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Blackhawks Continue To Stumble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

So it’s come to this for the reeling Blackhawks, trying to find positives in a loss.

That’s so five years ago.

“That was a major progression from the last two (losses) for me,” coach Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Blues.

The Hawks have lost seven of their last nine games and right now don’t look like a team that’s even going to get out of the first round of the playoffs.


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Gordie Howe Turns 82

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Happy Birthday Gordie Howe

thanks to Snapshots for the pointer

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Ryan Kesler Hit On Derek Morris Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kesler received 5 for boarding, a 10 and game misconduct.

Kevin Bieksa and Morris received 2 for roughing.

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Elias Lets His Voice Be Heard And Will Probably Pay For It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Patrik Elias did not want to get into specific or talk about the officiating at all, but it was clear he wasn’t happy with the job referees Kelly Sutherland and Dan O’Rourke did tonight in the Devils’ 1-0 overtime loss to the Bruins.

He wasn’t the only one in the Devils’ locker room that felt that way, but he was the one who told the officials so after Patrice Bergeron scored teh OT winner for Boston. He picked up a game misconduct for whatever he said.

“I voiced my opinion,” was the most Elias would reveal about what he did to earn the game misconduct.

“It’s not worth me even saying anything about their job tonight,” he said.


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Coach Sutter Defends Inginla’s Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald at the Times-Colonist,

Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter lashed out at Jarome Iginla’s critics on Tuesday.

The captain has popped just one goal in his last 10 games, with the Flames desperately fighting for their Stanley Cup playoff lives.

“Do you need Jarome Iginla to score goals here down the stretch?” a reporter asked Sutter after a brisk practice.

“I’ve told you guys this before,” Sutter responded. “We need our team to be a good team. You guys focus on one guy so much.

“To me, it’s not right.”


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What Happened To The Wild?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Wild fans knew this would be a transition season from former coach Jacques Lemaire’s defensive-minded system, and the goals-against average of 2.44 a game last year has worsened by more than half a goal. That translates into perhaps half a dozen additional losses, certainly enough to drop Minnesota from playoff contention.

Richards planned to counter that with offense and installed an aggressive system of forechecking that required some adjusting by his players early in the season. But during a grueling March when the Wild played 15 games in 27 days, that forecheck has been only intermittently evident.

The result is a 7-6-2 record this month plus long stretches in the defensive zone, which lead to penalties, all of which makes life tough on the goaltenders.

Backstrom, whose goals-against average of 2.33 last season has bumped to 2.67 this season, says it’s not about numbers.

“We are out of the playoffs,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is happy in the locker room. That’s the only thing you play for is to get there.”


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Hot & Healthy Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Dupont at NBC Sports,

Hey, where have these guys been? For those who lost track this season of the Red Wings, forgotten among the Western Conference also-rans, suddenly the Winged Wheels are anything but past tense.

In fact, the Wings could win the whole thing, which wouldn’t be all that novel (four Cup wins dating back to ‘97), but it would remind us all once more the key of the regular season is: survive to thrive.

As recently as the mid-Februrary Olympic break, the Wings remained in the ‘‘We’ll-get-it-together-maybe-one-of-these-days’’ mode, still unable to inch their way into the playoff-qualifying top eight seeds. Then March became their month to roar, including a dazzling 11-2-1 run through March 29 that has them leapfrogging up the standings.

continued plus more hockey talk…

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Herm2Hockeytown: The Aftermath

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX


: 03/30/10 at 19:21 -  I have updated the timestamp on this thread to keep it at the top of A2Y.  Please keep the comments related to H2H, and other Wings discussion in the latest non-H2H thread.  Also, please post any links to your own blogs or articles about H2H so everyone has a chance to read them.


: 03/29/10 at 03:30 -  I have added Herm’s recap of his H2H experience below, and it’s awesome.

Herm2Hockeytown has finished and the memories will be ours forever.  Not only did we fly Herm to Detroit to see his first hockey game, we also raised $5365.72 for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  Pure awesome.  Thanks to everyone who contributed money and those who organized the event.

This post is to collate all the amazing pictures, videos, and personal experiences from H2H in one place.

Please post your stories and reflections on the night.  Post any photos or videos you’ve taken.  Link to any external coverage of H2H, including stories written on other Wings/hockey blogs.

Take it away, bitches, this is our chance to write the Legend of Herm2Hockeytown.

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LB: The Return Of Jobu’s Bottom Bitches

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Tonight the Red Wings will face the team which has been prison-sexed by Jobu.  Don’t believe me?  Check this out, it was on the Oiler’s website just a few days ago:

Current man games lost due to injury: 459

Word on the street is that that the Oilers are officially Jobu’s bottom bitch.  Not that I want to fuch with Jobu, he is a spiteful SOB, instead I only say fuch you, Jobu.  While Jobu has made Red Wings fans cry all season, the coaching of Uncle Mike juggling lines like a jester on speed, and the tenacity of our NHL and AHL players have kept the team in the playoff hunt.  The same cannot be said for the Oilers.  Take a look at the standings to confirm that.

Let me get something on the record:  The Edmonton Oilers are cursed.

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Chicago Trying To Avoid 3 Game Losing Streak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

If the Hawks need further motivation for Tuesday night’s contest against the Blues, how about this: They are the only team in the NHL this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, not to endure a three-game, regulation losing streak. In other words, they have not gone three games this season without getting at least a point. That could end Tuesday evening.

Joel Quenneville continues to mix and match his lineup, though he will leave his top two pairs of defensemen unchanged from last game. That means Brent Sopel and Duncan Keith will skate together again, though they were minus two against Columbus on Sunday. Sopel has taken his fair share of criticism and is an even player for the season. That’s worst amongst the Hawks’ defensemen.

“One thing about Sopel, I think he’s a pretty smart player,” Joel Quenneville said in defense of the veteran. “Defensively, his positioning is always in the right spot. I think his smarts puts him in a lot of great spots. I was fine with his game.”


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