hey, ‘94 was a long time ago-one vindictive reader went as far as to suggest the Canucks “shouldn’t be like the Leafs”, whatever the heck that means. Last I checked, Vancouver’s Cup count was no larger than Toronto’s. Or, for that matter, Columbus, Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, Los Angeles….

Uh, newsflash. The Canucks ARE the Leafs with a great goalie. Should they not try to address a little scoring, Luongo may choose to bolt town when the opportunity arises.

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Don’t Swing With That Octopus

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Al, just bring a rubber octopus out with you.  Confuse them, the art of deception can work!

from the Detroit Free Press,

Details were scarce Friday, but the Wings have been told by the NHL that head octopus wrangler Al Sobotka no longer may swing the mollusks over his head while removing them from the ice at Joe Louis Arena. If he (or anyone else) does, the team will be fined $10,000.

That’s $1,250 per tentacle.

more

More replies, see On the Wings…

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