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Changes In The Northwest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s off-season game of musical chairs got under way in a hurry this year with most of the carnage centred on the once muscular Northwest Division, where the three teams that missed the playoffs began significant restructuring programs.

Colorado Avalanche started the proceedings by firing general manager Francois Giguere after the team’s worst season in its Denver history.

Giguere was ultimately the fall guy for the man he replaced, Pierre Lacroix, and is further proof of the perils of taking over a franchise in the early stages of a downward slide. Lacroix lucked into a great situation, inheriting a team on the rise, thanks to the work done by his predecessor, Pierre Page.

continued with many NHL topics discussed…

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Breaking Down Game 1 - Sharks/Ducks

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from Jamie Baker of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,

The Sharks

· Despite the loss still had more scoring chances and shots than the Ducks.
· The Sharks did a very good job in the defensive zone and good defense wins championships. Just because the Sharks didn’t score does not mean they abandon good defensive play.
· Dan Boyle didn’t score but he had the best chances for the Sharks and got unlucky by hitting the post.
· The Sharks defense had 17 shots on net. If that trend continues the Sharks forwards, with a few adjustments and better body position down low, should be able to get some screen/tip/rebound goals.

It’s a Best of 7 Series

We knew this was going to be a close, tight checking series. The Ducks played a tremendous road game last night but the Sharks did a lot of good things and also left room to play better. It’s the first to four, not the first to one. This series is far from over.


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Canes Need To Find Their Offense

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from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

For Carolina to even the series, it needs to match the New Jersey’s compete and hunger level, hope it continues to get stellar goaltending from Cam Ward and try to take a boisterous crowd out of the equation early. The home ice advantage was apparent for the Devils in Game 1, a palpable difference from this time last year when the Rangers invaded – and so did their fans.

For New Jersey, a fiery forecheck on a middling Carolina defense worked wonders and there’s no reason to expect the Devils will change tactics in Game 2. Carolina, meantime, needs to find a way to generate more offense, perhaps by stretching the ice surface. The Devils may boast one of the best goalies ever, but when you limit the opponent to 19 shots, they could have had Martin Short in goal instead of Martin Brodeur and still come out on top.

more plus a look at the Flyrs and Blues/Canucks…

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Get In Sid’s Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Timothy Parker of NBC Philadelphia,

With the Pittsburgh Penguins Philly-bound the Flyers need to get the home ice advantage. When the Penguins invade the Wachovia Center for Games 3 and 4 it is imperative that the 20,000-strong Orange Crush pounce on Crosby like a lion on prey.

Crosby went on record in December that Philadelphia is the worst place for him to play.

Earlier this season “Sid the Kid” described his past Philadelphia experiences as “vicious.”

With that knowledge the Flyers faithful need to get into his head like usual.

Crosby is a talented superstar. But, he often appears like a cocky, spoiled five year old on the ice—his constant complaints for calls and his overall selfish attitude.

more & I would like to know- What do you think of this type of ‘journalism’?

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2009 World Championships

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Risto Pakarinen at The Hockey News:

With just seven days remaining until the opening games of the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland, the top four European teams are sizing each other up at the Ceska Pojistovna Cup, the fourth leg of the Euro Hockey Tour between Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

In the first game of the tournament, Jaromir Jagr made a comeback to the Czech nationals and led his team to a 2-1 win over Sweden.

and much more with an eye on European hockey

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AO On E:60

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ESPN’s award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will profile National Hockey League star Alexander Ovechkin in the episode airing Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. ET. The program, which launched in October 2007, combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes. These stories are presented in a fresh and innovative format that incorporates producer/correspondent meetings.

E:60’s Rachel Nichols has an all access pass inside the life of this megawatt hockey god who is equal parts everyman, equal parts rock star. In this revealing portrait, viewers see what makes Ovie run 100 miles per hour on and off the ice: his unabashed joy and enthusiasm, his love of fast cars, his simmering rivalry with the other name on the NHL’s marquee, Sydney Crosby, his hell bent for leather style of play that leaves defensemen swiveling their heads, and his burning desire to turn the nation’s capital into a hockey mad city.

The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, NBA star LeBron James, Caps owner Ted Leonsis and iconic hockey commentator Don Cherry are among the voices in the feature.

Watch a one minute preview of the show below…

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Thoughts After Game One

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at Fox Sports:

One game does not a series make but the opening games of the 2009 Stanley Cup conference quarterfinals have brought some interesting factors to the fore which could affect the outcome of these series.

—The San Jose Sharks entered the postseason hoping to finally shed the label of playoff chokers, but their 2-0 loss in the opening game of their first-round series against the underdog Anaheim Ducks isn’t likely to allay the fears of their supporters or the barbs of their critics.

continued… with notes on all 8 playoff series after the first game

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Playoff Hockey Is Back In Chicago

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Live- NHL Live

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Sr. VP Colin Campbell will be appearing on NHL Live today.  Watch below and the show runs from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT.

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  Tags: nhl+live

Word Error

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

The awesomely named Roger Millions was reporting from Chicago last night for Sportsnet, setting the scene between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames before Game One. After mispronouncing the name of Flames defenseman Cory Sarich (it’s SAHR-ihch), Millions got a little self-critical of his performance—and dropped a tremendous profanity live on the air.

Serious, no-joke NSFW adult language warning on the YouTube clip.

Read and watch on.  At times, we all make mistakes and I am sure Roger would like to take that moment back.

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