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16 Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Baker of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,

Bob Errey was captain of the San Jose Sharks as the team prepared for the 94 playoffs. A couple of nights before the playoff series with the #1 seeded Red Wings began, Bob was laying in bed and couldn’t sleep. Bob had won a Stanley Cup while in Pittsburgh and was thinking about what it takes to succeed in the playoffs. After awhile he decided to jot down what he was thinking which he shared with the coaches and all the players….

1. It takes 16 WINS to win the Stanley Cup
2. 4 Wins per series
3. Never dwell on the past (good, bad, win, lose)
4. Never take anything for granted
5. One shift is as important as 20

read on

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Face The Facts Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

After tonight’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh in a first-round playoff opener, some of the Flyers talked about all the “bad bounces” that contributed to the Penguins goals.

  And before the game, when asked how how the Flyers could regain their form for the playoffs, coach John Stevens smiled and said: “I don’t agree with everybody else’s analysis of how we finished the year. I think we played a lot of good games…I thought there were some games where we were the better team and didn’t win. Our special teams were strong down the stretch….We tightened up defensively; we out-chanced teams, so in my opinion, we did a lot of things we needed to do down the stretch.”

    Am I watching a different team?

    Didn’t the Flyers limp home 4-5-1 and blow the fourth seed to the Penguins?

    The Flyers have been mediocre for six weeks now, plain and simple.


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Capitals Have Defensive Zone Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Bragging is not The Maven’s forte.

With that in mind I’m not suggesting that my prediction of a Rangers opening series victory over Washington was underlined by their stirring win in Game One.

But looking ahead to the second game in our nation’s capital on Saturday, it is apparent that the Capitals may very well be a paper tiger and not necessarily a playoff scoring machine.

As I told you over and over again in my previews of this fascinating match-up, the Caps are so weak in goal and so deficient on defense that all the Ovechkins and Semins and Greens cannot compensate for a goalie so riddled with doubts — and deficiencies — as Jose Theodore.


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Here Come The Springtime Experts

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You never really know how many hockey geniuses there are in the Detroit media until mid-April rolls around.  Then, after months of pretending hockey hibernates from November through March? Out come the Fosters and the Rosenbergs, and of course the Delicate Geniuses. 

A man approached me the other day and wanted to talk about the Red Wings.

“I know you don’t want to hear this, but I really believe Columbus is going to give the Wings problems,” he said. “I think the Wings will wear them down. But it is going to take seven games to take care of them.”


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I NOW Consider Alexander Ovechkin A Hall Of Famer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One question I try to answer is at what point in their careers, a player establishes himself as a Hall Of Famer.  At what point does it no longer matter what he does or does not do for the rest of his career because he has done enough that he should make the Hall of Fame?  This season I think Alexander Ovechkin got himself to that point.

Ovechkin is only 23 years old and most likely has the majority of his career ahead of him and yet he has already done more than most players will do in their lifetimes.  In four seasons he has won the Hart Trophy once, the Art Ross Trophy once, the Richard Trophy twice, the Calder Trophy once, the Pearson Award once and he has made the First Team All Star at left wing three times.  In this season the awards have not yet been presented, but he is a likely favorite for another Hart and Pearson Trophy as well as the First Team All Star.  He is the most likely choice by fans as the best player in the game today.  That is a Hall of Fame career in and of itself and it is probably only a portion of Ovechkin’s entire career.

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Center Ice Replay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner posted the following release he received today…

NEW YORK, April 15, 2009 –Tax Day has a bright side for hockey fans. Starting today, April 15, and through the second round of the playoffs, subscribers to the NHL Center Ice out-of-market package will receive replays of same day games. In this new enhancement which is free to customers, the NHL Center Ice package will re-air each current day’s game beginning approximately one hour after the live game ends so that fans can see games they might have missed. Each game will replay in its entirety and will repeat continuously overnight and the next day, on the same channel, until the following day’s live games begin.

The “Replay Game” feature means that there will be approximately 4-5 replays for single, scheduled games. Live games scheduled back-to-back will be replayed in that same order, so that there will be approximately 2-3 replays before game-time the following day. No games will be bumped from the package to accommodate replay games. Blackout and other restrictions apply.

I haven’t heard anything about this, how about you?

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Goal Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We’ve had our first goal review and I just want to point out the NHL will be keeping fans updated on the results of these reviews.

Video Review - Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh - 1st period ... Play was reviewed to determine if the net was in proper position and if there was a distinct kicking motion ... Review determined that Sidney Crosby touched the puck with his stick prior to puck crossing the line and the net was on its pegs.

Go here if you want to follow all the reviews by the Situation Room in Toronto.

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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I sure would like to DVR the NHL playoff games, but find it kind of difficult when ‘No Title Available’ on all Center Ice channels for tonight!

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Lightning Continue Staff Reduction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning owner OK Hockey on Wednesday finished a third day of layoffs. The company said about 25 employees total lost their jobs. The most prominent Wednesday was media relations specialist Jay Preble, who had been with the team 13 years.


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Enjoy the Playoffs, Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Dear Fans,

There is no suspense like NHL playoff suspense, no drama like NHL playoff overtime drama, no sacrifice in sports like NHL playoff sacrifice – and there is no trophy, anywhere, comparable to the Stanley Cup. So welcome to the excitement the next two months will provide as hockey’s top competitors rise to an even-higher level in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

We have the best sport, we have the best players, we have the best trophy and we have absolutely the best fans. Thank you all, so much, for supporting us in record numbers once again during the 2008-09 season. The season was absolutely fantastic and I believe the playoffs will be even better. I hope you enjoy every minute.

Gary Bettman

Source: NHL.com

Also, you can find the commissioner on his new Twitter account which he’ll be using tonight.  NHL Tweetups are being held around North America, so if you want to watch opening night in the company of other fans, check out the cities hosting events.

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