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Videos- Coach’s Corner From Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Topics discussed, Don Cherry hates afternoon games, the first period of Pens/Sens, Cherry says game 5 Ducks/Predators was the "most vicious game I think I’ve ever seen in the playoffs" and a few more topics.



Post-game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the "lousy" shootout in the World Championhsip, they recapped the Penguins 7-0 win over Ottawa and Tommy Wingels elbow on Scott Wilson.

Watch below....

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Happy Victoria Day - Fête de la Reine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today Canadians honor Queen Victoria's birthday.

Be safe and enjoy.


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Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins lose 4-2 to San Jose in Game 2 of Western Conference Final

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL's Western Conference Final, the Grand Rapids Griffins suffered a setback in San Jose, losing 4-2 to the San Jose Barracuda.

Grand Rapids received 36 saves from Jared Coreau, but San Jose was able to go 3-for-5 on the power play; Julius Bergman and Ryan Carpenter scored power play goals in the 1st period to stake out a 2-0 lead, and while Grand Rapids rallied via a 1st-period marker from Tomas Nosek and a power play goal from Matt Ford...

But the Barracuda scored the eventual game-winner 50 seconds after Ford's goal, with Joakim Ryan scoring on Coreau, and the Shark...I mean Barracuda played trap and "left wing lock" hockey the rest of the way, shutting Grand Rapids down while playing some pretty boring hockey.

The Griffins will return to Van Andel Arena for Games 3 (Wednesday, May 24), 4 (Friday, May 26) and 5 (Saturday, May 27), and if this series needs more, it will shift back to San Jose for Games 6 and 7.

Update #1: Here's the AHL's recap...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pittsburgh scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Penguins moved within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season and aim to become the first NHL team to make consecutive appearances since they faced the Red Wings in back-to-back years in 2008 (DET: 4-2) and 2009 (PIT: 4-3).


* The Penguins earned a margin of victory of at least seven goals in a playoff shutoutfor the fourth time in franchise history. In fact, Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final marked just the third time in the past 10 playoff years that a team earned a shutout with a margin of victory of at least seven goals, and the second time this postseason (SJS: 7-0 W vs. EDM in Game 4 of FR).

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Toledo Walleye to hold Fan ‘Thank You’ on Monday at the Huntington Center

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toledo Walleye are holding a "Fan Thank You" event Monday night at the Huntington Center:

What an unforgettable season of Toledo Walleye hockey! Records were crushed, new leaders were crowned and our fan support could be heard across the league.

Share in those moments on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. during a special FREE “Thank you, Toledo Walleye” event as the team takes to the ice for one final appearance together.

  • Huntington Center doors will open at 6 p.m. (Enter through Jefferson Street and the parking garage).
  • Event runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Coaches and players will address the fans from the ice.

Join us for one final salute.

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Gold For Team Sweden At The World Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals and goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four shots he faced, givig Sweden its first World Championship gold medal since 2013.

It also marked the first time in four gold-medal games between the two nations that Sweden beat Canada (having lost in the finals of 1997, 2003, and 2004)

Canada, trying to win a third straight gold, has to settle for silver.

The only other World Championship gold-medal game to go to a shootout was in 1994, when Canada beat Finland.

Sweden's captain, Joel Lundqvist, now joins Sven "Tumba" Johansson as the only members of Tre Kronor to win three World Championship gold medals.

In order to get to the shootout, Canada had to kill an overtime tripping penalty to Sean Couturier, and it did so masterfully. Besides that, Canada had several dangerous forays into the Swedish end but couldn't beat Lundqvist, who came over to the team mid-tournament after his New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Watch the highlights below...

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An Update On Ryan Johansen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile gave this update on the condition of forward Ryan Johansen on Sunday:

"On Thursday, May 25, Ryan Johansen was treated for an acute compartment syndrome of the left thigh. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent complications. His symptoms developed shortly after the end of Game Four in Nashville, and as they progressed, he was diagnosed, transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and had surgery performed by head team physician Dr. Jed Kuhn within two hours of his diagnosis. As a result, he had no permanent injury to his muscle, nerves or blood vessels and we expect a full and complete recovery. The Predators would like to thank Vanderbilt Life Flight Paramedics, the VUMC Emergency Department, Operating Room Nurses, and Anesthesiologists for their expedient and excellent care."

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A Good Old Fashioned Blowout In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fran Seravallie of TSN,

The Ottawa Senators’ Cinderella season is down to the 11th hour after a Game 5 uglier than any of her stepsisters.

The Senators’ worst game of the season - let alone the playoffs - came at the most inopportune time on Sunday.

Just like that, quicker than a carriage can turn into a pumpkin, the Senators’ 2-1 lead in this Eastern Conference final has evaporated into what feels like a lot larger than a 3-2 deficit.

Penguins 7, Senators 0.

It was so easy that Penguins forward Matt Cullen didn’t even raise his stick in celebration after scoring Pittsburgh’s fifth goal.

The Senators gave the puck away over and over again and the defending Stanley Cup champions poured it on. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were watching the NBA playoffs instead of the Stanley Cup playoffs - where blowouts of this magnitude are a nightly occurrence.

It was so lopsided the Senators didn’t bother to send banged-up players Erik KarlssonDerick Brassard and Cody Ceci back to the bench for the third period.


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Here’s the Griffins’ Game-Day Preview ahead of Game 2 vs. San Jose

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ahead of tonight's game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and San Jose Barracuda (8 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and the AHL Live), the Griffins have posted a four-and-a-half-minute Game Day Preview video:

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Open Post- Game 5 Eastern Conference Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Tuesday night, one of these teams will be a win away from the Stanley Cup Final while the other team will be facing elimination.

I want to say Pittsburgh wins today but I don't feel it in my bones.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, series tied 2-2, 3 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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