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Train Delay: Now Boarding

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1818 EST:  Ahhh…Andreas.  Man.


1747 EST: Just watched the Franzen attempted clear several times.  Hard to tell for sure, it’s obscured, but it sure looks like that puck cleared the zone.  Real tough to tell though.

1735 EST:  Bertuzzi has played one normal and one short shift in the third.  Could be due to the nature of the third, and the Wings obvious defensive emphasis.  Draper on the PP now instead of Bertuzzi.

1542 EST: For Paul who’s on a plane somewhere.  Teams look fairly even, although Ducks are cycling and grinding better. As Kukla pointed out in a comment below, the Getzlaf line is dangerous, mainly due to the defensive deficiencies of R. Lang and his mates.  Wings seems to be picking up steam with 5+ minutes left.

1515 EST and the Stress Train was delayed by NBC execs.  Here now. Board if you must.  Warm beer on the house.

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Fans Favor Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little HockeyNation Poll going on at TSN.
As of this post timestamp, fans feel the Ducks will be facing Ottawa.


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Ray Emery Is a Lying Liar

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Ottawa goaltender says that if the Wings move on to face his Sens, he won’t be pondering the personal matchup he’ll have with our Miracle of Insanity.

...if the Senators happen to meet the Detroit Red Wings and former Ottawa teammate Dominik Hasek, he said it won’t be a big deal.

“You know, if it happens, if we play Detroit, I don’t think it’s a goalie-on-goalie thing,” Emery said.

“I think it’s a full team series, and that’s how I’ll look at it.

“I’ll just prepare for what shooters they have and what plays they have, different things like that, but I’m not worried about the other goalie.”

He’d better give it at least a little thought, because goaltending is just one of the reasons either WC Finalist will be favored over Ottawa.

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NHL Had Little Influence On NBC Decision

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

NBC pulled the plug on coverage of the overtime period between the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, denying viewers in most of the United States the conclusion the Eastern Conference final’s Game 5.
A source close to the National Hockey League Saturday called the decision to prematurely end the telecast “disappointing,” but said the network’s contract with the league allowed it to pull out after three hours.


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Careful Re-signing Joe Thornton

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from The Eagle Tribune,

Jumbo Joe & Co. were blanked 2-0 in deciding Game 6 at the Shark Tank on May 7 - a familiar score if you know Thornton’s recent postseason history.
Hard to imagine, but re-signing Thornton after next season could be a risky move for San Jose. In the salary-cap era, what ultimate worth is tying up a potentially $8-million-a-year man to a long-term deal - one who can give you a point-a-game, but can’t lead you to victory come May and June?


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If You Don’t Understand Sasquatchese, Then You’re Really Dumb

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I thought I had met my match when Mike Babcock started opening his mouth earlier this year.  It was refreshing and challenging.  He would talk, but we were never quite sure exactly what he was saying.  Around Christmas time I’d gather the family around the Commodore 64, warm up some nog, put on some Burl Ives holiday classics and read Babblecock to the kids. 

But now…Sasquatch won’t shut the hell up and it keeps getting better.  I just found this little nugget and it makes me feel warm.

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Yzerman Responds

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You didn’t read it here, but someone out there thinks the retirement of Steve Yzerman actually helped the Wings.  You know I’m referencing the recent article by ESPN’s Scott Burnside in which he says the absence of Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan changed the tone for the better in the Wing room.  Do I agree with that assessment?  Mum’s the word…for now.

John Niyo, though, reports this morning that Yzerman commented to the CBC last night.

“I think the team’s a better team without a broken-down, 41-year-old Steve Yzerman, no question,” Yzerman told CBC’s Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey . “That’s why I retired. I didn’t feel I could help this team anymore.

“But to think that my presence was a hindrance or a negative in the locker room, I would say that’s completely inaccurate or ridiculous.”

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Rangers Face Salary Issue

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Bobby Holik signing- bonus grievance against the Rangers due to be heard late next month is likely to have an adverse impact on next season’s team, Slap Shots has learned.
If the Blueshirts lose the case - which will be heard in conjunction with similar grievances filed by Jed Ortmeyer and Darius Kasparaitis - they will be liable for a $1.52 million salary-cap charge against next season’s roster, we’ve been informed by individuals with knowledge of the case.

continued and some NHL trade talk…

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Dumbest Team In Sports, Except For One Genius

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Jerry Green writes this morning that the Poultry could very well be the dumbest team in all of sports.  I don’t know if I can agree with that.  Yes, there is a strong possibility that they are startlingly stupid, up and down their roster.  I’m not denying that.  But, if you’re going to average IQ’s you have to know that chris pronger’s is going to move the

median (



(Thanks Baroque) northward. 

Because he knows him some physics.  That’s right.  Dr. Sasquatch.  The eccentric genius.

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The New Dumbest Team In Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,

Afterwards, Barry Melrose, once a bright young NHL coach and currently an ESPN wizard, castigated the Ducks for their lack of discipline. Melrose maintained the Ducks had stolen the victory.
“They should all leave the rink wearing masks,” Melrose told his ESPN audience in the quote of the night.
The Ducks have played without much discipline—or subtlety—throughout this series, headed to Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena Sunday afternoon.
They have become my choice for the new dumbest team in sports.

read on... some great old-school stories…

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