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Stevens & Therrien After Game 4 ECF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. You had talked all series about the team’s execution offensively. Do you think something in their minds was different for this game? A little less nervousness, perhaps, or they had nothing to lose?

        COACH STEVENS: Yeah, but I just thought we’d come out with real good energy. We were skating with the puck. We got pucks, we didn’t just get pucks through the neutral zone, we had speed after the puck, which I thought made a difference. We got our power play, we started shooting the puck again. You know, I think we were trying to pass the puck to the net.
        They’re a very good penalty killing team, and sometimes you don’t score on the initial shot, but you create secondary chances at the net. I thought the power play did that early, and really gave us momentum. Obviously, getting the lead was big for us, but we did some really good things in the game, especially early.

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Batten Down The Hatches: Game 5 In Hockeytown Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, that was a long frigging 24 hours.  I’m not gonna lie.  I was irritated, to put it mildly, pretty much all day Thursday.  Conspiracy?  I didn’t use that word yesterday and I won’t today.  Conspiracies require a lot more brainpower, discretion and cunning than anyone in Little Gary’s inner circle is capable of.

Ineptitude?  Oh Hell yes. In spades. In bucketfuls.  The league office is gloriously overflowing with it.  Ignorance?  An unspoken job requirement.  Overturned goals are a problem. Have been for, at least, 9 years.  Deal with it?  Nah.  Ignore it.

But that’s all solved tonite.  All the bad things are going away, because this series ends tonite in Detroit.

Did you say something?  I’m sorry?

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Morrow Calls Out Referee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Stars captain Brenden Morrow was interviewed Thursday by Bob and Dan of BaD Radio on 1310-AM The Ticket and had a lot to say.

One of the first points Morrow made was to revisit a questionable roughing penalty called on Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period of a 4-1 loss in Game 1 against the Red Wings. Referee Bill McCreary whistled Fistric for the 2-minute minor for roughing Tomas Holmstrom, giving the Red Wings a 5-on-3 power play that they converted into a Brian Rafalski goal nine seconds after getting the two-man advantage to take a quick 1-0 lead.

“That was a very phantom call,” Morrow said.

Morrow accused McCreary of a retaliation penalty call on Fistric.


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  Tags: brenden+morrow

Growing Up with the Pens

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo! Sports,

Malone’s father Greg also played for the Penguins, which is why Ryan grew up in Pittsburgh. Greg Malone, a New Brunswick native, also played for Quebec and Hartford and is now a scout for the Phoenix Coyotes after many years as a Penguins scout.

So not only did Ryan Malone grow up a Penguins fan, he literally grew up hanging around the team. “You definitely feel lucky,” Malone said. “I would have happily played anywhere but it’s an extra bonus to play for the team I grew up with. I’m privileged.”

Just how long he’ll be wearing that uniform remains to be seen. He’s an unrestricted free agent July 1 and his career-best season, 27 goals and 51 points, would fetch him a handsome raise over the US$1.45 million he made this season. Perhaps as much as $4.5 million on the open market. That will likely be too much money for a Penguins team that is looking to get star centre Evgeni Malkin to sign a rich, new extension this summer…


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Pennsylvania Trash Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hosted a chat with Flyers and Pens fans today.  A sample…

James_Taipei: Seth, if you were a betting man would you bet on the Penguins to close out the series today?(p.s. I don’t want to place a bet.)
Seth Rorabaugh: I’d stick money on it. They don’t want to extend this series any more than it has to.
steve_downie: Am i sitting tonight? I just wanted to know if my cheapshot on Sykora is going to be my final appearance of the series.
Seth Rorabaugh: I think the Flyers would be better off dressing 19 players than having you in the lineup. No offense.

more here…

*Be sure to check out Empty Netters later on, since Seth will probably be doing a liveblog of the game tonight. Fun is usually had by all.

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In Case You Were Wondering…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rand Simon at the Hockey News,

As per the collective bargaining agreement, in order to protect its right to match an offer sheet and receive draft pick compensation if choosing not to match, an NHL team must tender a qualifying offer no later than June 25.

In order to be deemed proper, the qualifying offer must be for an amount at least equal to the player’s 2007-08 compensation for those who made $1 million or more this past season in base salary.

For players making less than $1 million but more than $660,000, the qualifying offer must be for 105 percent of the player’s ‘07-08 salary. However, the qualifying offer does not have to exceed $1 million if, for example, the player was making $990,000 in ‘07-08. That player’s qualifying offer would be $1 million.

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Questions for the Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today’s Q&A session with the Dallas Stars features some thoughts from Steve Ott and coach Dave Tippett.

Q. Steve, one step down. Now you got to go back to Detroit where things haven’t been great. How are you going to focus for that?

STEVE OTT: Obviously, things haven’t been great in Detroit. Starting with your goalie, when he hasn’t really won in that building, it kind of sets up for a great night, I think.  What better time than now to, you know, put a little bit of pressure on them, Marty have a big night, get out there with a win.

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  Tags: dave+tippett, quotes, steve+ott

The NHL Hour—with Ken Holland

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.

At show time, you can listen live by going to the NHL Network Online, then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com. 

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  Tags: gary+bettman, interview, ken+holland, media

Game Day with Penguins’ Coach Michel Therrien

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Getting some answers today from Pittsburgh Penguins’ coach Michel Therrien.

Q.  Can you give us an update on Gary Roberts’ status?
      COACH THERRIEN:  He’s still sick.  He’s got pneumonia.  It’s a mild case, so he’s listed day‑to‑day.  He’s not going to play tonight.

        Q.  Is it something you expect him back later in the playoffs?

  COACH THERRIEN:  Yes, yes, hopefully.  He’s on medication right now, and we’ll go from there.

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  Tags: michel+therrien, playoffs, quotes

Looking At The Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

Measuring coaching is not so simple.

There is an awful lot that a coach is asked to do. He is in charge of conditioning, skill development, motivation, systems design, on-ice deployment and game strategy. But frequently, because of the new economics of hockey, he does not get to pick his players. And sometimes he has no talent with which to work.

Coaches don’t have that full accountability.

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