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Ken Kal On The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I spoke with Wings radio play-by-play man Ken Kal this afternoon.
Ken gives his views on the Wings/Ducks series and answered a few other questions I had.
It was a treat for me to speak with him and hope you enjoy the conversation.

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The Ducks Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Randy Carlyle, Chris Pronger, Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer took part in a press conference today…

Q. Randy, Giguere had to go through a lot at the end of the season, start of the playoffs. Are you impressed by the way he focused on the game still?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Again, you know, I think that when people go through hurdles in life and things that do happen outside of the game, then get an opportunity to go back to work, I think work becomes a little bit of a haven. Once you can satisfy in your own mind that everything’s okay at home, the ability to go back to work is really a relief for the individual.
I think that was the case with Giguere. He was through a situation that took some time to resolve. He got the opportunity to come back and practice for a couple of days. He didn’t play right away. He probably felt that he was more deserved of playing right away, but we had a goaltender that won three in a row, and as a coach you have to make those decisions.
When we lost the game in Minnesota, he grabbed the net from then on he’s given us quality goaltending and has given us a chance in every game. That’s all you can really ask from him. It’s a tribute to the individual to go through the personal family situation and then to come back and be ready to play at a high level. He’s to be commended for that.

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Note To Anaheim: There’s Hockey In Your Town

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sometimes things confuse me.  My head swims and I get scared and clammy.  Right now is one of those times.  I’m used to a situation where we have to convince our writers that hockey exists.  In LA? Exactly the opposite.  The media is trying to explain to the public that the Poultry aren’t some sort of urban legend.

The Ducks barely register as a blip on the SoCal sports radar, hidden as they are in the National Hockey League and marooned as the only major tenant in Anaheim’s arena.

Then there are the name changes. From Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to Anaheim Ducks, and the place-name changes. From the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim to The Pond to the Anaheim Arena and the Honda Center. It’s enough to confuse less-than-casual hockey fan, which is most of us.

I know. I know.  Hockey’s a niche sport.  The Duck fan base may be small, but they’re loyal.  But, c’mon.  3 out of 4 years in the Conference Finals and the media still has to beg the lefties for their interest in that team?  Did I say “lefties?”  Woops. 

Oh…and check out this quote from Mike Babcock today on Leaf’s Lunch.

On the holes the Ducks may see in the Wings defense, “They plan to run the crap out of our D, we plan to do the same.” 

I’m starting to feel an anti-Pronger post coming on.  It’s in its infant stages, but I think that’s what I’m sensing.

 

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Exercising Demons

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Each of the NHL’s final four teams is battling a burden, fighting a perception, attempting to overcome bad karma that to some extent can add to the otherwise significant pressure.
t’s one more reason that when the Sabres, Senators, Ducks or Red Wings gather on the ice with the Stanley Cup and pose for the celebratory picture, they will have passed the most testing playoff process in sports.

read on

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The Norris Race

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from John McGourty at NHL.com,

While Anaheim Ducks defenders Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer vie for their second Norris Trophies, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is seeking his fifth. The trophy honors the former owner of the Red Wings.
Pronger, the 2000 Norris Trophy winner, and Niedermayer, the winner in 2004, could become only the second pair of teammates to run 1-2 in Norris balloting by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Lidstrom edged teammate Chris Chelios, a three-time winner, in 2002.
What can be said about Lidstrom that hasn’t been said before?
Nothing.

read on

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Afternoon Reading

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

With approximately 30 hours until the WCF kick off tomorrow night in Hockeytown, you’re bored and restless.  I can’t offer you anything to combat those ailments, but I can provide you a few links because I like you all so very much.

Dan Wood of the OC Register writes about the life and times of Duck legend Travis Moen.

The LA Times explores one of life’s amazing coincidences; the tie three of the four Conference Finals coaches have to the historic Anaheim Duck franchise.

Pierre McGuire offers four defensemen who will impact the Conference Finals.

And here’s a friendly little quote J.S Giguere spit out yesterday about his friend Teemu.

“He’s just a very elegant player. He’s got a very nice stride to his skating, he plays with a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm. You can tell he’s having fun, and it’s always fun to see him around. He just loves interacting. He makes everybody in a better mood because he’s such a goodhearted person. He’s just a great teammate.”—Ducks goaltender J.S. Giguere on Teemu Selanne.

I’m glad he’s having fun.  Hopefully that fun will continue after Todd Bertuzzi plows him through the end boards at the Joe tomorrow night.

 

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Did You Know

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elias Sports Bureau,

This is Chris Drury’s sixth year in the NHL playoffs and he’s reached the Conference Finals each time: 1999 through 2002 with Colorado, and the last two years with Buffalo. Drury has 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) in 33 career games in the Conference Finals, and five of the 10 goals he’s scored in this round have been game-winners (two in overtime).
The Senators’ Dany Heatley led all players with 10 points (three goals, seven assists in five games) in the second round of this year’s playoffs. Rounding out the top five were Jason Spezza (3-5-8), Martin Straka (2-5-7), Pavel Datsyuk (2-4-6) and Daniel Briere (1-5-6).

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The Puck Drops Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I touch on a few subjects today at my NHL.com blog.
The talk in changing the OT format gets addressed too.

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Would You Notice?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

“What do you think about making the nets bigger?” he asked me.
“I don’t think any idea should be off the table,” I said.
“All I know is, if they replaced the current nets with the bigger ones (the league) tested a couple years ago, I’d bet you most fans in the stands wouldn’t be able to tell the difference,” he said. “But with that extra bit of room to shoot at, it would make a big difference to shooters.”
“And if that didn’t result in more scoring?” I said.
“Then I’d shrink the goaltending equipment even more than they already have,” he said.

more NHL bits…

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A Matter Of Faith For Doan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Canadian Christianity,

Doan also recently made headlines over allegations that he had made a derogatory comment to a French-Canadian referee. According to the Toronto Star, NHL officials came to Doan’s defense, saying he had been cleared of any wrongdoing well over a year ago. One positive thing that was stressed in some of the media coverage was that fact that Doan is a committed Christian. In a recent issue of Faith & Friends, before the controversy erupted, Jayne Thurber-Smith profiled Doan.
SHANE DOAN is stickhandling his way through the National Hockey League (NHL) with grace, faith and a firm belief in family.

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