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Penguins Still Streaking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

By the middle of the third period last night, even the New York Rangers’ notoriously diehard fans in the upper reaches had thrown in the towel, turning their anger on their heroes and finally on themselves in a series of punch-ups.

Down on the ice, the Rangers were punchless by the third period, having thrown everything they had at the Pittsburgh Penguins, only to run up against goaltender Marc-André Fleury, who has never been bad in this NHL playoff series, but was far better last night than his Rangers counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, for the first time.

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Carolina Owner Taking Hands-On Approach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

Ask Peter Karmanos what his team’s payroll will look like next season, and he’s quick to say what the Carolina Hurricanes spend on players will be determined by what the franchise makes on advertising and tickets.

And in that respect, the Hurricaanes’ owner is putting his mouth where his money is.

Having completed a hands-on restructuring of the sales force of Compuware, the software company he helped found, Karmanos said he’s going to try to do the same with his hockey team.

‘‘I plan to come in and actually help work on both those areas myself two or three days a week starting in July,’’ Karmanos said this week in a telephone interview from his Detroit office. ‘‘We’re going to do just fine.’‘

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  Tags: peter+karmanos

Old Michigan Steams Like A Young Man’s Dreams…It’s A Game 3 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Felt like a little Lightfoot tonite.

It’s a Game 3 Live Blog.

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Steve Ott Re-Signs with Dallas for 2 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas Stars:

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has re-signed center Steve Ott to a two-year contract worth $2.85 million ($1.35 million in ’08-09 and $1.5 million in ’09-10) through the 2009-10 season. Ott’s current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2008.

“Steve Ott has done a great job of earning this contract and we are very pleased to have him secure in Dallas for the next two years,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He has developed into a valuable piece in our team chemistry and he brings a solid work ethic to our hockey club day in and day out.”

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  Tags: contracts, steve+ott

Channeling the Spirit of Kate Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Andrew Lupton at the National Post,

More than 20 years after her death, the Philadelphia Flyers continue to channel the spirit of singer Kate Smith.

Born in 1907, Smith was a famous broadway, stage and radio singer whose name became synonymous with the song God Bless America after she sung it to glowing reviews on Armistice Day in 1938.

continued explaining the story of why Kate Smith’s performance was resurrected by film at Wachovia Center last night.  And here’s a video of one of her Philly performances, prior to the 1974 Stanley Cup.

 

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  Tags: kate+smith, nhl+history, superstitions, wachovia+center

Demoralizing The Dive In Denver: Keys To Game 3

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Forget Floppa, or who’s in goal, or whether Adam Foote will finally show up tonite in some role other than painting the end boards with his jaw.

The keys to a victory tonite have everything to do with how the Wings play.  We know Denver’s going to be excited.  Little Lappy’s going to be running around and Petey’s gonna show some glimpses before the groin/ankle/foot/spleen…oops, forget the spleen…start acting up in the second.  And Three or Four, based on probability alone, isn’t going to give up 4 in forty.

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Hull Keeping Stars Loose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

To play your best hockey, your players have to be loose. And is there anyone in hockey better than Hull at understanding how to stay loose?

You can’t play this game if you are uptight, and Hull has never been uptight about anything in his life. The Stars changed their chemistry by bringing in Brad Richards at the trade deadline, and they had to play without injured defenseman Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher, and it didn’t matter to them because they go out there and play without any worries. That’s the Hull influence.

When you watch the Stars right now, what you see is a team that is in sync at every position

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Stand By For The Transplants

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Watch out below Dive Fans.  Detroit residents and Wing fans are aware of the company, Superior Fish.  Kind of a “tradition” around Hockeytown parts.  Well, guess what SF’s shipped out the last few days, destination Denver?

Cases of octopus.  Several cases of octopus.

Giddy up.

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Scoring On The Minds Of The Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Working the Corners,

Everybody was on the same page this morning. Talking positive, making it all sound pretty simple for the Sharks to climb right back into this series tonight.

“We’ve just got to put in our chances,” Joe Thornton said. “We’ve had some golden opportunities that we haven’t actually buried.”

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Report: Jagr Playing for Omsk Next Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Czech site iDNES has reported the following:

Some unnamed player from Omsk was told by the boss of the club that Jagr is gonna play there next year.  “We dont know anything about length of contract or about money but they told us Jagr will play here. Thats fantastic news!”

Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the translation.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, russian+hockey

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