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Tampa Bay Fans Need To Hear The Truth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Romano of the St. Peterburg Times (Monday edition),

Coach Rick Tocchet, general manager Brian Lawton and co-owner Oren Koules will be part of a “Town Hall Meeting” at the St. Pete Times Forum beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a used equipment sale, there will be autographs, there will be tours….

Now, I would not expect these Lightning officials to start confessing their woes like they’re on Oprah’s couch. Let’s face it: This is a private business, and a team is not required to open its financial books for the rest of us to see.

On the other hand, a sports franchise and a community share a certain symbiotic relationship. A team can not survive without ample public support, and the fans do not give their love generously when there are trust issues.

So that is what tonight should be about for the Lightning. Fans do not want to hear platitudes. They do not want to be fed a line of hooey. They need as much of the truth as a team can offer.


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Wings Put Pressure On Ducks All Game Long, Win 4-1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Series heads to Anaheim with the Wings up 3-2 in the series.

added 8:17pm, Video highlights from the TSN broadcast.

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Russia Defeats Canada In WC Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Team Russia beat Canada 2-1 on Sunday to win the gold medal at the World Hockey Championship for the second year in a row. Alexander Radulov scored a spectacular goal in the second period that stood up as the eventual game-winner, and Ilya Bryzgalov stood up to a flood of Canadian chances in the third period to keep Russia ahead.

The win marked Russia’s first back-to-back world titles since they won in consecutive years in 1989 and 1990.


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While We Live Blogged?  They Prayed. In A Musty Old Hall In Detroit.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back to Gordo.  Because we need this one.  We need it badly.  Not just because it’s the “biggest game of the year” or the “turning point of the series.”


We need it because the last time the Wings played the Poultry in a Game 5 we got shafted, and then stabbed in the temples by a slow-moving puck.

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Versus Promotes Game They Are Not Broadcasting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Puck The Media,

From VERSUS’ NHL Twitter Feed:

Versus coverage starts at 5:00PMET w/ ANA at DET! Go to versus.com/nhl & scroll to the bottom to find your VS channel!

The only problem is the game is not on Versus.  The game is on regional networks in the US, plus the NHL Network, TSN and RDS.

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Julien Claims Canes Are A Trapping Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Sunday morning, Claude Julien dipped into the universal bag of coaching tricks and started casting aspersions at the hurricanes, the team that happens to hold an unexpected three-games-to-one lead on his heavily favored Bruins entering Sunday night’s Game 5.

Early in his Sunday morning presser, Julien accused Carolina of playing the trap—as ugly an accusation as he could come up with, I guess—to such great effect in taking control of the series. Then, he further the attack by suggesting it was hypocritical of Carolina Maurice to adopt such a cynical defensive system after railing against it during his tenure as the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“They played four guys back and they just wait for us in the neutral zone,” Julien said. “That’s something a little surprising from Paul because I know he used to complain about that last year when he was in Toronto—us killing them with the trap. They’ve created a pretty tough situation for us getting pucks in, but we have to find a way to get pucks in and play more in their end.”

The Hurricanes, by the way, haven’t played the trap in this series.

read on

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IIHF President Facing Kickback Allegations

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from Alan Adams of CBC,

The International Ice Hockey Federation is investigating allegations of IIHF president Rene Fasel accepting kickbacks involving the IIHF’s marketing partner and Fasel’s childhood friend.

The Zurich daily SonntagsZeitung reported Sunday that Fasel benefited financially from marketing contracts awarded to Infront, which handles the television and marketing rights to the world hockey championship until 2017.

The newspaper alleged that Infront paid 400,000 Swiss francs ($412,000 Cdn.) in fees to company run by a childhood friend of Fasel identified as “Y.S.”

The newspaper quoted “Y.S.” as saying the only reason his company was successful was because of his relationship with Fasel.


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Wings/Ducks Series Tied At 2 - Bruins Face Elimination

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What team has a happy flight to Anaheim after the game today?

Will the Bruins find their game and win to extend the series?


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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 5: Red Wings (2-2) host Ducks (2-2)  (5:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Hey “19”, the Circus is back at The Joe today, and it has many new performances;  the Bulls on Parade , and two other new lines including Hudler,/Helm/Cleary (Hell on Wheels line gets my moniker vote, fast and hard hitting), and Abdelkader centering Sammy and Maltby.  Uncle Mike is jazzed about Abbadabawhackforthedaddyo:  “He’ll run the crap out of people.”  Uncle Mike is-a-friggin-genious. His line combinations are so well balanced with defense, scoring, power and speed.  The Circus Line can shut down anyone, and are always a ridiculous scoring threat.  Bulls on Parade possess awesome power, speed, and scoring prowess. Carlyle must piss his pants when they come over the boards. Hudler/Helm/Cleary are a forechecking tornado and should generate at least a couple good chances everygame.  Putting Sammy on the 4 line gives them a whole lot of grit,and if Sammy can hit the net, a decent scoring threat.  The Wings may have finally been able to take the utmost advantage of their Forward depth. 

Carlyle, is fuched on two fronts.  His 4 Forward lines are completely unbalanced.  Getzlaf and his linemates continue to be scoring machines, after that however, nothing.  Oh, and what a goal pickle the Ducks are in now.  Hiller, the rookie,has carried the Quackers until he got shellacked in game 4.  Biggest game of the season this afternoon, and Hiller has gotta be hearing strains of “Under Pressure” between his ears.  This could be the last road dance of the season for the Ducks.  Doomdoomdoomdadadoomdoom.

To the Moms out there, Happy Mothers Day.  To the Ducks, happy muthers day too.

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World Championship Finals Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you are in the USA, you can watch the streaming action of the gold medal game between Russia and Canada.  Game time is 2:30pm ET.

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