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One Big Swedish Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

It’s a Swedish world the Wings inhabit, what with Swedes up front and Swedes on the back end, a Swede here, a Swede there. It’s a sweet series those Swedes have now helped set up for the Wings, scoring two key goals in the first period Tuesday to start a surge that left the Wings with a 5-0 success over the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
“Definitely, they make an impact out there,” Hasek said after the victory at Honda Center. “They are fun guys to play with and practice with. I really enjoy to be with them.”


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It All Can End Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Beating the Ottawa Senators in Scotiabank Place is the only way the Sabres can ensure the Chris Drury- Daniel Briere era continues. A loss eliminates Buffalo from the Eastern Conference finals and puts the franchise in its most uncertain place since the bankruptcy days.
This is likely the final season in Buffalo for one or both of the co-captains, something that’s been acknowledged since last summer. Since Ottawa holds a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, the next loss is likely the final game for one or both. They become unrestricted free agents in 6z weeks.
“As I said all year, my focus needs to be on the games, and certainly at this point it can’t be anywhere else and shouldn’t be anywhere else,” Drury said Tuesday. “That’s all I’m getting ready for is [tonight].”

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Suspend Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

To suspend or not to suspend.
If Pronger is suspended, for no more than one game, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The score of the game and the fact it was an elbow from behind doing some damage to Holmstrom’s head and that it was also perceived as payback for earlier events will work against Pronger and the Ducks.
If Pronger isn’t suspended, well, that won’t be a huge shock either. Holmstrom apparently did not suffer serious injury on the play, it’s the Western Conference final and there have been hits like this one that have in the past gone unpunished.
The big thing, though, is that the Niedermayer-Pronger-Holmstrom convergence partially obscures the real story here – Detroit totally handing Anaheim its lunch on Duck ice in what should have been a statement game for the Ducks.


added 8:06am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

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What To Do With Sasquatch

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I haven’t seen it.  As some of you know, I listened to the game in my garage in a state close to what David Allan Coe would describe as “half-drunk and hollow eyed,” so I won’t say too much more about Pronger’s dirty—but par for the Pronger course—hit on Tomas Holmstrom.

The Diggers are chiming in though, and at least one believes Sasquatch will be press-box bound for Game 4.

There isn’t much question, I think, that Chris Pronger should be suspended a game or two for his reckless hit on Tomas Holmstrom in Tuesday’s 5-0 Detroit victory.

We’ll see what happens, but I suspect the Wings, already up 2-1 in the series, are looking at least at playing Game 4 Thursday without having to worry about Pronger.

I would be shocked if Bettman has the sack to do what St. James suggests.  As I said, I haven’t seen the hit yet…but if there’s any way possible LG can find a way not to actually make the tough decision, he’ll do it.  He’s in a sticky wicket though isn’t he?  If the hit was dirty, as dirty as most are suggesting, someone’s gotta sit.  The easy solution would be to suspend Niedermayer, but his impact on the play was less than Sasquatch’s.

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Kronwall Back If Wings Reach Finals?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That would appear to be the case according to Helene St. James’ game story this morning.

The Wings are, by the way, close to getting one Swede stronger. Niklas Kronwall, the big-hitting defenseman who broke a bone in his back March 30, is to skate Saturday for the first time. If the Wings can win this series, Kronwall may return for the Stanley Cup finals.

I’ll have a full recap later in the day.


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Coach Carlyle After Game 3

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Do you feel your team lost its composure in the second period?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, obviously things really spiraled down quickly for our group in the second. I think we must have taken five penalties in a row or something like that.
Obviously, our frustration level got up there, and we didn’t show the necessary discipline that’s required. It just seemed to have a snowball effect. What else can you say?
Did we lose our composure? I’d have to say that it left lots of room for improvement.

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Ducks/Wings Game 3

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Wings take it to the Ducks, win 5-0, go up 2-1 and get back home ice advantage.
Watch the post game interviews.- Link will become active shortly after the game is over.

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The Real Chris Pronger

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One year after we predicted it Chris Pronger has completely lost it.  After two games of being turned inside out by Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Cleary, Pronger is showing his true colors tonite with multiple penalties, several tantrums and at least one intent to injure….so far.

Brent Severyn is the Duck radio color guy. After the hit on Homer he advocated that the Ducks “bring out the barbed wire,” and “make a statement.”

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Tag Team On Holmstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger decided to plant Holmstrom’s head against the glass.
Niedermayer received a five minute major.

added 11:06pm, Holmstrom on the ice for the 3rd.

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McGuire Hears The Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The term embedded could apply to Pierre McGuire, who provided analysis for the third game of the Detroit Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks Western Conference final on TSN Tuesday night.
McGuire set up, not at his usual spot between the benches, but right on the players’ benches. During the first and third periods, he stood with the Ducks. In the second, he joined the Red Wings.
In a normal situation, this would raise questions, such as: When is close too close? Yes, it’s a great idea to report and comment from the front row. But, on the other hand, an independent commentator doesn’t want to appear to be joining the team.


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