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Panic Set In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Imagine losing power at 3:00am this morning and the first thing that comes into your mind is how in the heck am I going to watch the game 7’s tonight?

Thankfully power was restored about ten minutes ago and all is well.

I am sure many of the fans who have teams involved in game 7 tonight are trying to make the hands of the clock spin faster.  It is a day of anticipation, both in a good and bad way and I hope you are dealing with it in the best way you can.

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The Battle Between Crosby & Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Penguins-Capitals was never merely about a tremendous Stanley Cup series showcasing the NHL’s brightest stars going the distance, one full of riveting theater until an abject dud of a Game 7.

No, to the hard-core traditionalists who view most uber-skilled players from overseas as little more than Euro trash, this was about validating their xenophobia.

Sidney Crosby, the quiet farm boy from Nova Scotia, won; his Pittsburgh team is going back to the Eastern Conference finals. Ovechkin, the YouTube demigod who once pretended his stick was on fire after a goal, got his just dessert.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Losing It. Completely.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So. Here’s what I did this morning. Killed about an hour.

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Calder Cup Second Round Review

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The second round of the Calder Cup in the AHL is completed.  Here are the first round results.  Now I will look at the second round.

Providence Bruins defeat Worchester Sharks 4 games to 2  Providence is the Boston Bruins farm club and Worchester is the San Jose Sharks affiliate.  The Sharks were a tough opponent.  They took a 1-0 and 2-.1 lead.  In the end they couldn’t hold off Providence.  Providence was pushed by offensive performances by Martin St Pierre (who is 2nd in playoff scoring), Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka.  Tuukka Rask offered good goaltending.  He has a .943 saves percentage and a 1.72 GAA.  In Worchester, Riley Armstrong and Dan DaSilva led the offence, with Patrick Traverse providing strong defence.  Thomas Greiss was their goaltender.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To Eastern Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Basically this game was over in the first period.

Too many early turnovers cost the Caps and they never could recover.

This was a great series to watch and sure had the star power to go along with it.

Congrats to both teams.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Last summer, obviously, I didn’t know whether I was going to play or not and I definitely am going to take my time to make a good decision this summer. Right now, I wouldn’t know what my future is going to be, whether I will play or not.”

-Mats Sundin.  More from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Tough Talk From Staff Writer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

What happened to all of that talk about ending the series in six games? What happened to all of that chatter about taking a Game 7 mentality on the ice for Game 6? The Red Wings spent part of Monday afternoon talking about the danger and unpredictability of Game 7s. As a result, they said, it was vitally important to end the series in six games. Then they went out and got their wings handed to them.

If Tuesday night’s performance was indicative of the Red Wings’ Game 7 mentality, they should have stayed at their Disneyland Resort hotel instead of flying back to Detroit.

As bad as things went on Tuesday, the Red Wings on Wednesday were among the few people on earth who can fly into Detroit and actually enjoy the view.

Can you blame them?


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Next Move Is Up To Radulov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Asked if Radulov expressed regret for leaving the Predators in a difficult situation last July, Poile paused before answering.

“I think he has a hard time understanding our position when somebody else was offering him an improved situation,’’ Poile said. “Just like I believe that if he wants to come back — regardless of the fact he signed a multiyear contract there — I don’t believe he thinks it’s a problem coming back.’’

Poile told Radulov that if he did return to Nashville, he’d still need to complete his final contracted season at a base salary of $984,000. Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot rework an entry-level deal. Radulov would become a restricted free agent when that deal expires.

“So that’s where we are,’’ Poile said. “It’s up to him to make the next move.’’


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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Keys To Victory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

How Pittsburgh can win

1. Crosby and Malkin … two is bigger than one
The three big boys in this series—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin—have more than delivered the goods, combining for 31 points in the series. But let’s do the math. Can the Caps’ Ovechkin win a game by himself? Yes, he can. But if Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin all bring their A-games Wednesday night, it should give the Penguins an edge, given the additional pressure on the Capitals’ defenders and rookie netminder Simeon Varlamov….

How Washington can win

1. The one-man wrecking crew
Yes, we know it’s a team game, blah, blah, blah. But as much as Crosby has been a dynamic force in driving the Penguins forward and overcoming obstacles, Ovechkin has been the same kind of figure on the other side of the ice.

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Between The Glass Reporters Part Of The Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

His Capitals were barely staving off Pittsburgh in Monday’s Game Six overtime struggle. Washington coach Bruce Boudreau suddenly found a TSN microphone jabbed under his chin during a break in the play.

Why is Pittsburgh playing so hard? asked Pierre McGuire.

“They are simply playing their asses off, because they don’t want to go back to Washington,” said an agitated Boudreau, caught up in the emotion of the teams trading leads back and forth.

It was sideline reporting at its most immediate, a jolt of energy that no analyst embedded in a booth high above the ice could ever get. It was also vindication of the broadcasting practice of placing a reporter in between the player benches during the game. Pioneered by Leafs TV and readily adopted by TSN and NBC, ice-level reportage has become a staple of hockey broadcasting in many areas.

“It’s a great innovation,” former TSN president Keith Pelley, now director of broadcasting for the Vancouver Olympics…

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