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Beware Of Youth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Canada.com,

Getzlaf, who grew up in Regina, turned 22 on Thursday and went out for dinner with a group of other Ducks.
Perry is from Peterborough, Ont., and turns 22 next Wednesday.
Both were major junior stars — Getzlaf with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and Perry with the OHL’s London Knights.
They skate on the Ducks’ No. 2 attacking unit with Justin Penner, 24, who was cut from his hometown Winkler, Man., midget and junior teams. He went off to play college hockey for the Maine Black Bears to get noticed, and everybody notices him now.

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KK Interview with LA Times’ Columnist Helene Elliott

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

I had a chance today to speak with L.A. Times sports columnist, Helene Elliott.  Ms. Elliott is veteran hockey writer who also happens to be the first female journalist to be honored with a plaque in the Hall of Fame of any major professional sport.  From Legends of Hockey:

“Helene Elliott is a pioneer among female sports journalists,” said Kevin Allen, president, Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. “But she has truly been a role model for sportswriters of both genders. Her ethics are unquestionable. Her reporting is beyond reproach. Her prose is lively. Her professionalism is of the highest order. There is no one in this business any more respected than Helene.”

Our conversation can be downloaded here, or listened to on the player below.  My sincere thanks to Ms. Elliott for taking the time to speak to me on a busy game day.

 

 

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All Aboard: Stress Train Will Be Full NLT 1900

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look.  You guys have to lay off.  Are you under the impression I stress less than you? Haven’t I proved that I’m the most pathetic stressor among us? 

Don’t I come up with silly juvenile phrases that indicate just how unable I am to function this late in the season?  Yet….you comment. You email me.  Some of you have called me.  More posts, you demand.  More fodder.  More childish wit to keep our minds off the game.

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Wishing For Surprises

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Here’s hoping the next two rounds provide a little more drama than the first two.
Top 12 Late Playoff Surprises I’m Hoping For:
• A playoff game in the finals goes 13 overtime periods. The winning goal is scored by a guy who looks like Keith Richards. Frankly, at this point, everyone looks like Keith Richards.
• Don Cherry is wrongly beaten up outside a New York TV studio by Sesame Street supporters who thought he skinned Snuffleupagus to make a suit.

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Out On A Limb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Espo on the Playoffs at the National Post,

To tell you the truth, the way they played on Thursday night, it looks like this could be one of the shortest series of the season. Looks can be deceiving and I’m not predicting that kind of outcome. But you tell me, where do the Ottawa Senators look vulnerable? When you find something, you let me know.

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DirecTV Viewers Shut Out Of HD Broadcast Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TVPredictions,

Well, although the game was originally scheduled to be broadcast by Versus HD, it was moved to MOJO, the High-Definition channel owned by several cable operators. (Comcast, a partner in MOJO, owns the Versus channel.)...
Consequently, DIRECTV could not show the game last night.
“We’re doing our best to schedule all of the HD NHL games from Versus,” DIRECTV spokesman Robert Mercer told TVPredictions.com. “In this instance, because it was not available by satellite, and combined with timing and our own technical constraints, we were not able to offer the (Ottawa-Buffalo) game.”

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A Russian Salute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Never heard “Smoke on the Water” played by violins before.

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Joe Goes Big Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Pelletier’s Legends of Hockey,

My other hockey website, 1972 Summit Series.com, is going to Hollywood.
Actually, it’s going to New Brunswick where CTV is filming a made for tv movie called Sticks and Stones.

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Setting A Trap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Still, we can’t help but believe there’s a little bit of a trap being laid here. The Wings, considered old when they lose and savvy veterans when they win, are not really supposed to be here. And yet, they are slyly confident.
“I just think that expectations from within in Detroit are as high as they’ve ever been [regardless of what the outside perspective might be],” offered former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Ed Olczyk, now a national broadcast analyst.
“There’s no doubt in my mind, for most of this season, these are the two best teams [in the conference],” Olczyk said.
... in the end. As it should be.

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No Shots From Briere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Daniel Briere was silent Thursday night. The Buffalo Sabres’ top scorer was idled by Ottawa during a 5-2 loss to open the Eastern Conference finals. The cocaptain, who led the Sabres in scoring during the regular season and is pacing them in the playoffs, didn’t register a shot. It was the first time he was kept at zero in the postseason and just the 10th time in the 94 games since October.
He left HSBC Arena without comment despite media requests.

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added 9:38am, from the Hockey News,

Seems like falling behind by a couple goals is tantamount to a collective whiff of ammonia for the Sabres. Their nostrils flare, eyes widen and they start to get real serious about things. It’s too bad they’ve often got one skate in the grave when they come to…
Not sure if Daniel Briere is hurt or what, but he looked like the only person in Buffalo who didn’t care whether the Sabres won Game 1 or not. My advice to him would be up the intensity or start asking Maxim Afinogenov about which press box seats have the best sight lines…

more on the game last night…

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