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KK- How To Help Kukla’s Korner

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I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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The Vancouver Canucks Dominated The Calgary Flames

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Bob Hartley, who has a knack of making the story about him even after his team has been drilled like a molar, tried to turn the after-conversation into what happened in the last minute of Game 2 instead of what happened in the first 59 minutes.

But after all the he-said, she-said this one was pretty simple. In a comprehensive beat down, the Vancouver Canucks evened their opening round series with the Calgary Flames 1-1, setting the stage for the long and fierce battle which was predicted all along.

Sure the other stuff is entertaining.

But, in the final analysis, it's mostly meaningless.

"Regardless of what people are talking about, we got a big win tonight," said Kevin Bieksa. "We got a win where we felt like we outplayed them for the whole game."


Below is an extended version of the line brawl between Calgary and Vancouver...

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The St. Louis Blues Should Have Been Ready To Play Game 1

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from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

What’s maddening is how the Blues lost.

“You get down one at home and hope to pick it up a notch and that would be a wake-up call,” Blues captain David Backes said after Game 1. “It almost took until the third period until we finally got our legs going and played our brand of hockey.”

Therein lies a fundamental problem: With so much at stake, including their own reputations as competitors, why do the Blues need a wake-up call?

If the Blues can’t get cranked up by the challenge of taking on the Wild and shutting up skeptics who expect another STL postseason collapse, then what will it take to get them going? This is perplexing.

Blues players are well aware of the team’s futile-franchise postseason rep and resent being linked to it. The players know that the long-suffering Blues faithful have experienced more playoff disappointments than any fan base should have to endure. But the current Blues don’t think it’s fair to dump historical grievances on them.


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Craig Anderson For Game 3?

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Senators appeared headed for a regulation time loss at Bell Centre Friday, you could anticipate the first question asked of coach Dave Cameron the next morning.

Now what?

Trailing the first round playoff with the Montreal Canadiens 2-0, would he turn to Craig Anderson when the series switched back to Ottawa for Game 3 Sunday?

Surely, he'd give it some thought.

Andrew (The Hamburglar) Hammond still gets no respect -- despite the way he heroically led the Senators from the grave to the playoffs. Everybody expects his leash with Cameron is short, despite the fact he was 20-1-2 to end the season.

They seem to forget Anderson has played just four games since Jan. 21, winning one. They believe Cameron will turn to the hero of Ottawa's 2013 playoff series win over the Habs at the first sign of Hammond weakening.


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Morning Line- Jack Capuano

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“We didn’t deserve it. What’d we have, 13 or 15 shots or whatever after two periods? That’s not going to get it done, even though we had the lead. We’ve got to put pucks on net, we’ve got to make their D turn, we’ve got to make their goalie work. You could see when we started doing some good things and played down low we got some offensive zone time, but too little too late.”

-Jack Capuano, head coach of the New York Islanders after a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.  More on the game from Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News.

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Time To Bench Corey Crawford

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

I think Corey Crawford just let in another goal.

It’s time for a change, but more importantly, it’s time for a spark. Crawford is not the Blackhawks’ biggest problem in their first-round series with the Predators, but it’s very possible that rookie goalie Scott Darling is the biggest solution. That’s a difficult thing to write. It reeks of complete panic, and that’s not what the Hawks are about. This a team that hits bumps, shrugs and bounces back. We’ve seen it over and over again.

And Crawford helped keep the Hawks on track while they struggled during the regular season. Did I mention he has also won a Stanley Cup?

But there’s something missing in this series, even if it’s only two games old. That’s not Crawford’s fault, though he wasn’t at all sharp Friday in a 6-2 loss to the Predators. The defense has been awful in front of him. But in four periods of work, he has given up nine goals on 47 shots. Those numbers speak the truth.

This is a sport of feel and hunches and momentum, and none of it is in the Hawks’ favor in a series that is tied 1-1.

It’s time.


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Petr Mrazek Thinking Game 2

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No need for a preview and notes post this morning, not much has changed except the win/loss column.

The puck drops just after 3:00pm ET and is on NBC, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports.

from Brian Savage of Mlive,

Petr Mrazek treated his NHL playoff debut as if it was just another game.

And true to form, Mrazek isn't going to dwell on perhaps the biggest victory of his young career.

The way he sees it, the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in the opener of their Stanley Cup playoff series is history so Mrazek is looking ahead to Game 2 this afternoon - and he's going to be treating that the same way.

Like just another Saturday matinee.

"It was a huge win for us," said Mrazek, 23. "I was really excited for this game. Two years ago when I had my first AHL playoff game it was the same way. I felt the same things - stay focused and stop as many pucks as I can.

"It's nice to have the first win but it's over. We need to go step by step and get the second one. I'm trying to make every game the same and trying to win the game. That's what matters.

"It gives you confidence sure. It helps you for the next game. But it's over and we have to look for the second game."


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More Needed From Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin

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from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins can only hope their superstars find their way in the postseason as they prepare for Game 2 of their first-round series against the heavily favored New York Rangers on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

“Guys with that kind of talent,” right wing Blake Comeau said, “you can only contain them for so long.”

They have been contained for quite some time, though.

Jarring numbers surround Crosby and Malkin entering Saturday's game.

Crosby has scored one goal in his previous 19 postseason games. In 13 career playoff games against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, he has scored once.

Malkin's numbers in recent playoff seasons are marginally better. Although he did produce a hat trick while eliminating Columbus last season, Malkin has been held without a point in 11 of his past 21 postseason games. Malkin has multiple-goal games in three of his previous 56 playoff appearances.

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Videos- Recaps Of The NHL Playoff Games From Friday Night

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First you the NHL's version...



Below, watch Sportnet's nightly recap...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning Game 2 set-up: both teams aim for better efforts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings battle the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon (3 PM EDT on NBC or NBCSN, depending on where you live/CBC/RDS/97.1 FM) hoping to earn firm control of a series that it leads 1-0, and while you may or may not believe that "a weak goal" by Ben Bishop was the only margin between success and defeat for the Red Wings in Game 1, Friday's practice proved that the Lightning felt that they could play far, far better than they did on Thursday...and the Red Wings felt the same way.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper seemed to suggest that the Lightning put up a stinker, as the Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan noted...

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