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Playoff Hopes For The Los Angeles Kings Are Over

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The Kings are now 9 points behind in the wild card race with 8 games to play.

from Helene Elliottt of the LA Times,

The Kings’ 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night summed up their season in one flawed performance, perfect only in exemplifying why a team that supposedly has so much talent and heart is all but certain to be watching on TV when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin next month.

With their playoff hopes dwindling by the hour, the Kings couldn’t muster enough urgency to crash the net. They couldn’t fight for rebounds in front of goaltender Antti Raanta. They couldn’t finish the few top-notch scoring chances they managed to create among their 30 mostly harmless shots on goal.


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3/26/97 Is A Date Detroit Hockey Fans Will Never Forget

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Has it really been 20 years since the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche ignited one of the best rivalries — or feuds — in professional sports with a game on March 26 that will likely live in infamy?

“I have people all the time come up to me and say they were there,” Kris Draper said.

March 26, 1997.

You mention that date to Detroit sports fans of a certain age and they’ll tell you where they were when the Red Wings and Avalanche went after each other that evening, or what they were doing, or how they were going bonkers.

The entire evening can still produce endless goose bumps just thinking about it. The fights, the goals, the craziness of what was happening on the ice and in the stands — oh yes, and the fights.

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Video- Logan Couture Injured In Sharks’ Sixth Straight Loss

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from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,

After taking a deflected puck to the face, Sharks center Logan Couture was taken to a local hospital in the Nashville area, coach Pete DeBoer said after the game.

There was no further information about how serious his injury might be.

“I don’t have a report. I heard they took him to the hospital. That’s the last I heard,” DeBoer said.


Also from Kurz,

Apparently, one wake up call wasn’t good enough for the plummeting San Jose Sharks.

Just one day after suffering what was arguably their worst game under coach Pete DeBoer, Nashville put up a touchdown on the Sharks in a 7-2 win, giving San Jose its sixth straight defeat – all in regulation.

After getting outscored 13-3 the last two nights, including Friday’s 6-1 loss in Dallas, where do they go from here?

“In two years, last year and this year so far, we haven’t had one night like this almost. Now we have back-to-back nights,” Joe Pavelski said. “I think it’s just a reality check. A gut-check time.

“It’s on us as players. Bottom line is we haven’t put the effort in that we need to have right now, and it snowballed on us a little bit at times. I think we’ve got to take a deep breath and really take a look in the mirror, refocus a little bit and understand there’s hockey out there, but it’s not going to fix itself.”


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Video- Michael Haley’s Match Penalty For Attempting To Injure

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via Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

With about seven minutes remaining and the Predators leading by three goals, Jarnkrok received a minor penalty for boarding Haley, which incited a 10-man scrum. Haley sought out Jarnkrok and landed a left-handed jab to his face.

Officials handed Haley a match penalty for attempting to injure Jarnkrok and immediately ejected him. Jarnkrok didn't return.

"He kind of hit me in the helmet and got cut by the visor," Jarnkrok said. "I feel OK."

"It's an ugly play," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."

"When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer told reporters.

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The Lack Of Vision By The NHL

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The NHL’s vision rarely extends past the 50 percent of revenue the league is guaranteed under the CBA, so it is no surprise neither the board nor commissioner can recognize the positive global byproduct of continuing to participate in the Olympics in 2018.

If it cannot be immediately quantified, the benefit does not exist for the Sixth Avenue operation, which has done scandalously little through the years to broaden its scope beyond North America. The most international of professional sports has willingly, if not enthusiastically and happily, limited itself to within its borders.

There is no larger vision for the sport beyond the losers’ point that allows general managers of truly lousy teams to claim winning records with the authenticity of a guy on Eighth Avenue outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal selling you a Rolex for five bucks; no vision beyond that of the referees and linesmen who peer into tiny tablets while confoundingly upholding or reversing their own prior calls.

Still, though, Gary Bettman has not issued a final edict regarding the Pyeongchang Olympics, which means the commissioner is negotiating in his own inimitable style, though it is unclear for what and against — I mean, with — whom.

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
Vancouver 4, MINNESOTA 2
COLUMBUS 1, Philadelphia 0
Calgary 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)
BUFFALO 5, Toronto 2
MONTREAL 3, Ottawa 1
FLORIDA 7, Chicago 0
Carolina 3, NEW JERSEY 1
Boston 2, NY ISLANDERS 1
WASHINGTON 4, Arizona 1
NASHVILLE 7, San Jose 2
EDMONTON 4, Colorado 1
NY Rangers 3, LOS ANGELES 0

After signing his first NHL contract on Saturday morning, Brock Boeser scored the game-winning goal while making his League debut to lead the Canucks to victory.
* Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.), the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, played his final NCAA game with the University of North Dakota on Friday before making his NHL debut in his home state. The 20-year-old started at right wing for the Canucks, who welcomed Boeser’s parents into the locker room before the game to read the starting lineup.

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Video- Jaromir Jagr Out With A Lower-Body Injury

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Fixing The Colorado Avalanche

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The planets must align for the Avalanche to become competitive — or more than that — next season. That means:

— Semyon Varlamov shows his hip surgery has rid him of his recurring groin muscle issues. He has to become one of the league’s elite goalies again, living up to the standards set by his annual $5.9 million cap hit through 2018-19. Trade him? Who’s going to take him now, especially with that contract? Expose him to the expansion draft? Sure, but he won’t be taken. He has ties to Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee, who was at Washington when Varlamov was with the Capitals. McPhee was skeptical of Varlamov’s ability to stay healthy before the goalie was traded to Colorado in 2011, and while Varlamov has been terrific in stretches here, McPhee turned out to be right.

— Joe Sakic again explores trading Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog. (I’d include MacKinnon in the explorations too.) If no deal is made, absolving the three forwards of blame for this dumpster fire because of the cast around them is understandable, but goes too far. They’re supposed to lead this team, and faith in them has been at the core of Sakic’s plan to tie them up contractually and fill in around them. They have to step up. Finally.


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Video- Home Improvement - Hockey Style

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Starring the Grand Rapids Griffins.


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Sidney Crosby The Topic For Saturday Hockey Talk

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Imagine if the opposite had occurred?

Imagine if it had been Sidney Crosby’s finger dangling, dripping blood, part of it crushed, the result of a slash, intentional or not?

Imagine the noise the hockey world would make?

Instead, the usual voices say the usual things. You can’t penalize the kind of slash that happens so often in every game. You can’t suspend Crosby for maiming Ottawa’s Marc Methot and ending his regular season — and possibly his playoff run — while probably damaging his hand forever.

That’s their view. The NHL shrugs and looks the other way. The game goes on.

That’s their view, not mine....

- What you need to remember about Eugene Melnyk: When last we saw his Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup final, there was Melnyk in the dressing room after losing the Cup, calling out players, questioning their character and basically embarrassing himself.

- Really, Gary Bettman cares nothing about you. He took away a hockey season. If he thinks it’s good business to not have NHL players in the Olympic Games, he won’t lose a minute of sleep over it. That said, Bettman hasn’t officially ruled out NHL participation in the Olympics, which makes it still possible.

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