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Why Is AO Smiling

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Ovechkin conducted a recent interview for Swedish television (will open wmp video). AO looks happy, could it be the blonde with the perfect Swedish accent, who unfortunately we never get to see? Thanks to Off Wing Opinion for the pointer. image

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I Need Your Input

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The first full season of hockey talk at Kukla's Korner is not yet about to end, but I am planning ahead and need your input. Many of you visit here on a daily basis and some of you numerous times per day. So it is important to me to receive what type of enhancements you would like to see at KK. This first year has been a learning process for me and to be honest with you, also quite successful. I am planning an expansion/makeover of KK and want your opinions. What would you like to see, what don't you like? Is the wide format ok with you, do you read the other sections of KK? Would you be interested in a hockey forum, how about other sports news? Think outside the box folks, I have a few ideas that won't be released at this time, but your input is very important to me. I make my living doing this and want to provide what you want to see and read. Please feel free to comment or send me an .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). This post may become a "sticky" from time to time during the next few weeks, I want to reach as many readers as possible and this post could buried in about a day or two. added 10:11pm, I want to make sure everyone is aware that this site will not go in a different direction, change its focus, etc. It will always be hockey first but I am just trying to get some input from you folks. Any enhancements, etc. Again, it will always be hockey so have no fear folks. note- this post was originally made on April 27th, but I want as many readers to respond, so back to the front page today.

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Is This It For Yzerman

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Is this Steve Yzerman's last hurrah? Final fling in Edmonton? Last game in the NHL? Knowing Yzerman's pain threshold, he may drag his aching body onto the ice Monday night, if only to take some faceoffs or work the power play or as a rallying cry for the Red Wings, who are one loss from being the seventh No. 1 playoff seed to be bounced in Round 1 by a No. 8 since they instituted this playoff format in 1994. That apparent back injury he sustained early in overtime in Game 3 while jostling with Jarret Stoll may be more serious than people think, or else he wouldn't have missed the last two playoff games.
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There Is Hope

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via STATS blog at NHL.com,

Eventual Cup Winners, 1987-2004 -- 9 of 18 trailed at some point during 1st-round series (including 1997, 1998 and 2002 Red Wings) -- 4 of 18 played 7 games in 1st round -- 12 of 18 faced elimination at some point For what it’s worth, each of the last six Cup winners faced elimination at some point during the postseason.

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Help This Man Out

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A2Y goes public with his plea,

So, I’m making a public plea to the Red Wings: win this series so I may live in peace, in happiness among my Tennessee neighbors. Allow me to continue to pick on them for their redneck-edness, to point out their accents, their ignorance of indoor plumbing, their startling resemblences to their spouses—without fear of the only comeback that could possibly cause me hesitation, “how ‘bout ‘dem dead wings?”
read on...this settles it, the Wings can't lose now...

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Hitchcock Is Safe

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via the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Ken Hitchcock is going nowhere. Flyers chairman Ed Snider was angry yesterday at suggestions by a New York Post hockey columnist that there was growing friction between Hitchcock and general manager Bob Clarke, and that it might lead to Hitchcock's firing, regardless of what happens in the current playoff series. The newspaper suggested that the Flyers would hire Pat Quinn, who was fired last week in Toronto. Similar rumors were reported by Toronto television stations last week. The columnist is "out of his mind," Snider said yesterday. "He just makes this stuff up. Hitch has done a wonderful job coaching, given what we have gone through this season with all our injuries."

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Has The Buzz Stopped

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from Media Life,

Last fall, it looked like the NHL had indeed bounced back from a hurtful lockout. Ratings were up, attendance was up and goals per game were up too, as people generally applauded hockey management’s contrite approach to wooing back fans. But now, these six months later, it looks like that judgment was premature. Hockey is not in fact back, and it may be worse off than ever on TV.
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Physical Hockey Lives

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from the London Free Press,

But the "new" rules don't prevent tough hockey or physical hockey. The rewards are magnified for those who can play with swiftness and skill, but the "new" rules don't penalize players who are willing to battle along the boards for a puck, take a hit, deliver a hit, check hard . . . as long as they do it within the rules. Game 6 of the Buffalo-Philadelphia Eastern Conference quarter-final provided a perfect example.
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Elimination Night

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Both Calgary and Edmonton can advance to the second round with victories tonight. No OLN-HD tonight and for the first time in a long time, no Center Ice games either. image

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New Vs. Old

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from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres' matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers was a case study for what worked best in the NHL. You looked at the Sabres and saw bullet-train Maxim Afinogenov steaming down the wing. On the other end, it was beefy tortoise Derian Hatcher trying to keep up in a different game. And then there was Tim Connolly. Who better than Connolly to score the only goal the Sabres needed in a 3-0 victory over the Flyers on Sunday in HSBC Arena? And what better time for Connolly to showcase his talent than in a playoff game before a national television audience? It's everything the NHL wanted, everything Connolly and the Sabres needed.
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