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Komisarek Responds To Eye-Gouging Remark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Komisarek is not one of the Three Stooges.

The gritty Montreal Canadiens defenceman wants to make that clear to anyone who claims he gouged the eye of Boston Bruins’ Matt Hunwick after the final horn on Thursday night.

Informed that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had made that allegation and requested that the league review the incident, Komisarek broke into a sarcastic grin, the type that implied the message: “You’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me.”

On the record, Komisarek’s language was not quite as vulgar. But his response to Chiarelli was just as direct.

“It’s a bit of a ridiculous statement,” Komisarek said. “It’s the playoffs. Face-washes happen on every second shift in the playoffs. I don’t know if the kid (Hunwick) has soft skin. (But) I’m not Larry, Moe or Curly. I’m not trying to poke anyone’s eye out.”


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Burrows Finally Arrives

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Teryy Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Alex Burrows sits beside Roberto Luongo in the Vancouver Canucks dressing room. And he plays on the same line as Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

When you’ve recently played for the Baton Rouge Kingfish, Columbia Inferno and the Greenville Grrrowl in the ECHL, this is the kind of stuff you don’t even dare dream about.

When you are a bigger name in ball hockey than an actual hockey, playing on the No. 1 line on a top team in the Stanley Cup playoffs and sitting beside the great goalie/captain is pretty heady stuff.

“I was making $425 a week and living the dream,” said Burrows when he came off the ice for the morning skate prior to Game 2 of the series against the St. Louis Blues.


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Devils Lose More Than Just The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Venue isn’t the only thing that has turned on the Devils. So have the tables.

They head to Raleigh, where they’ve lost their last six playoff visits, having conceded home-ice advantage. They may be without their captain, as well, for Game 3 tomorrow.

Brent Sutter sounded as if the Devils may have to manage without Jamie Langenbrunner for a while, after the captain left last night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Newark with what the team called a “lower-body injury.”“We’ll see as we go along,” Sutter said of the lines he revamped because of Langenbrunner’s absence. “Hopefully, Jamie will be right back. We’ll know more [today].“Besides performing his role as captain, Langenbrunner shared the team’s goal-scoring lead since New Year’s (24) with Zach Parise.


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The Word On Roger Millions

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Reporter Roger Millions has been taken off the air for a few days after Rogers Sportsnet unintentionally aired an embarrassing outtake, according to network sources.

The Calgary-based correspondent was taping a pregame report prior to the NHL playoff series opener between the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday, when he uttered an obscenity after he messed up his presentation.

Somehow the outtake was not only filed back to network headquarters in Toronto, but was shown on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at approximately 6:20 p.m. EDT. The faux pas sent shock waves through the all-sports network yesterday, prompting an internal memo from executive producer Mike English.

continued & if you missed the incident, start here...

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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 2: Red Wings host Blue Jackets (6:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Coach Hitchock believes his BJ’s just don’t get any love, and he is all blue about it.  Recall before the series started that Hitch was concerned about the Wings having all the powerplay time?  Game One, 1st period, Wings whistled for 4 minors, BJ’s only one. Yesterday, Hitchcock bemoaned that the Wings cheat on draws.  Hitchcock demands reciprocation, if the Wings cheat, his BJ’s will also. The BJ camp certainly are determined to try to instill confidence in the players; glass half-full analysis abound.  Hitchcock even said:  “We put two in our own net,” “The game was right there for us halfway through. Then they took over on the faceoff dot, and they started to control the game.”  Granted Malholtra’s play was bone-headed, but CBJ had only eight shots in the final 40 mins of the game, including 2 - count them - 2 SOG in the 3rd.  I don’t claim to be a hockey genious (just a rabid Wing fan), but were the BJ supporters really watching the same game 1 as the rest of the “19”?  My two-cents: Wings started slow (imagine that), Ozzie was brilliant, especially in the 1st (imagine that too!, and he didn’t have to do much of anything for the rest of the game), and once the Wings got their legs, game over. 

Game 2 is early tonight, see you Bitches on the train.

