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The Minnesota Wild Move On To The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Minnesota Wild advance to round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will play the Chicago Blackhawks after defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 today and winning the series 4-2.

What a year for the Wild, Mike Yeo deserves much credit as well as the players.

As for the Blues, probably a huge disappointment for their fanbase, another year of not coming close to expectations.

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Video- Get On The Ice For The NHL Games Played On Saturday

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Hear the games...

 

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Tweets On An Off Day

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via Katie Strang tweets,

DET's Henrik Zetterberg on goaltender Petr Mrazek: "He plays with confidence and he gives us confidence.

"Mike Babcock, asked about team's ability to neutralize Stamkos: "We're not playing Stammer, we're playing Tampa Bay."

#TBL #DET Victor Hedman on facing an elimination game vs. Wings: "I'm not worried about this group at all. We know we can do it."

via Joe Smith tweets,

At tday's team meeting, a few #tblightning players who have overcome 3-1, 3-2 series deficits spoke up. Said Hedman: "We know we can do it."

Cooper: "We've been together nine months now. This is as good a group as I've ever coached. Would be a shame for it all to end (Monday)."

Cooper said #redwings interfere more than any team in league: "The old saying if you ain't cheating, you ain't trying. They do it to a 'T'"

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Afternoon Line- Scott Burnside On The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Both Malkin and Crosby share responsibility for the disappointments of the past several years and, even though it is an interesting exercise to discuss what might happen should one of those players be traded, the bottom line is they will only leave Pittsburgh of their own accord given they both possess no-trade/no-movement clauses.

What remains to be seen, though, is whether this is a team that can reclaim glory with their superstars eating up $18.2 million in cap space.

In the coming weeks, expect discussion about whether a Phil Kessel or Dion Phaneuf or any number of skilled but expensive and/or problematic wingers would cure what ails the Pens. These are the storylines that dog every middle of the road team looking for a magic combination. They are the storylines that are now very much the reality of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read much more on the Penguins.

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On An Off Day

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Wings did not practice today and Babock informed the media no injuries from last night.

On the Tampa side, this from Bryan Burns of the Lightning website,

Plenty of things that went right for the Lightning in the regular season have suddenly disappeared. The three biggest?

1. REGULAR SEASON SCORING DOESN’T EQUAL PLAYOFF SCORING

The 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning scored more regular-season goals than any other team in franchise history.

The previous record of 246 established in 2005-06 was shattered when the Bolts netted 259 goals this season. Tampa Bay had more goals than any other team in the NHL (Dallas, with 257, was second) and averaged 3.16 per game.

In the playoffs, however, the Lightning attack has been systematically dismantled by a veteran Detroit team that has given the Bolts little room to maneuver on the ice.

The Red Wings were a middle-of-the-road defensive team during the regular season, their 2.57 goals-against average ranking 15th in the league.

Aside from Game 2 when the Lightning put five on the board, which, increasingly, is looking more and more like an anomaly, the Bolts haven’t been able to generate much of anything against Detroit in the postseason though. Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, who split time with Jimmy Howard during the regular season and wasn’t handed the starting job for good until the conclusion of the regular season, has shut out Tampa Bay twice in his postseason debut.

But in reality, Mrazek hasn’t had to work all that hard as the players in front of him have done an outstanding job limiting the Lightning’s chances on goal. And when the Bolts do get something on frame, Mrazek has been steady in cleaning it up.

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Plus this from Craig Peterson of the Wings website,

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Open Post- Today’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The St. Louis Blues face a must win road game against the Minnesota Wild today.  The Wild lead the series 3-2 and the puck drops just after 3:00pm ET on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA.

The Ottawa Senators play at home against the Montreal Canadiens and the Senators need to win to force a game 7.  

The game starts just after 6:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Feel free to discuss these possible elimination games today or anything hockey related.

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Former NHL Coach Claude Noel Impressed By Detroit’s Game 5 Win

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Claude Noel to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Claude Noel was extremely impressed with how focused, structured and determined the Red Wings were after what he called a demoralizing defeat in Game 4 on Thursday.

"Detroit was on the road and basically just shut them right down," Noel said. "That bounce-back was impressive. Talk about a demoralizing loss [Thursday], but there was no residue from that Game 4, that bump in the road. And to me that was impressive."

The Lightning seemed to have plenty of motivation and momentum entering Game 5 at home, one game after Tyler Johnson scored in overtime to cap a three-goal rally for a 3-2 win in Game 4 in Detroit.

But Detroit shut Tampa Bay down in Game 5.

"That's experience within the room, the coaching staff and with the players," Noel said. "You have some players there who have been through a lot, guys who have been around and guys having confidence in their team. The game went exactly like Game 4, but only this time they kept it up for a full 60 [minutes]."

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Playoff Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am not much of a numbers guy, but the stats below do tell a story.

The statistics were supplied by the NHL.

You can hover over each column for an explanation if needed.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 3, Washington 1 – series tied 3-3
Detroit 4, TAMPA BAY 0 – DET leads series 3-2
CHICAGO 4, Nashville 3 – CHI wins series 4-2
CALGARY 7, Vancouver 4 – CGY wins series 4-2
 
FLAMES OVERCOME SLOW START TO ELIMINATE CANUCKS
The Canucks raced to a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes after the opening face-off and held a 4-3 advantage after 40 minutes, but the Flames scored four unanswered goals in the third period – including the tiebreaker by Matt Stajan with 4:17 remaining in regulation – to advance to the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

 
* Via Elias, the Flames became the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to record a series-clinching win in regulation when trailing by three or more goals. The others to accomplish that feat: the 1997 Avalanche (Game 6 of CQF at CHI), 2009 Penguins (Game 6 of CQF at PHI) and 2010 Flyers (Game 7 of CSF at BOS).

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“Saint Petr” Named #1 Star Of The Night

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The legend of Saint Petr grows, and two other players had key roles in getting their teams to the next round in tonight’s top 3 stars.

 

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