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Prospect news: Sambrook’s Otters beat Saint John, advance to Memorial Cup Final

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

At the Memorial Cup, Jordan Sambrook finished even with 1 shot as his Erie Otters defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 6-3, advancing to Sunday's Memorial Cup Final vs. Windsor (7 PM on Sportsnet, and possibly the NHL Network).

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Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins win 6-2 over San Jose, take 3-1 series lead in AHL WCF

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 12:36 AM: Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL's Western Conference Final, the Grand Rapids Griffins rode a 4-goal second period to a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Barracuda, taking a 3-1 lead in the AHL's WCF.

Tyler Bertuzzi, Eric Tangradi, Martin Frk, Tomas Nosek (all in the 2nd period), Ben Street and Evgeny Svechnikov scored for Grand Rapids, who peppered Troy Grosenick with 36 shots.

Grand Rapids has earned the opportunity to advance to the Calder Cup Final with a win in Saturday's Game 5 (7 PM on ESPN 96.1 FM and on the AHL Live), and it'd be a fun game to attend if you can come out and enjoy what's been the best hockey I've seen in a month.

Much more to come as this post is updated. Gotta go down to the locker room first!

Update: Here's the AHL's website's recap...

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Audio: Ken Holland speaks with the media at the Griffins-Barracuda game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ken Holland spoke with the media attending tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins-San Jose Barracuda game, discussing a multitude of topics, and as I am in the middle of covering the game, I'm going to present the audio of Holland's scrum to you without much comment:

Update: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff partially transcripted the interview:

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The Oake Family Driven To Make A Late Family Member’s Life Meaningful

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press,

As a boy, Bruce Oake was a precocious kid. He was outgoing, friendly and impulsive.

"He spoke baby gibberish for a long while, and one day he just started talking," says his father, Scott Oake. "And he never shut up, ever after."

As a teenager, Bruce was a prankster. He and his brother, Darcy Oake, would play a game where they’d walk down the street holding hands to see who would let go first.

"If it wasn’t fun, he wasn’t interested in it," says Bruce’s friend Bret Olson. "He never wanted the day to end and couldn’t wait for it to get started again. That’s what stands out for me: just that tireless, ‘What are we doing next?’"

As a young man, Bruce had a booming voice. He craved to be around people. He was charismatic, persuasive and fearless.

"He had this way of connecting with people so easily," his brother says. "It was effortless. It was infectious."

At the age of 25, Bruce, by then a heroin addict, died alone on the floor of a washroom stall.

It’s not an easy story for his father, a longtime fixture on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts, and his brother, a world-famous illusionist, to tell. But they tell it unflinchingly, if only because they learned the hardest way possible drug addiction doesn’t discriminate and that there are thousands of other family members out there experiencing the same agony.


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Watching Game 7 Eastern Conference Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 26, 2017 – Last night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 double-overtime thriller on NBCSN, in which the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, set major viewership and digital records, and continued the trend of strong results for the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to Fast National Data provided by The Nielsen Company and Adobe Analytics.

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Video- On-Ice Chatter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On-ice officials and players interact in the Conference Finals.


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Questions For Ansar Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Several players who finished 2015-16 with the Grand Rapids Griffins or started 2016-17 with the AHL club made an impact with the Detroit Red Wings or got an opportunity.

Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul were no longer waiver exempt and spent the whole season in Detroit. Anthony Mantha was called up early and Nick Jensen brought up mid-season and both played well.

Jared Coreau, Robbie Russo and Tomas Nosek were up for an extended period. Evgeny Svechnikov, Mitch Callahan, Ben Street, Dan Renouf, Brian Lashoff and Matt Lorito got brief looks.

The Griffins are making another playoff run with their third trip to the conference finals in five seasons.

How many will be with the Detroit Red Wings in 2017-18? Who has the best chance? Those were among the questions MLive readers asked this week.

QWith (Drew) Miller and (Steve) Ott not coming back, does this clear a roster spot for Tyler Bertuzzi next season? He’s come up big in the playoffs and deserves a better look.

A: Bertuzzi has a knack for stepping up in the playoffs. He has 19 goals and 31 points in 34 career AHL playoff games; 25 goals and 68 points in 121 career regular season games.

He’s averaged 0.91 points per game in the playoffs and 0.56 points per game in the regular season. Here’s an interesting stat: Bertuzzi’s career shooting percentage in the regular season is 9.3 percent; in the playoffs, it’s 27.5 percent.

Bertuzzi had no points in seven games with the Red Wings last season, a stint that ended after he suffered a high-ankle sprain Nov. 26. He is waiver-exempt for one more season but he’ll have an opportunity to make the Red Wings roster in training camp and the preseason. Several factors come into play: Will they lose a forward in the expansion draft? Will they sign a veteran fourth-line forward? Will an injury or two create a roster spot?

Like all waiver-exempt players, Bertuzzi will only be on the roster if he’s in the lineup. Otherwise he’ll be playing regularly in Grand Rapids.

read on for more questions and answers...

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Video- Top Plays From The Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

4 1/2 minutes in length.


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KK- Taking It Easy Today And Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I plan to take it easy the rest of the day and probably Saturday too.

Ramp up for the Stanley Cup Final starts on Sunday.

I am around though and will post if anything interesting pops up but I do need some down time to recharge.

Also, those traveling for the long Memorial Day Weekend, please be safe and for those just hanging around, the same goes for you.

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Video- Ring The Bell Mr. Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Nasdaq this morning.


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  Tags: gary+bettman

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