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Ducks Earined Trip To SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Selanne supplied the tears of joy.
Todd Marchant supplied the blood after he was struck on the nose by a high stick in the third period and, in typical hockey-player fashion, returned within minutes.
Every member of the Ducks supplied the sweat, building a 4-1 lead and then scrambling to protect it against the late-surging Red Wings.
All offered without hesitation for the chance to embrace that big silver cup.
“This is a very special moment for me,” said Selanne, who will be 37 in July. “I’m going to enjoy every moment of this.”
He earned that right. So did every one of his teammates.

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Stanley Cup Finals Set!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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Congratulations to the Anaheim Ducks for their win tonight. The Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks begin their series in Anaheim on Monday, May 28th.

*You can check out the full Stanley Cup Finals schedule, posted earlier today here on KK.

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Game 5a

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We read the stories, and made our safe assumptions.  We figured that the pain of Game 5 would spur an effort that would leave that disaster where it belonged, in the past.  But, apparently, the hangover was too much.

If you don’t realize that The Kick To The Groin had everything to do with the listless first two periods of Game 6, then you’re misguided.

It stuck with them and they couldn’t shake it until it was too late.  And it wasn’t Lilja’s mistake that will be the wretched memory of this series.  It wasn’t Lilja’s lapse in judgment or the steal from Selanne and that eventual goal.

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Surgery For Bouwmeester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via On Frozen Pond,

Panthers D-man Jay Bouwmeester had what the team is calling minor hip surgery today in Vail, Colorado. It was thought he might need some kind of surgery because he was limping around at the end of the year.

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It’s Almost Full

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2157:  Faithful readers of A2Y know that there is only one available option when the Wings are down 1-0 after 1 in an elimination game.  That’s right, a block of pleasing cheddar. 

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I’ve taken that step and I fully intend to eat the entire thing by the ten minute mark of the second.  I expect a positive second because of that personal sacrifice.

Update 1916:  According to Boy Wonder John Niyo, it’s looking bleak for Bert.

But I’d call him doubtful for Game 6 at this point, based on his body language, among other things. He spent 15 minutes in the training room and conferred with team doctors and trainer Piet Van Zant after practice, then left the arena without speaking to the media.

Oh good God.  If you’re looking to board, you must hurry. I can’t say that strongly enough.  The Stress Train is full and I can’t guarantee you a spot.

Keys to victory tonite: I have no idea.  Bertuzzi’s apparently a game-time deal and Uncle Mike can’t form a sentence worth reading.

It’s basically can a guy go, can a guy not go.

Thanks Mike.

But, look below…that bad boy is filling up and if you’re not on it’s your own damn fault.

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Bloggers & Credentials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Off Wing Opinion,

Ted Leonsis just passed me a link to Sports Media Journal, an online outfit that’s running a poll asking whether or not bloggers should be allowed into press boxes. The same poll was also used to kick off a discussion thread at SportsJournalists.com, where it seems like most folks would rather see us banned.

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I would be interested in the opinion of hockey fans, including hockey bloggers.

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Elgin-Alexander Fraser & His Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Leader-Post,

The three-year-old spent his last hours at home, nestled between family and friends on a mattress on the living-room floor in front of the television watching the Ottawa Senators reach the Stanley Cup finals.
His right lung had collapsed and he breathed loudly, wheezing. When it became too hard to keep his heavy-lidded eyes open, because of the morphine, his family whispered the play-by-plays to him.

not much more to say but to read on...

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Sens In Good Shape

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Senators,

The Ottawa Senators’ quick run through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs has given head coach Bryan Murray a healthy roster to work with in the final. Murray credits a strong strength and conditioning program and luck for the success.
“We’ve been healthy. I have a lot to say about that to the conditioning level, the strength coach and the people who have worked hard here to make the program what it is. It’s what I consider a little bit of management and a lot of luck. That’s what it will take to win.”

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Think About It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports,

NBC knew the audience for the Preakness would be at least three times greater. And it had far more valuable commercials sold for the pre-race show than whatever it would get out of overtime hockey.
So it cut the game. Which doesn’t mean we need to cut up the game.
Maybe I’m just skittish to change because much of it hasn’t worked (can we bring back the old names, Adams Division, Campbell Conference, et al?). The “Preakness Game” proves that most of the tinkering has failed. But mostly I’d hate to see the NHL again react out of a defensive position, the embarrassment of this, and make another permanent, major change to the sport.
Just because NBC thinks women in silly hats and Black-Eyed Susans are better television than overtime hockey, doesn’t mean it’s true.

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Time For Z & Dats To Shine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg sees no reason why he and teammate Pavel Datsyuk have suddenly gone stone cold, a big reason why Detroit faces elimination tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.
They’re jitterbugs around Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, creating opportunity after opportunity. They’ve beaten defencemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer to pucks, and on dekes, and with passes.
But they haven’t been able to finish. Zetterberg hasn’t scored in four games; Datsyuk in three. Worse, neither has scored on the road in the playoffs.

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