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Open Post- Today’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Feel free to discuss the games today in the comment section.

My predictions, Minnesota, Montreal and Edmonton win today.

St. Louis @ Minnesota, STL leads 3-1, 3 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBC
Montreal @ NY Rangers, NYR leads 3-2, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC
Edmonton @ San Jose, EDM leads 3-2, 10:30 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, NBCSCA

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Morning Line- Stan Bowman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mark Lazerus tweets,

"I'm completely disappointed. It's unacceptable to be where we are today. I'm frustrated, I'm angry. ... Complete failure."

 "We did not even come close to reaching the standard we have set. And that’s unacceptable. ... Not close to good enough."

"That starts with me. I need to be better. There's no doubt about it. I can promise you I will be better."

"Joel is our head coach. He will continue to be our head coach. And Joel and I will work together to make sure this never happens again"

added below at 10:54am, One more tweet from Lazerus....

added below at 11:09am, video of Stan Bowman statement,

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Catch-up Wings and Griffins articles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note over the past couple of days, in digest form (It's been a sniffly week in the Malik household):

  • From the Red Wings:

The Wings posted a video thanking fans for the 2016-17 season's patronage:

In article form:

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Now Face A Must Win Game 6

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from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Mike Babcock could not have been making a guarantee, if only because to guarantee a win in this series is like guaranteeing you’ll win a coin flip.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had just lost Game 5 and fallen behind Washington 3-2 in the series, and the Leafs coach said, “We’ve been in overtime four times, it’s a good competitive series, we believe we still have a chance to win, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”

But, no guarantees. This series has been a prizefight with your shadow, and the difference between these two teams is that the Washington Capitals have scored the last goal. Sixty-four seconds into OT the Capitals executed a perfect zone entry that ended with Justin Williams beating Frederik Andersen from the slot. The final score was 2-1, and can eliminate Toronto Sunday night.

“It’s a game of inches,” said Toronto’s Auston Matthews, who scored Toronto’s lone goal six minutes into the second period. “Especially at this point of the season, in the playoffs, it’s just one shot. If it’s in their net, maybe the series is 3-2 us. It’s just a game of inches.”

“Mr. Game 7,” said Ovechkin, referring to Williams. “It’s all it takes. One shot and we get the (series) lead.”

continued

Below, catch the game highlights...

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There Will Be A Game 6 Between The Ottawa Senators And Boston Bruins

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Instead of sending the Boston Bruins into an early spring, the Ottawa Senators will be packing up for another trip to Beantown.

After failing to book a ticket Round 2 of the National Hockey League playoffs, the Senators were left with more work to do after they squandered a 2-0 second-period lead and lost 3-2 to the Bruins in double overtime in front of 19,209 at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. That cut Ottawa’s lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal to 3-2.

Sean Kuraly scored his second goal of the game at 10:19 of the second OT to give the Bruins the win and the Senators don’t have a lot of time to recover with Game 6 set for Sunday at 3 p.m. at Boston's TD Garden.

"Right now, it definitely stings. They're emotional games. We expected a hard fought, long, grinding gruelling series and that's what we've got. I don't know how to explain it any better than they're pushing, we're pushing and it goes to double overtime, anything can happen. It's disappointing but we have to move on," said defenceman Dion Phaneuf. "The same way we moved on from the two wins in overtime.

"We expected a battle and we've got one."

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Game highlights are below...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 2, Toronto 1 (OT) – WSH leads 3-2
Boston 3, OTTAWA 2 (2OT) – OTT leads 3-2

WORKING OVERTIME
Fifteen of the first 37 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime (40.5%), including both contests on Friday.
 
* Elias notes that this marks the fourth time since 1979-80, when the League expanded its playoff structure to include 16 teams, that the opening round has featured at least 15 overtime contests. The other instances: 17 in 2013 (47 GP), 16 in 2012 (48 GP) and 15 in 2001 (44 GP).
 
* Game 5 of the Maple Leafs-Capitals series was the shortest overtime contest this postseason, with the winning goal scored just 64 seconds into the extra frame. Meanwhile, Game 5 of the Bruins-Senators series was the second-longest in 2017 (30:19), behind Game 2 between the Maple Leafs and Capitals (31:53).

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A Q and A with Griffins coach Todd Nelson

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Prior to the Grand Rapids Griffins' playoff-opening win over Milwaukee, Griffins coach Todd Nelson sat down for a Q and A session with DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner:

How would you characterize your year, especially toward the end of the season with the position the Red Wings were in, you were losing a lot of players to Detroit?

"I think consistency. If you minus the stretch where we had four guys called up and three guys injured, all key members to our team, that was the only stretch that we really faltered. We were pretty resilient as well. If we lost a game, we seemed to come back the next night and win. So those two words come to mind."

The Griffins' longest losing streak this season was four games and they were 15-6-0-2 in games immediately following a regulation loss.

You guys won 47 games, more than any other team in the Central Division.

"It was a great year. When we had guys get injured, some young guys stepped in and did great jobs. I think that's why we were pretty consistent. We have good depth on our hockey team. We were able to play a lot of the young guys, especially the last game of the year, just to see how they handled things and they did very well. So having that depth is really going to help us, especially if we go on a long playoff run."

Did you notice any difference in the guys who got some NHL experience? Did it help them in Grand Rapids?

"Anytime a guy comes back to us after getting a sniff up there, they play with a lot more confidence. I know it happened to me when I was playing. But the guys are certainly more confident, they're excited about what our team can provide in the playoffs. I think that's the biggest thing, it's not so much the skill set, it's just their confidence out there."

Regner continues...

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Wings assistant coach Dave Noel-Bernier leaves for University of Nebraska-Omaha

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to the Associated Press, the Red Wings will need to find a new video coordinator:

Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Dave Noel-Bernier is returning to college hockey, joining Omaha as an assistant under new coach Mike Gabinet.

Bernier was a forward for Omaha during the first four years of its program, 1997-2001, and he later was the Mavericks' director of hockey operations. He was hired by the Red Wings in 2015 and worked in opponent scouting and with players on the ice and in video sessions.

The 41-year-old Noel-Bernier also has been an assistant in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins and at the junior level with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the U.S. Hockey League.

Gabinet said Omaha's players will benefit from working with an assistant who has NHL coaching experience and who is an alumnus of the Maverick program.

USCHO has more...

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Prospect news: Griffins open playoffs with a win; Walleye take 3-2 lead over KZoo

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins opened their first-round playoff series with the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday, emerging with a 4-3 OT win. Tomas Nosek (OT winner) and Matt Lorito registered a goal and an assist apiece; Robbie Russo had 2 assists, Matt Ford and Evgeny Svechnikov scored goals and Jared Coreau stopped 32 shots.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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GIF- Nazem Kadri Hit On Alex Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kadri gets two for tripping, Ovechkin limps to the room.

Cap scored on the PP, 1-0.

 

 

added 7:58pm, Video below...

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