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University of Michigan loses heartbreaker to University of Minnesota-Duluth

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The University of Michigan lost a 3-2 overtime decision to the University of Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA Championship game, suffering from a 10-4 penalty disparity and an “intent to blow” call that cost the Wolverines an early 1-0 goal. Shawn Hunwick stopped 38 shots for U of M, but consecutive icing calls doomed the Wolverines.

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Ottawa Choosing The Wrong Path

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Ottawa Senators season is over.  They finish with 74 points in 26th place in the league.  As a result they have fired their coaching staff including head coach Cory Clouston.  Clouston has never impressed me as an NHL coach.  He was an AHL guy who had looked over his in an NHL coaching role.  He was never able to make anything more of the team any other coach could.

The problem is the team isn’t very good.  The fault for that goes to management.  Bryan Murray took over as Ottawa general manager in the summer of 2007.  Ottawa was fresh off of a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.  The Senators under Murray have been on a steady ride downward to their current 26th place finish.  Naturally Murray has been rewarded for this result with a new three year contract and a chance to pick the new Senators coach.

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Video- T.J. Oshie With The Goal Of The Night?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Are Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 N.Y. Rangers

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 7 Buffalo

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 7 Montreal

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay

Anyone care to predict the winners?

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Talking Hockey Before The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• In 30 some years of covering hockey, I’ve never had reason to write these words: This is the Vancouver Canucks year, their Stanley Cup to lose.

They have the best team in the NHL, the deepest team, with the best player, with back-to-back scoring champions on the same line, the top power play, the most goals scored, the fewest goals against and only history and the rest of the playoff teams against them….

• Making fun of the American network, Versus, where hockey goes to die seems to be a part of Canadian sport. But I just spent a week in Florida and got Versus on my cable. There was hockey on every night, high quality broadcasts with terrific panels and a great post-game show. This guy won’t be making fun of Versus any more.

• Poor Rick Nash: Eight years in the NHL, one year in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


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Don’t Move Iginla Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Four months ago the Trade Iggy Movement (TIM) based its eloquent argument on a belief the 33-year-old captain “sucked.”

Extensions of that rationale suggested he was “too old,” “past his prime” and was no longer a leader.

Such notions have since been quieted after the local icon carried the team on his back for an exciting turnaround that saw him finish amongst NHL scoring leaders as one of the game’s most dominant forces once again.

The leaders of TIM have now been forced to split into two groups, voicing radically different approaches as to why the future Hall of Famer needs to go.

The first revolves around the belief the Flames need a major overhaul and the best way to do it is by jettisoning its most prized asset with an eye on bringing in talented young prospects.

The second - and increasingly popular mantra - implies the trade needs to be made for Iginla.


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Murray Will Chose Next Ottawa Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The decision on the next coach of the Senators will be up to GM Bryan Murray, and not the man who pays his salary.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk told the Team 1200’s pre-game show Saturday he’ll suggest possible replacements for Cory Clouston, but Murray will have the final say on the team’s next bench boss.

Clouston was let go as Ottawa’s coach after Saturday’s loss to the Bruins in the team’s final game of the season. There has been plenty of speculation that Melnyk might want Murray to hire Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors coach Dave Cameron. Melnyk owns the OHL’s Majors and has a long working relationship with Cameron, who guided Canada to a silver medal at this year’s world junior championship.

However, Melnyk said he has no intention of ordering Murray who to hire.


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How About 3 Point Wins?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of Slap Shot,

The N.H.L. is the only elite-level professional hockey league in the world that awards 2 points for regulation, overtime and shootout victories. An overtime or shootout loser gets 1 point. In the rest of the world, a regulation winner gets 3 points, an overtime or shootout winner 2, and an overtime or shootout loser 1. A regulation loser gets no points.

N.H.L. executives have repeatedly voted down proposals to go to a 3-2-1-0 system. One of the staunchest defenders of the current system is Toronto General Manager Brian Burke, who has said making all games worth a total of 3 points was “a poor idea.”

Oddly, if the 3-2-1-0 system were in effect this season, Burke’s Maple Leafs would finish seventh or eighth, in the playoffs, rather than 10th and going home for the summer. They have won a lot of games in regulation this season.

But under the N.H.L. system Burke prefers, winning a 60-minute hockey game is worth nothing more than winning a four-on-four minigame or a postgame skills competition.


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Red Wings believe they can play playoff-caliber hockey on Sunday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 4:34 Blackhawks news, Axelsson talk and a Babcock interview posted in retrospect: Before hopping on Red Bird II for a short flight to Chicago, the Red Wings engaged in a short practice at Joe Louis Arena, and MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that the Wings, who need a little help from the Phoenix Coyotes to earn second place in the Western Conference, insisted that there’s at least desperation and urgency to be answered stride for stride during tomorrow’s game against Chicago (12:30 PM EDT, NBC):

“That’s something we have to play for, potentially keeping them out of the postseason,’’ Detroit’s Brad Stuart said after Saturday’s practice. “They’re a big rival with us, it’s going to be a big crowd, should be an exciting game. All those things combined we should have no problem getting up for the game.’‘
“The atmosphere is going to be like a playoff game,’’ [Kris] Draper said. “And that’s fun and we have to respond to that and try to create a little momentum and take it into the playoffs.’‘

Coach Mike Babcock called it a Game 7 for the Blackhawks.

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It’s hockey: nobody said it was pretty

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Hockey can be a sport of uncommon grace and staggering beauty when played at its purest, highest level: think Evgeni Malkin’s no-look backhanded hat trick into the Carolina net during the 2009 playoffs. Or Jordan Eberle’s first NHL goal. Sometimes the things that make it ugly can be beautiful in their own sort of way: like Sidney Crosby dropping the mitts with Matt Niskanen. And sometimes it’s just plain ugly: like it was Thursday night in Portland, where one thing led to another and the Winterhawks fell to the Kelowna Rockets 5-1. Nobody said it was fair and nobody said it was pretty. But it got me to thinking: what if hockey rules applied to life? What if you could punch that annoying boss at work and all you got was a five minute penalty? What consequence would you suffer for getting out of the car and high sticking the turd who slips into that prime parking spot at the last minute, knowing full well you were sitting there waiting for it? If you don’t know by now, sometimes I have thoughts. And they’re way more entertaining than reality.

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