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Video- How Long Did The Last :09.5 Seconds Take At The End Of The Bruins/Caps Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

update 10:50pm, Below, Bob McKenzie tweets with an explanation…

update 11:40pm, Below, read the NHL release on the clock situation.

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Video- Devils Even Series With Panthers At 2

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Martin Brodeur recorded his record breaking 24th shutout in the playoffs to lead New Jersey to a 4-0 win over Florida.

Brodeur passed Patrick Roy on the playoff shutout list while stopping 26 shots.

Watch the game highlights…


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John Collins, NHL COO Working On Canada

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Now Collins has turned his marketing eye to the brooding, chauvinistic beast of Canadian hockey, where Hockey Night in Canada is the No. 1 brand and the NHL logo is fifth or sixth on the list. “We feel like the NHL was undervalued in Canada, there’s more here,” he says. “We have to respect what HNIC means, the way Monday Night Football means in America. But now there’s Football Night in America on Sundays, and it’s the best-rated program on national TV. Beats American Idol, The Voice, everything.”

If Canadian networks hoping to keep the NHL TV contract are listening, Collins is saying that things change.

“I see a lot of parallels between Americans and football and Canadians with hockey,” he says. “CBC wants as many Leafs games on Saturday night, because people watch them. Just the way ABC would have taken Dallas-Washington every week on Monday Night Football.” But this concentration has a downside come playoff time. “If the Leafs aren’t there for CBC, the Canadiens aren’t there for RDS, we can’t have Canadian fans turning off the lights, going to the cottage.

“How we change that is tell more stories, give more balanced coverage of the other teams around the league so people who are interested in that can have it. It’s not a criticism of our current partners. TSN does hockey as well or better than anybody. But you’re watching trade deadline day and they say, ‘Let’s talk about how the seven Canadian clubs are in the Rick Nash sweepstakes.’ I understand it, but as somebody responsible for the shield, it should be a unifying force in Canada, not a bureaucracy in a New York office.”


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Finalists For Major NHL Hardware Will Be Announced Beginning Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 19, 2012)—The National Hockey League will announce the three finalists for 10 regular-season awards over the next 10 days. The announcements begin tomorrow, Friday, April 20, with the top three vote-getters for the Calder Trophy, which goes to the League’s top rookie.

The National Hockey League’s elite will come together with celebrities from music, stage and screen for a celebration of hockey at the star-studded 2012 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 20, from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

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Quenneville Hit With $10K Fine

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NEW YORK (April 19, 2012)—Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has been fined $10,000 for public comments critical of the officiating in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night in Chicago, the National Hockey League announced today.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

The two video below are probably what caused the fine against Quenneville.

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Fire Babcock? Fire Holland? Not bloody likely, nor very smart

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Off-day stories continue to roll in via my ever-updated practice post, and I tend to prefer to keep everything on one place so as to not monopolize KK’s front page, but this story from 97.1 the Ticket’s Jamie Samuelssen merits an entry of its own.

Samuelssen has found that more than a few Red Wings fans are suggesting that the easiest way for the Wings’ organization to remedy their mediocre playoff showings of late involve either firing coach Mike Babcock—who will coach in Detroit until he no longer wishes to do so—or GM ken Holland, and while Samuelssen believes that Holland and the Wings front office’s recent draft record in particular merits criticizing, he doesn’t buy the concept that the answer to the Wings’ underwhelming springs since 2009 involves kicking Babcock or Holland to the curb:

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San Jose And St. Louis Have Reasons To Win

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Blues-Sharks first-round series has reached its first critical moment.

“We’ve got to win,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said Thursday morning after his team’s optional skate. “We’re down 2-1, and we need to win this home game. That’s the bottom line.”

“It’s a big game, for sure,” Sharks winger Martin Havlat added. “We just want to be better than we were the other night. I don’t think we played the way we wanted to.”

The Blues, on the other hand, want to avoid making this a lengthy travel series, given the two time zones it involves.

“This is a huge game,” said Blues center Scott Nichol, who knows all too well what his former team in San Jose is capable of. “We know it. We’ve addressed it. By far we’re not satisfied of where we’re at. We played well last game but we can be better.”

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Grossmann May Miss Game 5 For Flyers

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from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Defenseman Nick Grossmann missed Thursday’s practice.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said that Grossmann suffered an “upper-body” injury in Game 4 against Pittsburgh. He is officially listed as “day-to-day.”

Grossmann left the game in the second period after taking an elbow to the head from Evgeni Malkin. NBC 10’s Howard Eskin is reporting Grossmann suffered a concussion. The Flyers had no comment on the report.

more on the Flyers and you can watch the hit from Malkin on Grossman below…

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, nick+grossmann

Demise of the CCHA means ‘Big 10’ hockey tournament will alternate between Detroit, St. Paul, MN

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The post-CCHA college hockey world threw the Great Lakes Invitational, which is held at Joe Louis Arena every December, into flux, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose reports that the newly-created Big 10 conference well replace it…On an every-other-year basis:

The Big Ten Conference announced that its inaugural men’s ice hockey season will conclude with a championship tournament in 2014 and will alternate between the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., and Joe Louis Arena.

St. Paul will host the league championship in 2014 and 2016, while Detroit will host the six-team tourney in 2015 and 2017.

The tournament will include all six teams – Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin – in a single-elimination format. Thursday’s quarterfinals will pit the No. 3 seed vs. the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed vs. the No. 5 seed.


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At Least The Logo Had A Panther In It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fox Sports Florida,

Even in a town where the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins usually take center stage, the area’s NHL team bouncing back for a playoff victory after falling behind 3-0 in the first six minutes of the game is certainly something to celebrate.

Problem is, the station used the wrong Panthers logo in their package — and not just the wrong Florida Panthers logo, either. The FOX affiliate used the logo for Miami-based Florida International University alongside a Devils insignia and the headline, “Panthers Pounce.”


read on and a screenshot of the oops can be seen too…

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