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Here Come The Penguins

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the playoffs about a month away, one of the hottest teams in the NHL is the Pittsburgh Penguins.  They were Stanley Cup finalists last year, so one has to think they can be successful in the playoffs.  The Penguins have won nine of their last eleven games.  This moves them into sixth place in the East Conference.  They will be a tough first round opponent for the top seed that draws them.

Since I wrote about the Penguins earlier troubles they have had three significant changes.  They fired coach Michel Therrien and replaced him with Dan Bylsma, they made trade deadline deals acquiring Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin and Sergei Gonchar returned from injury to anchor their defence.

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This Is What Reality Looks Like When It Sinks In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Later today, we’re going to do a postmortem.  On last night’s game?

Nope.  On this season.

Now though?

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Crazy Game Tonight- Flames vs. Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wings take a 4-2 lead late into the 3rd period, Flames score 3 goals a little over 2 minutus apart to take a 5-4 lead.  Wings tie it up late to force OT.

Flames win in a shootout.

Check the shots on goal and full boxscore at TSN.

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Shick Surprised By Well-Wishes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The text message was from an NHL general manager. Rob Shick’s cell phone had reached its limit in voice mails, and the team executive was frustrated he couldn’t leave one for the man affectionately known as “Shicker.”

“Fitting, right? One last profanity-laced message from a GM,” Shick, laughing, told ESPN.com this week. “But he was just joking. A lot of people reached out to me last weekend, and that was really nice. I wasn’t expecting it.”

No, the humble referee would have been just fine had his last NHL game on Saturday, the Wild-Kings tilt in Los Angeles, attracted no fanfare. But once word got around late last week that Shick was working his 1,321st and last NHL regular-season game, the phone calls came flooding in from players, coaches, officials and various hockey people.

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Team USA May Have A Young Flavor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Youngsters such as Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan and San Jose’s Joe Pavelski are strongly in the mix now to make the American squad, and if the Olympics started tomorrow my hunch is that Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad would be the fourth-line center….

Boston’s Blake Wheeler and maybe Buffalo’s Drew Stafford are two other young forwards who have to be considered

My take on the team is that there are, barring injuries, four locks on defense in Detroit’s Brian Rafalski, Montreal’s Mike Komisarek, Nashville’s Ryan Suter and New Jersey’s Paul Martin.

Then, Anaheim’s Ryan Whitney is still strongly in the mix, as is Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik and Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert. Don’t rule out Florida’s Keith Ballard or Carolina’s Tim Gleason. Ron Hainsey’s power play prowess with Atlanta gives him a chance. Dallas player Matt Niskanen is also in play.

The two youngers guys with strong chances to make the team are Los Angeles’ Jack Johnson and St. Louis’ Erik Johnson, although Erik will have to show well at the start of next season because he will have missed the entire 2008-09 season with a knee injury.

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Seaside Sittin’?  Nope.  But How ‘Bout A Live Blog?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Strong possibility I’ll be mired in DC traffic when the puck drops. 

But I dig you. Every one of you. And that’s why I’m starting this bad boy remotely, on a timer, a time delay, a trip wire if you will.

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Blue Jackets May Have To Go With Dubielewicz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason made a bee line out of Nationwide Arena before the morning skate. He has a cold that is affecting his respiratory tract and is considered questionable for tonight’s game vs. Pittsburgh.

If he’s not feeling better—or any worse this afternoon—Mason will start. But don’t be surprised if Wade Dubielewicz gets the nod in net tonight against the Penguins.

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Wade Belak’s Brother Faces Criminal Charges

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

One of two Yukon RCMP officers charged with sexual assault is the brother of NHL hockey player Wade Belak, according to court documents obtained by CBC News on Thursday.

Graham Belak, 29, and Shawn McLaughlin, 32, were charged Wednesday after a woman in the southern Yukon town of Watson Lake told police that she was sexually assaulted Sunday by two off-duty officers from the local detachment. [...]

On his website, Wade Belak said his brother had played in some lower-tier professional leagues, including the American Hockey League and Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.

Aside from working from the Whitehorse RCMP detachment last year, Graham Belak played hockey and helped coach a midget boys hockey team in the Yukon capital.

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How Sick Can He Be?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of Off the Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Filip Kuba will miss his third straight game with an “illness” tonight.

To me, this just isn’t right.

At the risk of sounding like I’m just picking on the guy, how sick can he be? I mean, really.

I saw Kuba this morning. He looked fine. He had just been to breakfast and he was on his way to the rink, where he and Chris Neil were the only two Senators to go for the morning skate. Afterwards, Neil determined that he was going to play tonight against the Bruins, but Kuba deemed it necessary for another couple of days off to make sure he’s fully recovered from the flu?

Nope, it just isn’t right.

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Zednik Reminisces in Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Gorten at the Sun-Sentinel:

Winger Richard Zednik skated on the ice at HSBC Arena this morning for the first time since he skated off it Feb. 10 of last year covering his neck with his glove in fear for his life. Zednik’s carotid artery was accidentally slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate in the third period of a game against the Sabres that night.

Zednik said one of the surgeons who performed surgery on him that night invited him over to her house for dinner last night. He went and they reminisced about the incident and that night.

Here are some of his thoughts after this morning’s skate on what it was like on the ice:

“I was trying not to think about it. I want to just focus on hockey.”

Zednik was the first Panther on the ice this morning and skated toward the boards near where the incident happened, but he said that was simply coincidental.

“I’m not going back. I’m looking forward. I’m not trying to go back. What happened, happened. I’ve already passed that. I don’t want to go back and think about what could have happened.”

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