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McLennan, Lebda

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The NHL has suspended Jamie McLennan 5 games.  Whatever.  Of larger concern is the condition of Brett Lebda, who appears to be out for tonite…at least.

Khan(!)

Wings defenseman Brett Lebda (concussion, knee?) skated briefly, for a couple of minutes, Sunday morning at the Saddledome. He left the ice limping noticeably. There is no official word from the Wings, but it’s highly unlikely Lebda will play in Game 6 tonight. Kyle Quincey was recalled from Grand Rapids and was scheduled to fly in from Winnipeg, where the Griffins played Saturday night.

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McLennan Gets 5 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger at TSN,

The National Hockey League has delivered a message to the Calgary Flames.
Sources say Jamie McLennan has been suspended for five games for his slash on Detroit’s Johan Franzen in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-finals.
McLennan’s slash was part of an undisciplined display from Calgary that included a Daymond Langkow uppercut to the face of Brett Lebda following a Lebda hip-check, along with a Jarome Iginla butt-end, leading to a late game crosscheck on Red Wings veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Brett Lebda will not play tonight for Detroit because of injury. Lebda is said to be suffering “headaches.”

added 2:31pm, Playfair fined $25K and the organization $100K, per NBC broadcast.

added 2:32pm, NHL Release

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Calling Out The Organization

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On the NBC pre-game chat, Brett Hull & Ray Ferraro pointed to the top of the Flames organization today.  Both mentioned it was a classless display last night and called for the NHL to suspend those who deserve a suspension and also make the Flames open the checkbook.  This type of play is not what the NHL wants and they need to let the Calgary Flames organization know that.

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History Against The Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 22, 2007)—The Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Monday (9 p.m., ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS). Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 119 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 75 (63%).
This is the fourth consecutive series involving the Canucks to reach a seventh game. Vancouver defeated St. Louis in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinal, lost to Minnesota in the 2003 Conference Semifinal and lost the 2004 Conference Quarterfinal to Calgary. The Colorado Avalanche played a record five consecutive seven-game series, from 2001 through 2003.
The Stars are attempting to join a very exclusive group. In playoff history, 214 clubs have faced 3-1 series deficits and only 20 have come back to win (9.3%).

Overtime In Game 7
Of the 119 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Calgary Flames defeated the Canucks at Vancouver on a goal by Martin Gelinas at 1:25 of the first overtime to claim the Western Conference Quarterfinal on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.

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HNIC: Hypocritical Nimrod In Canada

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anyone wonder what Don Cherry's reaction would have been if an evil Euro goalie, Dom Hasek for instance, had tomahawked a golden Canadien boy? Oh, I'm sure the torches would be lit. Don Cherry's a buffoon, an idiot with a soapbox. Unfortunately, he's got a following...kinda like Don Imus did. Yeah, I'll compare the two. Why shouldn't I? Explain to me what the difference is between Cherry's blatant anti-Euro biases and Don Imus' comments that got him fired from two separate media organizations? McLennan slashes a Swede and Cherry shrugs his shoulders and says, literally, "so what?". Whatever, the guy's Dwayne Klessel without the wedding singer gig.

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Wings React

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Behind the Jersey has done some deep digging this morning… via the Daily Tribune,

Holland screamed at an NHL official following Detroit’s 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, a contest that turned testy in the final minutes on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. …
After the game, an angry Holland confronted NHL executive Frank Brown in the hallway outside the Red Wings locker room.
“You tell us to pussy-foot around the media,” Holland yelled. “Give them some (expletive) suspensions.”

more digging…

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If It’s Ok With You…Let’s Just Avoid That Whole Game 7 Thing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As you know, I went ahead and decided to miss Game 5.  So that was nifty.  Actually, the Emperor emailed me updates from the second period during a layover.  He wrote something like, “cleary, shorthanded, penalty shot, goal”.  My reaction, of course, was mild.  A slight nod of the head, or a shriek…I can’t remember.  A few minutes later, “2-0, Zetterberg, pp”.  Sitting on the tarmac, waiting for the plane to taxi, plane full of people.  So, I’m wary, cautious.  Just a double fist pump and a sharp kick to the seat in front of me. No big deal.

Then…radio silence.  Check the blackberry as we go wheels up.  2-0 Wings. 9:35 left in the second.  And there it stood for three hours until I landed back here in DC.

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Answers Please

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy & Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Two questions immediately spring to mind: Why the heck was Iginla on the ice in the first place? And what was Calgary coach Jim Playfair thinking? Maybe he should change his name to Playdirty.
The Flames are a very good hockey team, but they showed no class in losing on Saturday.

more and some Stars/Cahucks talk too

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Forsberg’s Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Reuters via ESPN,

Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche, said he would decide this summer whether he might continue to play professionally.
“I have other things than playing the world championships to think about ... I don’t even know whether I will be playing ice hockey next season,” he told Aftonbladet.

more & this will be the last time I bring up Foppa’s medical status.  UFA talk, yes, medical talk, no.  We have heard it before, from his spleen, to wrist, to foot.

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Unexpected Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning all season has bemoaned its lack of balanced scoring, and no team during the regular season had more goals tied up in two players.
The issue has remained hot in the playoffs as Lecavalier, with five goals, and St. Louis, with three, combined for eight of Tampa Bay’s 12. It got more scrutiny after a 3-0 loss in Game 5 that upped Tampa Bay’s goalless streak to 97:34.
“Something big has to happen from someone you’re not expecting it from,” Tortorella said. “All teams need that if they’re going to progress.”

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