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The KK upgrade is running a bit behind schedule but should be ready to go within two weeks.

It has not been a very healthy summer for me but with a recent change of medication, I feel much better and have much more energy.

Many of you who have followed KK over the years know I have always concentrated on the game played on the ice and will continue to do so.

Many new KK members and followers on Twitter seem to appreciate the hockey talk and I have always assumed most people interested in KK are a little bit older, knowledgeable and don't want/care about some of the outlandish, off-ice stories which happen to appear every so often.

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NHL Short Notes

The Stars, Devils, Kings and Islanders all staged multi-goal comebacks to earn a victory on Saturday night.
* Trailing 3-0 to begin the third period, the Stars rallied for three goals in the final frame before Tyler Seguin (1-1—2) scored his first career regular-season overtime winner to complete the comeback. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time in franchise history that the Stars/North Stars won a game after trailing by at least three goals while being shut out entering the third period.
* Trailing 2-0 in the third period, the Devils rallied for two goals in the final frame, includingKyle Palmieri’s (1-0—1) tying goal with 21.8 seconds on the clock to set the stage forJohn Moore’s (1-1—2) first career overtime marker. Per Elias, it was only the third time in franchise history that the Devils won a road game in regulation or overtime (excluding shootouts) in which they trailed by two goals in the final ten minutes of the third period. It earned the Devils a split in the home-and-home series after the Canadiens also rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Devils in a shootout on Friday.
* Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Jeff Carter (1-0—1) and Marian Gaborik (2-0—2) tallied third period goals to force overtime, where Gaborik potted the winning goal to complete the comeback. With the win, the Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to win a game for the first time since Mar. 25, 2014 (5-4 W at WSH).
* The Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second period and captain John Tavares(1-0—1) scored the go-ahead goal with 3:36 left in regulation to improve to 7-1-2 in their last 10 games vs. TBL dating to Jan. 21, 2013 (TBL: 3-6-1). Tavares leads the Islanders in goals and points this season with 11-10—21 (21 GP) and also paces the club with four game-winning goals.

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The Problems With The NHL

from Chris Mueller at the TimesOnline,

The NHL’s product is a choked, stifled mess. A handful of teams play entertaining offense, and the idea of superstars being treated well is anathema. The blind provincialism of fans helps maintain the status quo. A quick exploration of social media reveals just as many fans celebrating Dubinsky’s play as there are Penguins fans venting about it.

What is crazy is that many of these fans aren’t even Columbus backers, but rather Rangers fans or my favorite subset, “people who hate Sidney Crosby and think he receives preferential treatment from the league.”

Try and imagine that. There are people that watch the NHL often, and really believe that Crosby is treated too well by officials. It boggles the mind. These are the same people, by the way, who wax poetic about how honorable hockey players are, and what great guys they are, after watching 60 minutes, sometimes more, of players pot-shotting each other and playing dangerously.

Talented players are sitting ducks because the one thing that could save them—consistent, stringent officiating—is utterly absent, seemingly by design.

Hockey’s other issue is that the old Canadian mentality, one which seems to prioritize toughness and grit over skill, grace and speed.


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Video- The Boston Bruins/San Jose Sharks Trade Involving Joe Thornton

Scott Morrison of Sportsnet with a feature on the Boston Bruins trading Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks.


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Videos- Things You May Have Missed Yesterday

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Colaiacovo was still in the hospital when the Sabres left Bridgestone Arena.

"Carlo's doing OK," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He got the cross-check to the throat. He did go to the hospital, is there now. I guess they're saying he's got a dented trachea right now but OK.

"I don't think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check, but they kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it's a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo's neck."



Two more videos below...

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Video- Minnesota Wild Blow A Third Period Three Goal Lead, Lose In OT, Yeo Not Happy

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild lost at home when leading by three goals in the third for the first time since Jan. 31, 2012 vs. Nashville (lost 5-4 in regulation). The last time the Wild allowed three third-period goals in a loss/OT/shootout loss at home was Dec. 29, 2013, vs. the Islanders.

Those two previous notes are according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

This was the Wild’s first blown three-goal lead at home for a loss since March 11, 2014 (vs. Edmonton, up 3-0 in the first, lost in a shootout, 4-3). And I’m sure you remember, this is the first blown three-goal lead for a loss overall since Oct. 27, 2014, at the Rangers (up 3-0 in the third, lost 5-4).

If you thought Yeo ripped into the team after Friday’s loss to Winnipeg, that was nothing compared tonight.


Mike Yeo post-game...


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The Pittsburgh Penguins After A 3-2 Home Shootout Loss To The Edmonton Oilers

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Malkin was frank when talking about his team's bad start:

"Every game, we start slow. I don't know why. Coach talks before [the] game. First 10 minutes is very important for us. I know we start slow. Couple mistakes. A penalty. It's [2-0 after the first period]. It's not what we want but we talk after [the first period] here in the locker room and start to play better. But it's not our game when we start slow."

-Head coach Mike Johnson disputed that sentiment when Malkin's comments were brought to his attention:

"I disagree with that. I thought a lot of times, we've had some really strong starts. I know going back to the last game we played in Edmonton [Nov. 6] I think it was 15 to 5 shots and we had them on their heels through the first whole period. Tonight, it was a combination of them scoring right away and getting a power play and the first shot of the power play goes in. But I thought through the last half of the first period, I thought we started to take over the game by playing down low. Playing below the circles against them. And that's how we just took advantage of them in the game. I thought we had a lot of good scoring chances. We just missed on our chances. And we're missing on too many chances. The five-on-three [power play] was key a key turning point for me. I thought we had four great chances and we missed the net on three of them."

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Video- Saturday Headlines On Sunday Morning

via Sportsnet,

Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman discuss Brandon Dubinsky’s suspension, the decline in fighting, and when we could see Carey Price in goal for the Montreal Canadiens.


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Goalies And The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

From the How is This Even Possible? File:

How is it even possible just four goaltenders who played the bulk of their respective careers following the 1979-80 NHL/WHA merger have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame?

How is it even possible just Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Grant Fuhr and Ed Belfour have been deemed worthy of hockey’s highest honor among this generation of netminders by the selection committee, which meets behind closed doors and whose process is shrouded in and clouded by secrecy?

Yes, Martin Brodeur assuredly will make it five when he becomes eligible in 2018, but why has the bar been raised so unaccountably high for goaltenders when it is set at a wholly achievable height for skaters?

By the way, 16 of the 37 enshrined goaltenders played nearly all, if not the entirety, of their careers before World War II. What is that all about?

There is no logical explanation for the continued omission of Curtis Joseph, who is fourth in NHL history with 454 victories and whose postseason reputation was forever burnished with the massive, consecutive Oilers first-round upsets he engineered in 1997 and 1998 over the Stars and Avalanche, respectively.

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Morning Line- John Tortorella

“We’re not going to whine here. Pittsburgh can whine. Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league, so there’s no room for any other team to whine. We’ll just go about our business.”

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets when asked about Brandon Dubinsky's suspension.  More on the Blue Jackets from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The video version via Sportsnet,


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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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