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Toews’ late goals can’t snuff out resilient Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night was nothing less than wild and woolly. Jonathan Toews' 2 late-3rd-period goals gave erased a 4-2 deficit (and the Ducks' initial 3-0 lead) and forced overtime...

But 45 seconds into overtime, Matt Beleskey erased the Hawks' comeback, and gave the Ducks a 3-games-to-2 series lead via a 5-4 OT victory:

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Prospect playoff news: Larkin’s goal-scoring, McCollum’s goaltending deliver in Griffins win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sometimes box scores paint wildly inaccurate pictures of hockey games, but in the case of the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-2, Western Conference Final-tying win over Utica, the box score actually does a fine job of telling the game's story.

The Griffins got two late-1st-period goals from Dylan Larkin, they earned a pair of power-play markers in a 2nd period where they were playing rope-a-dope hockey, and in the 3rd period, they held on for dear life. Grand Rapids was out-shot 26-8 over the last 40 minutes of play, and they surrendered a pair of 3rd-period goals as a result, but Grand Rapids held on for the 4-2 victory.

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Quick note: Griffins defeat Utica 4-2, Larkin scores first 2 pro goals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Utica Comets 4-2 on Monday, building a 4-0 lead and hanging on for the 3rd period as they were out-shot 32-18 overall and had 8 shots after the 1st, but Tom McCollum was very strong in the net, and despite giving up 2 late PPGs, Grand Rapids has tied the series at 1-1 going into 3 home games (Thursday, Friday and Sunday).

Dylan Larkin also happened to score his first two pro goals in the game:

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Open Post- Game 5 Western Conference Finals, Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The puck drops just after 9:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Game 5 is in Anaheim tonight with the series tied at two games apiece.

One team will be facing elimination on Wednesday, who will it be?

Feel free to discuss the game tonight as it plays out.

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Utica Comets Game 2 open post

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins hope to rally from a 1-game deficit in the Western Conference Final against the Utica Comets this evening (7 PM EDT on The AHL Live/WOOD Radio).

Here's an open thread to suit your needs and hopefully include some "alternate means" of watching the game.

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A bit about Petr

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's George Sipple has penned another "emptying the notebook" article, this time discussing Petr Mrazek's outlook going into an offseason in which his summer preparation better prepare him to battle for the starter's job in an open competition with Jimmy Howard for said spot:

"Only one goalie can play," Mrazek said recently. "I'm going to do my best to play as much as I want to and do the best job."

Mrazek was 16-9-2 with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 29 games for the Red Wings during the regular season. He also had two shutouts in the playoffs with a 2.11 GAA and a .925 save percentage in the seven-game, first-round loss to the Lightning.

Mrazek, 23, will compete next season with Jimmy Howard.

Howard, 31, was 23-13-11 with a 2.44 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 53 games.

Mrazek said he wouldn't prepare differently this summer than he did previously despite knowing that he would make the team next season. He said he learned a lot from the opportunities he received this season.

Sipple continues....

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Afternoon Line- Bob Ford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Choosing a college coach isn't what will define Hextall's courage. He could have chosen a Labradoodle and won the same number of Stanley Cups if he doesn't have the guts to defy owner Ed Snider (or at least fool him) with a plan that will require a patient rebuilding of the roster. Snider is still wed to the patch-and-fill philosophy that kept the franchise from becoming relevant on a long-term basis under general managers Bob Clarke and Paul Holmgren. If that doesn't change, then the coach will. Again....

Coaches don't change cultures in the NHL. It isn't about the coach. Players create the culture and they are the ones who decide whether it will rise or fall. The rest is just yelling from behind the bench and putting the cones on the ice at practice.

-Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer where you can read more abou the Philadelphia Flyers.
 

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OT Games May Be Slowing Marian Hossa Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In three games following the multiple-overtime games in this year’s playoffs coming into Game 5 of the conference final, Hossa has no points and a minus-2 differential. In the 11 other playoff games, he has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and a plus-6 differential.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville has been cognizant of managing Hossa’s time on the ice in recent seasons. Hossa was given several “veteran’s-practice-off” days during last year’s playoffs. And it was working magnificently — Hossa scored nine points (one goal, eight assists) and was a plus-7 in six games against the Wild in the second round of the playoffs.

But eventually, Hossa wore down at the end of the conference final against the Kings. In the final six games, Hossa scored one point (an assist) and was a minus-5. After the 5-4 double-overtime victory in Game 5, Hossa had the lowest Corsi percentage (29.0) of the season in  Game 6. He wasn’t all that much better (41.1) in Game 7.

Hossa as much as any Hawk gives it all he’s got. You can see the determination in his game. But the reality is that after 17 seasons in the NHL, he is challenged more than most to maintain his level of impact as the minutes pile up. In nine games after playing 20 or more minutes in the last two postseasons, Hossa has one point (a goal) and is a minus-8; in the other 24 games, he has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) and is a plus-12.

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Things that go bump

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Mother’s Day weekend should have exactly what my mom and I planned: a weekend in the country, enjoying Oregon’s natural beauty and perhaps a spa treatment or dip in the pool. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about best laid plans, it’s that they always go awry. And so they did two weeks ago, and instead I spent Saturday in an emergency room. The diagnosis: one fractured ankle, the other sprained. For the first time, I finally understand how one false move can change your whole year, that hockey players’ belief in superstition should be taken seriously and that the most devastating part of injury isn’t necessarily physical.

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Those Hard Hitting Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Powers of ESPN,

The Ducks entered the series with the game plan of being physical on the Blackhawks and especially taking it to their top-4 defensemen -- Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has become even more reliant on those four defensemen after Michal Rozsival suffered a season-ending injury in the second round.

The Ducks have followed through with that plan and put 99 hits or 45 percent of the hits on the Blackhawks’ top-4 defensemen. Hjalmarsson has absorbed a series-high 32 hits and is followed by Oduya at 29, Seabrook at 24 and Keith at 14.

Seabrook acknowledged Sunday what the Ducks were doing.

“They're coming hard, they're being physical, got a fast team,” Seabrook said. “But we got a pretty good group back there. Our forwards are doing a good job at helping us out, making it a little easier for us coming back, and limiting odd-man rushes, coming back and presenting themselves so we can get the puck out of the zone quick, not take as many hits.”

As for whether he can feel the hits affecting him?

“You know, I feel fine,” Seabrook said.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also thought it was a non-issue.

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