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Sports betting and online gambling: Two popular activities in Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

While sports betting and online gambling are subject to a lot of restrictions in many places all over the world, when it comes to Canada, it is kind of allowed and people in over there enjoy these activities a lot. Moreover, with the advent of internet, online betting or gambling is difficult to stop anywhere in the world, leave alone Canada. Sports betting and casino are the two major activities which the gamblers like a lot. If you are someone who likes to play something depending on chance and luck, such as sports betting and online gambling, Canada is one of the places you might like to visit.

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The Colorado Avalanche May Have Interest In Alexander Radulov

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from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Alexander Radulov, the former Nashville Predator and current captain of the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, could be on his way back to the NHL in time for the 2016-17 season.

According to a report from Russian website Champion.at, Radulov’s agent, Yuri Nikolaev, said that not only would Radulov be eligible to return to the NHL in 2016-17 but that he has already been contacted by Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy regarding the possibility of coming back to North America.

“Who was his coach (in the QMJHL?)” Nikolaev told Champion.at. “Patrick Roy, who now coaches Colorado. So, Roy phoned (Radulov) and says that he is waiting for the next season. Yes, (Radulov) can leave after next season.”

That is, indeed, the connection for Radulov and Roy, as he coached the Russian winger during his tenure in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts. 

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Taylor Hall Has The Winning Attitude Once Again

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from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,

Winning was all Taylor Hall knew prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers.

He won the under-18 world hockey championship with Canada in 2008 and back-to-back Memorial Cups (including MVP honours) with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009-10.

But over the past five seasons, no one in the National Hockey League has experienced more losing than Hall and his Oilers teammate Jordan Eberle.

That’s why the recent world championship was such a special treat for Hall and Eberle, who not only won the gold medal, but also had the pleasure of playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and worked with new Oilers coach Todd McLellan. Hall scored the most even-strength goals in the tournament and was named an all-star.

“You kind of forget how fun it is to be a part of a group of guys who win and have results,” Hall said. “And it’s not an insult to anyone in the (Oilers) organization or anything, but it just didn’t happen for us the past five years.

“To end the season like that and to go into the summer feeling good not only about yourself, but what you can bring to a team, is a really good feeling.”

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One More Year For Bryan Murray

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from of Hallie Cotnam and Jamie Long of CBC,

Bryan Murray expects next season to be his last as general manager of the Ottawa Senators, he told the CBC's Hallie Cotnam during a one-on-one interview.

Murray took a short break from planning for June's NHL draft to talk about his health and future as he continues chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer.

"I'm not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness," said Murray, who publicly announced his battle last November.

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Duncan Keith Just Keeps Playing

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The Blackhawks have gone back to riding Keith hard in these playoffs because of four multiple-overtime games and a thin blue line, which was thinned further when Michal Rozsival went down with an ankle injury in the second round.

Keith leads all NHL skaters in total ice time at 509 minutes and 13 seconds. He has played 66 minutes and 42 seconds more than the next closest man, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman, even though he has played 16 games and Hedman has played 19.

He leads all NHL skaters in average ice time at 31 minutes and 49 seconds. He is averaging four minutes and 42 seconds more than anyone else who has played more than six games....

“He’s kind of a freak as far as his metabolism, his conditioning level,” said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. “I think the more he plays, the more efficient, the more he gets going. Certain guys genetically, aerobically or anaerobically, they can sustain it. He keeps doing it.”

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Recent Game 7 Home Games Have Not Been Good For The Anaheim Ducks

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from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Saturday? They have only everything on the line, or, as forward Patrick Maroon said, “It’s a best-of-1 now.”

Ducks fans, your team can talk all it wants about the comfort of having Game 7 at home, and the Ducks started reassuring themselves and anyone would listen of that fact immediately after this game was mercifully over.

But, honestly, I don’t think they can count on it helping them one bit, history supporting that notion. Home ice might even be a burden, particularly if they fall behind and the anxiety really starts to mount.

A loss Saturday would make it three consecutive playoffs in which the Ducks were eliminated in a Game 7 defeat at home.

No, Honda Center has not been the place for this team to rescue its season.

It also would mark three consecutive playoffs in which the Ducks were eliminated after leading the series in games, 3-2.

Consider that teams that win Game 5 of a series that was tied 2-2 historically go on to claim the series nearly 80 percent of the time. The Ducks, instead, are staring at the most hollow percentage of all – 0 – as in 0 for 3.

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Top Players Show Up For The Chicago Blackhawks

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It has always fascinated this writer, why it is that at the biggest moments in sport, some players continually rise to the top. How the true greats raise their level with the importance of the game, year after year and huge game after huge game.

How Duncan Keith, who is the best player on the ice many times over the course of a National Hockey League season, never, ever fails to contend for that honour in a game like the one they played in Chicago last night. Or how Jonathan Toews can be well known as the most dangerous Blackhawk when the chips are down, yet still he scores meaningful goals with the goalie pulled and everybody watching him.

On Wednesday, in a Game 6 that Chicago absolutely had to have, they went out and took it. Their best players were, as the cliché goes, their best players. The champs fought back, and won 5-2, sending this epic series back to Anaheim, once and for all.

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On To Game 7 In The Western Conference Finals

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from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,

"We shot ourselves in the foot tonight," Ducks forward Patrick Maroon said. "That's why it's best-of-seven. We've got to be ready … new day, new start.

"This is what we played 82 games for, what we worked our butts off for — to have home-ice advantage in the playoffs. It's a best-of-one now."

The Blackhawks forced the decisive showdown by blitzing the Ducks for three goals in a 3-minute 45-second span of the second period, with Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith contributing an assist on each score.

The 3-0 chokehold led to the visitors' first regulation loss in their 15th playoff game.

"We lost our composure for the first time, I thought, in the playoffs," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They scored the one goal [and] it was like, 'Aah, what's going on?' We started scrambling all over. They got the momentum. We lost our composure."

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

A crazy, unpredictable series is headed for its logical conclusion, whatever that is.

The Blackhawks and the Ducks will meet Saturday in Game 7 of the Western Conference final, raising the question that has been uttered over and over again for the better part of two weeks.

Who knows?

Who really knows how this series will be settled? The answer is the same as it was before Game 1: No one, that’s who.

“When you get to this point, everybody says (that in) Game 7 anything can happen,’’ Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “I think that’s what we truly believe.’’

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Game 7 of Western Conference Final will air on NBC Saturday at 8 EDT

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:

GAME 7 OF THE 2015 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL TO BE BROADCAST ON NBC IN THE U.S.

NEW YORK (May 28, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that Game 7 of 2015 Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. This is an update to the schedule as it was previously announced the game would be televised on NBCSN.

In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and TVA Sports. 

The game will start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Prospect playoff news: Walleye’s campaign ends in a triple overtime, game 7 defeat

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toledo Walleye fell short of their Kelly Cup dreams as their season ended on Wednesday night, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.

The Walleye dropped a 1-0, TRIPLE overtime decision to the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 7 of the ECHL's Eastern Conference Final--via a goal against that was offsides by five feet--but the fact that Toledo rallied from a 3-games-to-none deficit to force a 7th game is nothing less than a remarkable achievement.

Toledo played in its longest game ever, and after the game, the Walleye reflected upon its 105:35-long game and season, a year removed from finishing as the ECHL's worst team

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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