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Retraction:  MacLeod Never Picked The Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oddly, I made a mistake yesterday.  I saw a story in the Macomb Daily Journal.  The story was without a byline, but the author…who we know now to be Chuck Pleiness…said this.

PREDICTION: Ducks in six.

Umm. That didn’t sit well.

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May Day Intrigue

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In a hallway directly adjacent to the press room at Joe Louis Arena, Duck coach Randy Carlyle was sobbing.  Literally sobbing as he tried to describe the injustice of his world.  His whole body was shaking and the tears wouldn’t stop as he tried to articulate his emotions.  Mike Brown: innocent.  Johan Franzen: a crease crashing menace.  Jiri Hudler: cut by his own visor after “admiring his pass.”

Ok.  I don’t think the part about Carlyle crying is true.  In fact, I’m sure it isn’t because I made it up.

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Shot Of The Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

PJ Stock at CBC said that Mike Brown’s hit on Jiri Hudler was his “McDonald’s Shot of the Game”.  Naturally, PJ Stock is trash and his comments about that “clean hit” only confirm that. 

You want my shot of the game? 

I think I know you guys well enough by now to be able to say this with great confidence.  100 percent confidence in fact.

This is your shot of the game, courtesy of John T. Greilick at the Detroit News.

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Is Joe Thornton A Playoff Choker?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The San Jose Sharks have failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs in the four years that Joe Thornton has been with them.  In a lot of people’s minds, that alone is sufficient proof that Joe Thornton is a choker who is unable to win the big game.  This argument is clearly too simplistic to prove anything. Let’s look closer at the issue.

A couple days ago James Mirtle listed the best playoff performers since the lockout.  Despite a lack of any deep playoff runs, Joe Thornton places 16th in total points with 35 points in 41 games played.  He is the only San Jose Shark to make the lists for top forwards, defencemen or goalies.  Those offensive numbers Thornton has are certainly respectable numbers.  They are down from his regular season scoring rate, in part because there is less scoring in the playoffs than the regular season, but they are good numbers.

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Get Used To It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you really need evidence that the playoffs suck?  All you have to do is watch the rest of this series.  Every game is going to be exactly like that one was. Every. Single. Game. 

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Brown’s Hit on Hudler

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Anaheim Ducks forward Mike Brown was ejected from Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings for a hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.

Hudler passed the puck and was defenceless when Brown hit him, appearing to land an elbow to his head during the first period on Friday night.

The game was delayed briefly while Hudler was helped off the ice and blood was scraped off it. A towel was pressed against a big cut above Hudler’s left eye.

Video (via YouTube):

Update 10:14pm ET: From Bob McKenzie at TSN

It’s really up to the National Hockey League to decide what is it that they want to do. I think the NHL is going to look at it and say it’s a five-minute major, it happened midway through the first period, Mike Brown is out of this game, there was no severe injury to Hudler other than the blood, he came back and he’s playing, and the Ducks had to play with 11 forwards the rest of the game. There may not be a suspension in this case.

added 5/02/09 at 8:11am (Paul), from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Mike Brown’s vicious blindside hit on Jiri Hudler left Hudler in a pool of blood and should, if there’s any consistency in Colin Campbell’s world, land Brown a five-game suspension just as it did Washington’s Donald Brashear for his hit on Blair Betts of the Rangers last week.

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Babcock Seeks Advice From McLellan

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail:

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy today, spent the three previous NHL seasons as an assistant coach under Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.

The Wings coach acknowledged that he phoned McLellan on Thursday for advice on dealing the Ducks, who upset the Sharks in the first round. But Babcock would not divulge what sort of counsel he received from McLellan.

[LINK].  And here’s another posting from Wharnsby this evening on Kris Draper’s future.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, todd+mclellan

You Hear That Song From 1962? Do You?...It’s A Game 1 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t remember the last game day that has generated this kind of stress.

It has little to do with Rafalski.

It has a lot to do with the burning hatred we have for the Anaheim Ducks and the sweet vengeance we can see on the horizon, just four victories away.

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Major Leagues Monitoring the H1N1 Flu

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ESPN:

All four major professional leagues in the United States—including Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL, which all have teams in season—say they are monitoring the flu epidemic which has caused schools to close in a number of states.

Officials from MLB, the NBA and NHL all said they are relying on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, but are not intending to cancel games. Every baseball team is in action this weekend, while the NBA has five playoff games scheduled from Friday-Sunday, and there are six NHL games (including one in Canada).



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NHL Says Business Going Strong

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On TV Ratings and various NHL marketing endeavors.

NEW YORK (May 1, 2009) ─ The Stanley Cup™ Playoffs Conference Quarter-Finals have concluded, and the National Hockey League reports that virtually all key business metrics have continued their strong momentum from the regular season, in spite of challenging economic conditions.

    During the regular season, the NHL achieved its fourth-consecutive season of record attendance, and that momentum continued.  During the Conference Quarter-Finals, playoff teams played to more than 100 percent of arena capacity and averaged 18,739 fans.

    Television ratings continued their momentum from the regular season and increased sharply.  Viewership on NBC surged 17 percent and the network had the most-watched NHL first-round broadcast in eight years.  Also, viewership rose 23 percent on VERSUS and 42 percent on TSN – helping each network to their most successful Conference Quarter-Final results ever.

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