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KK- We Are Hanging In There

As I have mentioned in the past, KK software is getting old or in hockey terms, it is like a 45 year-old verteran not named Chelios who is trying to keep up.

We have increased the server side of things to relieve some of the strain, but it can only do so much.

A complete re-build is scheduled for the summer months and KK will look a very different when released.

KK depends on you, the members and readers more so than other hockey site.  We have no corporate backing so we depend on ad revenue and donations like the one going on now.

We are getting there slowly so if you use KK on a regular basis, any help would be appreciated.

Previous post on this topic is here.

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Video- Ready For Game 6, Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers?

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

 

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Coaching Candidates For The New Jersey Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Here's a list of the candidates that I am aware of and where things stand with each of them. There could be others I am not aware of as this is a fluid situation now that Shero has been back in New Jersey for nearly a week following his trip to the Czech Republic for the world championships.

John Hynes: Hynes, 40, just completed his fifth season as head coach of Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins in AHL. He directed the team to a 45-24-3-4 record in 2014-15 before it lost to Manchester in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Shero hired Hynes to be the head coach in Wilkes Barre-Scranton when he was the GM in Pittsburgh and has a high opinion of him....

Paul MacLean: The former Ottawa Senators head coach's name came up after Lamoriello fired Pete DeBoer on Dec. 26, but that turned out to be just speculation. Now, Shero does have interest in MacLean, who won the Jack Adams as the NHL's coach of the year in 2012-13. He signed a contract extension the following summer that still has two more seasons left on it, but the Senators soured on him this past season and fired him on Dec. 8. The Senators went on to make the playoffs with Dave Cameron behind their bench....

Dan Bylsma: Shero and Bylsma have a history from working together in Pittsburgh – and both being fired after last season. Although Shero did talk with Bylsma, 44, two weeks ago at the world championships – as he did with Todd McLellan before the former San Jose coach was hired by Edmonton – and the two maintain a solid relationship, it doesn't appear either feels it's a good fit for a reunion in New Jersey at this point....

more on each of the names above plus additional candidates...

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Morning Line- Michale Arace On Mike Babcock

Babcock has the intelligence and fortitude to ignore the copious din that will surround him. He might be the only man in the world who can effect change in Toronto, if he is allowed to do his job. Perhaps, the Leafs will break from their history, and actually let him do it.

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on Mike Babcock and the Leafs.

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The New York Rangers Need A Win Tonight

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Game 6 on Tuesday night against the Lightning will mark the Rangers’ 100th game of a season that began in St. Louis on Oct. 9 — every day of which the team has had the singular goal of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

If the Rangers lose this game, if they are eliminated in the conference finals, their season can only be evaluated as a failure. Not a failure of character or will, not at all. But a failure nevertheless.

Harsh but true, given the standard they have set for themselves.

No grading on a curve here.

If they win — if they stave off extinction as they did three times against the Capitals in Round 2, as they have done in 14 of their 17 win-or-else games since 2012 and in five of eight on the road — then the Blueshirts get to define themselves again Friday in Game 7 at the Garden.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Face Elimination

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It was the first time the Hawks have lost under Joel Quenneville after a series was tied 2-2. They had been 14-0 in Games 5 and 6 in such situations, the league’s ultimate closers. Now they face the daunting task of having to win two elimination games in a row to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in six years.

It could have been one of the greatest comebacks in Hawks history, one of the unlikeliest wins for a team with a long list of them. Down 4-2 with time ticking away and Corey Crawford on the bench, Toews unleashed a monster slap shot off the iron and in with 1:50 left to make it a game. Then, with 37.2 seconds left, his seemingly harmless fling on net from the corner behind the goal line somehow got through Frederik Andersen — an unimaginably soft goal in such a situation — to tie the game, and stun the Honda Center crowd into utter silence.

“We’ve been through that before,” Patrick Sharp said. “We won the Stanley Cup with two goals in 17 seconds. They don’t get much higher than that. It’s a good series. Good team over there, good team in here.”

And the Ducks, as they have all series long, rebounded in a big way, right away. They have yet to lose in regulation this postseason.

“It’s Ducks hockey,” Kesler joked. “We don’t like to do anything easy.”

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The Anaheim Ducks Are One Win Away From The Stanley Cup Final

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This was the kind of game that could have haunted the Anaheim Ducks forever.

It was the kind of game that could have destroyed a Stanley Cup dream and perhaps stained the career of netminder Frederik Andersen for good.

And in an instant, when Matt Beleskey snapped home the rebound of a Ryan Kesler shot just 45 seconds into overtime, the Ducks stared back those doubts and specters and instead found themselves one win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

In the wake of their epically improbable 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night, the Ducks tore down at a little of the mythology of the Blackhawks, and in doing so mythologized themselves a little.

"We wanted this game and we believed we could win this game," said forward Patrick Maroon, who scored what appeared to be the insurance marker in the third period to give the Ducks a 4-2 lead. "I think the guys feel good about it. I think the guys feel good about going into Chicago in Game 6 and ready to play."

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Game highlights are below...

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Toews’ late goals can’t snuff out resilient Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night was nothing less than wild and woolly. Jonathan Toews' 2 late-3rd-period goals gave erased a 4-2 deficit (and the Ducks' initial 3-0 lead) and forced overtime...

But 45 seconds into overtime, Matt Beleskey erased the Hawks' comeback, and gave the Ducks a 3-games-to-2 series lead via a 5-4 OT victory:

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Open Post- Game 5 Western Conference Finals, Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawk

The puck drops just after 9:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Game 5 is in Anaheim tonight with the series tied at two games apiece.

One team will be facing elimination on Wednesday, who will it be?

Feel free to discuss the game tonight as it plays out.

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Afternoon Line- Bob Ford

Choosing a college coach isn't what will define Hextall's courage. He could have chosen a Labradoodle and won the same number of Stanley Cups if he doesn't have the guts to defy owner Ed Snider (or at least fool him) with a plan that will require a patient rebuilding of the roster. Snider is still wed to the patch-and-fill philosophy that kept the franchise from becoming relevant on a long-term basis under general managers Bob Clarke and Paul Holmgren. If that doesn't change, then the coach will. Again....

Coaches don't change cultures in the NHL. It isn't about the coach. Players create the culture and they are the ones who decide whether it will rise or fall. The rest is just yelling from behind the bench and putting the cones on the ice at practice.

-Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer where you can read more abou the Philadelphia Flyers.
 

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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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