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The Blue Jackets Let One Slip Away

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

This first-round series between the Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins has made for immensely compelling hockey. The Blue Jackets must exert their will to keep the Penguins from exerting their skill.

Last night, the Jackets had the Penguins tangled and frustrated for the better part of two periods before a delirious crowd of 19,148 in Nationwide Arena, which hosted its third-ever Stanley Cup playoff game, the first in five seasons.

But all of the Jackets’ good work came unraveled in a dizzying span of 2:13 of the third period, when the Penguins scored three goals to take a 4-3 lead and, eventually, a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Nationwide.

“I don’t think Game 4 can come fast enough for us,” Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said.

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The Anaheim Ducks Are Unhappy With The Physical Play Of The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Game 3 between the Stars and Ducks featured four roughing penalties, two slashing penalties and three 10-minute misconduct penalties, and Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau blamed the Stars for that.

“I think it was pretty obvious out there,” Boudreau said when asked if the Stars crossed the line. “We’ve warned the refs about them, anyway. It’s just something that I guess you do anything to win, but it’s not something that I think our team would do. We’ll take them and be as physical and be as mean as they want, but obviously they know there’s something wrong with his jaw, so they’re going after it.”

Boudreau was especially upset that Antoine Roussel took on Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who was hit in the face with a slap shot in Game 1 and is wearing a cage to protect his face. Roussel was in a shoving match with Getzlaf and touched the mask. Getzlaf then threw a punch at Roussel and Roussel started punching back.

“You’ve got to stay as disciplined as you can, but you’ve got to protect yourself, too,” Getzlaf said. “That’s part of the game. Obviously, I never expected them to target my face that much, but that’s the way it goes I guess.”

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Mr. Cooke heads to New York…

It's been a violent night in the NHL, but Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke's knee on Tyson Barrie stole the show, and as a result...

Multiple reports from the Avs and Sportsnet's John Shannon confirm that Barrie's out for 4-6 weeks (i.e. for the season) with a sprained MCL. And Stephane Robidas went to the hospital after Ryan Garbutt's knee broke Robidas' leg...Garbutt stayed in the game and scored a goal.

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Things are getting out of hand…As usual…As Stephane Robidas suffers another broken leg

I hate that every night during the regular season and playoffs, injuries are so regularly hockey's biggest stories.

During the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over St. Louis on Monday, Steve Ott took some revenge on Duncan Keith (he of the, "I cannot recall chirping David Backes after Brent Seabrook concussed him" vein) in relatively clean form...

But Matt Cooke took out Tyson Barrie's knee earlier this evening....

And I'm currently watching things get out of hand in a big way as the Anaheim Ducks trail the Dallas Stars 2-0. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker notes, former Star Stephane Robidas got kneed by collided with Dallas's Ryan Garbutt, and had to leave the game...

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Gary Bettman addresses an outdoor game in Dallas and other topics

The NHL's chairman I mean commissioner is making his yearly attend-one-playoff-game-in-every-city rounds, and Gary Bettman is in Dallas today, so ESPN Dallas's Richard Durrett reports that Bettman was, as you might imagine, asked about the possibility of holding an outdoor game at the Dallas Cowboys' new digs, the AT&T Stadium...

"I certainly wouldn't rule it out," Bettman said prior to Monday's Game 3 between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center. "It's an unbelievable stadium. I think our focus will be on making sure that when we're ready to come that it will be sold out. All of our outdoor games get sold out, and that's a big stadium."

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Granlund Wins It For The Wild

It took Mikael Granlund a little time to warm up to the smaller ice in North America but the kid is up to familiar goal scoring tricks.

That was the only goal of the game and it came in overtime.  The Avalanche the series 2-1 Game Four is Thursday. 

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Matt Cooke up to old tricks vs. Avs

Updating Monica's post:

I guess we can only hope for so long before Matt Cooke does what Matt Cooke does, per USA Today's Kevin Allen:

Key Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie left Monday's game after absorbing a knee-on-knee hit from the Minnesota Wild's Matt Cooke.

Barrie grabbed his knee after spilling to the ice and was unable to put any pressure on his left leg as he went straight to the dressing room.

The Avalanche announced that he wouldn't return to the game.

Cooke received a two-minute penalty for kneeing.

From SomeHockeyVideos, Ray Ferraro, on the TSN broadcast, told Gord Miller that Barrie said, "I'm done" as he skated by the bench:

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New Team Yet Same Matt Cooke

Some times you can take a person out of the environment where bad habits were created and new habits will take that place; then there are times that those old habits return.

Tonight in the Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Game Three this was exactly what happened with Matt Cooke. 

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Open Post- Four Games Tonight Including Three Desperation Games

The Pittsburgh/Columbus series is tied at one while the three other road teams tonight have a 2-0 series lead.

KK members, feel free to discuss the games in the comment section.

 

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Columbus: The Antagonistic Hockeytown

The underdog that finally won their first playoff game in franchise history is not behind the times in trolling opposing teams fans.

The R-Bar is getting quiet the publicity today from the hockey world.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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