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Lucic Becoming A Cult Figure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The engaging Boston Bruins rookie had just broken his large nose, causing the volume of his snoring spells at night to practically crumble the plaster in his hotel rooms.

“Yeah, that really happened,” the Vancouver native said, adding that he understood why his teammates didn’t want to bunk with him during that brief period of the regular season.

It may have been the only time all season that Milan Lucic was unpopular with anyone in this town.

Still just 19, Lucic is developing a cult following in Boston, working his way to becoming a sporting icon in one of North America’s top sports towns.

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Wild Go Up 2-1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Pierre Marc-Bouchard’s goal at 11:58 of OT won it for Minnesota, which was the stronger-looking team in the extra session. The goal was the result of the Avs’ Jeff Finger taking the wrong path behind the net to a puck that should have been icing. The puck further took a crazy bounce to Brian Rolston in the right corner, and he fed a wide-open Bouchard for a wrister to the top shelf.

“The puck took a funny hop and we made a mistake on the other side of the net,” Avs coach Joel Quenne-ville said. “They had some good chances in OT.”

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Watch the OT Game winner and this play may be proof why no-touch icing won’t work…

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Predators Striking Quickly

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from the Tennessean,

So while there were not alarm bells ringing in their dressing room Monday night at Sommet Center, they were well aware of a disturbing trend that cost the Western Conference’s top seed Game 3.

Nashville scored its first four goals in pairs, with second-period goals just 2:09 apart and third-period goals that tied and won a 5-3 game separated by only nine ticks of the clock.

In Detroit’s Game 2 win, Nashville’s two goals came in an 11-second span.

“Anytime a team scores, the next shift is so critical,” Detroit Coach Mike Babcock said. “The thing we talked about … as a coaching staff is obviously we’re not doing a good enough job of it. They get excited and play a little bit better and we seem to come out on our heels.”

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Changes Ahead For Senators

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from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,

If (so tempting just to say “when”) the Senators are eliminated in the next few days, the window will not completely close on their chances win a Stanley Cup in the next three years.  Find a goalie, make a major shake-up trade or two, find a steal in the draft (any more Milan Lucic’s out there?) and this team could challenge again.

But the Senators need a fresh set of eyes in the front office to make that happen.  A season this apocalyptic mandates major change.

Bryan Murray knew that when he fired John Paddock.  He realized something drastic had to be done.

With one more loss, something even more drastic will have to be done.  And Murray probably knows that, too.

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Stuck On Shanahan

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No freak shows, that’s not some blatant tribute to the Irish Jig.  Read today’s Keys To Game 3 post and you’ll get it.

If tonite wasn’t the best example of why the playoffs suck, someone find me another.  Nevermind.  Each of you have five or six separate examples.  Tonite’s is just the freshest.  Figured I’d better get this out of the way.  In case you haven’t noticed over the last three years, I sometimes find it difficult to post after a tough loss.

Like for a week or so.

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Ottawa Faces Elimination

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

A shirtless man in a red cape and metal helmet made one of his final, grating appearances on the big screens above centre ice midway through the third period on Monday night. He was dressed to look like the face of the Ottawa Senators, and he exhorted the crowd to make noise: “Sens Army, our backs are against the wall - we must defend, defend, defend.”

But the man, like the team, failed.

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Update 10:25pm ET: More on the game, the “half-naked gladiator” in the pre-game, and Daniel Alfredsson’s return in Tuesday’s Globe & Mail.

Watch the video of the pre-game…

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Real Tomato Ketchup Bubba?  It’s A Game 3 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The SoGay will undoubtedly be rockin’.  Cousins will be doing things illegal in most northern states.  And we’re Live Blogging.

Game 2’s LB?  A world record 234 comments.  No hockey blog post in history anywhere on earth has ever accrued that many comments.  Beat it tonite? We’ll see.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Sportsnet,

Some quotes from around the NHL on Rangers forward Sean Avery’s unorthodox screening attempt on Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during Sunday’s NHL playoff game:

“I’ve known this kid since he was about 16 years old. Once a jerk, always a jerk. You can’t blame the referee, because ... he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Could you believe what you were seeing? I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve been in every league that’s ever existed.”—CBC commentator Don Cherry on The Fan 590, a Toronto all-sports radio station.

more quotes…

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No Word On Martin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Palm Beach Post,

As another day ticked by Monday without a decision from Jacques Martin about his future, some NHL sources believe Martin is buying time while investigating the possibility of finding a coaching job somewhere outside Florida.

Majority Owner Alan Cohen gave Martin the nebulous deadline of sometime this week to accept his offer to stay with the Panthers as general manager, but Justin Copertino, the team’s communications manager, said there was no firm deadline.

“It’s not even 10 days since the last game of the season,” Copertino said. “I think Alan is willing to give Jacques however much time he needs.”

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Giving Thanks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Baker at the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Dear Hockey God,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This years playoff adversity is deja-vu all over again, except this time you didn’t wait until the second round. Sheesh, it only took 3 games for the “big test of adversity” to take place for our beloved Sharkies.

This version of the Sharks has stated since day 1 of the season they will be judged by how they do in the playoffs. This version of the Sharks has said they are different from the teams who lost in the second round in the last two playoffs. This version of the Sharks get virtually the same test as the previous two playoff teams. I mean, you can’t be anymore fair than that!

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