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Samuelsson Enjoying A Career Year In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

A career season, and making good on a giant middle finger.

For Mikael Samuelsson, life doesn’t get better than this.

The Vancouver Canucks forward is skating with countrymen Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the NHL team’s top line and showing Sweden’s hockey establishment what it was missing at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Samuelsson was perhaps the most glaring Olympic snub – in his home city, no less – yet has responded with 20 of his career-high 30 goals since being bypassed for the likes of Mattias Weinhandl and Fredrik Modin when Sweden’s team was selected in late December.


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It will also be interesting to see how many playoff tickets will be sold at Jobing.com Arena, and at what price. Also, if the Coyotes win the Cup, and the league still owns the team, will Bill (Daly) and Gary (Bettman) get Stanley Cup rings, and their names on the Cup? Just curious.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet.  More hockey talk from John.

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Don’t Expect An Ovechkin Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun at the London Free Press,

...At the same time, don’t expect a suspension to be handed out in this matter, according to a league source.

While Ovechkin deservedly was slapped with a boarding major and game misconduct for his brain cramp, league officials know it did not contain the same type of intent or viciousness as the incident one week earlier in which the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke blindsided Boston’s Marc Savard, leaving the Bruins forward likely out for the season with a concussion.

By not suspending Cooke for a far more malicious act, how could the NHL justify any supplemental discipline for Ovechkin in this matter?

read on

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+campbell

Derek Boogaard vs. D.J. King Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Oh boy as Panger says… Two heavyweights go at it.

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  Tags: d.j.+king, derek+boogaard

Steve Downie Slew-Foot Type Move On Sidney Crosby Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FYI, Crosby has returned to the game.

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Ovechkin And Boudreau Talk About The Hit On Campbell

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from Lindsay Applebaum of Capitals Insider,

“I didn’t hit him hard,” Ovechkin said of Campbell, who did not return to the game. “He fell bad. But you can see, every shift this happens—little pushes, little battles.”...

Unsurprisingly, Coach Bruce Boudreau had similar thoughts. “I didn’t think it was a bad, bad check worth a five and a game [misconduct],” he said. “A two at the most, but I don’t make the calls.”

more including video of both Ovechkin and Boudreau…

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Brian Campbell Out At Least Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

Campbell left the game and has been declared out for the Hawks’ upcoming three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Anaheim. Coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say for sure that the injury would not affect him the rest of the season.

“We’ll see. We’ll get a better assessment as we go along here,” Quenneville said. “Soupy [Campbell] is going to be out for a bit here…It was a tough hit. A dangerous hit.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+campbell

Kovalchuk`s Effect On Atlanta

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I summarized the trade deadline, I picked the Atlanta Thrashers as the team that had the biggest short-term drop as a result of their deadline deals.  Trading away Ilya Kovalchuk, the best player in team history, and not getting any player of Kovalchuk`s level in return is bound to hurt the Thrashers for the remainder of the season. 

Thrasher fans were quick to criticize my pick because the Thrashers had gone 4-3 (with two regulation ties) in their first seven games without Kovalchuk.  Despite the problems of the small sample size (making the handful of game results not statistically significant), this series of games was supposed to show that Atlanta was better (or at least no worse) for having given up Ilya Kovlachuk.  Their luck without Kovalchuk has not held up.  Atlanta is not 4-8 (with their two regulation ties) after the trade.

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Ovechkin With Five For Boarding and A Game Misconcduct

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pushed Brian Campbell into the boards and is gone from the game.

Campbell was slow in getting up, may be winded or a shoulder issue and did skate off and went to the locker room.

Proper call?

added 1:26pm, video of the hit…

added 1:35pm, NBC crew says Campbell will not return.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+campbell

Aloha Bitches

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

When I woke up this morning, I had to double-check the standings.  I didn’t dream it.  We are back in the playoffs.

The Peloton of Suck (still waiting for RWBill to update the chart) shows a small pack clustered around the seventh thru ninth spots ahead of the rest of the suckage.  The Wings are in eighth place, barely ahead of Calgary who have played one less game than us.

Things are always a bit special these days while in a playoff position.  The air is fresher, food tastes better, and neighbourhood pets no longer hide when they see me walking down the street.

I feel so good this morning, I’ve decided to turn A2Y over to a special “guest” blogger.  I hope you enjoy, bitches.

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