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Ice Bucket Challenge - Accepted

As many of you probably know the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness is making its round on the internet and people are challenging one another via social media. Watching players do it was fun, watching people I know and interact with regularly start getting challenged turned it into “just a matter of time.”

 

Just when I thought I escaped again…

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Monday Mailbag: The NHL Draft Experience

After being asked about what it is like at the NHL Draft I figured I would kick of my Monday Mailbag with a Draft edition as I have been getting questions about what it was like going to Philadelphia, what does the draft look like behind the scenes and the quirky oddness that comes when you get a bunch of media members together and stories no one will believe possible happen.

Welcome to my look at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

All images are my own unless otherwise noted (or embeded Tweets).

After being asked about what it is like at the NHL Draft I figured I would kick of my Monday Mailbag with a Draft edition as I have been getting questions about what it was like going to Philadelphia, what does the draft look like behind the scenes and the quirky oddness that comes when you get a bunch of media members together and stories no one will believe possible happen.
Welcome to my look at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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Lightning Strikes Over Night: Players Still Moving

Tomorrow kicks off the free agency period but Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is wasting no time between the Draft and the Open UFA market to start setting up for things to come.

Last night the Lightning was wheeling and dealing to free up cap space and managed to snag another pick in the 2015 draft which is to be stronger than the one we just watched in Philadelphia.

After the Tampa Bay Lightning sent Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers for Sam Gagner they flipped Gagner out to the Arizona Coyotes along with B.J. Crombeen for a 6th round pick in the 2015 draft. Gagner’s night was summed up beautifully by Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo on Twitter.

Tampa was just getting started. Around midnight the Lightning would acquire both a fourth and a seventh round pick for the 2015 draft from the Anaheim Ducks while the Ducks would receive forward Nate Thompson in the deal.  Yzerman collected an additional three picks for the Lightning in the next draft and off loaded cap space.

Tomorrow the Free Agent Frenzy starts and Tampa looks to have a plan.

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Leafs Reimer Requests Trade

Sportsnet is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer has requsted to be traded.

Reimer would become an RFA on Tuesday July, 1st. 

What could this mean for Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller in the coming days?

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Live From Philadelphia: NHL 2014 Entry Draft

The countdown is on before the start of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft here at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Members of the NHL Staff, Team Staff, media members and fans are all filtering in to the arena to watch which teams the next crop of NHL talent land. 

Uploading it slow on the wifi currently.  If you use Twitter you can follow me @MonicaMcAlister for image uploads.

Don't forget to  tune in tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. on the NHL Network for Rounds 2-7 as well.

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Forty-Two Players Invited to 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to take place in Montreal and Toronto and Team USA is wasting no time getting ready for the tournament being hosted in the neighboring Great White North. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 42 players that have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 2-9, in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

The complete list of players invited to the 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

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The Other Side Of Game Five: New York Rangers After Double Overtime Loss

Everyone is sending their congratulations to the LA Kings for their much deserved Stanley Cup win.  Writing up the story that is Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the 2014 NHL Playoff MVP. 

All is great, all is deserved, all is heartbreaking at the other end of the rink as the New York Rangers watch their Stanley Cup dreams come to an end for this season.

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Mats Zuccarello First Norwegian To Play In Stanley Cup Final

This 2014 Stanley Cup Final series mark the first time a Norwegian-born player has laced up the skated for a shot at hoisting the Stanley Cup.  Though The New York Rangers are down 3-1 in the series heading into tonight's Game 5 in Los Angeles he should be in the talks along with Henrik Lundqvist for Conn Smythe should the Rangers dig out of the hole and win Lord Stanley's Cup. 

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NCAA, USA Hockey Endorse Look-Up Line

This week, at the USA Hockey's Annual Congress in Colorado Springs, Colo., the NCAA and USA Hockey announced that they both officially support and endorse the Look-Up Line – a warning track colored in safety orange that extends 40 inches in width around the circumference of a rink – to be painted on the ice surface in an effort to promote player safety.

