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Video- Chris Neil Hit On Brian Boyle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty on the play but some of the “web talk” called it a dirty hit.

In my opinion, it may have been a little late, but holding off until a better view becomes available.

added 10:59pm, Embedded a better look at the hit video, put the original video below…

added 10:38pm, via an Elliotte Friedman tweet,

We looked at Neil hit for lateness, was .25 seconds after puck. NHL standard is .5. League will have to determine if head shot

added 11:17pm, Tortorella post-game on the hit, scroll to the :30 second mark in the 2nd video below…

added 1:59am 4/22/12, a 3rd video added below, the MSG feed.

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  Tags: brian+boyle, chris+neil

St. Louis Blues Eliminate The San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Blues beat the Sharks tonight by the score of 3-1 and wrap up the series 4-1.

David Perron had the game winner midway in the 3rd period.

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  Tags: david+perron

Guest commentary: a journalism professor grades the 2011-2012 Wings’ players, coaches and management

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Every once in a while, it’s good to change things up, and when readers ask me if they can weigh in with commentary of their own, I’m more than willing to oblige them. I know professor Steve Klein well, and his credentials speak for himself—as do his outspoken opinions—and here’s his take on the Wings’ disappointing 2011-2012 regular season and playoff run, including player grades (I’ll weigh in with my own in a day or two: I need to calm down, grieve a bit and pen something a little less emotionally charged than what you’re about to read) and recommendations in terms of necessary changes. His column comes with the usual blogger’s disclaimer: these opinions are his, not mine, and they stand on their own merit:

Steve Klein was sports editor of the Lansing State Journal from 1985-95 and is a life-long Detroit Red Wings fan. He coordinates the Journalism program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Here’s the thing I like most about Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. He’s brutally honest.

Like my old Michigan State friend, Ron Mason, the all-time winningest college hockey coach, Babcock is a zero-sum guy. It’s not, “What did you do last shift for me?” Its, “What did you do at the end of the last shift for me?” And the answer better not be that you were dragging your ass to the bench because you were on the ice too long.

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Senators Can Eliminate The Rangers At Home On Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers 2-0, giving them a 3-2 series lead.

Jason Spezza had the only goals of the night, here is his game winner.

added 10:06pm, Game highlights can be viewed below…

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  Tags: jason+spezza

Video- The Hotstove Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The boys at HNIC discuss of course the Torres suspension plus the status of Roberto Luongo’s contract.

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  Tags: raffi+torres

Too Much For Torres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Now along comes Raffi Torres. His sentence: 25 games. And that’s not 2.5 games. There’s no decimal point there. It’s 25 games, a suspension which is stunning for both its severity and complete disproportionality.

“I think it’s probably a little confusing for the players,” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said on Saturday, the day before his team met the L.A. Kings in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarter-final.

Vigneault then went on to say that Torres’ hit on Marian Hossa was closer to a hockey play than Duncan Keith’s hit on Daniel Sedin, a hit which drew a five-game suspension and kept Sedin out of the Canucks’ lineup for a month, including the first three games of the playoffs….

Torres now gets the equivalent of a lethal injection, the gas chamber and the electric chair all rolled into one and if you’re confused about that sentence, get in line.

“It’s way too much,” said Jannik Hansen. “It’s definitely suspendable but it’s a hockey play.”

“I think most players think it’s a lot of games,” said Kevin Bieksa. “Twenty-five games, I don’t know. There’s been a lot of dirty things happen in the playoffs. Is that the worst thing we’ve seen? It’s not even close in my opinion.”


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The Florida Panthers Are One Win Away Form The EC Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Game winning goal was scored by Kris Versteeg in the first period.

Watch the goal…

With just under 7:00 minutes left in the 3rd period, Scottie Upshall received a gift from Brodeur, which resulted in the 2nd goal.  Watch it below…

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Video- Cherry On Torres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk Spezza not shooting, Raffi Torres and a few other topics.

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Saturday Night Hockey Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, 

• What a hockey summer this might be: The possibilities of Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla being available, and that’s just the beginning.

• Pavel Datsyuk didn’t disappear in the Detroit-Nashville series. Ryan Suter made him disappear. Wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see the Red Wings go hard after Suter in free agency should he not re-sign with the Predators ... The Red Wings, by the way, don’t like paying big money for goalies. But the big money goalie, Pekka Rinne, facing a playoff-most 160 shots in five games, beat the Wings almost by himself.

• Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini says he won’t trade the first pick in the NHL Draft. The question is: Why not? It’s Tambellini’s responsibility to make the Oilers the best team possible. Getting a defenceman and trading down to another early pick will improve his club. Adding another teenaged forward may not.


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Torres Statement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO/NHLPA (April 21, 2012) - Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres issued the following statement today.

“My main concern is for the healthy recovery of Marian Hossa, and I hope that he will be able to get back on the ice to compete again soon. I sincerely regret injuring Marian.

Regarding the severity of the suspension issued, I will take the next few days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.”

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  Tags: raffi+torres

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