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Schedule For Stanley Cup Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (May 22, 2007)—The National Hockey League today released the schedule of dates for the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin Monday, May 28 in Anaheim or Detroit.

The Stanley Cup Final will match the Ottawa Senators, champions of the Eastern Conference, against the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 6 tonight in Anaheim.

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Almost Five Years Ago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wings fans- remember May 29, 2002?  Wings down 3-2 in games to Colorado in the WCF…

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KK Challenge: Tonight’s Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sticky post until game time tonight.

Tonight’s game with the Anaheim Ducks vs Detroit Red Wings is a big one obviously.  So here is another chance at a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com or Shop.NHL.com.

Challenge:  What time in the game will the last goal be scored tonight?

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The Richard Riot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hall of Fame Magazine,

Hours before the opening face-off, crowds, most of whom did not have tickets, gathered on St. Catharines St. and adjoining streets around the forum, and they were in a surly mood. At the Montreal Gazette, the editor, sensing that the usual number of reporters staffing a Canadiens game would not be sufficient to cover what might happen, assigned a young sports writer named Red Fisher to rush to the Forum, not to cover any aspect of the game, but to handle whatever other newsworthy event might occur.
Fisher, who was to become a journalistic legend in Montreal, had never before covered anything at the Forum, but as soon as he arrived he sensed that what was growing among the crowds, both inside and outside the building, was a possible riot. He was correct.

read on and thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer…

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Protest The NBC Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Clay Travis at CBS SportsLine,

1. Send a horse’s head to NBC studios. This worked well in The Godfather and will provide a nice opening bang.
2. Have Don Cherry record a monologue lambasting this decision and put it up on YouTube. Expletives included.

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Ottawa Overcomes Hardships

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Without hardships along the way, life’s greatest moments wouldn’t feel nearly as great.
In the aftermath of the Ottawa Senators’ breakthrough to the Stanley Cup final, a reporter asked club president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar to name the low point of the long, hard journey.
“The low point for me,” Mlakar said, standing in the back of playoff media conference room at Scotiabank Place, “was telling the team they wouldn’t get paid.”

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Game 6- Wings/Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

An open post today, asking your views on the game tonight.
Also interested in any superstitions you will bring out tonight to guarantee a victory, for either team!

added 11:10am, We Just Want One Bounce, my NHL.com blog today…

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Niyo: Lidstrom’s “C"hance Comes Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m liking the kid John Niyo at the News.  I like stuff like this:  “There is no handbook. No instructional video. Not even one of those bracelets with the inscription “W.W.S.D.”

What Would Stevie Do?”

I like it because it’s what we’re all thinking today.  What’s Nick going to do?  This is a little more dire than ‘97 against a Blues team that was, well, not really that good.  It’s a little different than a visit to Sergei in the trainer’s room.  And no matter how hard he tries, he can’t fake a wrecked knee. 

I’ll let young John tell you the rest.

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Fans Reaction Surprises Sens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators had a taste of what they mean to a hockey town gone bananas after snagging a reservation in the Stanley Cup final with “King Daniel Of Ottawa” Alfredsson’s OT winner against the Sabres.
Most impressive to the players was the thousands of fans who welcomed them home at the airport.
Even speaking of it yesterday after practice, chills started running up and down their spines again.
Chris Kelly: “I’ve seen a lot of things, but nothing like coming off the plane at the airport. There must have been 5,000 people there. To see that many supporting us, especially on a long weekend when people are out of town, was really fun.”

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Wings Remain Calm

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

It’s a tad too easy for the Red Wings to say “been there, done that.”
But when Daniel Cleary sits on a plane for five hours with the likes of Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Dominik Hasek after a heart-breaking Game 5 overtime loss that has the Wings sitting on the brink of elimination, that’s the heartening message he comes away with.
“From my standpoint, the experience showed yesterday (on the plane),” said Cleary. “The calmness, the belief that we have. We have a good mixture of veterans who have been there before and young guys who haven’t.
“The trickle-down effect is great.”

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