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SCF “Unknowns” Taking Spotlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Doug Harrison at CBC:

At the start of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL fans in Detroit and Pittsburgh probably could have predicted with confidence that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would be at, or near, the top of the scoring race and Nicklas Lidstrom would lead all defencemen in points.

Further from the thoughts of the most ardent fans were the names of Detroit rookie forwards Justin Abdelkader and Ville Leino, along with Pittsburgh defenceman Mark Eaton and forward Craig Adams.

But each contributed on the scoresheet, on special teams, in the faceoff circle or simply with their presence to help the Red Wings and Penguins advance to the NHL championship final for the second consecutive season.

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Deja Two…On To Pittsburgh

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sidney Crosby’s being throttled.  And he’s got the real leader of his team fighting his battles for him.  Hats off to Malkin for at least showing some fire where Gary Bettman’s poster boy has had none.

And meanwhile, maybe all those Pittsburgh fans were right.  Maybe they can beat Detroit.

But the question they should be asking is, can they beat the Grand Rapids Griffins?

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One More At The Joe, One More In The Ruins Of Their Ice Water Mansion..It’s A Game 2 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As you’re well aware by now, we’re sticking by Gordon Lightfoot.  The bastard’s been there when we needed him and we’re keeping him on the rest of the way.

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NHL Investigating Steroid Allegations in Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:

The NHL has interviewed Washington Capitals front office employees as well as members of the team’s medical and training staffs in recent days as it investigates allegations made by a Florida man arrested last week on steroid charges.

“We’re following very closely the developments in Florida as the case progresses,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told me this afternoon. “We think it’s important from the league’s perspective to investigate this because any allegations of this type are concerning.”

The league’s investigation is being conducted by its security and legal departments.

Interviews with Capitals personnel are ongoing, Daly said, but so far investigators have not been able to establish any connection between the team and suspected drug dealer Richard Thomas, who was arrested Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla., and charged with possession and intent to distribute steroids.

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Boards at the Joe More “Lively” for Good Reason

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike G. Morreale at NHL.com:

Game 1 mystery solved. When Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood said Saturday night that something about the boards at Joe Louis Arena changed two years to make them more lively, the assembled media wondered just what happened. Dan Craig, the Facilities Operations Manager for the NHL, said Sunday that he and his crew installed a new plastic kick plate along the boards at the Joe Louis Arena two years ago. But he added he didn’t see anything different or unusual than he would at any other rink in the League.

“If you go back and watch some of the games earlier this year (at Bell Centre) in Montreal, where we also did a brand new set of boards with a new kick plate, those boards were lively as well,” Craig told NHL.com. “What we did at Joe Louis Arena is similar to what we do in any other building—the front facing gets a little worn down so we took a look at what was behind it (plywood) and replaced the half-inch of plastic that we would have done at any other rink.”

Craig noted the kick plate at The Joe is tightened down well, providing a very solid and “lively” bottom—perhaps the reason the end boards provided so much spring in Game 1.

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Nieuwendyk Named Stars’ GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

A shake up is coming in the Dallas Stars’ front office.

Sources tell TSN Joe Nieuwendyk will be named as the Stars’ general manager tomorrow afternoon.

The existing Dallas management tandem of Les Jackson and Brett Hull is expected to be reassigned, with Hull becoming a liaison to Stars owner Tom Hicks in addition to being named an executive vice president and alternate governor.

Update 4:11pm ET: Official release (via the Dallas Stars Blog)—

Dallas Stars Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced today that he has restructured the NHL club’s hockey management staff, naming Joe Nieuwendyk as the team’s new General Manager. As part of the reorganization, Co-General Managers Brett Hull and Les Jackson have been reassigned within the hockey club into positions that focus on their respective strengths. Hull will serve as Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor while Les Jackson will return to his long-time role as Director of Scouting and Player Development.

“We are very excited to secure Joe Nieuwendyk as the General Manager,” said Hicks. “These moves are all about helping this club take the proverbial ‘next step.’ Joe is a leader and has been a winner in everything he has done. He is ready for this opportunity and has a bright future as an NHL General Manager. We want that future to be with the Dallas Stars.

Update 6:17pm ET: More on events in Dallas lately from Allan Muir at SI.com.

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Stanley Cup Final Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TEAMS WINNING GAME 2 IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL

Teams winning Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final have gone on to win the Stanley Cup in 53 of 69 years since the best-of-seven format began in 1939 (77%).

All-Time Stanley Cup Final Record Of Home Clubs Sweeping Games 1 and 2: 31-1
(In 1971, Chicago won the first two games at home but lost to Montreal in seven games.)

All-Time Stanley Cup Final Record Of Home Clubs Splitting Games 1 and 2:  16-7

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Follow Z & Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Lozo and Bob Condor of NHL.com,

Babcock said fans can anticipate “a game within a game” from Zetterberg and Crosby.

“If you’re a hockey purist and you like superstars who bring it, that’s a nice matchup,” said Babcock.

In fact, you can follow that matchup as part of your game viewing (hey, it’s a two-screen world) by watching NBC’s Iso-Cam right here on NHL.com. The camera will follow Zetterberg every shift on the ice, many of which will pair the player Babcock calls “Z” and Crosby on faceoffs and no doubt a hit or three.

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Watching NBC - Game 1 SCF Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck The Media,

The game drew an average of 4.5 million viewers, and a 1.7 in the all-important Adults 18-49 demo, winning the night for NBC.

The game won it’s time period from 8-10 PM (finished 2nd from 10-11) in total viewers and won all three hours of primetime in Adults 18-49.

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Just The Facts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times,

Pittsburgh and Detroit are two cities headed in different directions. And that has nothing to do with the Stanley Cup Finals, which, for a second year in a row, pits the Penguins against the Red Wings. When they talk about the big three around here, it’s about Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Hossa.

The metro Detroit area has been beset with bad economic news lately and a mere 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final isn’t going to make life around here any easier.

Next week GM, the top American automaker, is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

And while the Red Wings may still be the top sports team in Detroit (though it would be interesting to see what would happen if the Lions ever put it all together one of these decades) nearly a quarter of the crowd of 20,066 inside Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night were sporting a shade of black and gold or powder blue.

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