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Do The Flyers Have One More Win In Them?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

This Thursday, the Flyers wake up needing to win a single hockey game to host the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals. They have done the hard part, scratching their way back to tie this series even as their injury list has grown with every game. In the last two elimination games, they have outscored the Boston Bruins, 6-1.

Now comes Game 7. Friday night. In Boston. Winner goes to the Final Four.

“Now both teams have their backs against the wall,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. “It’s a dangerous position to be in, both for us and them. They’re going to come out with everything they’ve got. It’s do or die for them now in Game 7 in their building.”


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Thursday Morning Observations

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from Daryl Reaugh of the Dallas Stars Blog,

• My suggestion to the Vancouver Canucks: sometime over the next 12 years of Roberto Luongo’s contract relieve him of the “captaincy” burden (it’s just plain ridiculous for a goalie) and winnow his addiction to practice because he looks like a guy who uses practices as a wooby blanket instead of as a tool to be in prime shape and game situation ready. In a nutshell (sorry Sammi Salo) his performance is receding, not improving.

• The San Jose Sharks have the look of a winner not because of their top end guys but rather their support staff, and their coach.

• The Blackhawks are deep on the playoff warpath thanks to speed, depth, a competitive Finn in goal, a swagger, and the most complete 22 year old center this side of Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In these playoffs, Montreal has perfected the art of the timely counter-attack, and a lot of it has to do with their water-bug forwards, who use their quickness to force turnovers and find seams in the defence.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  More from Eric on the Canadiens.

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Stamkos May Have A Concussion

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from the CP at TSN,

Steven Stamkos will miss Canada’s next game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a possible concussion.

The star forward suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Switzerland when he got elbowed in the jaw during a collision with defenceman Timo Helbling. Stamkos sat out the entire third period of the game and will be kept on the sidelines for precautionary reasons when Canada plays again Friday.

“I think it’s just a protocol that you follow when someone has the symptoms that he had,” said Canadian GM Mark Messier. “It’s not a blunt blow to the head, that kind of concussion. It’s a different kind when you get hit in the jaw. There’s still a protocol to follow and we’re going to do that because it’s the right thing to do.”


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  Tags: steven+stamkos, team+canada

Montreal Was The Better Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Incredibly, at the end the truth was more amazing than the result.

It wasn’t just that the Montreal Canadiens upset the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

They were decidedly superior to the Penguins.

That was particularly true for the final three games of the series, two of which Les Habitants won including a stunning 5-2 verdict in the seventh and deciding match Wednesday night. With standout goaltender Jaroslav Halak giving the Habs more confidence with every passing minute and every passing period, Montreal filled the Penguin net in Games 6 and 7 in a way they were never able to do in the first round against the Washington Capitals.


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Pointing At Crosby

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from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Blog at About.com,

He’s had a great year. But the last two weeks won’t make any Sidney Crosby highlight reels.

A non-factor for much of the series against Montreal, Crosby was flat-out lousy in game seven, as the Penguins’ season came to an early and unexpected end.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook is among those taking aim at the home team with both barrels:

  I wrote the other day that I was betting on Crosby in Game 7. Good thing I didn’t do it in the literal sense. I would be broke. As it is, I’m merely embarrassed for being so wrong. If Crosby were a racehorse, he would have finished well up the track.

Frustration in Pittsburgh is to be expected.

continued with links to numerous Crosby related stories…

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  Tags: sidney+crosbyi/i

Looting In Montreal

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from CTV,

But within hours, the mood on the streets turned ugly as people wearing masks taunted police, started looting along Ste-Catherine Street and confrontations erupted.

“There were a few people that—some with masks, by the way—police believe were organized,” said Luft, describing the problems on the streets.

“They started throwing bottles, they started looting stores downtown…and the riot police had to move in.”

Police used tear gas to dispel the mob that remained Thursday morning, using batons to prod people along.

At least 32 people were arrested and two police officers were injured.


added 8:38am, Another story on this topic at the Toronto Star.

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Nobody Likes A Delicate Genius

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

As a Red Wings fan there is a lot to be happy about.  There is also a lot to get pissed off about.

The happiness comes from the Red Wings, the best Organ-I-zation in sports, and their fans.  The two greatest forces in hockey.  The anger comes from everything outside of that.

As the first post since the Wings were eliminated, you might expect some sad reflection and wondering on what could have been.  Maybe on any blog other than A2Y that would happen.  Over here, cocky arrogance is never replaced with quiet melancholy.  It’s not in our DNA to get all emo and pout.  Real Red Wings fans remain optimistic.

There will be those who cast doubts on the future of the team.  The lips on their mouths flapping in the wind like the wizard sleeves they are to anyone who will listen.  You can almost hear the Delicate Genius’ wizard sleeves slapping together when he writes this:

In Hockeytown, when the team wins, it feels like destiny, and when it loses, destiny took a breather, sure to be back next year, ready for a kiss, right?
Well, at the risk of having my head taken off, don’t be so sure.

Sure, Mitch.  We’ll listen to what you have to say.  You’ve been so good to Red Wings fans writing the semi-annual article in between feeling up old ladies you meet on your book tour.  Of course, this blog was created as an opposing force to the moronic drivel Red Wings writers like the Delicate Genius offer us.  So why stop now?


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Flyers Win Third Game In A Row - Force Game 7 In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, another game 7 on Friday in Boston.

Flyers have all the momentum now after winning their third game in a row after starting the series down 0-3.

Can Boston find enough offense on Friday to defeat the Flyers?

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Montreal Continues Their Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

This is Montreal’s first trip to a conference final since it won the Stanley Cup in 1993, the last time a team based in Canada won an NHL championship. Now Canada has another team to get behind with the Habs reaching the final four.

“I would think the whole country would probably be pushing a little bit (for us) and should we win tonight, we’ll probably get a pretty good rallying cry from the whole country,” Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri before the game.

Sure, there are worldly explanations for what happened here or really, what the Habs have been doing throughout a post-season in which they knocked off Washington, the NHL’s top regular-season team, and now the defending Stanley Cup champs, both in seven games.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh’s two scoring powers, could produce little in this series. Looking as if they might be tired after two runs to the Cup final — with an Olympics squeezed in there as well — each could manage only one goal in these seven games against Montreal.

read on

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