Back in April The New York Times featured the Look-Up Line where they talked with Dr. Michael Cusimano (a neurosurgeon whom heads the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto's trama center). Dr. Cusimano said every year there are 6 - 7 paralyzing spinal cord injuries in hockey reported across Canada.  This past season in the U.S. both Matt Sorisho from Detroit Catholic Central (Novi, Michigan) and Michael Nichols of Monroe Township, New Jersey sustained paralyzing hockey injuries. 

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Reddit AMA With Bret Hedican

Today at 3:00 p.m. PST Bret Hedican will be participating in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA). 

If you're around be sure to check out the Reddit AMA with Bret Hedican

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NHL Hat Trick Challenge

Thanks for checking in with the Kukla’s Korner NHL Hat Trick Challenge final piece as the Stanley Cup final in now underway. As you hopefully know by now the National Hockey League and league sponsor Enterprise have partnered up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge - an online prediction game featuring a series of questions to test hockey fans’ ability to predict various game outcomes. 

The individual who scores the most hat tricks throughout the playoffs will win the Hat Trick Challenge and receive a trip for two to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game!

Today being the final Kukla’s Korner Hat Trick Challenge post I want to say thank you to those that have joined the league and played along. Don’t forget that those whom interact on Twitter using the official #NHLHatTrickChallenge hashtag will be entered for bonus prizes.

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IIHF 2015 World Junior Championship Schedule Announced

Today Hockey Canada and the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship host committee, along with the IIHF have announced the schedule for the 2015 tournament starting Dec. 26th and running to Jan. 5th, 2015 in Montreal and Toronto. 

Both cities will host a preliminary round group while Toronto will also host the medal round. Canada's National Junior Team will be based in Montreal for the preliminary round.

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Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Questions

Thanks for checking in with the Kukla’s Korner NHL Hat Trick Challenge Advise piece number three. As you hopefully know by now the National Hockey League and league sponsor Enterprise have partnered up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge - an online prediction game featuring a series of questions to test hockey fans’ ability to predict various game outcomes. 

The individual who scores the most hat tricks throughout the playoffs will win the Hat Trick Challenge and receive a trip for two to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game!
Kukla’s Korner has teamed up and will feature the daily question’s today and June 5th.  On our daily post days we will be on Twitter @KuklasKorner and @MonicaMcAlister discussing and promoting that day.  Those that interact on Twitter using the official #NHLHatTrickChallenge hashtag will be entered for bonus prizes.

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NHL Hat Trick Challenge: Interaction, Tips, Prizes

Thanks for checking in with the Kukla’s Korner NHL Hat Trick Challenge advise piece number two. As you hopefully know by now the National Hockey League and league sponsor Enterprise have partnered up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge- an online prediction game featuring a series of questions to test hockey fans’ ability to predict various game outcomes.

The individual who scores the most hat tricks throughout the playoffs will win the Hat Trick Challenge and receive a trip for two to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game!

Kukla’s Korner has teamed up and will feature the daily question’s today (read on), along with June 3rd and June 5th.  On our daily post days we will be on Twitter @KuklasKorner and @MonicaMcAlister discussing and promoting that day.  Those that interact on Twitter using the official #NHLHatTrickChallenge hashtag will be entered for bonus prizes.

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Buffalo To Host Two World Championships in 2015

Buffalo will play as host to both the IIHF Under-18 Women's Worlds and IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Worlds to be Played at Buffalo's Harborcenter. 

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Daily Questions

The National Hockey League and league sponsor Enterprise have partnered up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge - an online prediction game featuring a series of questions to test hockey fans’ ability to predict various game outcomes.  The individual who scores the most hat tricks throughout the playoffs will win the Hat Trick Challenge and receive a trip for two to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game!

Kukla’s Korner has teamed up and will feature the daily question’s today (read on), on this Thursday, along with June 3rd and June 5th.  On our daily post days we will be on Twitter @KuklasKorner and @MonicaMcAlister discussing and promoting that day.  Those that interact on Twitter using the official #NHLHatTrickChallenge hashtag will be entered for bonus prizes.

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One More To Go

Jumping back into the Stanley Cup playoffs after a long holiday weekend and one thing stands out first: The New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings are both one win away from the Stanley Cup Final.

Well there is your narrative.

New York vs LA.  Hockey is about to hit the big stage and quite possibly with the two teams that represent the cities with some of the biggest stages in movies and theatre.

