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It’s All About The Stanley Cup For The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is all about the silver chalice, that has been established, but here in New York, here on the Broadway stage, this can become the golden era of Rangers’ hockey.

Another Game 7 at what has become hockey’s big room east of Chicago, another Game 7 at the Garden, the site of 38 playoff matches since 2012, and counting.

The Rangers haven’t won this fascinating and often exhilarating conference finals against their formidable foes from Tampa, yet. They haven’t won anything yet, when the Stanley Cup is the only object of value they covet.

But you know what this band of Rangers has accomplished over the last four years? They have brought hockey back to New York as springtime appointment viewing and they have brought New York back to front-and-center of the NHL.

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‘Two Things’: On Zetterberg’s TSN Play of the Year showdown and Chris Chelios-themed beer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This entry is more than a litte offbeat, so:

1. You might want to vote for Henrik Zetterberg in TSN's "Play of the Year Showdown," where he's in tough against Carey Price...

2. And the Globe and Mail's Beppi Crosariol reports that the NHL Alumni Association has collaborated with Chris Chelios on a "pale ale" that is only available in Canada:

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Griffins coach Jeff Blashill continues to toe the ‘no comment’ line

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 4:39 PM: Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill either met Ken Holland yesterday or will speak with Holland today regarding the Wings' vacant coaching job, but he insists to the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner that a "no comment" line is best for himself and the Griffins as they remain locked in a Western Conference Final battle with the Utica Comets:

Blashill, who has the Griffins in the Western Conference finals against Utica, was to meet with general manager Ken Holland either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to sources. But even if he is targeted as the next coach – and all signs point that way - no formal announcement is expected until after the Calder Cup Playoffs, or mid-June.

"I owe it to our players to make sure my sole focus is on trying to win this series," Blashill said after practice Wednesday, adding that he will not comment on it further during the series.

The third-year coach said it is not difficult to separate between his job interest and the playoff pursuit.

"No, it's not difficult for me and that's why I choose not to comment right now because it's real easy for me to focus on the task at hand," he said.

Wallner continues, and the Griffins play home games against Utica on Thursday and Friday at 7 PM and Sunday at 5 PM.

Update: Wallner also posited a set of Griffins notes:

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Report- Peter DeBoer Expected To Be Named The Next Coach For The San Jose Sharks

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The San Jose Sharks are expected to announce Peter DeBoer as their next head coach before the end of the week, a source said.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, when reached by ESPN.com, declined to comment.

DeBoer, who coached the New Jersey Devils to a berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, was fired by the Devils 36 games into this season, his fourth behind the Devils bench. He also coached the Florida Panthers from the 2008-09 season through 2010-11.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TUESDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 7, TAMPA BAY 3 – series tied 3-3
 
RANGERS (AGAIN) STAVE OFF ELIMINATION, FORCE GAME 7 ON FRIDAY
Powered by the line of Derick Brassard (3-2—5), J.T. Miller (1-3—4) and Rick Nash(1-3—4), the Rangers scored seven goals – including five in the third period – to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final.
 

 
* The Rangers moved within one victory of their 12th all-time appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and second in as many seasons. The team has reached the Final in consecutive years two times, in 1928-29 and 1932-33.

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Jack Eichel Will Fit Right In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WGRZ,

Is Jack Eichel ready to make the jump from the NCAA to the NHL? Boston University Associate Coach Steve Greeley says without a doubt, in fact he says, "I thought he could play for any NHL team in January of this year."

While the hockey superstar from Chelmsford, Massachusetts has yet to definitively say whether he will leave B-U next season or not, Buffalo Sabres fans are drooling over the prospects of having Jack Eichel in blue and gold next season. Eichel led the nation in scoring this past season with 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 points in just 40 games. He won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college hockey player and developed even beyond expectations of the coaching staff at this institution known for producing great hockey players.

Greeley says that the thing they were most surprised about was how quickly he became a leader on the ice, on the bench and in the locker room. When Jack arrived at Boston University he was just 17 years old, in a college hockey world where 19 or 20 year old freshmen are the norm.

