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There’s a First Time for Everything

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Some hockey games are bigger than the game (think Miracle on Ice) and sometimes, so is the player. Such was the case when Nathan Walker became the first Australian to play in the NHL. It followed a string of firsts that also include being the first Australian to be drafted into the league, play in the AHL and play professionally in Europe. Walker's road to the NHL was long and it wasn't easy, but that's exactly why it's the stuff sports dreams are made of. How could you not be excited for him? Or for his whole country, for that matter. This past week should have given me even more reason to get excited, as Adin Hill made his NHL debut and the Winterhawks winning streak hit seven. But it was tempered by the awful news that Gord Downie had passed away. I remember the first time I heard a Tragically Hip song as clearly as I remember the first time I watched a hockey game. There is some comfort in knowing that even now, whether I'm listening to the Hip's music or watching a game, it's still just like the first time. 

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Afternoon Line- Matt Halman On Anton Khudobin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After Khudobin started the season 2-0-0, some were coming out of the woodwork to compare him, in stature and style, to Tim Thomas. Yeah, maybe he’s Tim Thomas – on acid. Because the way he plays, and especially the way he played against Buffalo, one has to assume Khudobin is seeing three or four pucks out there. And maybe they’re even disguised as white rabbits.

The sprawling and battling, the snow angels, and the rolling and diving outside of the blue paint are all well and good … when they’re done as a reaction to the puck, not in anticipation of a shot that may not come. 

-Matt Kalman of CBS Boston on Boston goaltener Anton Khudobin.  More on the game and Khudobin at CBS Boston.

Below, watch the game highlights of Boston's 5-4 loss to Buffalo.

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Riley Sheahan On The Trade To Pittsburgh

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Sheahan is no longer a Red Wing. He’s a Pittsburgh Penguin, the result of a Saturday swap that addresses general manager Jim Rutherford’s longtime quest to find a third-line center.

“It wasn’t a total surprise,” Sheahan said on a Sunday afternoon conference call. “It’s been a crazy last day, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity. Obviously leaving behind a great organization and great teammates. I’m definitely excited for the change of scenery and to get started with such an awesome organization.”...

“It was tough, just knowing that I’ve performed at this level and contributed the first few years of my career,” Sheahan said. “Not doing the same thing last year was sort of a struggle. I was trying to contribute in different ways. I was trying to play smart and play a sound defensive game, things like that. It was tough.

“I’ve kind of experienced the worst, so I just need to build from there.”


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Talk After The Morning Skate

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Scott Wilson will make his Detroit Red Wings debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

Wilson was acquired from Pittsburgh Saturday in the trade that sent Riley Sheahan to the Penguins.

Wilson, who has no points in three games this season, is expected to play on a line with Luke Glendening and Luke Witkowski.


Below, watch Jeff Blashill talks about Riley Sheahan and Trevor Daley on Scott Wilson.

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Detroit’s Morning Skate

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Media reports Jimmy Howard in the starter's net for an optional morning skate.

I will update this post if any more news comes my way.

Puck drop against Vancouver is just after 7:00pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit.

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Brian Boyle Cleared For Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New Jersey Devils,

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) has been cleared for full participation in practice. He will join the team for today’s practice at RWJBaranabas Health Hockey House.

There is currently no timetable for his return to game action.

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Pilot David Booth

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dan Murphy of Sportsnet,

So there he was at 18,000 feet above the clouds, turbulence and mountains with no engine.

“Talking to flight control, I was like, ‘I’ve got an emergency.’ My voice was shaking,” he says. “My manifold pressure was zero. You know the propeller still spins and everything it’s just you don’t have any pressure in the engine.”

Flight control told Booth the nearest airport was Winnemucca, Nev. And it was about 60 miles away. Booth asked them to tell him how to get there so he could try and glide the plane to the airport.

“I was shaking. I was praying. You know me I was praying hard,” he says. “You train for engine failures but … I was just thinking this is it.”

Booth took out his phone and tried to text him wife a few times. His message was the same in each one.

“I don’t know if this is going through, but please pray for me. Please pray for me and I kept sending it,” he says. “I think she got one, which is crazy because it was the only time in the entire flight I had service.”

Then he went about the task of trying to get the plane down safely.


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Who Is Scott Wilson?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Unless Red Wings fans watched closely the Penguins' Stanley Cup run this spring, they may not know what they’re getting in the 25-year-old winger Wilson and, quite frankly, the Red Wings aren't exactly sure either. He's still carving out his place in the NHL, but he's doing it while earning a modest salary of $625,000 —  an important distinction.

“I was looking for a cheaper NHL player who can play in the league,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland told The Athletic on Saturday evening. “I’m not sure Pittsburgh even knows what it’s getting in Riley Sheahan either.”...

“I like him but think of him as a fourth-line player,” texted one Western Conference scout on Saturday. “Good worker and skater. Smaller size holds him back some but very good compete helps him. Not convinced in his consistency.”...

...a view of Wilson from the Pittsburgh press box via The Athletic’s Seth Rorabaugh: “Wilson doesn't do any one thing at a particularly outstanding level, but he seems capable of doing a little bit of everything.

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Another Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Granger of the Las Vegas Sun,

The Golden Knights are taking on the personality of their city — they’re becoming known for late nights.

Late Saturday night, Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith slid a pass just underneath a diving defenseman’s stick right to teammate William Karlsson, who buried the puck into the back of the net for a game-winning, overtime goal.

The Golden Knights’ 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues was their second straight overtime win, and made them 3-for-3 in games stretching beyond regulation on the year....

It’s appropriate the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas’ history goes for broke when it gets late. The players’ explanations for why they’ve been so successful in overtime are similarly fitting.

“Luck,” Smith laughed, perhaps only half-joking. “Just kidding. We’re doing a good job just keeping teams to the outside. They had some chances and (Oscar) Dansk made some big saves. It’s just the last shot that goes in and luckily we’ve had the positive luck the last few games.”...

The Golden Knights won the game, but lost their second goaltender this season to injury. Malcolm Subban, who had 37 saves on Saturday, injured his leg early in the third period while stretching to save a shot that went wide of the net.

Rookie goalie Dansk entered the game with no NHL experience and the team nursing a 2-1 lead despite being severely outplayed throughout the game.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Videos- Top Action From Saturday’s Games And Coach’s Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The top NHL action from Saturday, five minutes long.



Below, watch Coach's Corner...

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