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Out Came The Belt

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yesterday was not the refs. It wasn't the Wings trying to play Boston's style. Brendan Smith's attempt to go with Chara was not anything more than a young, frustrated kid tired of getting run. And I mean he was run. All day.

It was an ass kicking. Simple as that. Or as Stu Nahan said, "Butchering. Plain old butchering." 

Boston had more energy and, obviously, much more desperation.

And the Wings couldn't match it.  Honestly, it would have been tough to expect them to.  Do you really think Danny DeKeyser knows what it's like to face a veteran team, a heavy Cup favorite backed into a corner?  Did Tomas Tatar go into yesterday fully prepared for that kind of intensity? Of course not. There is no way he could have seen that coming.

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Penguins Need More From Their Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

• Neither Crosby nor Malkin has scored in the Penguins' past six playoff games. In that span, which is more like seven games when overtimes are weighed, they have combined for five assists.

• In playoff series in which the Penguins were eliminated since winning the Cup in 2009 — not including 2011, when Crosby and Malkin were hurt — Crosby had 13 points in 17 games, Malkin 11 points in 17 games.

• The most recent playoff game-winning goal for both came in 2010, Crosby against Ottawa and Malkin against Montreal.

• Crosby never has scored in a playoff OT and — get this — has one third-period goal in his past 30 playoff games!
Save any deeper analysis, please. The best players have to be the best players. Maybe not every game or even every series. But it's an absolute must for Cup contention.

Save the excuses, too. Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, the two greatest players in franchise history, rose up to the biggest games. Those guys were shadowed, too. They were beaten up, too. And yet, they never were passengers while a Brandon Sutter or Matt Niskanen carried the load. But for the rarest of exceptions, they were front and center, stood their tallest.

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Video- Wow Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This is how you do the pre-game for your first Stanley Cup Playoff game of the year...

 

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Video- Someone Explain To Me How This Is Not A Goal?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sorry for the late posting today, but the last three days I have had a pinched nerve which goes from my shoulder blade to the tip of my fingers.

I can deal with it but finding a comfortable way to sleep has been hard but found one about four hours ago and took advantage of it to get some sleep.


 

That was last night after the waived off Tampa goal.

Watch it below if you missed it...

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Monday Morning Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- If Alex Ovechkin ever thought of hiking off to the KHL down the road, it could land with the Moscow Dynamo, for whom he’s an adviser. The club is owned by billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, who used to spar at judo with Russian president Vladimir Putin when they were kids.

- I’m going to miss TSN’s Ray Ferraro between the benches next NHL season now that Sportsnet’s got the broadcast rights. He’s the best in the business. I keep thinking he should be on an NHL management-team train, with his smarts. Ferraro tells a nice story about why Pavel Datsyuk is who he is. “(Son) Landon was at his first Detroit camp and he got on the same team as Pav,” said Ferraro, who played almost 1100 NHL games. “The way the Wings work it is they break into three groups and two play a game and the other works out in the gym and practices. Landon was taking off his equipment one day after not playing a game and he sees Pav doing the same, then putting on his gym stuff. Pav doesn’t look at Landon as he walks by, but Landon sees him and immediately puts on his gym stuff too. That’s the definition of a pro.”

more plus a look at Barry Trotz here....

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While The East Slept The West Went Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

It is no secret that 10 p.m. EST starts for games are the bane of the the east coast hockey fans existence - especially if their team is the one scheduled to play that late on the left coast.

Last night may have been a night to stay up to watch the battle of California though as the San Jose Sharks erupted with seven goals, putting 40 shots on goal, against the Kings. 

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Habs storm ahead

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

It had a great pregame show, it had Ginette Reno, it had the apparently possessed Rene Borque, it had phenomenal goaltending, it had referee controversy - yes, last night's Habs-Lightning game had just about everything. What an entertaining hockey game, and what a sunny, warm, welcoming Monday morning for Canadiens fans. A 3-0 lead. Control of the series. Four contributing lines. A team buying into its system. A poised PK Subban. Carey Price, you know, the one everyone knew was in there was was waiting to see in the playoffs. A tough as nails Francis Bouillon. Brandon Prust fearlessly blocking shots late third, despite obvious discomfort. Lars Eller, finally coming into his own.

Montreal is playing its best hockey thus far this year, committed to a defensive system that pounces on mistakes and creates chances without sacrificing defensive position. The fourth win is the hardest to get, but the Canadiens will be pushing for it on Tuesday. Carey Price looked as on as he has in this whole series on Sunday night, but so did Anders Lindback. Steven Stamkos is a gamebreaker - can the Habs continue to hold him in check? (or should that be Czech? Tomas Plekanec playing out of his head defensively).

There is still a lot of work today, but a few days rest would do the Habs some good. You know they want it done in four. Every player knows they want it. Can they do it? 

Tomorrow. 7 pm. 

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 2 wrap-up: Ye Old Self-Inflicted Learning Experience Wound

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The hardest part of what I'm about to do in surveying the media's takes on the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 involves the fact that Claude Julien and the Bruins will likely receive oodles of credit for "adjusting," when the truth of the matter--to Red Wings fans like me,  happily professional and biased--is that the Wings' fans, players and media are all on the same page this morning (I'm sure Chris Osgood will say things we've all heard when he chats on Freep.com at 11 EDT).

What happened? What Mike Babcock told us happened. The Wings stopped playing like themselves and started playing like the Bruins, and from Jimmy Howard's puck-flickering dimwit play on out to Brendan Smith's attempts to scale Mount Chara to the terrible penalty-kill (why did you reunite Quincey and Smith, coach?) and power play (aggravating fans' nerves: Olczyk and McGuire gushing about the standard of officiating as the Wings let themselves get suckered)...

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TMR Evening Line: Mike Babcock says Red Wings were ‘ineffective’ in Game 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I will try to cobble together a solid wrap-up later, but as I look back at the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to Boston in Game 2 (shockingly, Glendening and Miller were on the ice for 3 of the Bruins' 4 goals--2 at even strength--and Lashoff was on the ice for both PPGs against, so that may show you that the Bruins wanted Glendening to battle and lose against Krejci's line), some scribes are already chiming in with notebooks and recaps, and none speaks more succinctly to what ailed the Wings than the Boston Globe's Nancy Marrapese-Burrell's notebook.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had this to say about his team going 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty-kill:

“I thought we were ineffective period, to tell you the truth,’’ said the coach, whose team is 0 for 6 on the power play in the series. “I didn’t think we were very good. I thought they were better. I thought we were better than them in Game 1. I thought they were way better than us in Game 2. They were engaged, they won the battles. They were quick, we were slow. We didn’t execute.

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 2 quick take: This was coming, but it still sucked

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings had to know that the Bruins' comments were going to yield more strict officiating and more penalty calls--some spurious, some warranted, on both teams--coming into Game 2, but instead of coming into the game with composure...

The Red Wings tried to beat the Bruins at their own game, engaging an angry, mean alligator in a bite-fight. The Wings lost their nerve, lost their resolve, lost their game plan and, thanks to a TERRIBLE power play, a TERRIBLE penalty-kill, MEDIOCRE goaltending, and yes, some really shitty calls against them (to which the Wings did a shit-ass job of giving their beleagured goaltender any sort of help closing those squeaky pads).

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