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Video- Mika Zibanejad Goal, You Decide

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most of the folks I follow on Twitter thought this goal would not count, what about you?

via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,

At 11:55 of the third period in the Canadiens/Senators game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Mika Zibanejad's left skate and into the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Ottawa.

According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal."



Ottawa scored late in the 3rd period and the game is headed to OT.

update 10:08pm,

Sens win in OT on a goal from Kyle Turris on Peter Budaj who replaced Price at the start of OT. Price appeard to hurt a leg at the end of regulation.

added 10:45pm, Watch below to see how Carey Price was injured.

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Game 6 starts at 8 on Friday. Does the NHL enjoy making Wings fans lose sleep?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I have just come back from my first shopping trip in two weeks. I am exhausted (stupid norovirus has taken a liking to its unwelcome abode, and despite casting verbal aspersions its way, it has informed me that it does not wish to leave) and grumpy, so I'm going to proffer a Huge Show-style conspiracy theory--and please bear in mind that I'm saying this with a heavy dose of sarcasm:

Is it just me, or are the NHL's TV schedule-makers trying to milk every last ounce of sleep out of Wings' fans bones before the team moves to the Eastern Conference?

Tomorrow night's game starts at 10 PM EDT, and just as the case was on Monday, the Red Wings will host Game 6 at the time too many lower-bowl fans show up fashionably late to the Joe:

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Your Ducks Update For Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Kyle Shohara at the Ducks website,

With home ice for two of the next three games (if the series goes seven), the Ducks will be able to get the matchups they desire, but head coach Bruce Boudreau says the advantages are miniscule because of how tight the series has been.

“It’s a pretty tight series,” Boudreau said. “When we’re talking advantages, we’re talking miniscule things here. Home ice allows us to change last and to get the matchups that you would like to do. But quite frankly, the matchups only work if your team is playing well and you get a lead.

“If you don’t get a lead, you may have some great defensive matchups but you’re going to have to change because you need to score goals. We’ll get the last change which will help, because I thought the last game they were definitely trying to get [Pavel] Datsyuk’s line against one specific line and we tried to change it a few times. It’s a difficult thing to do.”

As expected, the mood was somber inside the Ducks locker room last night, but Getzlaf and Boudreau said the key to success is staying on an even keel.


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Separation Time In The NHL Playoffs Tonight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With wins tonight, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Chicago can go up 3-1 in their series while Vancouver needs a win to prevent being swept by San Jose.


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Talking With Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I looked down from the press box Monday night during the national anthems, an electric atmosphere rocking Air Canada Centre before Game 3.

I wondered in particular what was going through Jaromir Jagr's mind. I was picturing the future Hall of Famer soaking it all in, wanting to make sure he enjoyed these types of moments as his spectacular career nears its final few laps.

And I was right.

"It's funny you ask me the question," Jagr said. "I was actually thinking about it during the national anthem. I'm not going to play many more games. Hopefully I might play a year, maybe two. I would love to. …

"It was pretty special, especially in Toronto and Canada where people love hockey so much. Even in our city in Boston. It's something you have to enjoy. It's special. It's kind of an extra bonus for a hockey player just to be part of that."


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Habs-Sens: keys to a Montreal victory

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

This is a big one. The key(s) to victory are very simple. Two words:

Carey Price.

This is simply the game where the Canadiens need Price to show up. He was there in game 2. They need him there again, and more. It's Carey's time to shine. 

However, there are other factors at play that will have an effect for the Canadiens. Jeff Halpern is in for Brian Gionta, probably a good move as Gionta was ineffective with his apparent bicep injury, and Halpern was very, very good in game 2. As well, Gabriel Dumont slides back in for Ryan White.

Gameplan? The Habs need to stick to scoring, and shy away from the fisticuffs. Eric Gryba is back in for Ottawa - Montreal must simply treat him as any other player. Leave retribution for next year. This is not the time. Treat this game the same way they did the past couple of regular season games against Boston. Ignore the aggression, focus on beating the Senators where it counts: on the scoreboard. 

90 minutes to puck drop, folks. Enjoy. 

