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Ray Ratto:  Strategy?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via the San Francisco Chronicle,

Schneider’s goal, which came during a delay-of-game penalty to San Jose’s Craig Rivet, came after the defenseman made a brilliant reactive stop of Scott Hannan’s clearing attempt. He gloved the drive, laid it onto the blade of his stick and whistled a shot back at goal which hit the Sharks’ diving Patrick Rissmiller and changed direction enough to beat Nabokov, almost lost in a crowd in front of him, and hit the roof of the net.

The result was chilling, but the overall pattern is more long-term disturbing for the Sharks. As much as they believe in Nabokov, the defensive pairings and their neutral-ice trap when ahead, it might be time for the Sharks to loosen their defensive requirements at least enough to allow for some offense. After all, the rope-a-dope is a strategy that, when employed by anyone other than Muhammad Ali, often leaves you as the dope.


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Up and Coming Newfoundlander

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Been meaning to point you guys to this site for a while.  Danny Green’s a high school journalist in Newfoundland.  He’s started his own blog called Danny Green On Hockey.  I’ve added him to the blog roll on the port side. Give him a visit when you can.  Good site.

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Washington Capitals Go International

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the Washington Capitals today,

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will send four reporters to Moscow to offer hockey fans unprecedented coverage of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. The Capitals have partnered with Clearspring Technologies to deliver audio, video and written content to WashingtonCaps.com, Caps fans and local, national and international media outlets.
“I am proud that we are able to bring coverage of this prestigious tournament to our fans on WashingtonCaps.com and others around the world,” Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis said.

You can follow their IIHF coverage here on the Caps’ website


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Waddell & Hartley Returning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The expectations of ownership were met. That’s why Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and coach Bob Hartley will be back next season.
“They are the coach and GM today,” Levenson said by phone on Thursday afternoon. “Don and Bob took us to within one games of the playoffs our first season and the second season they made the playoffs. That’s in line with the expectations that we’ve expressed to them. I’d expect them to continue to improve on that.”

continued (reg. may be req.)

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Your Thursday Dose of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Once again we turn to Chris Chelios as the sole source of truth out of Detroit as far as the Wings are concerned.  According to him, as heard on WDFN just minutes ago, Homer was indeed hurt last night; but should be ok by Saturday.  Also, Cheli discusses Ron Wilson’s tendencies to whine like the little girl he is after losses.

Listen here.

Just in case you missed it, Chelios’ mention of Holmstrom is quick:  “He had some problems physically toward the end of the game, but he should be good for Saturday.”

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KK Interview with CBC’s Jim Hughson

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Jim Hughson has been doing play-by-play duty for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in these playoffs, to great acclaim by hockey fans everywhere.  He’s currently covering the Anaheim Ducks / Vancouver Canucks series and was good enough to speak to Paul and myself immediately after the pre-game skate today, from sunny Anaheim.

You can download the audio file here, or play it on the video player below. 

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DiPietro Has Hip Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

Even before he suffered two concussions in a 12-day span during March, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was playing hurt for the final two months or so of the regular season. Earlier this week, DiPietro underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear of his left hip.
For the next two weeks, DiPietro will be on crutches, and he is required to rest for the next four to six weeks.


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Another Vote To Shorten OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

There are more reasons to change the NHL’s playoff overtime format than there are reasons to leave it alone.
The negatives of teams playing two, three or even more extra periods outweigh the positives. More people are complaining about multiple overtime games than are embracing them.
For the fan the journey between when overtime begins and a goal is scored is often less than pleasurable as the quality of play becomes very defensive and very conservative significantly diminishing the entertainment value of the game.


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Chen Breaks Down Game 4

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1604 CST with Peterborough Pete’s breakdown.

Mike Chen, on The Battle of California, has posted a brief analysis of Game 4.

Even though it’s a three-game series with two at the Joe, I’m not jumping off a bridge just yet. The Sharks have given these games away, meaning that they were in control for most of the time. They know they can win at the Joe and they know that when they show up—such as the third period of Game 3—they’re the better team. Two consistent efforts, that’s all I’m asking for.

And the Wings can say the same Mike.  They know that when they show up—such as the first period of Game 3—they’re the better team.

Continue Reading »

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Maltby And Draper Play On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro the Detroit Free Press,

Maltby, whom the Wings have signed to a three-year extension worth $2.65 million, joined the Wings on March 20, 1996, almost three years after Draper was acquired during the summer of 1993….
“Both of us enjoy playing with one another,” Draper said. “There’s a real trust factor, especially playing in these big games in these situations.”


thanks to a KK member for the heads up!

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