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KK- A Donation Push

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.


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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Will The Montreal Canadiens Open The ‘Floodgates’?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

more on last night's game...

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Offense Needed From A Few Minnesota Wild Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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The Calgary Flames Can’t Win In Anaheim

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from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames haven’t celebrated a win in Anaheim in forever.

 But they also haven’t lost at the Saddledome during these Stanley Cup playoffs, and that will certainly be their selling point as they head home from Disneyland empty-handed.

It wasn’t nearly as ugly as the lopsided series-opener, but the Flames dropped a 3-0 decision in Sunday’s Game 2 at Honda Center, digging an 0-2 hole in this second-round showdown with the Anaheim Ducks.

“It’s not ideal,” admitted Flames right-winger David Jones. “Obviously, you want to try to split on the road and go home with one win. We’re in a hole. We’re going home now, and we can’t lose at home. We’ve gotta to try our best to get Game 3 and then see what happens.”

The Flames have now suffered 21 consecutive setbacks just down the street from the so-called Happiest Place on Earth, a losing skid that dates back to April 25, 2006.

What’s more worrisome for the current cast from Calgary is that the Ducks have rattled off six-straight victories in the latest instalment of the NHL’s playoff party, a streak the Flames must snap in Tuesday’s Game 3 at the Saddledome.


Below are the game highlights...

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Mistakes Put The Minnesota Wild In An 0-2 Hole Against The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild felt Game 1 could have gone either way.

Take away a bad game-winning goal and add a little third-period puck luck, the Wild felt it easily could have skated out of United Center with a win.

That was my concern heading into Game 2. The Wild threw away an opportunity Friday, and if it’s true the Wild got the Blackhawks’ attention like Mike Yeo claimed Saturday, you knew the Blackhawks would respond Sunday and play a better game.

The Wild’s response to the Game 1 loss was awful though tonight and that’s why it fell 4-1. You could see it the first five minutes of the game when the Wild was throwing pucks away left and right. The longer the game stayed 0-0 though, I started to get the feeling the Wild may be able to steal a game the way it did so many road games in the second half.

But the Wild’s mistakes with the puck kept coming and ultimately three of the Blackhawks’ long list of game breakers made the Wild pay.

The Wild may be different. The Wild may be more experienced and more mature and all that. But this is a team that still doesn’t have Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and if you keep feeding them, they’ll find a way.


Game highlights are below...

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Habs Pay For Undisciplined Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Cue the great tuba music from The Flintstones, because there was some thoroughly boneheaded hockey on display at the Bell Centre on Sunday night.

The Canadiens are in the kind of pit where Fred toiled in Mr. Slate’s quarry, down two games to none to the Tampa Bay Lightning with the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal headed to Florida for Games 3 and 4 Wednesday and Thursday.

The Habs have only themselves to blame for the brontosaurus-sized mess that was their 6-2 loss Sunday, trooping to the sin bin with a fistful of brain-cramped penalties on which the Lightning’s erstwhile volt-challenged power play pounced four times.

And it could have been worse than that.

“It was the start we were looking for,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said, his team having surged early and, for only the second time in eight post-season games, having scored a game’s first goal.

“Before we took some really, really bad penalties at the end of the first period, I thought we were perfect. Pretty simple: discipline cost the game. This is unacceptable.”


Watch the game 'mshup' below...

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Videos- Recap Of Sunday’s NHL Playoff Games

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The highlights from Sunday's NHL playoff games...



Below, watch Sportsnet's version...

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Here are ‘the media’s’ takes on the Holland and Babcock pressers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The most interesting things I learned during Ken Holland and Mike Babcock's respective media availabilities on Sunday involved Holland's revelation that none of the Red Wings' defensive prospects have to clear waivers next year, which buys Detroit the time and ability to add one more veteran defenseman if they really do wish to find a second-pair offensive defenseman externally instead of "organically," and I learned that Babcock's very intrigued by the young U.S. team that's playing at the World Championships and not just Dylan Larkin, who both Babcock and Holland are going to watch when they head to Prague after Wednesday and Friday's Griffins games (and oh hey, Team USA plays Russia at 10:15 EDT on Monday on NBCSN).

I learned that the pair are also still high on Anthony Mantha's potential despite his mediocre rookie AHL season, and the fact that they both indicated that Mantha needs to "hit the gym," using the same parlance and almost the same damn sentences in suggesting as much, was an amusing little footnote given...let's say the rest of it.

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Prospect news: Griffins complete rally against Marlies; Wheaton’s Rockets to play for WHL title

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins made AHL history in becoming the 11th team to rally from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-5 series, defeating the Toronto Marlies 3-1 on Sunday night, and watching the Griffins absolutely disassemble Toronto was plain old delightful to watch.

As soon as Alden Hirschfeld snapped a 1-1 tie with a fluky goal just after the game's halfway mark, there was really no doubt which team was going to win the scrappy, penalty-filled affair, and I haven't seen or felt that kind of certainty in a playoff game since the Wings took out the Ducks two springs ago.

The Griffins will move on to play the Rockford IceHogs in the second round of the playoffs; the Marlies will return to Toronto having built up a 2-0 lead and having allowed the Griffins to rise off the mat and eliminate them.

The Griffins' website posited a recap...

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Audio/Video- Brandon Prust Post-Game Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Brandon Prust might have a fine pending after he tee’d off post-game over the quality of refereeing he felt Game 2 between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, particularly from referee Brad Watson.



Below, watch some of Prust's work tonight.

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