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GDT - WC Semifinals, Game 2: Red Wings (0-1) at Sharks (1-0)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Game 1.

GOOD - - Both Mule and Buckets finally score a freaking playoff goal.  Nabakov lets in 3 on only 23 SOG.
BAD - - DET goes 0-5 on the PP and has only 4 SOG.  Kronwall needs to meet Joe Pavelski (2 G 1 A).  DET has only 23 SOG.
UGLY - -  Allowing 3 first period goals in the span of 1:19. 

Eaves may not play, J-Won’t will be in if Eaves can’t go.  Patrick Marleau will return to San Jose’s lineup, Jed Ortmeyer going to the press box.

Thank the hockey gods DET isn’t playing a Sunday Matinee - the Wings finally catch a scheduling break.  Game On, Bitches(!)

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Will Capitals Answer Wake-Up Call?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

(Mike) Green has to get a whole lot better in his end despite his 143 points the last two seasons on the Capitals blue-line. You saw exactly what the Canadian Olympic team management brain trust saw when they excluded Green from consideration, feeling that Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings was a better fit, with and without the puck.

As for(Alexander) Semin, he’s not scoring, so he’s excess baggage. His work habits have to get considerably better in traffic. He had 44 shots against Montreal, but looked like he had inherited Derek Boogaard’s hands.

This is a wake-up call for the Capitals

more hockey topics…

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Good Game, Bad Results

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Were you encouraged by the way the Flyers, from the middle of the second period on, fought back and fought back again against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoff series?

Or were you discouraged by just how one-sided was the overtime, which ended after 13 minutes, 52 seconds when the Bruins’ Marc Savard, in his first game back from a concussion, launched a rocket from the faceoff dot that got by Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher?

Questions, then. And a wild, incredibly entertaining afternoon.

From his vantage point, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette sees the glass as decidedly half-full.

read on

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2nd Chance To Win Two Tickets To The Hockey Hall of Fame

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here is your 2nd chance to win tickets to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Compliments of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, I received four tickets last week and gave away two of them at that time.

If you could use them, leave a comment below and then I will do a random drawing to pick a winner.

You must be a KK member (register here, it is free) in order to win the tickets and you must leave a comment by 12:00pm EDT Sunday, May 2nd..

note- moved to top of page so everyone has a chance to win.  Original post was 4/30/10 at 10:36am.

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Hockey Notes Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• It is entirely possible that the next round of the Eastern Conference playoffs will feature Matt Cooke vs. Marc Savard.

• The best way to score on Antti Niemi: Shoot.

• Doesn’t the fit seem right: Ken Hitchcock and the New Jersey Devils. Discipline meets discipline.


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Bad Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

All we heard about leading up to Game 1 of the Blackhawks’ second-round playoff series against Vancouver was about bad blood, but all we got from the Hawks was bad hockey.

Disastrous hockey.

This had to be their worst game of the season. Their dumbest, too. And weakest. They got outskated, outhustled, outfought—out-everythinged.

Every Canucks line was better than every Hawks line. Heck, every Canucks line scored.

The Canucks came into this year’s series intent on attacking the Hawks. They did exactly that. They took the Hawks’ puck-possession game and killed them with it. Faster and better. Smarter and tougher. If there’s any other way to indict the Hawks, they’re guilty of that, too.


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Jordan Staal Injury Options

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

a) had a foot amputated Friday night;

b) has just undergone season-ending surgery;

c) stubbed his toe tripping over a dog that he might or might not own;

d) is listed as day-to-day, and could return any time;

e) will run this morning’s Pittsburgh marathon before playing his usual huge high-impact, quality minutes for the Penguins this afternoon in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Canadiens.

Options B and D were the ones most popularly floated on a day that saw both teams get full value from their Bureau of Sketchy Details, Half-Truths and Disinformation.

read on

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Are The Capitals Willing To Make Significant Changes?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

By the summer of 1996, there were questions about Steve Yzerman’s leadership ability while the Red Wings were regarded as a classic model of underachievement, regular-season wonders who were postseason chokers after humiliating elimination three years running to lower seeds, including a first-round loss to San Jose in 1994, a sweep in the Finals by the Devils in 1995 and the retreat in the ‘96 Westerns when confronted by the Avalanche.

But without knee-jerking, GM Ken Holland went to work, reaffirming his faith in head coach Scotty Bowman, then remaking his team by replacing Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau, Dino Ciccarelli and Mike Ramsey with Brendan Shanahan, Larry Murphy, Bob Rouse and Aaron Ward, the deal for Shanahan equally as significant to Detroit as the deal for Goring was on the Island.

Two years later, the Red Wings had won consecutive Cups on their way to three in six years and the four in 11 that have established Detroit as the NHL’s model franchise.

Which is all to suggest there is no need for Capitals GM George McPhee or owner Ted Leonsis to panic in the aftermath of the seven-game upset defeat to Montreal, no need to tear down the foundation of the league’s most entertaining and polarizing team, but it will be necessary to make significant moves to augment and transform the nucleus in order to attain its manifest destiny.


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GM Of The Year Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The first annual General Manager Award will indeed see the light of day this year. You may remember this was Brian Burke’s idea a few years back and, finally, after careful vetting at the proper levels, the award is a go, a source told ESPN.com Saturday. Always made sense to me; if there’s a Jack Adams Award for coach of the year, why not a GM Award?

All 30 GMs had a ballot sent to them over the past week. It’s not clear at this point, but other people may also vote on it. What’s also not clear is when the award will be presented, whether it’ll be with the other awards in Las Vegas on June 23 or at a separate function.

more hockey topics including not only is Ken Holland getting a contract extension, but so is Wings Asst. GM Jim Nill….

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Wings Could Use A Hot Mule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

He’s been the most productive sniper in the Stanley Cup playoffs the previous two springs and the Detroit Red Wings are hopeful that his goal in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series with the San Jose Sharks will again ignite the fire in Johan Franzen’s deadly finish.

“It felt good,” said Franzen, who has points in all eight playoff games this spring, but just two goals. “I’ve had some really good chances lately, but couldn’t get it in the net.”

During the 2008 and 2009 playoffs, Franzen registered an NHL-high 25 goals, and has earned a reputation as someone who scores goals in bunches.

Franzen admitted he’d been pressing lately.


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