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Game 7 of Western Conference Final will air on NBC Saturday at 8 EDT

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:

GAME 7 OF THE 2015 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL TO BE BROADCAST ON NBC IN THE U.S.

NEW YORK (May 28, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that Game 7 of 2015 Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. This is an update to the schedule as it was previously announced the game would be televised on NBCSN.

In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and TVA Sports. 

The game will start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Prospect playoff news: Walleye’s campaign ends in a triple overtime, game 7 defeat

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toledo Walleye fell short of their Kelly Cup dreams as their season ended on Wednesday night, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.

The Walleye dropped a 1-0, TRIPLE overtime decision to the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 7 of the ECHL's Eastern Conference Final--via a goal against that was offsides by five feet--but the fact that Toledo rallied from a 3-games-to-none deficit to force a 7th game is nothing less than a remarkable achievement.

Toledo played in its longest game ever, and after the game, the Walleye reflected upon its 105:35-long game and season, a year removed from finishing as the ECHL's worst team

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Nyquist, ‘POY’ candidate; trusting McCollum, and an inventive interview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins stories just kept coming this evening, so there was no point in storing them up for an overnight report. Regrettably, this morning's news offers somewhat slim pickings, so this is a bit of a lean entry.

First, Gustav Nyquist's 28 seconds' worth of puck possession is one of a pair of final entries in the TSN Play of the Year quarterfinal, going up against a Jordan Eberle goal, and if you don't vote for this goal, salty ham will follow your descendents like salty...cured pork...

Because this goal is just inferior:

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Memorial Cup Round Robin

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The round robin portion of the Memorial Cup has completed today.  It is the Canadian Hockey League championship played by junior players.  This year the tournament is held in Quebec City.  It is the last hockey event to be played in the Colisee where the Quebec Nordiques once played.

There are a few things I do not like about the Memorial Cup.  One is that the host team makes it into the tournament.  The other three participants are the winners of the three leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League - the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  Why should a team make the tournament merely for hosting it?  It can allow an unqualified entrant and it leads to controversy should that team win the tournament when it did not make the tournament in its own right.

The other significant problem is that often the tournament ends with a tie in last place which puts all four teams in the playoffs.  It makes the round robin not very important.  Sure the round robin winner immediately makes the final but it makes a round robin not seem very important.  It is possible that the last place team in the round robin could win the tournament.  This year no team is eliminated after the round robin.

Here are the round robin results:

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Blackhawks force Game 7 in Western Conference Final

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Both the Western and Eastern Conference Final series will go to 7th games after the Chicago Blackhawks held off a late push by the Anaheim Ducks and defeated Anaheim 5-2.

The teams will battle on Saturday night in Anaheim, battling for a Stanley Cup Final berth, and of Duncan Keith's 3 assists, this one may have been the prettiest...

But these goals counted equally:

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Report: Bylsma Deal With Sabres Is “Imminent”

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

It's the worst kept secret in Buffalo, but Dan Bylsma is apparently going to be the next head coach of the Sabres.

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Dylan Larkin adjusting to the whirlwind of turning pro, joning Griffins’ ranks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 10:18 PM: It's a Grand Rapids Griffins evening on TMR, and just before NHL game time, WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski has posited an article in which Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, captain Jeff Hoggan and players Tom McCollum and Nick Jensen weigh in on the early returns for one Dylan Larkin, a Red Wings prospect who'd endured a helluva whirlwind in traveling from Ann Arbor to Prague, back to Metro Detroit, and now New York and Grand Rapids as his professional career's taken flight:

“The guys have been pretty good and welcoming and made me feel pretty comfortable right way,” Larkin said after his first home practice on Wednesday. “That’s probably been the biggest help. The coaches have done a great job teaching me the system and how we play.”

It was just eight days ago that the Michigan Wolverine and Big Ten ‘Freshman of the Year’ decided to turn pro.

“I drove home, signed the contract, faxed it in, started packing, had dinner and then left for Grand Rapids,” Larkin said. “So it’s been pretty crazy.”

Though he’s only 18 years old, Larkin spent the previous several weeks overseas playing for Team USA with and against a host of NHL players at the Hockey World Championships in the Czech Republic.

“I learned a lot from all the pros overseas and how to handle yourself and how to be a pro,” Larkin said. “That was a great experience for me.”

Figurski continues, interviewing the aforementioned narrators, and there also happens to be a video attached to the story:

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Open Post- Game 6 Western Conference Finals, Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game 6 is in Chicago tonight with puck drop just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

You know the storyline, Ducks win they move on to the Stanley Cup Final while the Blackhawks will try to force game 7 in Anaheim on Saturday night.

Feel free to discuss the game.

FYI, game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals is Friday night so tomorrow is a hockey-free day.

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Wallner tells the story of Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've met some strong leaders in my time as a hockey blogger and reporter of sorts, and one of the most intense, dedicated and determined leaders I've encountered hasn't played an NHL game in 5 years.

Grand Rapids Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan is the perfect hard-edged, hard-nosed veteran to lead a rotating corps of future Red Wings and future minor pros brought together for the same cause, and this evening, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner tells the story of how Hoggan became such an integral part of the Griffins' game-winning-and-player-developmental machine:

How important has Jeff Hoggan been in the Griffins' emergence as a top AHL franchise the past three seasons? When coach Jeff Blashill was asked if the Griffins would have won the Calder Cup Trophy in 2013 or reached the conference finals this season without Hoggan, he shot back:

"Not a chance."

Hoggan is the intermediary. He can walk the line when necessary - take the coach's message and relay it in player-speak and still be respected by both. Hoggan is still productive. In the regular season he had 14 goals and 31 points and was the only player on the Griffins to play all 76 games.

Roll those together, add in a work ethic that causes young twenty-somethings to take inventory, and the oldest skater in the league may also have its biggest heart.

"He leads by such an example that he brings the culture of your work ethic to such a level that everybody improves," Blashill said. "Everybody gets better as a hockey team because of the way he carries himself."

Wallner continues, telling quite the tale...

Update: And Fox 17 profiled Hoggan, Brennan Evans and Nathan Paetsch, too (warning, auto-play after-you-play-it video).

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A 5-day-old Babcock interview that’s still worth your time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This blog is community-driven in terms of its content, from the comments section, from Twitter, from Facebook, email, my readers are very interactive, and while I may not get into some of the disputes, we do talk about topics that need to be addressed and content that you'd like to see.

RWBill stated that Mike Babcock's interview with Mitch Albom last Friday was not to be missed, and while it took a full five days for WJR to post the interivew, I agree that this offers a different perspective on Babcock's decision-making process and his perspective after having made media appearances in both Tornoto and Detroit. This is a little more reflective Babcock, and that's intriguing...

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