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I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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NHL Short Notes

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MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 5, DETROIT 2 – series tied 3-3
WASHINGTON 2, NY Islanders 1 – WSH wins series 4-3
 
KUZNETSOV POWERS CAPITALS PAST ISLANDERS, INTO SECOND ROUND
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:18 remaining in regulation to lift the Capitals past the Islanders and into the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 

 
* The Capitals improved to 4-9 all-time in Game 7s. Their last such victory was on April 25, 2012, when Joel Ward scored the series-clinching goal at 2:57 of overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at BOS.

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Kronwall Needs To Sit

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

If there is any sense of justice in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings will be without their best defenseman for Game 7 of their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night. And if the Department of Player Safety doesn’t suspend Niklas Kronwall for his hit on Nikita Kucherov in Game 6, it might as well find a nice, warm beach somewhere to spend the rest of the playoffs.

Because if Kronwall does not sit out at least Game 7 of the Lightning-Red Wings series, the NHL will have officially confirmed what much of the first round has already proved, that it has no intention of suspending anyone for anything in this year’s playoffs.

Kronwall is the Scott Stevens of Sweden, easily the most devastating open-ice hitter in the game today. He has developed and patented a unique way of hitting players by lining them up, usually along the boards, then just before the time of contact, turns his back to his opponent and essentially jumps into him back-first. It’s so unique that it has it’s own name. To be hit like that means you’ve been Kronwalled. It’s a hit that straddles the edges of the NHL rulebook and it’s one the league clearly endorses, considering Kronwall has never been suspended. Wome of them will likely also provide some pretty compelling video evidence in that class-action concussion lawsuit the NHL will invariably face someday.

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Game 7 It Is

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from Keith Gave of FoxSports Detroit,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had one simple question for his players Monday night after they failed to clinch this first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with Tampa Bay.

"If I'd have told you before the series started that we could play in a Game 7 at Tampa, would you have taken it?" he asked them.

Of course they would.

"They would have jumped at the opportunity," Babcock said.

And now they get that chance after a 5-2 loss in Game 6 that was much closer than the final score indicates.

So instead of getting a much-welcomed day off and a little break between series, the Wings make their third trip south to Florida for a best-of-seven series that has become a best-of-one. Face-off is at 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit.

Winners advances to play Montreal. Losers pack it in for a longer summer than they wanted.

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Thank You Washington

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted's Take,

Home ice advantage paid off in a big way last night.

Our fans were magnificent. Loud, proud, and supportive and caring and happy!

I am so very grateful to all of you. It was a sea of RED, and there was a positive vibe and an air of confidence in the building all night. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The series was as advertised. So close, so competitive. The Islanders have a great young team, and had to over come much adversity, the series couldn't have been much more competitive and I am so very grateful that the Caps won the series as our fan base is so deserved to continue to see NHL play off hockey into May.

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Niklas Kronwall Will Have A Hearing This Afternoon

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Watch the hit below...

added 9:53am,

 

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The Washington Capitals Have Now Gone Through It

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from Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog,

The Capitals took a new slogan into this spring. It sounds like a cliche — okay, it is a cliche — but that didn’t matter.

“I hear it all the time,” Joel Ward said after Washington’s series-clinching 2-1 win over the Islanders on Monday night.

“Going through the battle instead of going around it,” Nicklas Backstrom said, repeating the slogan.

Backstrom said the whole team uses it. But the phrase’s most colorful deployment came a few moments earlier, when Coach Barry Trotz addressed his team with the doors closed.

“We talked about going through it instead of around it,” Trotz told his players, in footage posted by Monumental Network. “We went [expletive] through it today, okay? You got a little test there today when they got it 1-1. There was no doubt. There was no [expletive] doubt.”

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The Fragile St. Louis Blues

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from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Here's what bothered me most about the Blues' first-round ejection by the Minnesota Wild: there was little pushback from a very good St. Louis team that had every reason to bring an intense level of hunger and desperation to the competition.

After being shoved out of the postseason for three consecutive years, including first-round eliminations in 2013 and 2014, Blues' players knew what was at stake this time around.

Their impressive body of work in the regular season was on the line. Since Ken Hitchcock became coach in November 2011,  the Blues had the most wins in the NHL. But what did they have to show for it, really? Nothing other than a first-round triumph over San Jose in 2012.  The hockey world was watching: would the Blues finally man up and get something done when it really mattered?

Blues' players had their reputations on the line. The longtime core of David Backes, Alex Steen, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Barret Jackman and — to a lesser extent — Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk were a big part of the nucleus that has a history of underachievement in the Stanley Cup tournament. Some of their individual postseason resumes were terrible.

So what would they do with another opportunity to silence the critics and skeptics and prove that the had the necessary fiber to seriously contend for a championship? Would they post up with an abundance of personal and collective pride? 

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Goodbye Long Island

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from Mark Hermmann of Newsday,

Hockey has no prescribed ritual to mark the end of an era. It has only the traditional end-of-series handshake line, which didn't do justice to the Islanders' loss Monday night. This one meant the end of the Islanders as a Long Island team. And it was a distant farewell to Nassau Coliseum.

The only responses were sadness, quiet and thanks, with an emphasis on the latter. Thanks to the Coliseum for being such a worthy home for 43 years and thanks to the people who always went there.

"It's hard to believe it's over. You put so much into the season, into the series," John Tavares said after a 2-1 loss to the Capitals in Game 7. Referring to Islanders fans, he added, "We're disappointed for them. I don't think we talked about it a whole lot, but we knew what this season meant, playing at the Coliseum. How they responded to us was absolutely tremendous."

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added 8:52am, from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It will be different now, will have a different flavor when the Battle of New York becomes an inter-borough rivalry. If the Islanders can build off this season that ultimately built unrealized expectations and left unrealized the dream of one more playoff showdown against the Rangers, then the next stage of the rivalry can be as satisfying as the first phase.

And really, remembering the romance of the Coliseum is a fine thing, but the Islanders sure couldn’t have thought it romantic for most of the last 20 years in which their own fans were outnumbered in their old building by Ranger fans, and often by a sizeable margin.

Fans on the Island probably don’t want to hear this as any more than the employees of Sterling Cooper wanted to hear it when it came out of Don Draper’s mouth, but it’s true: “Hold on. It’s not the end. It’s the beginning.”

It’s the beginning of Rangers-Islanders and the Battle of Brooklyn.

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Videos- Mike Babcock And Jon Cooper Meet With The Media After Game 6

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First up is Mike Babcock...

 

 

Below is Jon Cooper...

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