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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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A Calgarian rodeo breaks out in Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

So the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks decided to get to know each other a little better toward the end of Vancouver's 4-1 win over Calgary:

From the box score:

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Prospect news: Kadeikin’s SKA nears Gargarin title; Turgeon advances, Hicketts out; Griffins hit 100

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Three Red Wings prospects took part in playoff hockey on Friday, and one of them is likely headed to Grand Rapids due to the result of the game he participated in:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin remains sidelined, but his team's a game removed from a Gargarin Cup championship. SKA St. Petersburg defeated the Ak Bars Kazan 3-2, and SKA is now up 3-1 on the Ak Bars in the Gargarin Cup Final.

Back over on this side of the Atlantic, in the WHL, Dominic Turgeon didn't register a point, but his Portland Winterhawks defeated the Everett Silvertips 2-1 in OT, and Portland leads their second-round series 3 games to 1;

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Broadcasting note for Saturday’s Wings-Bolts game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You're going to have to take this for what it's worth, U.S. resident Wings fans:

NBC has promised that those of you who do not get the Red Wings-Tampa Bay Lightning game at 3 PM EDT (NBC/NBCSN/CBC/RDS/97.1 FM) on your NBC affiliate (the Wild and Blues are playing at the same time) will receive the non-NBC game on your NBCSN station.

As you and I know from the long and proud history of NBC broadcasting Wings games in the playoffs, however, going back to the Kentucky Derby days (when some affiliates broadcast Wings playoff games and others did not), this coverage is usually not seamless, and we'll have to hope that by 2015--even with the NBC Live Extra feature probably enabled for most viewers whose cable companies paid in--the peacock network gets it right.

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Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per Sportnset's Scott Lewis:

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for cocaine possession Friday, according to a report.

Sportsnet has confirmed with PBX operator Lamontagne of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department that Stoll is in custody. The LAMPD would not confirm any other details of the arrest.

Here's 8 News Now's Jonathan Cisowski's report...

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Predators lose Weber to ankle injury

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From ESPN's Scott Powers:

Predators defenseman Shea Weber left Game 2 of the team's Western Conference first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return, Nashville announced.

Weber left the game after he was checked into the boards by the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad at 10:49 of the second period. The Predators captain fell to the ice, was slow to get up and skated to his team's bench. He played 16 shifts and 13:25 of ice time before leaving. He had an assist on a goal in the first period. The Predators went on to win 6-2.

Here's the incident from We All Bleed Redd:

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Gary Bettman On A Few Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in Nashville on Friday to attend Game 2 of the Predators' first-round series against the Blackhawks. Before the game, he discussed Nashville's impact on the NHL and league-wide topics.

On if it was good for the league to have a "non-traditional" market like Nashville have significant on-ice success:

"I'm not sure i'm comfortable any longer with the term 'non-traditional.' Fact is there are some cities that have franchises longer, but Nashville has built its own tradition, its own history. This team is very well-owned by Tom Cigarran and his partners. The team on the ice has been built the right way by David Poile, who's one of the preeminent general managers. And we're in a place as a league where we have incredible competitive balance, best in our history, probably the best in all of sports. We've got 20 teams that could have won the Stanley Cup in all probability and four of them didn't even make the playoffs.

And as we sit here at the very beginnings of the first round, the Stanley Cup is up for grabs and that's great news for fans. It's great news for fans in Nashville as there are high expectations and a team that performed extraordinarily well in the regular season."

On Las Vegas's pursuit of an NHL franchise:

"Mr.(Bill) Foley, who's the person interested in having an NHL franchise in Las Vegas, wanted to assess the strength of the fan base, potential fan base in Las Vegas. Las Vegas in that regard is at least perceived to be an unusual market. He began his ticket drive and while I'm not prepared to announce the results, because it's actually still ongoing, it has been very successful to date."

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The Numbers From Detroit’s Game 1 Win

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Chris Boyle of Sportsnet,

Playoff hockey always breeds unlikely heroes. Many of these heroes are little known goaltenders who rise from obscurity to lead their teams on unexpected playoff runs.

Last night Petr Mrazek raised his hand and pushed Andrew Hammond aside as this seasons top candidate.

One week ago Jimmy Howard gift wrapped a victory for the Montreal Canadiens and assured the Red Wings of a first-round meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mike Babcock didn’t offer his vote of confidence and it opened the door for the little known Mrazek to run with the playoff starters job.

I looked at this last year in regards to coaching decisions and how sometimes it is easier to go with the unknown because of the chance of greatness then to roll with what you already know is mediocre. Jimmy Howard hasn’t really proven himself to be among the elite of the league, so Babcock’s decision is totally defensible.

Defensible turned to apparent genius on Thursday. Mrazek seemingly stole a Game 1 win vs the Lightning. But did he really?

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames look to go up 2-0 tonight and take that lead back home.

Meanwhile, Montreal wants to be up 2-0 wheh they head to Ottawa.

Tonight's schedule is below and feel free to discuss anything hockey related.

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Bring on game two

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

Travel gets in the way, but a quick note on Habs-Sens: game one was fantastic, PK got the penalty he deserved, and nothing else should come of it. Dave Cameron should have been fined, but that's up to the NHL. Will there be fireworks tonight? Probably.

So bring on game two. I'm looking for Max Pacioretty to play, and for the Habs to come out on fire. Mark Stone will play too, because he seems to be fine - and I'm genuinely happy about that. I don't want to see anyone hurt. Jeff Petry was the Habs best defenceman in game one - does he continue the trend in game two? Does PK Subban come out a' blazing? Does Andrei Markov score on his own net again? (probably not for that last one). 

Will the Habs get the Burglar, or will Grimace make another appearance?

The Habs try to go up 2-0. Puck drop at 7.

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