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Jim Benning Named Canucks GM

Breaking News during the LA Kings Chicago Blackhawks game out of Vancouver:

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President, Hockey Operations Trevor Linden confirmed tonight that Jim Benning has been named General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Linden personally delivered the news to season ticket members attending a Canucks Town Hall Meeting in Coquitlam.

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Too Much Emphasis On Cool

Sure hockey is the greatest game on ice and to most hockey fans it is the coolest, most bestest game ever in the history of games - to the point we make up words and forget grammar when discussing how wonderful this sport is.  It isn’t the skill, the violence, the goals, the plays, the mind-blowing how-in-the-world-did-the-goalie-stop-that save, nor is it the plus/minus, the fancy stats, the North American game, the European game, it isn’t the snow falling on a private pond in the middle of winter nor the chill of an indoor rink in the dead of summer.  The sound of skate blades cutting across the ice, the sounds of pucks hitting goal posts and the glass.  The cheers of fans, the parents supporting their little ones to take that first step on the ice. It isn’t the jersey we opt to wear that makes this game nor those part of the hockey world no matter where they fall in it cool.

What is cool about hockey is all of it.

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NHL Hat Trick Challenge

Now that we are into the Conference Finals for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Western Conference Final Game Two between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks is tomorrow night; Chicago leads the series 1-0 thus far)  it is pretty obvious that either the Kings, the Blackhawks, the Canadiens, or the Rangers will be the Stanley Cup champions; but don’t fret fans of the other 26 teams without a major rooting interest we have something for you to be involved in (and of course the fans of the 4 vying for the Cup still).

The National Hockey League and Enterprise have partnered up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge - an online prediction game featuring a series of questions to test hockey fans’ ability to predict various game outcomes.  The individual who scores the most hat tricks throughout the playoffs will win the Hat Trick Challenge and receive a trip for two to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game!

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Conference Finals: Who Will Move On

Hard to believe that today is the start of the NHL Conference Finals already.  At 1 o’clock the New York Rangers will take on the Montreal Canadiens on NBC in the U.S. for the start to the Eastern Conference Final. Tomorrow afternoon on NBC the Los Angeles Kings will take on the Chicago Blackhawks so before the puck drops it is time for the Conference Finals predictions.

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Second Round Predictions: How Did We Do?

Last night was the end of the second round as the battle for California came to an end in Game Seven between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.  For those that either were not up or had gone out. The Kings defeated the Ducks in Anaheim to eliminate the Ducks and see the end of Teemu Selanne’s Hall of Fame career.

So how did we do on our Second Round Predictions?

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Rangers Will Attend St. Louis’ Mother’s Funeral

The St. Louis family had hoped to have the funeral for Martin St. Louis' mother, France, this Saturday; however, due to the game scheduling it was moved to Sunday and now the entire New York Rangers team will attend. 

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USA Defeated By Latvia

The U.S. Men's National Team, captained by Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, fell to the Latvian team 6-5 today in the preliminary round of the IIHF Federation Men's World Championship earlier today.  In case you missed the game on NBCSN Nashville Predators Craig Smith was named Team USA's best player of the game. 

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Hockey Tops All Other Sports

Yesterday the NCAA released their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and as you guessed men's hockey is number one in having student-athletes successfully progress towards completing their degree. 

From College Hockey Inc.

The APR, created a decade ago to measure Division I schools and teams on their student-athletes' success in the classroom, awards points to teams based on students' grades, their progress toward their degree and for staying in school. Teams are also rewarded in the APR for students who return to school to complete their degrees.

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France Making Waves At Worlds

Day Five of the 2014 IIHF World Championship Tournament is about to start shortly and though the Russians beat the Americans 6-1 yesterday the big story out of Minsk, Belarus are the French.

The underdog French have managed to pull off some upsets that aren’t too far removed from the accomplishment of the U.S. college players who edged the mighty Soviet Union 4-3 at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. And they wouldn’t have shocked "Big Seven" nations like Russia last year (2-1) or Canada (3-2) and Slovakia (5-3) this year if they didn’t have the right mental outlook.

That is right the France started this years Worlds with edging out Canada with a 3-2 shootout win. 

