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Grand Rapids Griffins-Utica Comets Game 3 open post

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins open a 3-game home-ice stretch when they host the Utica Comets this evening (7 PM EDT on the AHL Live/WOOD Radio), and this could be the "pivot" (if not pivotal) game of the series as Grand Rapids and Utica are tied 1-1 after 2 games, with the Griffins having been snuffed out by the Comets' tight-checking ways in Sunday's Game 1 and the Griffins solving the Comets and Jacob Markstrom in Game 2.

Tonight, the Griffins hope to employ home-ice advantage as two formerly unfamiliar-with-each-other teams continue to get to dislike each other.

I'm hoping to contribute to some sort of live blog, but the wireless service at Van Andel Arena is shaky, so contributions will be on a touch-and-go basis; thus far I've had good luck finding, ahem, creative ways to watch the game on OnHockey.tv and stream2watch dot com. The fact that tonight's game isn't facing NHL competition might make it easier to find online.

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Video- John Tortorella On Game 7, Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Here are five keys to the Lightning winning Game 7:

1. Short memory: In the past two playoff series, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop proved skeptics wrong about whether he could step up to the challenge of the postseason. This series is no different, and the 28-year-old goalie must have a short memory after Game 6, in which he was yanked after surrendering five goals on 26 shots. Bishop, like many in the Lightning’s young core, has yet to go this deep in the playoffs, so it’s hard to account for the toll, mentally and physically, these games exact. How he responds will reveal what sort of character and competitor the Bolts have between the pipes. It’s not all on him, either, as it's incumbent upon his teammates to bounce back, as well.

"I think, in a matter of seven or eight minutes there in that third period, we gave up more scoring chances and turned over more pucks, more than we did in all of Game 5 combined -- the 60-minute game," Cooper told reporters after Game 6.

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Playoff MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Early in the third round of the playoffs, I picked Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks as the playoff MVP at that point.  Perry has since slipped to fifth overall in playoff scoring.  He has been passed by teammate Ryan Getzlaf in the playoff point race.  When I picked Perry, I thought he had passed Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks for the MVP lead.  Keith has now regained the lead.

Duncan Keith leads all defencemen in points with 16 points in 16 games.  He leads all players with a +11 +/- rating.  Keith had a great game last night with three assists and a goal he saved.  Keith has logged a ton of ice time.  He leads the playoffs with 31:49 played per game. 

Keith has been the best defencemen in the NHL in the last several years.  If he can add a Conn Smythe Trophy to his resume that will go a long way toward his getting that respect.  Of course another possibility is Chicago loses in game seven against Anaheim and Keith's playoff run ends without a trip to the finals.  Likely I would pick a new MVP early in the finals.  The Conn Smythe Trophy goes to the MVP of the playoffs and there is no need for that player to make the finals.  The Conn Smythe winner has never gone to a player who did not make the finals.  I doubt that Keith would be that guy if Chicago fails to make the finals, but it is an interesting thing to consider.

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Will Tony Granato Follow Mike Babcock To Toronto?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Update: FYI:

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Peter DeBoer Named Head Coach Of The San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE — San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced that Peter DeBoer(deh-BOHR) has been named the eighth head coach in Sharks franchise history. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

This season will mark DeBoer’s 21st consecutive season as a head coach, serving at both the NHL and Canadian Hockey League levels.

“Peter is a well-respected leader who possesses all of the characteristics we were looking for in our next head coach,” said Wilson. “He’s an extremely intelligent and innovative individual who likes to play an aggressive system. Peter has a track record of extracting the most out of his players and is willing to make tough decisions that are based on achieving team success. We’re extremely excited to have him leading our group.”

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Live Stream- Buffalo Sabres Introduce Dan Bylsma As Their Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm, watch below...

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Live Stream- San Jose Sharks Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The San Jose Sharks are expected to name Peter DeBoer as their new head coach today.

The conference is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm ET and you can watch it below...

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Keep Or Trade Dustin Byfuglien?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Winnipeg Sun hockey writer Ken Wiebe and sports editor Ted Wyman delved into the issue this week and now present their arguments as to which direction the Jets should take.

Sign Buff to a long-term contract: Wiebe
Finding a way to get Dustin Byfuglien's signature on the dotted line is the best option for the Winnipeg Jets.

After bouncing back and forth between defence and forward during the past two seasons, Byfuglien moved back in December out of necessity and took his game to another level.

Though there were still some lapses, the high-risk element was more under control.

The physical component was much more consistent -- just ask the likes of Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty -- who found themselves on the receiving end of some big hits that ended up on Byfuglien's expansive highlight reel....

Trade Dustin Byfuglien: Wyman
It won’t be an easy decision to make – and it certainly won’t be popular – but the Winnipeg Jets should seriously consider trading Dustin Byfuglien this off-season.

No question, Byfuglien can be a dynamic player, a rarity who can easily shift from defence to forward and back again and a big presence who can dominate physically while making significant contributions on the scoreboard.

But he can also be a liability on the blue-line, as evidenced by Claude Noel’s decision to move him permanently to forward in 2014 and Paul Maurice’s decision to keep him there for the first 26 games of last season.

And then there’s the issue of his contract status, which complicates the matter considerably....

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Dan Bylsma Named Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

Press release is below...

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Prepared For Game 7

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,

Much has been made about the reslience of the battle-tested Rangers, who are 15-3 in elimination games since 2012, and 7-0 in Game 7s at home.

"It seems like they always step up at the right moment and everyone is on their game when they need it the most," said D Anton Stralman, a former Ranger.

But as the Lightning enters tomorrow's Game 7 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, it enters with confidence having "been there" before, too, learning a lot from its Game 7 victory over Detroit in the first round.

"When you have success in them, we went to Game 7 and won, and right away, you just know you can do it," coach Jon Cooper said. "Knowing you're under the highest boarding pressure of situations when the season can potentially end, or you can go on and play for the Stanley Cup. Our guys have responded. We had success and found a way to win. I think that's what really pushed us in the Montreal series, and helped us in the Rangers series. We know we can do this. It's just a matter of have to do it again in a short couple weeks."

D Victor Hedman said that Game 7 against Detroit was "huge" for this young team, realizing how it has to play to be successful with its back against the wall.

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