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Call Risto Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

The majority of my time during the NHL season is spent talking hockey. So I thought to myself, why not talk hockey with you? Yes, I do mean talk.

I have always been interested in hearing the views of anyone who loves the game of hockey. It intrigues me what people in Seattle, Washington, or Orillia think of the game. Are they different than a fan in Stockholm? Do the European fans see the game differently than someone in Australia?

Do the players themselves want to talk about the game when they are not playing? How about team and League executives, do they talk hockey 24/7?

On Wednesday, April 2, everyone can let me know how you feel. You can call me crazy, but you can also call me. I am giving out my phone number to talk hockey with you.

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Caps Pull Even With Canes

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from the Washington Post,

It was, without question, the most important game several of the Washington Capitals had ever played in. But it never looked that way.

In a contest that featured all of the intensity of a playoff game, the Capitals’ impressive core of youngsters and veteran goaltender Cristobal Huet buoyed their hope of earning a spot in the playoffs with a 4-1 thumping of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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added 11:26pm, from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

Playing on some of the worst ice in recent NHL history — riddled with cracks like a windshield after a wreck — the Caps scored twice early, then answered a Carolina goal with a power-play goal during a controversial second-period sequence.

Alex Ovechkin took exception to Eric Staal poking at Huet’s glove after a save on Scott Walker on a short-handed two-on-one and threw Staal into the boards.

But the Capitals remained on the power play because a coincidental minor was called on Niclas Wallin in the brawl that followed, and Alexander Semin scored to make it 3-1.

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Lafleur Suing For $3.5M

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from CBC,

Hockey legend Guy Lafleur is suing the Montreal police and Quebec’s Crown prosecutor for $3.5 million.

The former NHL star, arrested in January for allegedly giving contradictory testimony at his son Mark’s bail hearing, pleaded not guilty to the charge on Feb. 7.

Lafleur’s lawyer, Jean-Pierre Rancourt, told the CBC on Tuesday that Lafleur opted for legal action because his reputation and ability to make a living have suffered since the arrest.

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Don’t Even Call Them Hockey Fans

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from the Calgary Sun,

The early Sunday morning beating of an Oilers jersey-clad Andrew Parker on 4 St. S.W. by who he described as four or five men wearing Flames sweaters is being investigated by city police.

Flames boss Ken King said if it’s true, the team would immediately disown such fans.

“We have no interest in having any fans who’d even think of doing such a thing,” said King while on his way to Edmonton to attend tonight’s Flames-Oilers game.

“I’d be happy to invite them back and refund their jersey money and not be associated with them or have them in our building or at any other event.”

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The Playmaker

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Let’s face it, while we’ve seen some spectacular goals in Crosby’s 3 seasons in the NHL, goal scoring doesn’t come easily for this young phenom.

He’s incredibly strong on the puck and loves to battle physically.

One on one, he’s hard to beat.

Among the leagues great playmakers, he might be the greatest.

However, when it comes to scoring goals, Crosby isn’t great…he’s good.

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Yzerman Getting Noticed In Canada

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Every time I hear Steve Yzerman talk, I’m more and more convinced that he will be the general manager of Canada’s men’s Olympic team sometime soon, maybe even as early as 2010 in Vancouver. I’m trying to put my finger on the quality that comes through when he speaks and I’ve concluded that it’s because, in an era of non-answers, where people in position of authority can talk at great lengths without actually saying much at all, Yzerman represents the polar opposite.

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Stars Of The Month

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from NHL.com,

NEW YORK – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of March.

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Canes Getting Healthy

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from TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forwards Ray Whitney and Justin Williams from injured reserve and the pair are eligible to play in Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.

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E.J. Hradek Talks To KK

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Today I had the pleasure of interviewing E.J. Hradek of the NHL Hour on XM 204, the NHL Network and ESPN.

We discussed the West, the East and the ESPN outlook regarding the NHL

You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.

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Zubov Sees A Specialist

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from Five for Fighting,

The news doesn’t sound too good on defenseman Sergei Zubov. He didn’t skate today, as he went to see specialists for his ongoing injuries. And won’t skate for the next few days. Coach Dave Tippett called the situation “a concern.” When asked if the problem was the foot or the groin, Tippett said, “all of the above.”

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