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What Are They Thinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The people in the States are not going to be very happy with the decision of not broadcasting an NHL game in the afternoon timeslot this weekend.
What are the powers-to-be thinking, we live and die with afternoon hockey and now our whole weekend schedule is messed up.
We just don’t know what to do without a game in the afternoon; whoever made this decision is telling us the fans don’t matter.
Maybe, just maybe, if we complain loud and long enough, next weekend we will get afternoon, weekend hockey!!!

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Battle Of Wills

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy at the Hockey News,

Unlike the Eastern final between Ottawa and Buffalo, where the two teams actually try to score goals, the Western finale will be a battle of wills – which team can prevent the other team from scoring instead of which team can score more often. Yuk!
Regardless, the best team on the night won. Detroit continues to plow ahead regardless of the fact it has lost two of its three best defensemen, Mathieu Schneider and Niklas Kronwall.

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Wings Talk After Game 1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Post game Q & A with Babcock, Zetterberg and Homstrom…

Q. Sure you’re not looking for style points on goals; you’ll take them any way you can get them?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: No, I mean, it’s the goal. We got the puck in the net on the power play. We had traffic. It was a good goal. We missed a layup. Samuelsson and Zetterberg should have had three power?play goals tonight when you look at it that way. He missed a wide?open net. He had all day. I don’t know if he just let up on whatever.
It was good to see our power?play work. It’s important in this series just because of the fact they’re way more prone to taking penalties than we are. Normally that straightens out as the series goes on. That will be advantage to us then.

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4 Minutes Of Pain

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I have to tell you something.  I can do a lot of things in the span of 4 minutes.  In fact, some things I can do twice in that amount of time.  But tonite?  4 minutes was the definition of Hell, which is why the playoffs pretty much suck.

And yes, we’ll hear lots about fluke goals.  And Zetterberg’s was exactly that.

But Lidstrom’s? No way that puck sneaks in if Homer’s not there earning the attention of Giguere while the puck is trickling slowly toward the net.

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Bottom line?  Time to bring in Terrible Ted.

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Hasek Steals Game 1 Of WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hasek stopped 31 of 32 shots from the Ducks, many of the scoring chance variety.
Game 1 goes to the Wings 2-1. 
Ducks won’t change a thing for game 2, Wings need to create more offense.

added 10:24pm, Watch the post game reaction from the coaches & players.

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Wild Increase Some Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Star Tribune,

For Wild fans, success will have a price.
The NHL team this season advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2003, falling to Anaheim in five games in the first round. On Friday, the Wild announced its 2007-08 season ticket prices, which will include increases of more than 10 percent in all lower- and upper-level sections. Club-level ticket prices will not change.
Lower-level tickets will range from $82 on the sides (up $8 from 2006-07), $71 in the corners (up $7) and $60 on the ends (up $6).

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I Have An Idea

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve decided that every time Bob Lang starts skating toward the faceoff circle I’m going to start

punching myselfy in the face

pulling my fingernails out, one by one

, repeatedly

. (Thanks Gabe…didn’t want to tempt fate with a PITF reference).  I figure that pain will distract me from the torture of having to watch him slow dance his way to another faceoff loss.

One difference between Sasquatch of last year and chris pronger of this?  Ryan Smyth.  Without that pest in front of the crease on the power play, the Wings can pressure The Mayor Of Edmonton up top and take away his slap shot.

First glaring mistake of the playoffs by Lilja.  Ok Andres.  You’re our boy.  We trust you.  Don’t mess with us.

Nice to see two veteran refs, traditionalists…who are calling this game like a couple rookies with Gary Bettman in their ears on a remote hookup.

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Elias Sues Former Agent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

New Jersey Devil forward Patrik Elias has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in New Jersey Federal Court against his former agents, Mark Gandler and Todd Diamond, sources tell TSN.
The court documents were reportedly filed yesterday in New Jersey.
In the suit, Elias alleges fraud, embezzlement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of US Federal Securities Laws.

thanks to a KK member for the heads-up

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Briere Backs Ruff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

“Last night was one of those games where I barely touched the puck,” Briere said. “.. I’m not happy with my game but have to move on.”

He did his best to hide his disappointment in not playing a whole lot in Game 1.
“That’s not for me to decide,” said Briere, who understood that head coach Lindy Ruff was trying to match Chris Drury’s line with Jason Spezza’s line.
“So sometimes it’s tough as a coach to get everybody happy,” Briere added. “I’m not going to complain about it .. I’m 100 per cent behind (Ruff).”

read on

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The NHL In 43 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

What should the NHL look like in the middle of this century, when today’s issues — obstruction, goal-scoring, officiating, U.S. television exposure — are hopefully finally put to bed.
By then, a 32-team entity, with eight teams in Canada, eight in Europe and 16 in the United States would make the most sense. Travel, of course, would be the biggest single issue in a global game.
Maybe the NHL could purchase half-a-dozen of whatever the 2050 equivalent of the Concorde is and use them as a means of getting teams from one end of the continent to the other and then overseas, as necessary — thereby pooling all travel costs within the industry and not necessarily penalizing Vancouver and Dallas for being geographically so remote from the rest of the league.

more... and some Drury talk…

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