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Did Brent Burns Play With A Concussion?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Ron Salcer, best known in these parts as the agent for free agent Marian Gaborik, accused the Wild of negligence Friday, saying it allowed one of his other clients, defenseman Brent Burns, to play six weeks with a concussion.

Acting Wild General Manager Tom Lynn disputed the substance of Salcer’s claims.

Burns, 24, was injured in practice Jan. 26 but wasn’t shut down until March 7. He is still affected with severe postconcussion syndrome.

“I met with Brent in L.A. [March 6],” Salcer said. “We’re having lunch with him and [fellow client Derek Boogaard] and he’s telling me about when he hit his head six weeks earlier. So I’m listening to him, and I’m incredulous listening to him.

“He’s telling me how, ‘Ronny, I’m an avid reader and I’m not able to read on the bus anymore. I get headaches that go all around my head. I can’t sleep. During the game, I’m not focusing. I feel like everything is happening, but I’m reacting slow. I go, ‘Brent, are you kidding me? You’ve got a concussion. You cannot play. You cannot play anymore!’

read on plus the Gaborik topic is brought up too…

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Blues In A Hole- Down 0-2 To Vancouver

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from Jeff Gordon of The Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

It’ll be tough for the Blues from here on out. They needed to win a game at Vancouver to have a realistic chance in this series, but they lost both.

The Canucks prevailed 3-0 Friday night, scoring a couple of classic playoff goals (Mats Sundin and Alex Burrows) plus an empty netter (Henrik Sedin). Chris Mason played well for the Blues, but not well enough.

Vancouver goaltender Robert Luongo was remarkable, robbing David Backes and Andy McDonald with especially outrageous saves….

An inch here, a bounce there and the Blues could have won this game and pulled dead even in this series. They put together offensive flurries in this games, as did the Canucks.

The Blues did a great job on faceoffs in key situations. That helped, but not enough.

The Blues frustration boiled over at the end, when the Blues dropped their gloves and got busy. The game ended with a major fracas.

Such is the nature of playoff hockey.

read on and below, watch the scrap at the end of the game…

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Breaking Down Pens/Flyers

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Barry Melrose of ESPN talks game 2 of the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series.  If for no other reason, scroll to the 40 second mark and catch the save Marc-Andre Fleury made on Jeff Carter.  The goal would have put the Flyers up 3-1 with about 8 minutes left in the game.

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How About Pierre McGuire For Avs GM?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Pierre McGuire is making some real nice coin as the color analyst with TSN and NBC, not to mention a freelance gig with Sports Illustrated. But he would also give his left you know what to get back in a management position in the NHL.

And, if I were Pierre Lacroix, I would give McGuire a good, hard look for the Avs GM job. After all - can you name me anyone who has seen more NHL games in the last few years than McGuire has most likely? Can you name me a person who has has a more varied menu of personnel he’s spoken to in the last few years - among players and coaches and everybody else in hockey? It’s part of his job description to talk to everybody in the game, and I think it would be smart for any team to consider him.


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The Carcillo Suspension

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With seven seconds left in game one of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins playoff series, a game Pittsburgh was winning (and won) 4-1, Daniel Carcillo of the Flyers took a faceoff against Maxime Talbot of the Penguins.  The game was getting out of referee control at the time.  There had been 26 minutes in penalties handed out in three separate incidents in less than the last twenty seconds of the game.  Philadelphia was killing a penalty.  This seemed like an unusual move for the Flyers.  Carcillo is not a penalty killer.  He averaged two seconds per game (!) on the penalty kill this season.  He only took twenty faceoffs all season.  Carcillo is the man who led the NHL in penalty minutes both this season and last season (his NHL career has only been two seasons long).  It was a suspicious enough move that the linesman even warned Carcillo not to do anything stupid.  When the puck was dropped, Carcillo hit Talbot in the head with the butt-end of his stick and/or punched him.  Talbot was not hurt in the play and Carcillo was not penalized.  The NHL reviewed the situation and decided to suspend Daniel Carcillo for game two and fine Flyers coach John Stevens $10,000 for setting up the situation so that his team could “send a message” for the rest of the series.

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