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The Swiss Connection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joanne C. Gerstner of the New York Times,

The Detroit rookie center Damien Brunner flew down the ice, trailing on a breakout in overtime. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller had a tough choice: cover the leading Gustav Nyquist to his right, or Brunner on the left.

Hiller targeted Nyquist, diving and interrupting the rush with a poke check. But Hiller could not corral the wobbling carom, and Brunner jumped on the rebound to give the Red Wings a 3-2 home victory on Monday. The series is tied, 2-2, with Game 4 on Wednesday in Anaheim.

Hiller, 31, comes from Felben-Wellhausen, a village of 2,500 in the heart of Switzerland’s German-speaking territory. Brunner, 27, grew up in Kloten, a suburb of Zurich best known for its airport.

Hockey is growing in Switzerland, thanks to its popular pro league and more players reaching the N.H.L. There were eight Swiss players in the N.H.L. this season, six of whom are in the playoffs: Brunner; Hiller and Ducks teammate Luca Sbisa; Mark Streit of the Islanders; and Rafael Diaz and Yannick Weber with the Canadiens.

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Measuring Fan Loyalty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Passikoff of Forbes,

The National Hockey League hasn’t treated fans all that well – at least not when it comes to managing to get teams out on the ice as regularly as fans might desire.

There was the strike back in ’92. Then the lockout of ’94. Another lockout in 2004-05. Oh, and then there was this season’s 2012-13 lockout. Pity the poor hockey fan. If, as Woody Allen suggested, that 80% of life is just showing up, there hasn’t been much life in the league for NHL fans this season.

The newest lockout began last September after the League and Players’ Association couldn’t agree about a lot of stuff. There’s lots of discussion about what and who caused the lockout. But it shortened the season which was scheduled to begin on October 11th,by about 42%, signifying the cancellation of 510 regular season games and the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. So way short of Mr. Allen’s recommendation. But a lot better than 2004, when the entire season was cancelled.

In spite of the significantly shortened season (or perhaps because of it), there are more loyalty ties this year than in preceding years. According to fans in the teams’ own DMAs, the current 2013 NHL top-5 and bottom-5 team loyalty rankings are as follows (numbers in parentheses indicate last season’s standings):

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Profiling The Playoff Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

This year’s NHL playoffs have featured plenty of sights that fans aren’t accustomed to. We have rare appearances by teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders, veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s long-awaited postseason debut, and the first Ottawa-Montreal matchup in 86 years.

And yet, a lot of it still feels familiar. That’s because no matter which teams are involved or how they match up, there are a few things you can count on each year. The names might change, but there are certain types of players that always seem to make an appearance. Here are the 10 players you can expect to meet every year in the NHL playoffs.

The rookie call-up who looks like a 14-year-old

Every NHL rookie looks impossibly young, which is why watching old drafts is so much fun. But it’s even more noticeable in the playoffs, when the intensity is off the charts and all the veterans look like Grizzly Adams.

That’s especially true when a combination of injuries and desperation forces your favorite team to turn to some call-up who spent the season buried in the AHL. You’re not really familiar with him, but you read up on the scouting reports and listen to the talking heads, and you convince yourself that this kid really could have an impact. Then the camera cuts to him on the bench, all earlobes and Adam’s apple, and he looks like his only goal for the game ahead is to not wet himself.


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Islanders Like Their Chances

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Following a Game 1 rout in which the Isles were easily dispatched 5-0, they have rebounded well with a win in Game 2 and a strong performance in Game 3, despite falling in overtime.

But it's not just about their ability to compete with the top-seeded Penguins. The Islanders believe they can pull off the upset.

"We know we can beat them," said second-line center Frans Nielsen. "We want this to go as far as possible. This series, we've felt they have a lot of guys on their team that can't skate with us. So we want this one to go to seven, because we want to get [it] as tough as possible."

Nielsen said speed has been the Islanders' biggest advantage.

"I think when we're moving our feet, they've got guys up front, on the [defense] that we can see are struggling a little bit," he said. "We've gotta skate with 'em. If we stop skating, we don't have a chance.”

more and a look at the Penguins' injuries...

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