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GDT - WC Quarterfinals, Game 5: Red Wings (2-2) at ‘Yotes (2-2)  (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Momentum in this series is non-existent, as the teams have alternated wins and losses.  If that pattern continues to hold true, things could get ugly tonight.  Fortunately, Uncle Mike isn’t asleep at the switch:  “Jim Leyland always says momentum is as good as today’s starter. That’s hockey, too.”  The team also realize the task at hand:  “So far in this series, we haven’t played two good games in a row,” Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall said. “We have to go after them and take care of the puck in the neutral zone, be quick to pucks in our own zone and just make sure that first pass is tape-to-tape, that way you’ll spend way more time on offense.” 

Kronwall said it, not me; DET have played like a bunch of schizophrenic bastards - - Bad, good, bad, good. Tonights game will establish if DET have an answer to PHX’s ferocious fore-check. Will DET actually spend time playing in the PHX zone, or is it more of the one shot and done?  Will Helm’s line hold their own?  Is Jimmah back to form?  I really want to know Who this team is.  We will all wake up tonight.  Best of three starts now.  DET will play an elimination game on Sunday, hopefully tonights effort will reward them with the opportunity to advance to the semi-finals.  Game on, Bitches.

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Senators Stay Alive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Matt Carkner and Pascal Leclaire combined to save the Senators’ season - at least for two more nights.

The Senators will return home Saturday for Game 6 of their playoff series against the Penguins after Carkner scored at 7:06 of triple overtime to give Ottawa a 4-3 victory in the longest game in franchise history and keep the first-round series alive.

“It’s definitely an unbelievable feeling after all the guys battled hard,” said Carkner, the man they call Big Country. “We never stopped working. We knew it wasn’t going to be a pretty goal. It’s definitely the biggest of my career.”

continued and if you missed Carkner’s OT goal, watch it below…

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Sharks Energized, Avalanche Look Tired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

On Thursday night, the Sharks picked apart the overwhelmed Avalanche like it was toy time, a Game 5 victory that leaves San Jose one win away from its first second-round berth in two years with Game 6 on tap Saturday night in Denver.

The youthful Avs have been game in this series. They’re full marks for pushing the top seeds to a six- or seven-game series. But on Thursday night, it just felt like the challenger was starting to wobble as the heavyweight favorite landed a few hard body shots.

“I feel we got what we deserved tonight,” said Avs coach Joe Sacco. “We didn’t play well for 60 minutes.”

The Avs, to be honest, looked dog-tired out there.

“This is playoff hockey here. You shouldn’t be tired. You should be re-energized,” said Sacco.

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The Devils Era Is Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This year, the Devils went down with a whimper, shut out over the final 107:36, unable to score an even-strength goal over the final three matches. It wasn’t the match-up, though the Devils beat the Flyers only twice (2-8-1) in 11 games. It was the Devils….

There is something fundamentally wrong here. General manager Lou Lamoriello made the correct move in acquiring Kovalchuk—sorry, Zdeno Chara and Drew Doughty were not available—but it made no difference whatsoever.

The Devils are out. Their era of greatness officially has been put to bed. It was swell while it lasted.

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Ben, Be Like Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

When it comes to Pittsburgh sports superstars, we have learned in the past nine months all that we need to know about Ben Roethlisberger.

Mostly, that he’s no Sidney Crosby.

While the tawdry details of Roethlisberger’s boorish behavior in Milledgeville, Ga., and subsequent six-game suspension handed down from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have been headlining national news this week, Crosby has quietly gone about dominating the Stanley Cup playoffs….

Crosby not only has reinvented his playing style from playmaker to goal-scorer but transformed his reputation from that of a rookie who whined to officials to a fifth-year veteran who is the consummate captain and leader.

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Kovalchuk Open To Signing With The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk said he enjoyed his experience playing for the Devils and was “open to anything,” but stopped short of saying he definitely would re-sign with the team following a season-ending 3-0 loss to the Flyers tonight at Prudential Center.

“I love everything here,” Kovalchuk said. “I think it’s a great organization. I appreciate (general manager Lou Lamoriello) giving me a chance to play here. It was a great experience. I played with some great players. I loved it. So, we all know it’s a business. I’m open to anything.”

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Ian Laperriere Will Start Wearing A Visor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He blocked another shot with his head tonight that took around 60 stitches to close.

He talks about going to a visor for the rest of his career.

added 8:32am 4/23/10, Watch Lappy block the shot with his face below…

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The Questions Begin For New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

This was the end of another Devils season tonight at the Rock. It felt like the end of an era, too.

Martin Brodeur has 602 victories, three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies as the best goaltender in the NHL. He might be the most accomplished athlete we have ever seen in New Jersey, and among the classiest, too.

Still, after another night like this, after another first-round exit to a supposedly overmatched team, you can only wonder: Is Brodeur still capable of carrying this franchise?

Are his days as a big-game goalie over?

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It’s Beginning To Read Like A Russian Novel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Moscow Dynamo situation gets more intriguing by the day.  Luckily, George Malik is on it…

from Snapshots,

Today, Dynamo Moscow’s website officially announced that the team would cease operations after April 30th, when all signed players’ contracts would expire.

Sovetsky Sport’s Dmitry Ponomarenko asked soon-to-be former Dynamo GM Mikhail Golovkov whether the team’s strange statement regarding its main sponsor, Arch Energy, continuing to partially subsidize the team meant that it has a future as a stand-alone entity, and Golovkov simply states that he’s not sure, but he does believe that Dynamo will fulfill its contractual obligations in terms of actually paying its players for the balance of the month.

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Montreal Fan Has Had Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Audio only…

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