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Soft In The Mel(l)on

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By now, if you’re a Michigan resident, you’ve probably already figured out that a few roadblocks have been deliberately set up to prohibit your attendance at Games 3 or 4 in Pittsburgh.  Eric McErlain at AOL’s FanHouse points us to a Ticketmaster disclaimer.

Mellon Arena is located in Pittsburgh, PA. Sales to this event will be restricted to residents of PA, OH, WV, MD, NY, NJ, DE, VA and the District of Columbia. Residency will be based on credit card billing address. Orders by residents outside of PA, OH, WV, MD, NY, NJ, DE, VA and the District of Columbia will be canceled without notice and refunds given.

 

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Theo Fleury Takes on Baseball

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press via NHL.com:

“The fans love it. [Theo Fleury’s] going to be out here Thursday night throwing the first pitch,” said an unashamed Peter Young, president of the Calgary Vipers. “The league has said any time we want to use him we can and not go against our roster.

“He’s a pro athlete and he’s not likely to make a fool of himself. It’s not like Billy Crystal standing out there who has played in a couple of celebrity games in his life. This guy played professional sports.”

The announcement came on the same day the team announced it had traded a player to another squad for 10 baseball bats.

Fleury, wearing the Viper’s uniform with his trademark Number 14, appeared to be taking the whole hitting practice seriously although a slight paunch drummed up memories of Babe Ruth in his latter years.

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Update 10:00am ET: The Canadian Press provides video of Fleury hitting some balls and talking to the media.

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  Tags: baseball, calgary+vipers, theo+fleury

Lite Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight will be a limited posting night on KK.  We need to re-charge our batteries a bit and have a little down time.

Therefore, this post is yours.  Feel free to comment on the SCF, the upcoming draft, UFA period or anything hockey related.

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Wings Hi-Step Into Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

It would be more appropriate to call the Red Wings the Red Army. Expressionless, machinelike, almost joyless, Detroit is marching through the Stanley Cup finals the way the Soviet Union marched through the early portion of the 1980 Winter Olympics….

So, Detroit leads the series 2-0, which will give Wednesday’s Game 3 in Pittsburgh a Game 7-type atmosphere. We all know the Penguins have to win Games 3 and 4 to have a chance. The Penguins improved in Game 2 and should play even better in Game 3. The Penguins are 8-0 at Mellon Arena in the postseason and have a 16-game home winning streak dating back to Feb. 24.

With that expected improvement and incredible atmosphere, I’ve decided to hit the road and take in Game 3 in person. Of course, I will sit among the people to let the passion, love and desperation wash over me like a cold shower after 18 holes at Oakmont Country Club. I will write about the experience in this space as well.

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A Few Off Day Thoughts

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anybody wonder just how bad things would be for Pittsburgh right now if the Wings were at all effective on the power play?  If the roles were reversed, and that’s a tough one to imagine right now…I know…we’d be pointing at Detroit’s dismal PP numbers: one for fourteen.

But the roles aren’t reversed, and now we can look at that stat and say…what if they get hot?

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Wings Coach Babcock Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Was last night close to a perfect hockey game for your team in the sense that you didn’t allow a shot on goal until the 12-minute mark. You didn’t allow a five-on-five shot on goal until five minutes and change in the second period?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: It was a real good start for us. Obviously you want to get off to a good start. After winning Game 1, you’re always doing everything obviously to prepare for the next game. I thought we got off to a good start. I thought when we went up 2-0 they had a push there. We got cautious for a period of time. Other than that, we played a pretty good hockey game.

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Mario Silent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Hall of Fame captain of the Pittsburgh teams that won Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, and who later revived a franchise that seemed destined to wither on the vine in Pittsburgh, maintains his self-imposed media blackout even though his team is in the finals for the first time in 16 years.

When requests are made to talk to Lemieux, either in a one-on-one setting or in a group format with reporters covering the finals, word politely comes back through the team that the man who is the Penguins’ part-owner doesn’t want to take the spotlight away from his young team.

What a load of hooey.

This has nothing to do with taking any spotlight away from his players. They have been playing in the spotlight for weeks now. And since Sidney Crosby became a Penguin three seasons ago, the spotlight has never been far from this Penguins team.

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Keep Your Head Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The original Motor City hit man was Thomas Hearns. You may remember him: Kronk gym, seven times a world champion, all those memorable fights with Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler, a local folk hero.

The new Motor City hit man is Niklas Kronwall: originally from Stockholm, older brother of Maple Leafs’ farmhand Staffan, injured for most of his first four NHL seasons, now starring in the Stanley Cup finals as the Kron “Wall of pain.’

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Today with Michel Therrien

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The media had some questions today for Penguins coach, Michel Therrien.  Transcript is below.

Q.  A couple of your players last night after the game said that they thought the style that you guys had used to great success to get to this point wasn’t working because of what Detroit was doing.  What can you do as a coach to switch up the strategy on this?  Does it need to be switched up?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  First of all, you’re not coming to the Stanley Cup Final and start to change all your system.  It takes years that players feel comfortable.  That’s not the way it works.

        You have give credit to the Red Wings.  They played well.  They played well in their building.  This is a tough place to play.  Yesterday, I liked our work ethic.  I think our intensity was there.  We have all the reasons in the world to be optimistic as well for Game No. 3.  As good as the Red Wings is in their building, we are as good at home, too.

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  Tags: interview, media, michel+therrien, quotes, transcript

The Old Barns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

The NHL is awash in sparkling new revenue-generating arenas with cozy locker rooms, plush luxury boxes and dazzling video scoreboards.

Visitors to Detroit’s 29-year-old building get very little of that kind of modernity. What they do find, however, is a loyal, energetic fan base with a high hockey IQ and a wealth of popular — if unusual — traditions.

Every fans who has caught a playoff game along the Detroit River knows about octopi flying toward the ice, rousing national anthem renditions by local songstress Karen Newman and goofy aisle dances by superfan “Mo Cheese” and his Stanley Cup hat.

more and Mellon Arena talk too…

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