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Video- Kings Coach After A Bad Loss To The Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You can see Terry Murray trying to hold his frustration to himself, probably best he walked away when he did.

added 3:30pm, Helene Elliott of the LA Times has more on this story.

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Friday One-Liners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

• When a goalie lets in a ‘bad’ goal from beyond the blueline, doesn’t it appear the facial expression on his mask actually changes?

• I don’t plan on watching a single minute of the NCAA Basketball Tournament until the Final 4.  Am I in the minority here amongst hockey fans?

• If you’d ask me my favorites to win the Cup from each conference, I’d say Vancouver and Philadelphia.

• Hopefully NHL refs are working on making consistent calls.  A penalty in one game is not a penalty in another and we can’t have that happening in the playoffs.

• I bought a Motorola Xoom recently and have found it basically replaces my Motorola Droid except for phone calls and texting.  I used to pick up the phone numerous times a day just to check it, now that habit has stopped.

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Blackhawks Short One Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Nobody is suggesting playing with only 17 skaters was the reason the Blackhawks lost 5-0 in Dallas on Thursday night. They were bad, period, but it’s something that shouldn’t happen to team fighting for a playoff spot.

When Bryan Bickell was unable to play because of the flu it left the Hawks a player short since they have elected to carry only 20 healthy bodies with Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell sidelined by injuries.

Neither Bolland nor Campbell have been put in injured reserve.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters following the loss he thought Bickell would be able to play, which is why no forward was recalled from Rockford….

Perhaps the Hawks shouldn’t have gone on this two-game road trip without an extra player just in case something like this happened. They do, after all, have enough cap space to bring up a body from the minors.

a bit more

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m talking about Tampa Bay’s Lecavalier, who became involved in a slashing affair with P.K. Subban late in the first period – after what appeared to be an attempted slew-foot by the first-year defenceman on Lecavalier. There was some pushing and shoving between the two, which is where this should have been brought to an abrupt stop by the officials with a couple of minor penalties – and wasn’t.

Only nine seconds remained when Lecavalier retaliated to a Subban slash with a two-hander which, in the view of the officials merited only a minor for the Canadiens defenceman and a slashing major and game misconduct for Lecavalier.

The easy thing would be to blame the officials, but the guy who should bear the brunt of the blame is Lecavalier. Subban is trying to develop a reputation, and the best way to do it is to get involved in clashes with superstars.

What I’m saying is that Lecavalier should know better than to react the way he did….”

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more about the Tampa/Montreal game.

Watch the slash if you missed this KK post last night.

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  Tags: p.k.+subban, vinny+lecavalier

Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The center ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo breezes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The Blues won the game 4-0.

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  Tags: alex+pietrangelo, jonathan+quick

Red Wings-Blue Jackets wrap-up: hangover game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Detroit Red Wings came down from the emotional high that was defeating the Washington Capitals by a 3-2 tally on Wednesday by skating into Columbus and getting out-shot by a wide margin and out-played to some extent thanks to a classic case of back-to-back games’ “heavy legs,” but Joey MacDonald was sensational, stopping 37 shots to deliver Mike Babcock his 300th win and a 2-0 victory for Detroit.

The win was costly, however, as the Wings lost both Pavel Datsyuk and Brian Rafalski to injuries, with Datsyuk suggesting that he suffered a “lower-body injury” (left knee/left ankle/Charley horse?) in a third-period collision with Rick Nash, and Rafalski avoiding a severe knee sprain via a knee brace after Antoine Vermette lost his footing and dumped Rafalski into the end boards, leaving Rafalski on the ice in pain, clutching his right knee. In theory, we’ll know more about the players’ injuries on Friday, barring Babcock’s discretion…

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Wings prospect Gustav Nyquist nominated for Hobey Baker award for second time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings prospect and University of Maine Black Bears forward Gustav Nyquist is crossing his fingers that, by mysterious machinations, the NCAA will choose to include Maine in college hockey’s Division I playoffs. In the interim, and as Division I’s respective conferences crown playoff champions this weekend,* the Portland Press-Herald’s Rachel Lenzi reports that Nyquist’s spectacular second-half performance for Maine earned him a particularly prestigious honor:

On Thursday night, five days after the University of Maine men’s hockey team was eliminated from the Hockey East quarterfinals, Gustav Nyquist received some consolation. Nyquist, the Black Bears junior right wing, was named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in Division I college hockey.

“I’m a little surprised,” said Nyquist, who gave credit to his teammates and linemates when discussing the individual nomination. “There’s so many good players out there in college hockey. It must be really tough to narrow it down to 10 (finalists), then to three. Just being nominated as one of the top 10, it’s a huge honor. There are so many players who could be in that top 10.”

Nyquist is Maine’s leading scorer this season and is currently Hockey East’s second-leading scorer with 18 goals and 33 assists in 36 games.

Nyquist also spoke to the Bangor Daily News’s Larry Mahoney about the news:

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Initial reports regarding Brian Rafalski, Pavel Datsyuk’s injuries are unclear

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 1:41 AM: The Detroit Red Wings lost the services of Brian Rafalski and Pavel Datsyuk in their 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets via collisions with Antoine Vermette and Rick Nash, respectively, with Rafalski staying on the ice for a while after grabbing his right knee, and Datsyuk leaving the ice after appearing to jam his left knee or ankle into the boards in the Columbus zone. Wings coach Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson that Rafalski would be fine, but Datsyuk had a, “Lower-body injury” and would be reevaluated on Friday, and MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms via the sources themselves:

“I just take a hit – lower-body injury,’’ Datsyuk said. “I’m hoping (to play Saturday in Nashville), but now it’s after the game. In a couple of days we’ll see. Tomorrow we’ll make a decision. See how it feels in the morning.’‘

Asked how concerned he is, Datsyuk said. “I don’t know, it’s hard to say now.’‘

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Carey Price: THE reason the Canadiens continue to win

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

He was brilliant again tonight, making over 30 saves yet again in a 3-2 win. However, he saved his best for the shootout, stopping a Martin St. Louis spin-o-rama, and then a Ted Purcell Linus Omark-esque stop and flip. And what did Price do in both instances? Stared the shooter down after the stop and tapped the puck their way.

You have to love that intensity.

Price continues to play his way into Hart Trophy contention, something he seems to build a stronger case for just about every evening. But Price wasn’t the only Hab to shine tonight.

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Video- Lecavalier/Subban Slash Match

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

P.K. Subban:gets 2 minutes, slashing while Vincent Lecavalier receives 5 minutes for slashing, a 10 and a game misconduct.

19:51 Montreal P.K. Subban: 2 minutes, slashing
19:51 Tampa Bay Vincent Lecavalier: 10 minutes, game misconduct

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  Tags: p.k.+subban, vinny+lecavalier

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