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KK- We Are Hanging In There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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Morning Line- Michale Arace On Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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Toews’ late goals can’t snuff out resilient Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

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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Prospect playoff news: Larkin’s goal-scoring, McCollum’s goaltending deliver in Griffins win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sometimes box scores paint wildly inaccurate pictures of hockey games, but in the case of the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-2, Western Conference Final-tying win over Utica, the box score actually does a fine job of telling the game's story.

The Griffins got two late-1st-period goals from Dylan Larkin, they earned a pair of power-play markers in a 2nd period where they were playing rope-a-dope hockey, and in the 3rd period, they held on for dear life. Grand Rapids was out-shot 26-8 over the last 40 minutes of play, and they surrendered a pair of 3rd-period goals as a result, but Grand Rapids held on for the 4-2 victory.

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Quick note: Griffins defeat Utica 4-2, Larkin scores first 2 pro goals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Utica Comets 4-2 on Monday, building a 4-0 lead and hanging on for the 3rd period as they were out-shot 32-18 overall and had 8 shots after the 1st, but Tom McCollum was very strong in the net, and despite giving up 2 late PPGs, Grand Rapids has tied the series at 1-1 going into 3 home games (Thursday, Friday and Sunday).

Dylan Larkin also happened to score his first two pro goals in the game:

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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Grand Rapids Griffins-Utica Comets Game 2 open post

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins hope to rally from a 1-game deficit in the Western Conference Final against the Utica Comets this evening (7 PM EDT on The AHL Live/WOOD Radio).

Here's an open thread to suit your needs and hopefully include some "alternate means" of watching the game.

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