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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Flew cross country today.  That matters to none of you.  Homer didn’t fly cross country today and that matters to us all. 


Tomas Holmstrom didn’t make the trip. He’s scheduled to see an eye specialist in Detroit again on Monday. Babcock said “re-bleeding’’ in the eye is a concern. He said if everything checks out OK, they hope to put Holmstrom on a plane and have him here for Game 4 Wednesday.

John Niyo’s postgame blog last night points out that our boy Bobbie Lang played only 2 shifts in the third.  Summer can’t get here quickly enough.  Niyo makes another good point about San Jose’s own enigma.

Great games by Zetterberg and Chelios, I thought.

On the flip side, is anyone out there still lamenting the fact that the Wings didn’t get Bill Guerin. Now you see why the Wings weren’t nearly as interested in him at the trade deadline as some had guessed.

I don’t know that Guerin was ever a serious consideration in Detroit. I know I felt that way because the bitter little Blues fans would have revolted if JD had dealt him to the Wings.  Regardless, he’s been invisible for San Jose the entire playoffs: 7 games, 2 points, 0 goals, -3.


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Time For A Dirty Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Waiting for the 2nd OT to start in the Rangers/Sabres game, and I think it just may be a fluke goal that ends this game.
The ice conditions are terrible and I would have thought we would have saw more “toss” it at the net shots in the first OT.
One good thing, the NHL has now knocked “Barbaro, A Nation’s Horse” off the air, at least on the east coast.

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Looking At OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

That’s because Brodeur and Shanahan both say they believe it’s time for the NHL to adopt a playoff overtime system featuring one 20-minute, sudden-death, five-on-five period, followed by four-on-four competition to decide a winner.
“It used to be you’d come into the room after a long overtime game and it’d be like, ‘Wow! Did you see that?’ Now, it’s kind of, ‘Oh, another one?’ ” Shanahan told Slap Shots.

read on

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Canucks Defense Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

Rory Fitzpatrick is the latest victim of this bad-luck flu cocktail. The defenceman was injured, or caught the flu, sometime late in Game 2 in Anaheim.
He remains doubtful tonight for Game 3. As does Sami Salo who hurt his lower back, or caught the flu, in the Dallas series when he was slew-footed by Ladislav Nagy.
Kevin Bieksa, who skated on his own Saturday, said he can finally see “light at the end of the tunnel” recovering from what is believed to be an upper rib or shoulder injury.
But the light is still a ways off and the best-case estimate has Bieksa coming back only at the end of this series with the Ducks.
“I can’t tell you exactly who is in and who’s out right now because I don’t know,” Vigneault said. “Right now, I’m not sure what our defence is going to look like.”


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Versus Doing A Good Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Versus, in its second season as the often-derided U.S. national cable outlet for the NHL, is doing a good job.
If you find it and turn it on at the beginning of an evening and leave it on, you’re delivered a solid package, including supplemental coverage from Canadian television and terrific work in the studio from analysts Brian Engblom, a former NHL defenseman who lives in Denver, and one-time Avalanche winger Keith Jones.
They strike the balance between information and entertainment, and they don’t shy away from saying what they think and criticizing. Yet you’re never left feeling - as you do sometimes with NBA coverage, for example - that they’re compromising their credibility for the sake of being “controversial” and perhaps getting their names in a USA Today television column.

more NHL bits from Terry…

SteveNJ, a KK member who kept us updated during the year on the NBC broadcasts, emailed me today to let me know the Versus schedule now indicates what channel the HD game can be viewed.  It designates an “M” for games on Mojo via INHD.

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Could Have Been Up Two-Zip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Scott Morrison at CBC,

The question for the day: what do the Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks have in common?
Both are harbouring deep regrets.
And if they aren’t, they should be. Here’s why:
Both won their second-round series openers on the road.
Both had a chance to take a stranglehold on their series in Game 2.
But both are returning home with a split.


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The Babcock Tie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I contacted McGill University yesterday about the “Babcock Tie” and they were kind enough to respond with a picture of the tie, one red and one blue.

from a press release from McGill University,

Perhaps in an effort to change his team’s fortunes, Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, reached into his bag of tricks and donned a necktie from McGill University to see if his alma mater really does matter.
Babcock requested the old school tie from a McGill official via a text message sent earlier in the week and confirmed he would be wearing the red, silk tie in Game 2 of the series, Saturday.

Babcock, the third McGill player to coach an NHL team (Lester Patrick guided the N.Y. Rangers; George Burnett served in Edmonton), was a two-time all-star rearguard at McGill from 1983-84 to 1986-87, where he also served as team captain and won the Bobby Bell trophy as team MVP.

He graduated from McGill with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and also did some post-graduate work in sports psychology. In 146 career games with the Redmen, he tallied 22 goals and 85 assists for a total of 107 points and 301 penalty minutes, graduating as the second-highest scoring rearguard in school history.

He then went on to England as a player-coach before returning to Canada in 1988 to coach at Red Deer College in Alberta, followed by coaching stints with the Moose Jaw Warriors, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS), Spokane Chiefs (WHL), Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) and Anaheim (NHL) before being appointed head coach of the Red Wings in 2005.


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The Greatest Saves in Playoff History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the NY Times,

The Penguins trail the Devils, three games to two, and with Tom Barrasso injured, the Penguins have the backup Pietrangelo in net. Ahead by 2-1 in the first period, Pietrangelo stops a point-blank shot from the Devils’ Brendan Shanahan, but the rebound goes to Peter Stastny, who shoots at a gaping net. Pietrangelo somehow dives across the crease and gloves the puck. The Penguins go on to win the game, the series and the Cup. To this day in Pittsburgh, this play is known as the Save.

more… *including this year’s greatest save so far

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Motown Letdown: A Game of Mistakes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ross McKeon SF Gate,

The Sharks, with visions of bringing a 2-0 series lead home after scoring two goals in the first 4:17, were instead left trying to explain how they could let a golden opportunity slip away.
“We had opportunities throughout the game and (Dominik) Hasek made some huge saves,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said, “but I think about the dumb mistakes we made in the third period that you can’t make in a playoff game.”


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Ducks Looking for 4th Line Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lonnie White at the LA Times,

Getting production from the Ducks’ grinders is important in this series because Vancouver uses a four-line rotation. That might have played a role in the Ducks’ Game 2 defeat.
Each Canucks forward had at least 22 shifts and more than 13 minutes of ice time, while the Ducks stuck with a three-line rotation and their forwards seemed to tire in the second overtime.
“We have to go out and play physical and create some energy; that’s our job here in the playoffs,” Thornton said. “Whatever we can chip in offensively would be a big help to the team.”
That has not been a problem for the Canucks, who won Game 2 on fourth-line winger Jeff Cowan’s overtime goal.


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