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No Joke - Dave Schultz Doing Stand-Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Nadu of NBC Philadelphia,

Legendary Philadelphia Flyer Dave Shultz became a South Philly icon by crashing his fists into opponent’s faces. These days Shultz is still doing some heavy crashing—on the comedy scene that is….

Now his face will be used for something other than a punching bag as the Canuck takes a swing at stand up.

more and yes, the writer forgot the ‘c’ in Schultz…

added 11:52am, It occurred to me many of the younger hockey fans may not know who Dave Schultz is, so watch him action at about the 2 minute mark in the video below.  How fitting is it that Ted Lindsay is doing the color?

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  Tags: dave+schultz

The Short List For Wild GM Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

The short list includes Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, TSN and NBC color analyst Pierre McGuire, longtime NHL GM and coach Pat Quinn, Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and Wild acting GM Tom Lynn.

While other unidentified candidates possibly could emerge, sources say the two considered frontrunners have interviews lined up.

Fletcher, 41, is expected to be in town later this week, while it’s believed McGuire, 47, will interview today.


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You Can’t Do It On Your Own

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Before Game 2, Sidney Crosby had scored exactly a quarter of the team’s goals this postseason. After last night’s outburst, that total shot up to 34.8 percent. Since the NHL moved to four rounds of best-of-seven game series in 1987, only one team which has advanced to the second round or beyond, has had a player account for more of his team’s offense:

read on for a list of those players…

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Oh No Wade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wade Vokey - a 50 year old life time hockey fan analyzes the current state of the National Hockey League and shares his suggestions that will save the game of hockey.

His major suggestion is play 5 on 4 in the offensive zone.  He wants only four defending players in the defensive zone, with the other playing above the blue line.  If he enters the defensive zone, 2 minute delay of game penalty.

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A Late Night Of Hockey For Some Of Us

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two teams will be up 2-1 in the series after the game tonight.

Which two is the question.


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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 3: Red Wings (1-1) at Ducks (1-1)  (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Two games played (well 2 2/3 games).  Each team has six goals, and the series is tied at one game apiece.  Could it get any tighter, could the stress be any greater?  Following the game 2 loss, Uncle Mike does not seem overly concerned:  “We had a five-hour flight, which gave us the opportunity for consideration,” Babcock said. “We went through the tape and decided we were fine.”  However, he did say this about the Wings shot selection:  “We have to be much harder on him[Hiller],” Babcock said. “I don’t think lobbing shots into his glove is making it hard.”

The trio of Datsyuk, Hossa, and Holmstrom have combined for one assist and are a collective minus-6 with 25 shots through two games. The Highlander was extremely critical of Datsyuk’s play on the OT winning goal:  “Datsyuk looked bad on the winning goal. He waved at Marchant just inside the blue line.”

Gut-check time tonight.  The Wings first adversity, of any kind, in these playoffs.  Who, if anyone, steps up for the Wings?  Babcock believes his “A players” will: “The good thing about those guys is they know what’s taking place thus far in the playoffs and this series and they know they have to be better.”  I hope to hell he is right.

UPDATES in this thread throughout the day (that is, of course, if your diggers actually report anything).  See you tonight, Bitches.

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Still Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Hahn of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

As you scroll through this section you will notice that none of the broadcasters have chimed in yet on how the Sharks season ended a week ago. There’s a perfectly good explanation, or two, for that.

First of all, what do you say? The greatest expectations in the 18 year history of the franchise went crumbling to the ground before our very eyes. It ended way too soon. It hit Rusanowski, Baker, Remenda and I with the same “kicked in the gut” feeling that many of you had and still have. It was brutal. There’s not much else you can say about it….

So I went to the well again. I asked my Facebook “friends”, how they felt about the Sharks now that the “raw emotions” have worn off. Here’s what they said.

I’m still disappointed, especially watching other teams still playing. It still hurts, but I’m over the worst part. I trust in DW (Doug Wilson) to do whatever is necessary to prevent this from happening again. I agree when he says it’s going to be a painful summer.

much more...

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Dual Hat Tricks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Greatest Hockey Legends,

This surprises me: Ovechkin and Crosby’s matching hat tricks is only the fourth such occurrence in Stanley Cup playoff history. The other three times were:

April 25th, 1996 - Trevor Linden, Vancouver and Joe Sakic, Colorado
April 26th, 1993 - Ray Ferraro, NY Islanders and Al Iafrate, Washington
April 14th, 1983 - Paul Reinhart, Calgary and Mark Messier, Edmonton

added 9:42am, from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

“When Crosby gets one, then Ovie comes back with a couple, and then Crosby gets another, and Ovie gets another,” Capitals forward Brooks Laich said. “It’s unbelievable to see two of the best going at it like that. . . . In the biggest moments, usually your biggest guys step to the front. That’s what Alex did tonight.”

In the Pittsburgh locker room, the Penguins said the same about Crosby. Thus, in the series’ first two games—both won by Washington—unmatchable hype is being matched, because the two best players have four goals apiece and are delivering the kind of performances that forge true rivalries.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Bears On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alanah of Canucks & Beyond did a post on Hockey Bears (bears playing hockey) back in November and now, Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times has discovered more videos…

I’d originally meant to write a post updating one from last year on the best hockey-themed commercials from around the world. But in going through YouTube clips for new ads I stumbled across a Russian phenomenon I was not previously aware of — bears playing hockey:

continued with videos…

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Cinco De Suck On This Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As you can see, as a means to deal with the stress…I’ve taken the high road.

Plus, there’s this.

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