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Habs Take On Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Official Montreal vs. Toronto post. 
KK readers feel free to add you links or comments all day to this post.

from the Toronto Sun,

Jean Beliveau already could sense the buzz last month.
“I had so many people come up to me at the time saying: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if it all came down to the final game of the season between the Leafs and Canadiens?” the former Habs great recalled yesterday. “I guess they got their wish.”
Like millions around the country, Le Gros Bill will be in front of the tube this evening to watch yet another chapter in the Habs-Leafs rivalry, one that has deep implications.
The Canadiens control their own destiny. A win lands them a playoff spot.

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added 9:30am, from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

It will be the biggest game between these two bitter rivals in four decades, since the Toronto Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup by upsetting the Canadiens in 1967.
It might even be the biggest regular-season game ever played in this country.

continued

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Go Montreal

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from the NY Post,

To have any chance at securing the last playoff berth, the Isles continue to need everything to fall into place for them.
If they beat the Flyers, they must have the Maple Leafs defeat the Canadiens in Toronto tonight. Should that happen, the Islanders would control their own destiny, with just a victory over the Devils between them and the postseason. And since the Devils have virtually nothing to play for, the Isles could have a better shot than normal.
Still, a Montreal win would spoil any hope the Isles have.
“It’s tough relying on other teams,” said Blake. “But the fact that we’re playing games that matter this late in the year is great.”
Especially for goalie Wade Dubielewicz, who has gone from an almost unknown third-stringer to one of the keys to the Islanders’ success in little more than a week.

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MSU Goalie Keeps It Off The Ice

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from the New York Times,

Thanks in large measure to Lerg, a 5-foot-6 sophomore, the Spartans (25-13-3) have advanced to their first N.C.A.A. Division I hockey championship game since 1987. They play Boston College (29-11-1) on Saturday in the Frozen Four final at the Scottrade Center.
But Lerg has, as he describes it, “a ton of allergies,” most seriously to nuts. That resulted in a scary situation last year at the N.C.A.A. East Regionals. Two bites into a dish of pasta with marinara sauce, Lerg began to feel his breathing constrict. He hurriedly left the restaurant and returned to the hotel to give himself an injection to counteract the reaction.

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Wings Win The West

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With Anaheim losing in a shootout tonight, the Wings are guaranteed the #1 seed in the West.

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Sundin’s Last Stand

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

The big center’s desire to finish out his career in Toronto is well known, and the team has made all the appropriate noises about keeping Sundin in the fold. But if the Leafs repeat their desultory performance of Thursday evening on Long Island and miss the playoffs for the second straight season, days of reckoning are at hand for many in the blue and white.
And unless the team is content to remain mired in mediocrity with little hope of getting better (aside from being hit with the lucky stick), severing ties with the amiable Swede provides one of the only real clear paths to improvement.

read on

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Bright Future In Colorado

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The best thing that can happen to the Avalanche now? (And this tunes out the whining from the comptroller and the ownership, the Stan Kroenke empire that also includes the Nuggets, the Pepsi Center, a new soccer stadium and soccer and lacrosse teams.) The best scenario is Colorado wins its final two, finishes on a 16-1-2 run, but barely misses the postseason.
Then, it ends with a “wait-‘til-next-year” flourish, not a loss to the Red Wings in the first round. And there is hope for the future. Considerable cap room will open up after the departure of, at the very least, Brisebois and Turgeon, plus there’s the elimination of $4.6 million in bonus payments to Sakic and Rob Blake that came due this season and counted against the Avalanche cap figure.

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Gordie Howe Statue

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from Gloveside.net,

The Alchemist Foundry of Kalamazoo, MI have finished working on Lou Cella’s sculpture of Gordie Howe. Visitors to Saturdays tilt agains the Blackhawks will see a treat right inside the Gordie Howe Entrance.

continued... great pics too!!!

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It’s Not About Motivation

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One more Datsukian thought before I head to The State That Can't Win The Central for a long weekend. Khan(!) makes a comment halfway through his blog post regarding the signing that I must have glossed over earlier.

I don't buy the notion that by not signing him you make him more motivated for the playoffs. He's an extremely motivated player and his lack of playoff success has nothing to do with his desire.
I, and I think I can speak for you, have never thought for a second that Datsyuk's playoff disappointments have been due to a lack of motivation. I have no doubt the kid's plenty motivated to succeed. The question is not whether he wants to, but whether he's got the mental makeup to get it done. It's not effort, it's attitude and it's responding under pressure. And there, my friends, lies the rub. Does Datsyuk have what it takes to thrive under the playoff spotlight? It's not motivation, Ansar. None of us are saying that. It's sack and whether 7 million per year buys you some or not.

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The Award Goes To…

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nobody hands out more post-season hardware than the National Hockey League; its historic silverware collection — housed mostly in the Hockey Hall Of Fame — is one of the rare departments in which it holds a tangible edge over its professional basketball, football and baseball counterparts.
The problem is that some of its most venerable and long-standing NHL awards have fallen into — if not disfavour exactly - then some sort of mild disrepute.

continued & numerous NHL bits…

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KK- I Am Leaving

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Easter Sunday I will be in Augusta, Georgia for the final round of The Masters!!!
A lifelong dream of mine, I will be walking the same course that so many golfing greats have battled throughout the years.
What a birthday gift- We jet in on Sunday morning, stay for the final round and then jet back home Sunday evening.
All access passes and so looking forward to a little break!
In my absence, the rest of the Krew (will open wmp video) will be handling the Sunday update!

I do hope those of you who celebrate the Easter Season, have a safe and peaceful day with family and friends.

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