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Busy Weekend? Here Is What You Missed

With Mother’s Day weekend many were out with family. I, myself, spent yesterday at my mom’s house getting asked by my family for hockey updates and being asked to recap the playoffs thus far. Here are some hockey highlights (or low lights depending on what way you look at it).

Friday

In case you missed it Friday kicked off the start of the preliminary round for the IIHF World Championship taking place in Minsk, Belarus.

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Have We Learned Nothing?

Over the weekend outrage poured over social media, main stream media outlets, and talk around town about how in 2014 could LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling make such racist comments? The hockey world was dragged into it with a poorly thought out/worded piece in which was called out by Greg Wyshynski on Yahoo! Sadly though the hockey world does not appear to be much different - and that should provoke just as much outrage. 

Last night the Montreal Canadiens visited the Boston Bruins to kick off the second round of the NHL 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and apparently a main stream media member made a few references that also should not be made since it is as you know 2014:

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Second Round Quick Picks

After picking the winning team in six of the eight first round series it is time to make predictions for the second round set to face off tonight already as the Montreal Canadiens visit Boston to take on the Bruins at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN, CBC, and RDS

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Boston Bruins over Montreal Canadiens in 6

After eliminating the Lightning in four games the Canadiens have at the longest out of any of the second round teams.  Boston, predicted by many to be cup favorites, took out the Detroit Red Wings and exposed them as a young team that still needs to smooth out their game before contender status can be given back to those in the Winged Wheel.

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First Round: How Did We Do?

Well what a night that was!  Three Game Sevens and now we start the second round later today.

Before the second round starts let’s take a look at how we did predicting the first round.

I will put my own predictions up to bat:

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While You Were Sleeping

Welcome to the late late show!

Having three series extend to the full seven games it meant a lot of meaningful hockey last night and it all started at 7 p.m. EST and ended at …

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Report: Tortorella Leaving Vancouver

Busy watching the two current Game Sevens going on and missing some reported breaking news?  Don't worry we have you covered with the report from TSN:

 

Additionally:

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Round One: A Hat Trick Ending

Tonight is the night that the first round of the NHL playoffs will officially be over. Three Game Sevens slated tonight after the New York Rangers fell to the Philadelphia Flyers last night; a game in which Wayne Simmonds scored a hat trick himself.

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U.S. Under-18 Wins Gold

The Under-18 World Championship Tournament has been going on in Lappeenranta, Finland and concluded today with the medal games.

Canada beat Sweden for the bonze medal before the U.S. faced the Czech Republic for the Gold Medal Game.

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USA U18 Heads To Gold Medal Game

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 team defeated team Sweden 4-1 this morning in the semifinals to advance to the gold-medal game.

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Changes Coming To The Capitals

It has been speculated since the Washington Capitals missed the post season that there would be changes coming.  Mike Vogel broke news of some this morning:

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NHL Short Notes

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
(Home Team in Caps)

PHILADELPHIA 2, NY Rangers 1 – series tied 2-2
Chicago 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT) – CHI leads 3-2
ANAHEIM 6, Dallas 2 – ANA leads 3-2

TOEWS LIFTS BLACKHAWKS IN OVERTIME

Playing overtime for the fourth time in five games, Jonathan Toews scored at 7:36 of the extra period to help the Blackhawks edge the Blues and take a 3-2 series lead.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the fifth series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that has required at least four overtime games in the first five contests. The others:

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OHL Billet Accused Of Sex Crimes

News out of the Ottawa Citizen this morning:

OTTAWA — The longest-serving hockey billet in OHL history, who has personal relationships with former NHL hockey stars the world over, is being prosecuted for alleged sex crimes against two boys, the Citizen has learned.

Neil Joynt, 73, was quietly arrested in Kingston last fall on charges of indecent assault and sexual assault against two boys, both athletes at the time.

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Bruins Look To Eliminate Red Wings This Afternoon

An Original Six playoff matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings had not taken place since 1957 and this afternoon it could come to an erupt end for the Red Wings.

Detroit clutch and grabbed their way into a playoff spot by taking the second wild card position in the new playoff format from being relocated into the Eastern Conference. The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy being the NHL’s top team for the regular season.

