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Bad Job By The Refs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Cimaglia of ESPN,

Quenneville commented after the loss that the refs ruined the game by issuing a penalty to Walker at the end of the opening period. I concur to some degree. At the most they could have called offsetting penalties and let cooler heads prevail during the break.

In my view a major problem for the NHL is that officiating from game to game is too scattered. Many times those in the media or fans can overlook the inconsistent actions of officials because their miscues might not directly affect the final outcome. That shouldn’t be the determining factor in judging the performance of officials. A bad job is a bad job even if the final score was not altered because of officiating mistakes….

Unfortunately the young Blackhawks took the Red Wings’ bait time and time again and were whistled for 16 penalties. Chicago players picked the wrong time to jostle after whistles and run around after the Wings. With every penalty the Hawk frustration grew and the Detroit lead seemed to get larger. The overzealous officiating was bad but the Hawks didn’t do much of anything right to deserve a victory….

Maybe next year the referees as well will benefit from mistakes made in this season’s playoffs. Seemingly it is very difficult for NHL officiating to get the right balance and that should be cause for concern.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Crosby Taking On A ‘Greasy’ Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

But perhaps the most noteworthy thing he (Crosby) has accomplished in this postseason is to sprout facial hair that is starting to look a little like—well, almost a little like—an actual playoff beard….

“It doesn’t look pretty, but there’s a little more hair,” Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “He’s pretty greasy. Just patches.”

Fleury is something of an authority on that, since he long ago abandoned efforts to grow a beard—“I have like four hairs that grow,” he said. “Then they’re just long hairs, and look kind of dumb.”—and settled for a modest goatee.

Talbot’s description: “It’s like a Zorro-type of moustache.”

An informal survey in the locker room identified Crosby as owner of the worst playoff beard, but there were some dishonorable mentions. Fleury, of course. And winger Ruslan Fedotenko, who attributes his inability to grow a beard to being caught in fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when he was a boy.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Report- Roy Offered GM & Coaching Job By Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

According to a Montreal report, Pierre Lacroix has upped the ante in his pursuit of Patrick Roy to rejoin the Avalanche. Ruefrontenac.com - a website run by locked-out journalists from Le Journal de Montreal - reported Sunday that Avs president Lacroix has offered Roy the jobs of coach and general manager, and that Roy wants to hire Sylvain Lefebvre and Guy Boucher as his assistant coaches.


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  Tags: patrick+roy

The Difference In Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In the Detroit/Chicago series, I have sat back and watched Chicago with numerous offensive zone turnovers that have turned into goals for the Red Wings.

Instead of busting their butt to get back into the play, the Chicago players look beaten after the turnover.

In the first video, watch Versteeg (#32) when he turns the puck over.  Instead of busting back to help out, he decides to give Helm a two-hander instead of actually skating with him..

Another example, this one from the OT goal by Samuelsson in game 2.  Watch Patrick Kane (#88) when Brian Campbell turns the puck over at the Detroit blueline.  Kane is caught flat footed next to Samuelsson and completely gets lost on the play.

Watch that video below….

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What Happens If Darryl Sutter Coaches Too?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

There are certainly generous upsides to Sutter being dropped back behind the bench against his will. For starters, no additional financial outlay (with Keenan due a reported $1 million NOT to wear his skates out to post-practice media conferences for a year). Then there’s the fact that the handsomely-recompensed hired help would be accountable to their big boss on a daily basis. Sutter won’t accumulate many Mr. Congeniality Awards, isn’t exactly a Spritzer-down-the-baggy-pants kinda guy, but he ain’t the sort to condone slackers or allow strays to go off on their own; wander away from the herd.

He is, in anything, demanding, meticulous and not a man to cross. More than a sampling of those still around from the day rank him in the top cut of coaches they ever played for.

A couple of those trademark bitter beer-faces, simultaneously brimming with disbelief, menace and condescension, might be the most beneficial thing to ever happen to, say, the backpedalling Dion Phaneuf.


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  Tags: darryl+sutter

Keenan Fails Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

He coached another promising Flames team to another playoff failure. Regular readers of the Hockey Guy blog were not surprised by this unhappy turn of events.

Keenan was destined to fail. Predictably, he wore down goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

He gave lumbering Todd Bertuzzi a wide berth. He orchestrated the exit of needed skilled players. He didn’t get enough out of Dion Phaneuf and Jarome Iginla, franchise cornerstones, leaders who were supposed to be his type of players.

Keenan has never been a great tactician. He has never been the hardest working coach in the league, either.

His forte was motivation – and his famous intimidation tactics became ineffective once players began earning millions to play their sport.

read on

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  Tags: mike+keenan

Remember Those That Have Served

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Memorial Day 2009 is upon us here in the USA.  A time to reflect and remember those that have served and protected our nation.

We sometimes look at a hockey game as a battle, a war, etc., but the people doing the real battling are those in the military and they do their job every day, and do it well.

Thank you for service and dedication.


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Looking Ahead To The SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With the stars—make that superstars—beginning to align themselves properly in the hockey universe, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings appear on a collision course to meet for a second consecutive time in the battle for the sport’s Holy Grail.

And if you believe in learning from the past, then history could very well be on the side of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and company.

With both the Pens and Wings just one victory away from winning their respective conference finals, we could see a repeat of Stanley Cup finalists for the first time since the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers played for all the marbles in both 1983 and 1984.


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Keeping Secrets and Conspiracies

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Check this out from Helene St. James.


Chelios said of Lidstrom: “I went out to dinner with him last night and had no idea. I found out this morning he wasn’t playing.”

If I was 38 instead of 40? I’d say that is just wack, or whack.  I’m not sure.  Think about that. Chelios went to dinner with him and there was no mention of any injury, no sign from The Swede that anything at all might be bothering him.

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Huet Goes Into Hiding

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

“I’ll be Cristo.”

That was Brent Seabrook speaking, as he jokingly stepped into Cristobal Huet’s locker and faced a phalanx of reporters, nearly an hour after his Blackhawks had been whacked 6-1 by Detroit.

The real Cristo, as it turns out, never did show his face, taking refuge in the no-trespassing inner sanctum of the Hawks’ dressing room. At 5:30 p.m., the cut-off point for media access, scriveners and TV types ushered outside, Huet was still back there, hiding.

Pretty bush. Which might also accurately describe the No.2-turned-No.1 Chicago goalie, who gave up five Red Wing goals, bracketed around a second period spent largely on the bench – yanked by coach Joel Quenneville and then re-instated, presumably for a bit of confidence bucking-up.

He’ll need all the bucking he can get, the Hawks teetering on the brink of elimination in the Western Conference final, trailing 3-1 as the series swings back to Joe Louis Arena Wednesday night.


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  Tags: cristobal+huet

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