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Tried The High Road Once.  It Sucked.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If I knew how to act my age, I’d be all…“Congratulations to a worthy opponent, a true team of warriors who displayed the kind of grit and courage the National Hockey League is all about.”

Instead, I’ll say this:  the Ducks can suck it. 

And they can suck it all summer.

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ESPN Conference Finals Breakdown

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We should know better by now than to underestimate the young bucks from Chicago (we picked Vancouver in seven), but this isn’t about shortchanging them. This is about two greatly talented teams being separated only by experience. The young Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s took down the veteran New York Islanders in their second crack at it. This is Chicago’s first crack at the Big Red Machine. Wings in seven.

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This one is going to be a ton of fun to watch; but, in the end, the Canes don’t have an adequate answer for Crosby and Malkin. As long as Fleury doesn’t completely lose his mind, the Pens should be able to dictate how things go in this one. Penguins in six.

much more on this series too…

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Afternoon Line

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E.J. Hradek on NHL Live asked Henrik Zetterberg if he has been watching the other playoff matchups.  Zetterberg basically responded the hotel in California did not have Versus, so it was difficult to watch.

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The State Of The KHL

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from Russia Today,

The Continental Hockey League (KHL) will become equal to their American contemporary the NHL in the next five years, says hockey legend and KHL CEO Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sport-Express newspaper reports.

The KHL officials have officially closed the 2008/09 season, giving a press-conference on Friday.

“I congratulate all of you on the successful conclusion of the KHL season. Everything we were talking about in the past seven years has now become a reality. You all see interest among fans which the league attracted from the very start of the season and the impact that caused by the final series,” Vyacheslav Fetisov said.

“When people do their job from the heart, the result is great. If we continue this way then within five years we will be able to compete with the National Hockey League. We are ready to catch up with Americans as to the quality of the game, and the level of the games organization. But there is, of course, a lot of work ahead of us,” he added.

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Let’s Look At The Dan Cleary Goal

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Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the Cleary goal last night.

My take, if the puck was under Hiller’s pad, then the complaint has a point, but the puck was behind his pad and what was Cleary supposed to do, nothing?

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Sharks Meet Their Fans

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The hard questions were supposed to come from the 2,400 people who showed up Thursday night at HP Pavilion for the annual State of the Sharks session. But none was more blunt than the one General Manager Doug Wilson threw back at the crowd as he talked about the future.

“Is this the final time we have to get kicked in the ass to realize we’re going to commit to whatever it takes to get to the next level?” Wilson said.

The general manager was defining the overriding issues he needs to deal with as he decides what moves must be made after San Jose finished the regular season as the NHL’s best team, only to be eliminated by Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.

The black drapes that served as the backdrop inside the Tank provided a funeral-like setting, and Wilson talks of his ongoing analysis as an autopsy.

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Zherdev Thinking KHL?

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from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Take this for what it’s worth, note the third word, which is key:

According to unconfirmed information, the club forward NHL New York Rangers’ Nikolai Zherdev soon could move to one of the top clubs of Continental hockey league.

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added 11:21am, Japers’ Rink notes Viktor Kozlov may be headed to the KHL too…

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Another Big Red Machine

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from Dave Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

This year’s version of the Detroit Red Wings reminds me of another Big Red Machine of years gone by, the Soviet National team.

Those Soviet teams were defined by a similar kind of player, tough and courageous but not rough, skilled but not individualistic, strong but not generally huge, talented enough to win on talent, but smart enough to do it with brains.

They are both heads up, high tempo, disciplined, highly organized, dynamic squads, not big on big hits and big rushes, but masters of their game.

Just as the Red Army teams were often criticized for the players being robotic clones, there is a certain sameness to the way the Detroit players play. They win the puck, control it, then hold it just long enough to move it in the right direction.

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Dig It…Ducks Are Dead

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m working on a post and it’s going to be pretty much what you’d expect.

A preview?  This.

I have no sympathy for that team. I only wish the pain they feel could be multiplied somehow.  And I wish I could be the cause of it.  As much as I despised the Dive during our last great rivalry?  That’s at least how much I hate the Poultry.  Their fans?  That’s where the difference between Denver and Anaheim lies.

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Bruins Just Didn’t Have It

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