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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Exactly one year ago this morning, the hottest kid in the National Hockey League bounced out of bed in a nation’s capital, hustled good and early down to the rink, and readied for a night he’d looked forward to for all of his hockey life.

And on that night—April 11th, 2007—Sidney Crosby notched his first career playoff goal. It was a meaningless, last-minute strike in a 6-3 loss at Ottawa, but those inside Scotiabank Place knew right then and there they had witnessed something to tell the grand kids about.

This morning, the hottest kid in the NHL will wake up just outside a nation’s capital, step over the fan mail that people have taken to dropping randomly on his doorstep, and begin this long awaited day. Tonight is the night that Alexander Ovechkin has anticipated since he pulled a Washington Capitals sweater over his mane of hockey hair as the first pick in the 2004 draft.

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You can watch a report on Ovechkin from Russia Today…

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Report- Martin Returning To Florida (Updated)

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Amid rampant speculation in the media and around the NHL that Panthers General Manager and head coach Jacques Martin could be fired, sources say Florida owner Alan Cohen has already confirmed to Martin during a postseason meeting that Martin will back with the club next season.  What remains to be seen is whether Martin will remain in the dual capacity of General Manager-head coach.

Update 2:13am April 11: From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

Jacques Martin will not return as coach of the Florida Panthers next season, although it appears he will continue in his role as general manager of the team, The Miami Herald has learned.

On Thursday night, team owner Alan Cohen told a group of season ticket-holders meeting at BankAtlantic Center that Florida would not have a dual coach/general manager setup, as it has for the past two seasons.

When reached outside the arena, Cohen confirmed those remarks and added that he and Martin have spoken and determined the roles needed to be separate.

‘‘More than anything, we needed a change as coach,’’ Cohen said. ``Jacques has done a good job as GM. That’s the bottom line.’‘

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New Winger For Spezza & Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

Do the Senators have any chance of defeating the Penguins without Alfredsson?

“I think we can,” Jason Spezza said. “He’s a key part of our team, but we can win without him.”

Clearly, Alfredsson’s absence has left some gaping holes in Ottawa’s lineup. For example, after Randy Robitaille replaced Alfredsson at right wing on Ottawa’s top line for the first game, general manager and head coach Bryan Murray now plans to use Martin Lapointe in that spot alongside Spezza and Dany Heatley for tonight’s second game.

“[Lapointe] will go up and down the wing and be really solid and has a bit of a physical element to him,” Murray said.

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Keep It Clean Boys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Montreal firefighters with NHL playoff fever got a scolding from the City of Montreal for painting Habs logos and slogans on their station windows and walls.

At least two stations in the Ville-Marie and East-end boroughs spray-painted door windows and walls with the Canadiens’ signature red, white and blue hues in anticipation of the Habs’ first playoff game Thursday night.

But their fervour got a cold reception at city hall where officials ordered the department to wipe off what it called “graffiti.”

Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay said he would insist on keeping public property clean.

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Fleury At The Top Of His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This Penguins team has small galaxy of stars. There is Sidney Crosby, of course, Evgeni Malkin, who finished second in NHL scoring this season, Sergei Gonchar, who will get some consideration for the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, Marian Hossa and Gary Roberts, who had two goals, including the winner, in Game 1.

Although Fleury was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, he has been almost cocooned as he has learned to be an elite player, putting behind him questions about his ability and durability.

“Now he sees the play, he’s more mature. He’s not surprised with plays or with shots,” Penguins coach Michele Therrien said. “There’s no doubt, this is the best I’ve seen from Marc-Andre Fleury the last month and a half.”

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I Guess What We’re Talking About Is A Game 1 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And here we go.

Live Blog starts now.  My commentary will go in the comment section along with all of yours.  And, honestly, I tend to pace…so don’t expect too much from me.  I’ve been home for almost two hours and have spent every minute in the Hasek Club Car. 

Again: the keys.  Power play.  Taking the violence to Bubba instead of receiving.  And, by god Dom…go frigging completely insane.  Because we dig that.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Capitals GM George McPhee via Dan Rosen’s blog at NHL.com,

“Everybody tries to build their team the same way. You need scoring, good goaltending, defense, grit, physical play, speed, depth, leadership. The Flyers have done a good job of putting that together. We think we have to. It should make for a good series. I don’t think anybody has any idea who is going to win this series. You look at some of the other series and say if Team A plays its best and Team B plays its best, well Team A is going to win. I don’t think you can say that about this series. I don’t think anybody knows who is going to win this one.”

much more on McPhee and the Caps…

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Following Ott’s Lead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

A lot of the Stars are miffed because everybody seems down on them, based on their performance in March, failing to realize how ugly the view was for those watching.

Ott doesn’t do miffed. He does in your face.

This is how I spent almost 20 minutes in the Stars’ locker room after the finale, listening to Ott preaching why this year would be different. He went from locker to locker, talking about what each guy was going to bring.

“Warrior,” pointing to Matty Norstrom’s locker.

“Mike is going to be there,” pointing to Modano’s.

“He is one of the most determined guys in the league to get the first round off his back,” pointing to Marty Turco.

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Nolan Expected Back As Islanders Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Neither Wang nor Snow was happy with Nolan when he expressed some concern near the end of the season about going into the final year of his three-year contract without an extension. But when Snow was asked if there’s any reason to believe Nolan won’t return, he said, “I don’t see any reason. He’s our coach.”

Snow said he expects to sit down with Nolan within the next week to discuss the past season and what lies ahead. Snow blamed the Islanders’ failure to make the playoffs on “a handful of players who didn’t play to their capabilities” and the fact they led the NHL in man-games lost to injuries.

much more on the Islanders and go even deeper at On the Islanders Beat...

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  Tags: charles+wang, coaching, garth+snow, ted+nolan

A Touch of Hypocrisy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Barry Melrose Rocks,

But what really bugs me is hypocrisy.

When the MSM preaches about how they’ve gone to J-school and are so much more important because of it, that’s fine. When the MSM calls bloggers no talent hacks that reek of fan bias, that’s fine. There’s one problem with all that, though. You see, when you say those things, boy you had better back them up. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this is just a case of someone in the minority not representing the upstanding majority. Tell me if I wrong because, unlike many newspapers, BMR has a comments section after every article. Oh, excuse me, post. But majority, minority, whatever. If the MSM’s rules are to single out one person and make them a poster child for the whole, then I think I should be allowed to play by those rules as well.

So today, we examine Mr. Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun. Why? Lately, with the hometown Sens facing the Pens in the playoffs, he has sounded more like a Senators fanboy or a crazed message boarder than an actual journalist.

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Also: links to the original Brennan story and its fallout can be found at James Mirtle’s blog.

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  Tags: bloggers, journalism, media

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