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Pittsburgh Defeats Carolina- One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Penguins offense continues to impress and they come away with a 6-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

added 10:34pm, game highlights via Versus added below…

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Kronwalled

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last night? This would have been tasteless.

But after Brian Campbell’s comments today?

Well, I’m ok with this.

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Jordan Now A Fan Of The Blackhawks

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from Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN,

So I’m standing in the United Center suite with Mr. Hockey himself, Michael Jordan, and his buddy, Kid Rock. We’re killing time between the first and second periods of the Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings playoff game, and I’m thinking, “NHL, where have you been all my life?”

I mean, when’s the last time you saw MJ at a hockey game? Even more incredible, when’s the last time Jordan slipped on a personalized No. 23 Hawks sweater (but only after team officials sewed a red patch over the maker’s company logo), walked out to his seat and happily posed and waved to the geeked crowd as the Versus cameras recorded every surreal moment? After all, who thought MJ would commit to the Indian?

“That’s never happened,” says an amazed Jay Blunk, the team’s senior vice president of business operations. “We celebrate the little things.”

“It’s validation,” says Hawks president John McDonough, who has known Jordan for years. “It’s validation.”

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Trying To Get A Handle On The Cap Number

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

As they compile their wish lists for the start of free agency beginning July 1, GMs will likely be facing the first decrease in the salary cap since it was instituted for the 2005-06 season.

The cap could drop by as much as $2.5 million for the 2009-10 season from its current $56.7 million figure, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Although Daly couldn’t say, it is not inconceivable that the figure could fall to $50 million for the 2010-11 season.

“At this point, we don’t really have a good estimate of where the cap will be,” Daly wrote in an e-mail to The Star-Ledger. “If the NHLPA wants a 5 percent inflator, and we agree, the cap should be relatively ‘flat.’ If there is no inflator applied, the cap will be down $2-$2.5 million.”

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Campbell, Goat Of Game 2: Kronwall’s Hit Was “Gutless”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated (and you guys have probably seen this but I’ll get nuts and post it anyway): Mike Babcock’s presser, including his reaction to Joel Quenneville and Brian Campbell’s comments.

Haven’t we heard that term somewhere before?

Hmmm.

Mike Keane in ‘97 perhaps?  Awesome.

Khan(!)

“I thought (Kronwall) jumped. I thought Marty didn’t have the puck. I thought his forearm came up high. I thought it was gutless all around,’’ Campbell said. “He’s done it hundreds of times in the league and it seems like nothing ever happens. ... These guys gotta pay for it, guys that are taking shots to the head. It’s unacceptable, and it’s not like it’s the first time it’s happened with that guy.”

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Coach Babcock Talks On An Off-Day

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Q. Mike, Brian Campbell labeled the Kronwall move as gutless. Whats your response to that?

        MIKE BABCOCK: I thought it was a great hockey hit. I thought it was a great hockey hit. So far from being gutless it’s not even funny. He did it right. He didn’t leave his feet. The puck was right in between the guy’s feet. I mean, no way.

        Q. Can you update Draper, Datsyuk, their situations for tomorrow? If Draper can’t play, who would replace him?

        MIKE BABCOCK: Draper can’t play. Abbie is going to go in his spot. Be good for him. Play his natural position. Datsyuk is going to be the same thing as it was the day before. We’ll see. I noticed his stuff was hanging up. They’re hoping they can get him in his boot and get him going.

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Blackhawks Coach Quenneville Today

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Q. What is the update on Khabi and Havlat?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: Khabi is doing better today. We’ll see how he presents tomorrow. But good progress.

        And Marty, as well. I thought Marty really looked good today. Hopefully he progresses today in the same fashion for tomorrow and a chance he could play tomorrow.

        Q. What did you think on the hit on Havlat?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: It’s a dangerous hit. Same stance as I had last night. You know, he didn’t touch the puck. The guy left his feet. You know, it was a tough hit.

        Q. Will Khabibulin possibly start tomorrow?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: We’ll see. We’ll make that determination tomorrow.

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Wings/Hawks Could Get Nasty

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from Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times,

But now it’s nasty, too.

Michael Jordan was in the house, wearing a No. 23 Hawks jersey with his own name on it, of course, and one had to wonder what he felt about Kronwall’s crushing blow. Memories of the Pistons’ ‘‘Bad Boys’’ back in the day?

No matter. One more victory at home, and this thing is all even.

Guaranteed, that victory isn’t going to come easy. It might not be pretty, either.

Seat belts, everybody.

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Memories Of Gerry McNeil

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

For decades, the photograph was folded in half and archived in a wood barrel in the basement of former Canadiens goaltender Gerry McNeil, remarkable history unceremoniously stored.

It is a magnificent, early 1950s oversized glossy snapped by photographer James (Scotty) Kilpatrick, the sharp fold giving this end of Detroit Olympia ice a second crease: McNeil is sprawled on his back, wearing the tortured look of every maskless netminder, as teammate Émile (Butch) Bouchard arrives to clear the rebound.

Five years ago, upon the death of his father, David McNeil discovered the image in a dusty cardboard box stacked in the basement locker of the Pointe Claire condominium where his parents had lived.

McNeil has since learned more about the precious Kilpatricks his father had been given and squirreled away, photos he discussed during a poignant half-hour presentation at the Bell Centre last Saturday to the annual meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research.

continued and make sure to check out Gerry McNeil: Goaltender Under Pressure Manuscript Description that contains some fantastic old-school hockey pictures.

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Canes Looking For Production

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Through earlier upsets of New Jersey and Boston, it was the stellar goaltending of Ward combined with the relentless offence of Staal that carried the Cardiac Canes.

But now, two losses into the series, Carolina desperately needs a big performance from both those players in order to keep that deficit from becoming insurmountable.

Staal has not scored in the last five games and has but a lone assist in the conference final. Ward gave up six goals in a 7-4 loss Thursday, the most he has ever allowed in a playoff game. In 38 previous post-season appearances, Ward had never given up more than four goals.

As he watches Crosby and Malkin put up big numbers – nine points between them in the first two games – Staal understands he also has to produce.

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