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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 3, BOSTON 2
Pittsburgh 3, BUFFALO 1
NEW JERSEY 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
WASHINGTON 4, Calgary 2
Detroit 2, MONTREAL 1 (OT)
Arizona 5, TAMPA BAY 3
Carolina 4, FLORIDA 3
WINNIPEG 3, Philadelphia 2
MINNESOTA 3, San Jose 2
Vancouver 5, CHICAGO 4 (OT)
St. Louis 4, COLORADO 2
Sidney Crosby opened the scoring with a highlight-reel one-handed goal and Nick Bonino tallied the go-ahead marker with 5:29 remaining in regulation to help the Penguins clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their 11th consecutive postseason appearance and 32nd in franchise history.


* At 46-17-9 (101 points), the Penguins eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second straight season and third time in the last four campaigns.
* Crosby has scored in three consecutive games (6-1—7) and paces the NHL with 41 goals this season (66 GP).

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SI’s Michael Rosenberg issues a tribute to ‘the Joe’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg wrote a fine and proper tribute to Joe Louis Arena...and he offers a pretty solid explanation as to why I nver get anything to drink when I go to a Wings game...

Want a beer?

Go ahead. Al just fired up the grill. O.K., technically it’s a reconfigured old nacho stand, not a grill. And officially Al Sobotka is the building operations manager, not a cook. But nobody here cares about that stuff. Al fills it with charcoal and holds a cookout in the arena a few times a year. Yes, cookouts inside an NHL arena. But the Joe is not just any arena, you see. It’s a ... well ... the right word is probably ...


Hey, now. Be nice. Sure, it is kind of a dump. The concourses are too narrow. The restrooms are too few and therefore too crowded. The whole place looks as if it was built after somebody cut the budget in half. Who builds a riverfront arena with no windows? But it has the best sight lines in the NHL and all sorts of accidental character. You’ll be amazed at how many people will miss this place when it closes this spring. Grandmothers will get misty. Grown men will cry into their beer.

Speaking of beer....

Oh, right. Grab one from the stack, right there by the Zamboni. The delivery trucks leave it there because there is no place else to put it. There is only one loading dock, and it’s not sealed off like in those new sporting palaces. That’s why, whether you show up for a morning skate or an evening playoff game, the first thing that hits you is the unmistakable stench of beer. It never goes away. Joe Louis Arena always smells as if it hosted a party that lasted way longer than anybody had expected ... which, in a way, it has.

Rosenberg continues at extended length, and his article's more than worth your time...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canadiens wrap-up—an OT win!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings won an exciting, entertaining 2-1 OT decision over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, earning the rarest of wins in an overtime marker against the Canadiens at home. It was all thanks to this marker from Anthony Mantha in OT:

Covering a Wings-Canadiens game in Montreal is kind of a nightmare, even for the staying-at-home blogger, because the game's covered in two languages.

This time, we're actually going to start with a rough translation of Le Journal de Montreal's Jonathan Bernier's recap (one of two), because I heard enough of what was said in English-via-video to get it right...and because Jeff Petry was right--this was a "trap game" for Montreal, a game against a team with nothing to lose.

In English, we call the Red Wings what they are right now--"spoilers":

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Red Wings-Canadiens quick take: OT Mantha mania in Montreal!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings took on the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night facing a team that almost always beats them in Montreal, as the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa noted:

The Wings came into Tuesday night's game hoping to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night; Montreal was trying to win its third straight game, having defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Sunday.

The Red Wings won--in Montreal--in overtime, via an Anthony Mantha marker, a stellar 34-save effort from Jimmy Howard, and an early PPG--on the road--from Justin Abdelkader. The Red Wings executed the perfect "trap game" against a Stanley Cup contender, out-working, out-hustling, out-detailing and out-lasting the Canadiens.

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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

The NHL dot-com website’s attempts at advanced stats have rendered hockey nerds whiter-faced with rage. In the NBA, the website is . . . astonishing. Who is the best pick-and-roll player? Which teams pass the most? They have you covered. Hockey’s playoff format will match two of the league’s best four teams in the first round: the NBA will reward its teams for the regular season, and therefore have a better chance that the best teams will play more playoff games.

The patterns repeat, and repeat. One sport pushes its own envelope; one seems content to scrape along without too much vision, without too much verve. Forget whether you like basketball or hockey better; in this country, it’s not the question.

No, think about what the league actually offers you, versus what it could. The NHL has eliminated the gong-show stuff people loved, let offence wither, suppressed personalities and limited itself in a thousand different ways, and we Canadians eat it up regardless. It’s our fault, in a way.


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  Tags: nba

Red Wings return Street to Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It really was a roster emergency, apparently:

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Videos- Rasmus Ristolainen Hit On Jake Guentzel And Crosby’s Sneaky Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rasmus Ristolainen five for interference and a game.



Below, Sidney Crosby with a sneaky stick to the groin...

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Vegas Golden Knights Will Be Shopping The UFA Market

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The Vegas Golden Knights plan to be very active when NHL free agency begins, general manager George McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"Money's not a problem," McPhee said Monday in a Q&A with season-ticket holders. "Our owner, Bill Foley, is not afraid to spend to get the right player, and it's our job to identify who those players are."

Some players who can become unrestricted free agents on July 1 are San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, and Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk....

"Things are going to be very busy," McPhee said. "But we don't want to miss these opportunities to get another look at players who may be able to help us."

McPhee also said Vegas plans to wait until the end of the NHL regular season to hire a coach.

"We decided in August to take our time and pick who we wanted in the spring. That plan hasn't changed," McPhee said. "We want someone who is very current with the game, someone progressive on how the game should be played."

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  Tags: vegas+golden+knights

Video- Barry Trotz On A Few Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Barry Trotz joins Dave Amber to talk about resting players in the final stretch of the season, the tough Metropolitan division, and Alex Ovechkin.


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Murphy’s Law

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Murphy's Law states if something can go wrong, it will. This is the season that it all went wrong. For a quarter century, 19 of us have been gearing up for the playoffs this time of year. Well, 2017 is going to be a lot different.

The Wings will not be making a post season appearance. We will not be boarding the Hasek and drinking ourselves into oblivion. What we will do however, is still show up as the true fans we are and watch the rest of this forgettable season. There are still some bright new players we can enjoy, (as long as they're not benched). We will loudly voice our displeasure at what we have been handed as fans, watching this tragedy of errors and miscues and some just plain bad hockey. Then, plan for next year.

Tonight iis an Original Six matchup so, let's make the most of it.

It's a Live Blog. Bitches!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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