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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It's on the Stanley Cup Final for the Pittsburgh Penguins after defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in 2OT.

The Penguins will host the Nashville Predators for the first two games (Monday and Wednesday).

The game-winning goal from Chris Kunitz is below...

added 12:09am 5/26/17, Video of handshakes added below too...

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Grand Rapids Griffins post video of Eric Tangradi’s take on Game 3 of WCF

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins have posted a 4-minute video of forward Eric Tangradi's reflections on the Griffins' win over the San Jose Barracuda in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final:

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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Final Between The Ottawa Senators And Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Who's picking Ottawa besides me?

Feel free to comment on the game.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, series tied 3-3, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

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Bob Murray On Exit Interview Day For The Anaheim Ducks

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from Adam Brady of AnaheimDucks.com,

Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray addressed the media this afternoon during exit interviews day at Honda Center....

Injury Updates
As is customary for a team after its playoff run has ended, Murray gave some updates on several injured players, and they were not positive for two young defenseman in particular. Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen each played through torn labrums suffered early in the playoffs, and both are likely to have surgery. Lindholm will be out 4-5 months and, "Sami's is worse," according to Murray.

Murray added that the injury that knocked Patrick Eaves out of the playoffs from the middle of the Second Round was a "deep bone bruise" that made it virtually impossible to skate. "He could be awhile with that one," Murray said. "Could be another month and a half with pain."

Meanwhile, Nate Thompson played from early in the first series with a hairline fracture in his ankle but did not miss a game. Rakell, who missed Games 5 and 6 with an ankle injury, "is going to get better quickly. He was really close [to returning]."

more topics from Murray....

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An Opinion Piece From Eugene Melnyk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eugene Melnyk at the Ottawa Citizen,

It was hugely disappointing to see that Don Brennan, a veteran member of our Ottawa sports media establishment, has chosen to single me out as the root cause for empty seats during our spectacular playoff run.

This has been too good a moment for our team, our city and our fans. I won’t ruin it for them, nor our organization, by trying to counter the bully claims this journalist has made.

Not many expected us to make the playoffs, let alone the Eastern Conference finals. It has been an incredibly positive time for Ottawa – and for all Canadians – to see us persevere and come within five wins from bringing Lord Stanley’s coveted Cup home to Canada.

That Cup has always been my singular focus as the privileged owner of our hockey team. I have made it one of my core priorities to ensure we ice a competitive hockey team every year and that we do so with the resources we have. But our playoff success this year is no one person’s doing. I couldn’t possibly name all of the people in one letter.

And similarly, if there are empty seats in our building during these playoffs, it is certainly unfair to point the blame squarely on any one person – especially me.

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Steve Ott Named Assistant Coach For The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(May 25, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Steve Ott Assistant Coach.  Ott, 34, who played for the Blues from the 2013-14 season through the 2015-16 season, has signed a three-year contract.

“Steve was a competitor on the ice as a player and I expect him to bring that energy in this role,” said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo.  “He was highly respected as a player and a person among his teammates and I believe he will be a huge asset to our staff.”

“I am very proud of my playing career and will devote the same work ethic to my coaching career,” said Ott.  “The Blues organization is very special to me and my family and I’m excited to take the next step in my hockey career with this franchise.”

Ott played in 848 NHL games from 2002-17, amassing 288 points (109 goals, 179 assists) along with 1,555 penalty minutes.  In 14 seasons, he played with Dallas, Buffalo, St. Louis, Detroit and Montreal and served as Buffalo’s Captain during the 2013-14 season before being acquired by the Blues on Feb. 28, 2014.  The Summerside, PEI native was originally drafted by Dallas in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2000 Entry Draft. 

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Trade Alex Ovechkin Or Not?

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from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

To date, there is no indication the franchise has, is or will consider trading the player that has helped turn Verizon Center from a sparsely-attended rink into a raucous (and profitable), sold-out arena, brimming to the rafters with red-clad Capitals fans for the past 364 home games. But the question raised by Melrose and Milbury, among others, begs a closer look at the mechanics of such a maneuver. While it’s easy to talk about trading Ovechkin, dealing a franchise’s most popular player with a $9.5 million salary cap hit for the next four years is a nearly impossible transaction in practice, even if the Capitals were interested in such a move.

Washington will almost certainly not deal Ovechkin this summer, but if the organization ever did reach a point where that was a consideration, the process for carrying out such a trade starts with a blessing from the owner and ends with the question of whether the Capitals would truly benefit from dealing one of the greatest goal-scorers in league history.

“I think they should consider it, and I think it’s a really tough deal to make,” said Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, a former general manager for the Columbus Blue Jackets. “I wouldn’t want to be the guy making the deal. It’s easy for me when I’m in the media to talk about it now, but as a GM, I wouldn’t be talking about it so easily.”


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Afternoon news: On the Griffins, LCA’s partnership with Chevrolet, sponsorship talk & WC reflections

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the San Jose Barracuda 4-2 last night, and ahead of Games 4 and 5 in Grand Rapids, the Free Press's Helene St. James spotlighted the performances of 3 Red Wings prospects:

Wings goaltending prospect Jared Coreau continued a strong playoff run with a 31-save performance; Coreau is 9-2 with a .917 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average. Other Wings prospects who did well included forward Martin Frk, who set up a game-tying power play goal (scored by Matt Lorito) early in the third period, and forward Tomas Nosek, who sealed the victory with an empty-net goal in the last minute.

Frk missed the first round of the playoffs because of injury, but has put up four power play assists since returning eight games ago. He led the Griffins with 12 power play goals in the regular season. Nosek’s goal was his sixth of the playoffs, tied for first on the team. Nosek and Frk both would require waivers to be sent down starting next season (Frk already was waiver eligible this past season) and strong playoff performances help their case going into September’s training camp. Frk’s asset is his shot, and that he shoots right (the Wings don’t have many who do that). Nosek has a head start as he handled himself well during 11 games with the Wings down the stretch, demonstrating an ability to play to his 6-foot-2, 210-pound size, a willingness to go to the net and to shoot the puck. He also did well on faceoffs, winning 37 of 68 (54.4%).

“This is great experience and exposure for the players,” Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “We like Nosek, he can play power play, penalty kill, has a lot of different dimensions. He’s having a real good playoffs. Frk has a weapon, he can really shoot the puck. He makes the power play go with that weapon.”

St. James continues, and the Griffins prepared for tomorrow's Game 5 via a full team practice today:

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Walleye’s Shane Berschbach gets his Jeep back

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to the Toledo Blade, Toledo Walleye forward Shane Berschbach 2005 Jeep Cherokee was stolen during the Fan Thank You event in downtown Toledo, but there's good news on the vehicle search front:

Toledo police helped recover the stolen equipment and vehicle of a Toledo Walleye player.

Officers received a tip at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday about a bag full of hockey equipment in a trash bin and several men in the 2800 block of Wayman Palmer Drive in West Toledo.

Responding officers found items there owned by hockey player Shane Berschbach, 26.

Mr. Berschbach told police he left his Jeep Grand Cherokee and hockey sticks on Monday evening in the unit block of North Huron Street. Officers later located the occupied vehicle near Collingwood Boulevard and Boston Place.

An investigation continues into the theft, police said.

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Season Ticket Plans For Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons today announced that full season tickets are available for the Inaugural Season at Little Caesars Arena. Fans can secure great seats to be a part of all the action in the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena and cheer on the Red Wings as they begin their journey toward a 12th Stanley Cup® Championship or the Pistons as they chase their fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy as NBA Champions – all while enjoying the exclusive benefits of being a full season ticket holder.

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