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The Battling Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sidney Crosby and Keith Ballard go at it today after Ballard delivered a hip check to Evgeni Malkin.  Both received five for fighting and Crosby also had two added for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Lightning Will Receive A Large Revenue Sharing Check

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Peterburg Times,

Owner Len Barrie said a revenue sharing check the Lightning will get this year from the league will not make it profitable.

“We’ll still be in the red for the year,” he said between periods of Saturday’s loss to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

But the bottom line won’t be as egregious. Barrie declined to give specifics, but Tampa Bay apparently can expect perhaps up to $14 million.

“It helps every team,” Barrie said of revenue sharing. “It helps every team that’s in a market that’s trying to grow and make the league stronger, and we’re in one of those markets.”


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Ducks Top Line Dominating Opponents

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Before the Ducks dealt the Oilers a critical blow with a 5-3 victory that night in Edmonton, MacTavish talked about the Ducks’ top line of center Ryan Getzlaf and wingers Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, comparing the trio to the famous Legion of Doom line iced by the Philadelphia Flyers in the mid-1990s.

Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg not only piled up big offensive numbers, but often dominated games physically.

Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan, who average 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, are doing the same things of late.

With a combined three goals and five assists in Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion — what San Jose coach Todd McLellan called a “flat-out dominant” performance — the three have totaled 14 goals and 32 points over the past six games entering a Sunday night rematch with the Sharks at Honda Center.

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Grow Your Beard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals are encouraging fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions—the playoff beard. Fans may elect to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a Capitals player or a fan who has elected to grow a playoff beard. The Capitals’ Beard-a-thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard and raise money for charity, as all proceeds will benefit Washington Capitals Charities.

Participants in the Capitals’ Beard-a-thon can invite family members, friends and business associates to pledge money for their playoff beard. Some of the participants in the Beard-a-thon are Comcast SportsNet anchors Brent Harris, Chris Hernandez, Michael Jenkins, Chris Miller and Russ Thaler. WJFK 106.7 FM’s John “Cakes” Auville from the Junkies, Chad Dukes from the Big O and Dukes Show and nationally syndicated personality Mike O’Meara from the Mike O’Meara Show will also participate in the Beard-a-thon. Money will be donated to Washington Capitals Charities for everyday that a fan maintains his beard. Fans who do not wish to or are unable to grow a playoff beard can participate by pledging a donation to your favorite Caps player. For more information or to enroll in the Capitals’ Beard-a-thon, log onto beardathon.com/capitals.

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It’s “Turn-Around Day”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uncle Mike says today’s the day, that after 77 games the Wings have selected this afternoon as the time to start kicking ass with Wing-like regularity.

Whew.  Good news.  ‘cause up to this point they’ve kinda, I don’t know, sucked.

Oh stop.  I know.  49 wins doesn’t equate to sucking.  But by Wing standards? The month of March has sucked. And pretty much every other month preceding has too.

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Hometown Discount

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

One NHL agent thinks the Detroit Red Wings might get free-agent winger Johan Franzen for a salary-cap hit of $3.7 million US a season, which would be a huge hometown discount.

I think it will have to be at least $500,000 more than that a year. Franzen is a scoring machine. He had 28 goals in his final 32 games last season, including the playoffs, and has 33 this year in 66 games. That’s 61 goals in 98 games.

The Red Wings badly want to keep Franzen. They have major cap concerns next season, but not in 2010-11.

“We have $13 million coming off the books then,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. That includes captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s $7.45 million. The Wings would likely try to re-sign Lidstrom, one of the game’s all-time greats at a reduced rate—about $4 million a year. I still think Marian Hossa would take $6.5 million (between Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg’s annual cap hit) in a new five-year deal.

“It’s not a race (to see who signs first),” said Ritch Winter, Hossa’s agent. “Ken has said he would like to sign both Franzen and Marian. So far, Ken hasn’t told us what their price is.”

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Shero & Burns Should Be In The HHOF

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced new voting procedures beginning with 2010 that will allow the process to be less restrictive and more inclusive, specifically as it relates to female candidates. It’s a welcome change.

But this is the year for the 18-member panel of voters to remedy what in my mind its most glaring omission to date and one that cannot be defended.

This is the year for the committee to elect Fred Shero, the coach who only helped revolutionize the game during the ‘70s on Broad Street, to the Hall of Fame.

This is also the year for the committee to honor the great Pat Burns with election and induction in November so he can receive his plaque and enjoy the tribute he so richly and unambiguously deserves.


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  Tags: fred+shero, pat+burns

GDT - Game #78: Red Wings host Wild (12:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Coach Babcock, after the Wings dropped their third game in a row at home, via Dave Waddell, Windsor Star : “Obviously, the job I’m doing here, the team is not ready,” coach Mike Babcock said. “So, myself and the leadership group here, as a group of individuals, we’ve got to do better than this. This is unacceptable.” “There’s not enough urgency for the teams we’re playing. The bottom line is there is no switch. “We have a trend here that we have to fix.” When asked how long it’s going to take to correct his team’s ills, Babcock offered a terse response. “We’re turning it around next game,” he said before departing.”  Red Wing fan can only hope.

The Wild currently sit 10th in the West with 83 pts in 78 games. They are 3 pts back of NSH and STL who have 86 pts, but the Wild do have a game in hand over both of them. The Wild enter todays game coming off an impressive 4-0 win over visiting Calgary on Friday night.  Backstrom made 27 saves for his team-record eighth shutout of the season. Backstrom has given up only 17 goals in his last nine starts, and has allowed more than two in a game only twice in that time. Backstrom is among the league leaders with a 2.32 goals-against average, but is 1-2-1 with a 3.56 goals-against average in his career versus Detroit.

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Khabibulin Plans To “Just Stop The Puck”

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Nikolai Khabibulin is the most experienced of the Blackhawks and also the most stoic, but the goaltender is as excited as many of his younger teammates about the team’s first postseason appearance since 2002.

“I wish it would have happened sooner, but we finally made it,” Khabibulin said Saturday, one day after the Hawks clinched a Western Conference playoff berth. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Khabibulin, 36, joins Andrew Ladd and Sammy Pahlsson as the only Hawks who have won a Stanley Cup. Khabibulin, who helped Tampa Bay to the NHL championship in 2004, looks forward to using his experience to help the youngest team in the league adapt to postseason play.

“It’s easy for me; I just stop the puck,” said Khabibulin, who has a 31-25 record and 2.27 goals-against average in 57 playoff games. “It’s going to be a little more intense. We don’t have too many veterans here, but we have to make sure guys are not nervous and just stay calm.”


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Thomas On Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Sean Avery felt yesterday was the perfect time to give Thomas one to grow on - specifically, a smack to the back of the helmet as the Bruins’ No. 1 goalie was stretching his legs during a TV timeout in the third period.

“Unwritten rule,” Thomas mused, following his 31-stop afternoon and a 1-0 win over the Rangers that led to the Bruins clinching the Eastern Conference regular-season title. “Nothing happens during TV timeouts.”

Like most parts of the rulebook, the TV timeout rule hasn’t been committed to memory by the pugnacious Ranger forward. With Thomas some 30 feet out in the slot, stretching his hamstrings, Avery oh-so-subtly cruised up from behind and smacked his stick to the back of Thomas’s head.

“You look up and see who it is,” recalled Thomas, “and you’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ So it was just reflex.”

read on & just in case you missed the latest Avery episode, watch it here...

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