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Changes Needed To Be Made

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Seattle Post Intelligencer,

I watched some hockey the other night—I love moving the Nielsen needle—and by the end of a fabulous Stanley Cup playoff game, I realized the NHL on TV can only be saved by two radical measures:
• The game needs to be televised north-south, not east-west.
• The game needs to eliminate one intermission.
(I understand that I’ve just lost contact with all hyper-serious NHL fans, so I’ll just speak directly to the other 99 percent of the U.S. population for the remainder of this column.)

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Pick Your Hero

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2257:  So I’m thinking that may have been a bad idea.  I’ll look inward this evening and let you know.  Introspection after an OT loss is always fun.

Last time we did this was Game 6 in Calgary, so I don’t want to read any of you whining about me jinxing anything.  Pick your game winner here.  First to choose the hero gets a 3 dollar gift certificate to the Saginaw/Bay City/Midland Tri-City Airport bar.

Me? I’m going with, yep, Bob Lang.

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Sabres Ready For Road Battle

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from the CP via Metro News,

“For us, it’s just about that one game getting us back on track,” Sabres centre Daniel Briere said Sunday after the Sabres rolled into the nation’s capital late in the afternoon after having dropped a 4-3 double-overtime decision hours earlier.
The loss left them in a 2-0 hole heading into Game 3 Monday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m. ET).
“Last year we won three games here in Ottawa,” said Briere, whose team has won three of its five games on the road in these playoffs. “We had the best season this year on the road, so we know we can play well on the road.”

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Kunitz Out For Ducks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via the OC Register Ducks Blog,

The Ducks went into Sunday night’s second game of the NHL Western Conference finals at Detroit without left wing Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz, who scored the lone Ducks goal in Friday night’s 2-1 loss in the series opener, was listed as “day-to-day” with an upper body injury. Kunitz usually skates on the club’s top line with center Andy McDonald and right wing Teemu Selanne.

Not real comfortable with any report that uses past tense before the game actually starts, but hey…there’s diggers everywhere I suppose.  I’ll believe it when the lineups are announced.

  Bruce MacLeod confirms it.

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Gold For Canada

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from the CP via TSN,

Now that’s the kind of formula that wins international hockey championships.
Canada got goals from skilled players and grinders, timely saves from goaltender Cam Ward and didn’t repeat any of the mistakes it had made earlier in the tournament on Sunday during a 4-2 win over Finland in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.


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Gretzky Still Has The Power

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from TBM at NBC Sports,

But all the qualified people in the world won’t make a difference unless Phoenix addresses the elephant in the room, or more specifically, the legend sitting in the room as the interviews are being conducted.
Wayne Gretzky.
What most candidates would like to know is just how much power the new GM will have in the desert, since Gretzky, in addition to being the head coach, is also the managing partner of the franchise, one who has had a large voice in personnel decisions over the last few years.

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The Dom’s Return

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

A season ago in the first round of the playoffs, there were more than a few quiet little smirks and knowing nods in and around the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room.
The object of their mild derision was hundreds of miles away in the Ottawa Senators dressing room. His name was Dominik Hasek and those around the Detroit Red Wings knew firsthand the kind of high drama that was unfolding in Ottawa, where Hasek was recovering from an adductor injury sustained in the first game of the Olympics.


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Sens/Sabres Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL On The Fly allows us to embed now.  Not sure when this became available, but a nice feature.
If you are experiencing any problems with the embedded vid, will you please leave a comment.

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The Other Talk

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Did you know there is UFA and trade talk going on?
Spector has the info all hockey fans want.

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Sabres Need To Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

We’ll find out plenty about the Sabres in Ottawa. The Sabres’ recent history reveals a team that comes back strong once it gets smacked around. They had three other winning streaks of four games or more. Of course, they weren’t playing the Senators, either. It has been, what, March since they strung together three strong periods? They might want to show up for 120 minutes in Ottawa.
Either that or prepare the golf clubs.

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