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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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St. James discusses Jared Coreau’s performance for the Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan and the Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the Grand Rapids Griffins' 3-1 win over the San Jose Barracuda last night, and St. James chose to focus on Jared Coreau's playoff performances:

[Jared] Coreau stopped 26 of 27 shots Saturday to help the Grand Rapid Griffins win Game 1 of their AHL Western Conference final against the San Jose Barracuda, 3-1. Coreau made 10 straight saves to start the third period, and 16 total in the final 20 minutes, keeping the Barracuda off the scoreboard during six power plays.

Coreau’s strong play improved the Griffins to an 8-1 playoff start, best in franchise history. It's a good sign for the Wings, who could be depending on Coreau as a backup in Detroit next season. Coreau, 6 feet 6 and 220 pounds, spent three months with the team starting in mid-December, after Jimmy Howard suffered a knee injury when he was knocked over during a game in Tampa Bay. Coreau won his second NHL start, in a shoot-out at Florida, won his next start as well, and ended up getting chosen to start the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Toronto over Petr Mrazek.

St. James continues:

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Team Canada vs. Team Sweden In The World Championship Gold Medal Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Team Canada takes on Team Sweden in the gold medal game of the World Championship.

The puck drops at 2:15pm 2:45pm ET and is on the NHL Network, NBC Sports (streaming only) and TSN.

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From the Dub: Keep the enemy closer

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

It's not often you will find Portland fans saying anything about the Seattle Thunderbirds that doesn't involve a four letter word, but let's face it: they have earned their place in the Memorial Cup. After capturing their second consecutive WHL Western Conference title, they made history when they won their first-ever WHL Championship. It's even more epic when you remember that last year, they wre eliminated from the WHL finals by the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Seattle Thunderbirds aren't just representing the league at the Cup: they are also representing the Western Conference and the U.S Division. They will be smarter and stronger for it next season, which is exactly why I'm keeping our chief U.S. Division rival closer. 

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Walleye reflect upon their playoff ouster

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toledo Walleye suffered a set of devastating losses against the Colorado Eagles in the Western Conference Final, dropping 3 straight games en route to a playoff ouster on Saturday night. As such, the league's best regular-season team was eliminated from playoff contention, and the Walleye spoke with the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe regarding the premature end of their playoff run:

“It's always tough this time of year,” Walleye coach Dan Watson said. “There's disappointment and the shock from losing. The expectations for this group were much higher than what we achieved here. Our guys deserved a little bit better fate. But it was a special, special group all season long. I told them not to hang their heads. I'm proud of what we accomplished.”


The Walleye were hoping they would shift back to Toledo for Games 6 and 7 on Monday and Wednesday.

Captain Alden Hirschfeld, who had to catch an early flight back to Toledo shortly after the game as his wife had gone into labor, said his team had plenty of opportunities to score.

“The guys worked so hard and left it all out there,” Hirschfeld said. “It's obviously a tough situation because it's a special group. I'm proud of this group. It's a super close group. We play for each other and not for ourselves. We care more about the team than individuals.”

In the ECHL, player turnover is pretty significant, and both Hirschfeld and Shane Berschbach reflected upon the fact that next year's Walleye will be a very different team:

“We played pretty well the last two nights — well enough to win,” Berschbach said. “It just didn't go our way. Hats off to Colorado. They played a great series. It's pretty tough to swallow. We've been a resilient group all year. The toughest part about it is that you're losing 20 brothers.”

Monroe continues...

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Wallner: Griffins hope to dial down penalties ahead of Game 2 of WCF

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins opened their Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Barracuda with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.

Ahead of tonight's game at the "Shark Tank" (8 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and the AHL Live), the Griffins plan on making one major tweak--they don't plan on taking another half-dozen minor penalties against the Barracuda for the second night in a row.

The Griffins spoke with the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner regarding their undisciplined ways on Saturday night:

The Griffins spent much of the time trying to hold off the Barracuda, who were second in the league in the regular season on the power play (23.8 percent) and were 7 for 17 in the division finals against San Diego.

"The penalty kill was excellent but it had to be," Griffins coach Todd Nelson said. "There were way too many penalties and that can't happen (in Game 2). San Jose is too good of a team."

The upside for the Griffins is the unit has been very good; they have turned back 19 consecutive opportunities dating back to the division finals against Chicago.

The downside is many calls in the conference final opener were non-discipline in nature. Evgeny Svechnikov, who had six minutes in the [Chicago] series, was called twice in the first period (hooking and goalie interference). Martin Frk and Mitch Callahan were also whistled for high sticking minors.

"We just need good penalties," Nelson said. "What we had is telling me we weren't doing things the right way. So that's something we're going to be working on for (Sunday). Got to keep your stick down and move your feet."

Wallner continues, speaking with PK stalwart Colin Campbell...

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Marketing Sidney

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Robson of Sportsnet,

Sidney Crosby was only five years old when he posed for the photograph that would become Tim Hortons’ most powerful marketing tool. He was three-foot-11 and 54 pounds, and he wore big blue-and-red gloves, holding them close together as he gripped a wooden stick. The company’s name was written across the chest of his yellow hockey sweater. The photo was printed on a novelty card Crosby received for participating in the Timbits minor-hockey program. He gave it to his uncle, Rob Forbes, as a gift.

A few years later, Forbes showed the card to a group of Tim Hortons executives. At the time, he was in charge of the company’s regional marketing in Atlantic Canada. Using the card as a prop, Forbes told the gathered executives that one day a young player from the Timbits program — a player just like the boy in the picture — would grow up to play in the NHL. That player would create a unique marketing opportunity: a direct link between the company’s grassroots initiatives and NHL stardom.

Forbes didn’t assume it would literally be the kid on the card who grew into the best and most influential hockey player of a generation. The photo was meant to stand in for any and every Timbits player. It was meant to stand in for all the photos just like it that live on mantels and in trophy cases and albums in homes across Canada. Photos that are familiar and nostalgic — and in Crosby’s case, evidence of a childhood dream come true.


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The Ottawa Senators Still Believe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators were unable to push the Penguins to the brink of elimination on Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. With the 3-2 loss in Game 4, the Senators have put themselves in a precarious position as they try to move to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2007.

As far as coach Guy Boucher is concerned, the Senators have already exceeded expectations, so enjoy the moment.

“When you look back on what’s going on right now, I don’t think a lot of people thought it was going to be 2-2,” Boucher told reporters in Ottawa on Saturday. “Our players have got a lot of respect for what they’ve done, what they’re still doing, the opportunity we have. It’s 2-2 (in the) Stanley Cup conference final.

“Let’s go back to September, saying that’s where we’re going to be, we would jump on it. That’s why it’s a great day today.”

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Morning Line- Jeff Miller On the Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I mean, these are the conference finals, the Ducks and Predators among hockey’s precious final four, the exact spot that supposedly occupies these players’ dreams growing up.

At this point in the spring, it is whether you win or lose. But it’s also how you play the game, especially when you lose.

Coming up short on the scoreboard is to be expected; both teams can’t win, obviously.

But coming up short where numbers fail to tell the story – in the heart – is something that has to sit pretty heavy this morning inside some Duck bellies.

-Jeff Miller of the OC Register where you can read more on last night's game.

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Videos- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Coach's Corner last night, some of the topics discusssed were- Boll and McLeod, the Memorial Cup, the World Championship, the dead duck in Nashville and Pens/Sens.



Don Cherry and Ron MacLean with their post-game edition, watch below...

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