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Blackhawks Take Series Lead

A little late to the party the Chicago Blackhawks have now arrived. 

With the series tied the Blackhawks headed into St. Louis for Game Five last night after being down 2-0 to start the kick off the 2014 Playoff run.

The Blues surging into a top playoff spot are now beginning to stall as the reigning Stanley Cup Champions are finding their stride with the Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews back from injury and making the overtime difference.

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Selanne Makes Waves

Not talking legendary Teemu Selanne here but his 18-year old son, Eemil.

After Teemu Selanne was a health scratch Eemil went to Twitter to vent a bit Tweeting:

Image via SBN Battle of California

Thankfully someone captured the original tweet and didn't lose it like I did.

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IIHF Addresses Media In Korea

With a tournament currently underway in Goyang, Korea and Coordination Committees already meeting about the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics the interest in ice hockey in Korea is on the rise; thus IIHF President René  Fasel and IIHF VP Thomas Wu met up with the media in Goyang on the final day of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A competition. 

René Fasel on his first impressions and hockey in Asia:
I thank the Korean Ice Hockey Association for organizing the tournament. It was a good test for Korea to have this tournament organized here. We are pleased to have the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in Korea. We put a lot of effort in Asian hockey with Thomas Wu as our Vice President and our Asian office in Hong Kong with Harald Springfeld. We have 17 members on this side of the world and we are doing the best we can to develop our sport in Asia.

It is great to see the sport grow outside of North America and Europe and games like IIHF tournaments and the Winter Olympics help with that growth - especially when the worlds best players are involved. As of now the NHL has not agreed to an Olympic break.  What does this mean for the 2018 PyeongChang games?

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Bruins Marchand Responds To Critics

Just about 24 hour after Minnesota Wilds' Matt Cooke took out Colorado Avalanche Tyson Barrie with a knee on knee hit it would be Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith with a similar hit himself on Bruins Brad Marchand, only this time after initial outrage at Smith for being reckless on social media turned on Marchand claiming it was a dive and he was faking it. 

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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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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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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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Markus Näslund Heads To Hall of Fame

News out of Sweden is that retired Swedish NHL legend Markus Näslund has been elected to the Swedish Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

Admittedly my Swedish is a bit rusty as I have not used it as much the last few seasons but it looks as though Markus Näslund, Eje Lindström, Ulf Dahlén and Jonas Bergqvis were elected by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 

You can read the Swedish Release here.

Näslund was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 16th overall in 1991 and played the majority of his career with the Vancouver Canucks before finishing his NHL career with the New York Rangers in the 2008-2009 season.

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While The East Slept The West Went Wild

It is no secret that 10 p.m. EST starts for games are the bane of the the east coast hockey fans existence - especially if their team is the one scheduled to play that late on the left coast.

Last night may have been a night to stay up to watch the battle of California though as the San Jose Sharks erupted with seven goals, putting 40 shots on goal, against the Kings. 

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Umberger Returns, Blue Jackets Look For Franchises First Playoff Win

The latest from Rick Gethin at Fox Sports Ohio regarding the Columbus Blue Jackets:

Ahead of Game 2, RJ Umberger is making his return to the lineup after being out with injury. Although he has been to the playoffs before, this is a big game for him. He's a Pittsburgh native that calls Columbus home now.

Columbus head coach Todd Richards was asked what he expects from Umberger in Game 2. "I'm expecting him to come out, play fast and play big. He's one guy, what he's done well consistently all year for our team is he's gone to the net and played hard at the net."

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Here We Go Again: NHL Playoff Emotions Getting The Best Of Us

Spring is a wonderful time of renewal. The snow melts away (and with record breaking snowfall locally it is much welcomed) the green growth and flowers appear. By green growth of course the playoff rookies that are making a difference and the annual showing of Marc-André Fleury giving Pittsburgh Penguin fans elevated blood pressure. 

Emotions are the backbone of the NHL for players, fans and in some cases the non cheering media. Be it the No Words commercial, or the videos of players throwing jerseys on the ice or crying when their team either does not make the post season or when they are eliminated from it.  There are huge highs and deep cutting lows on the roller coaster that is the hockey world.  Less than a week into the 2014 NHL Playoffs and that still has not changed. 

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