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KK- A Donation Push

Time for another push for the KK Donation Drive.

At this point we are at 53% of a very lofty goal of $10K.  To all of the 132 persons who have made a donation, I can't thank you enough.

I am planning a complete rebuid of KK over the summer and funds donated will allow me to achieve that goal.

If you can spare any donation amount, it will be greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Thanks.

Here is the original post kicking off the GoFundMe drive along with numerous comments made by KK members.

Also, do remember if you donate $25 or more, I will remove the majority of ads for you over the next year.  Also, if you have donated in the past, $20 will get the ads removed for you too.

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Ray Shero The New GM In New Jersey

added 4:05pm,

 

added 4:13pm, New Jersey release is below.

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Video- Let’s Slow It Down

3 1/2 minutes of slow motion action from the last week of the NHL Playoffs.

 

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Advantage Tampa Bay Lightning

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Somewhere today, Jon Cooper should be penning a letter of thanks to those brain-cramped Habs. Not only did they help his team find its own struggling power play with four man-advantage goals on the night, they also helped Steven Stamkos climb down off the milk carton.

There’s no free pass for Prust and his mates on this one, although the veteran forward did his best to hand the blame to Watson as he stood under the “Pas d’excuses — No excuses” sign in the Canadiens room, making his excuses.

It all started with Prust (who was having a strong post-season until Sunday night) trying to goad Lightning defenceman Braydon Coburn into a fight in front of the Tampa Bay net. (It should be noted that the puck, at the time, was at the other end of the ice.) The roughing was pretty much routine: Prust grabbed Coburn’s jersey and gave him a couple of shoves. Coburn refused the invitation to dance. Watson made the call.

Now Brendan Gallagher endures worse a dozen times a night with no call but them’s the breaks. Given that the Canadiens were leading 1-0 and playing very well at the time, you have to wonder why Prust decided that was the moment to stir things up. Then he compounded the felony with an unsportsmanlike for saying (in his words) that the call was a little soft. It’s a safe bet that Prust didn’t phrase it quite that way but Watson’s reaction was still way out of line.

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NHL Short Notes

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 6, MONTREAL 2 – TBL leads series 2-0
CHICAGO 4, Minnesota 1 – CHI leads series 2-0
ANAHEIM 3, Calgary 0 – ANA leads series 2-0
 
ANDERSEN BACKSTOPS DUCKS TO SIXTH CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF VICTORY
Frederik Andersen stopped all 30 shots he faced to earn his first career postseason shutout and lift the Ducks to a 6-0 record in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 

 
* The Ducks equaled a franchise record with their sixth consecutive playoff victory. They have achieved that feat two other times, setting the mark April 10-26, 2003, and equaling it May 1-11, 2006.

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Morning Line- Stan Fischler, Larry Brooks And Kerry Fraser

 

 

 

If you missed the comments by Prust, watch below...

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KHL Player Dan Sexton Playing For Team USA

Team USA vs. Team Russia is on NBCSN at 10:15am today.

from Andy Potts of IIHF.com,

It’s a rivalry steeped in history – sporting, cultural and even political – and it’s a game that guarantees a big audience whenever the teams meet.

But while it’s no surprise to see a Russian team line up with several players who ply their trade in America, team USA has seldom called up anyone playing in the Russian provinces. But that’s the story for Dan Sexton, who spent last season in Tatarstan with the KHL’s Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Now he’s preparing for battle against many of the stars he’s been facing all season.

“Playing Russia is always a big game,” he said. “They’re going to be a really strong team. Some of our guys might not know all their players but I know a lot of them from this season. They’ve got a load of great skill players and we’re going to have to be on our ‘A’ game to shut them down.”

Sexton’s KHL experience could prove invaluable, both in terms of second-guessing some of his Russian opponents and getting practice on the bigger ice used in IIHF competition.

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Young Man Paid Money To Play Hockey But Can’t Play Due To Illness - Coach Kept The Cash

from Kathy Tomlinson of CBC,

The mother of a 17-year-old goalie sidelined by serious illness is appalled by the conduct of his hockey coach, who kept $8,000 in fees from her son — for a season he missed entirely.

"All he wanted was to play hockey," said Aline Maalouf, of Mississauga, Ont. "It just ripped me to pieces, the pain that he's in physically — and this is just adding to it."

"I had to have my parents help me walk … I was going through so many things," said her son.

Before he got sick, Kevin Maalouf thought he might even make it to the NHL. No top-tier Junior A team would sign him though, he said, because he's just five-foot-seven.

"I've been turned down so many times," said Maalouf.

His only option at that level in Ontario for 2014-15 was to "pay to play" with the Orangeville Americans, coached and owned at the time by Tyler Fines, who signed him for $9,800.

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Will The Montreal Canadiens Open The ‘Floodgates’?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Habs came unglued Sunday evening. They’re down two-zip in the series heading to Tampa and don’t yet have an answer.

Are we looking at a possible sweep here? Don’t count out the Habs just yet, Prust warned.

"I think it’s just going to feel that much better when we win and the floodgates open and we get rolling," Prust said. "It’s going to feel that much better."

Bold words, but it’s on the ice the Canadiens have to prove themselves now. They look lost, and the Lightning are looking more dangerous than they have all playoff long.

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Offense Needed From A Few Minnesota Wild Players

from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,

Shutting down the Blackhawks’ stars, or playing an error-free game, is probably unlikely, so the Wild will have to become more proficient in the offensive end. That means they’re going to need more help from The Lost Boys: Thomas Vanek, Chris Stewart, Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu.

Vanek is a defensive liability who doesn’t always skate hard. His failure to get the puck deep into the offensive zone at the end of the second period led to a typically brilliant goal by Kane following a long breakout pass.

Vanek showed up offensively in Game  1 but did nothing in Game 2.

Stewart has given the Wild little during these playoffs, other than one deft primary assist against the Blues. He has played soft along the boards, belying his bulk and his role. To his credit, he returned to the game after leaving with an apparent injury when Johnny Oduya tackled him into the boards, but he has been ineffective.

Pominville missed an open net on a rolling puck in Game 1. He, like Vanek, needs to score to have value, and he has scored 20 goals in 90 games this season, including playoffs. And a handful of his goals this season have bounced in off body parts. Sunday night, he was invisible.

Koivu has excelled at faceoffs and remains effective defensively, but if not for an intended pass that banked into the goal against St. Louis, he would have one goal in his past 26 playoff games.

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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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