Greeley says that by November the seniors were listening to him, and he was listening to the seniors. There was a sense of mutual respect that developed quickly. "We were extremely impressed. You talk about what our expectations were, that wasn't one of them", Greeley added "He had a confidence to lead our team whether it was in between periods, in between whistles.. our seniors were listening to him and he was listening to our seniors. I think it is going to be very similar in the NHL. It'll take some time for him to become a leader, doesn't happen overnight when you are playing with men, but he will be a leader in the NHL and a guy who can be captain".

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Who Said It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“There was no other sport! In Toronto, you played hockey, period. There are two sports, there’s hockey and there’s street hockey.”

Who said it?

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The St. Louis Blues Plan To Be A Different Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“We are going to have a different look,” Armstrong said. “We’re going to explore improving our team to levels we probably haven’t explored in the past. But it has to make sense.”

The word Hitchcock kept coming back to describe it Tuesday was “reckless,” and he must have believed it because he used it five times in the span of 85 words at one point. Recklessness, he admitted, has the potential to be a lot of fun and can also give a coach more gray hairs, which brought a smirk to the face of Armstrong, sitting next to Hitchcock, as he no doubt was trying to figure if Hitchcock had any hair that hadn’t already turned gray.

“We’ve got to go back to reckless,” Hitchcock said. “(Our style is) too conservative, it’s too careful, it’s too much skill ahead of work. We’ve got to get back to reckless. We’ve got more skill than we’ve ever had since I’ve been here. But skilled, careful hockey doesn’t win. You’ve got to play reckless. We need to get back to the reckless play we had before. That’s what Doug and I talked about. You can do it and still be responsible. But we’ve got to get back to reckless play. We’ve got to ask more people to be involved offensively and defensively.”

Armstrong pointed to two defensemen on the roster who didn’t see action in the playoffs as examples of what the team is looking for: Robert Bortuzzo and Petteri Lindbohm. He mentioned the names of forwards Ty Rattie and Robby Fabbri as youngsters who will get long looks early in the season.

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A Must Win Game For The Chicago Blackhawks

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from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In a series that has been as tight from start to finish as any the Hawks have played in seven seasons of the Toews-Patrick Kane era, the Hawks’ 5-4 loss in overtime typically gave both teams reason to think they still control their own destiny.

The Hawks rallied from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits to tie — with the uncanniness of Toews in all its glory, as the Hawks’ captain scored twice in the final 1:50 to send the game into overtime. But the Ducks fended off the potential knockout blow to win on Matt Beleskey’s rebound goal 45 seconds into overtime.


Now it’s the Hawks’ turn to respond. They are 9-4 in elimination games under Joel Quenneville. And Quenneville indicated that the ever-cool, always-confident Hawks definitely felt the latest blow from the Ducks, even if they didn’t show their pain afterwards.

“You can visit history — look at past games, big games, big moments,” Quenneville said. “There’s a lot of history here that we’ve collected over seven years. A lot of positive things.

“[But] I think we all came out of last night’s game with an anger and a real sour taste in our month. Sometimes that can be better than a history lesson.”

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The Anaheim Ducks Believe They Will Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Anaheim looks and sounds as if it’s a confident and well-prepared team. In addition to that wall plaque for pucks, the Ducks also have a series of inspirational slogans painted on their dressing-room wall – all of them dealing with practice and preparation, of getting ready to soar in the big moment.

“Practice the right way all the time” is John Wooden’s contribution. Jerry West advises: “You won’t get much done in life if you only work hard on the days you feel good.” Roy Williams offers: “Everyone has the will to win. Only champions have the will to prepare to win.” And then there is this, from Muhammad Ali: “I hated every minute of training, but I love every minute of being a champion.”

Eleven pucks, five to go, and the Ducks will return to the winner’s circle, for the second time since 2007.

“To be this close, everybody in this room knows where we are, where we stand, what the game’s going to be like,” Perry said. “You have to go in there and you have to believe that you can win in that building again. That’s the approach we’re going to take.”

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