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Umberger Returns, Blue Jackets Look For Franchises First Playoff Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

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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Red Wings-Bruins Saturday practice post: no changes for DET; Bruins call in cavalry, Julien cops out

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 3:28 PM: The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins practiced ahead of Sunday's Easter matinee-ish game (3 PM EDT on NBC and TSN) today, with the Red Wings hoping to build upon last night's 1-0 win in Game 1, and the Bruins' beat writers, including the Patriot-Ledger's Mike Loftus, reported that the Bruins' injured cavalry (Daniel Paille, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid) skated prior to the B's main skate:

Not sure yet what #NHLBruins are doing, but Paille, Seidenberg, McQuaid on ice now w/conditioning coach J. Whitesides

Pavel Datsyuk did "have a funny" regarding last night's physicality...

And you may take this from the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin, regarding one Milan Lucic and his attempt to give Danny DeKeyser a higher voice, as you will:

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Open Post- Three Games Today On The Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Enjoy the games today and if you are traveling over this Easter weekend, please be safe.

Fell free to discuss the games in the comment section.

 

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Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser: classy. Ballsy.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There's a Bruins Way and a Red Wings Way.

Meanwhile in the Boston locker room, per the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin...

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Milan Lucic Fined $5K For Spearing Incident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 19, 2014) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Friday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:55 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

watch the spear here...

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Rebuilding? No Thanks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Want to know the part that frustrates them all the most? The Wings have done this without having to sacrifice a single thing.  It's killing GMs, coaches and, oh especially, fans from every other city and every other team.  23 is a nice number, but blink an eye and it's going to be 30.

Chicago, St. Louis, Denver...all the teams we point to as having built through the draft? They paid their dues. Severely. The Wings paid in the 80's, but then the dividends started paying off in '91.  And they haven't stopped.

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Red Wings prospect Mitch Callahan skating with the Grand Rapids Griffins again(!)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I kind of stuffed this into the Wings-Bruins wrap-up, but this deserves a post of its own: Red Wings prospect Mitch Callahan has resumed practicing some two-and-change weeks after suffering a gruesome injury and having surgery to repair a broken jaw, but Callahan was back at practice with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday, and he spoke to WZZM 13 about his status (be warned: the gruesome "selfie" is shown twice):

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Kypreos: NHL will fine Milan Lucic for his spear on Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser, but won’t suspend him

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 2:09 PM:

Updated with some...odd...commentary from Lucic at 1:18 PM: Per Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos:

The Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin described the jab as follows...

There was an ugly moment for the Bruins at the end of the second period. It appeared that Milan Lucic speared Danny DeKeyser from behind. Lucic was not available postgame

Again, @myregularface posted a .gif of the spear (please note: posting the image does not equal endorsement thereof, so please stop harassing her on Twitter, Steph's good people), and it's worth noting (as pointed out last night) that TSN's Bob McKenzie may feel that "You Can't Do That," but he did note that there's no precedent for policing such incidents--especially where Lucic is concerned--this year:

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It Is About Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

As the Winnipeg Jets’ season wound down, a controversy involving one of their players flared up. Interim coach Paul Maurice made star winger Evander Kane a healthy scratch for a game in Toronto – and just like that, harsh words were hauled out to criticize the 22-year-old: he had an attitude; he was arrogant; he wasn’t a good fit with the Jets; he needed to be traded post-haste. If it sounded familiar, that’s because it was. Ever since the franchise relocated to Manitoba from Atlanta, Kane has been a target for critics.

Some of that, he’s earned. When he posed during the 2012-13 lockout in front of the lights of Las Vegas pretending a giant stack of money was his cell phone, fans and media rightfully ripped him for not understanding how it would be perceived.

But put aside the specifics of that situation for a second and answer these questions: Were you ever 21? Did you ever make a mistake at that age? Do you think that, if you were making millions of dollars and existed in a massive public fishbowl at that age, you might make the odd error in judgment?

The answer should be “yes.” That’s why there’s something about the relentless negativity surrounding Kane that doesn’t sit right. I’m not pointing to anyone specific when I say this, but I have to say it: some of the criticism hurled at Kane – as well as teammate Dustin Byfuglien and Canadiens star P.K. Subban – is about his race more than his character. It’s what Kane referred to last year when he told THN’s Ken Campbell “a good portion” of the criticism is racially motivated.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DATSYUK, HOWARD PROPEL RED WINGS PAST BRUINS
Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal with 3:01 remaining in regulation and Jimmy Howard (25 saves) recorded his third career playoff shutout to lift the Red Wings to a 1-0 series lead over the Bruins.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Datsyuk’s goal was the latest ever (in regulation) by a Red Wings player to snap a scoreless tie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It also was the latest such goal in any postseason game since June 1, 2011, when Raffi Torres scored at 19:41 of the third period to power the Canucks to a 1-0 victory over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

* Datsyuk posted his sixth career game-winning goal in the playoffs and first since April 27, 2010, in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (vs. PHX). He now has 37-67—104 in 141 career postseason games, eighth among active players and tied for sixth in Red Wings history (with Alex Delvecchio: 35-69—104).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Howard became the second goaltender in Red Wings history (in the expansion era) to record a shutout in the team’s first game of a playoff year. The other: Chris Osgood (19 saves) on April 13, 2000, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (vs. LA).

* The Red Wings improved to 4-1-0 in five meetings with the Bruins this season (regular season and playoffs). The Canadiens (3-1-0) are the only other team to defeat the Bruins more than twice in 2013-14.

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