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Temperature Rising In Calgary/Vancouver Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Patterson of TSN,

So this much is clear: the series is tied -- and the series is on. Oh, it’s on alright. Friday’s late-game fireworks at Rogers Arena signalled the return of the rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. How any of the five-on-five brawl carries over as the scene shifts to the Saddledome on Sunday remains to be seen, but there is no question that a healthy amount of dislike has been introduced into this Western Canadian showdown. And that’s exactly as it should be at this time of the year, especially between two long-time rivals.

Coming into the series, much was made of the high-end youth on the Calgary Flames – Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and 18-year-old Sam Bennett, but through the first two games of the series, it’s Canucks' prize rookie Bo Horvat who has set the bar for the first-time playoff participants. Horvat nearly blew the roof off Rogers Arena with an electrifying first period end-to-end dash that resulted in a Dennis Wideman delay of game penalty for knocking the puck out of play. The Canucks scored on the ensuing power play to take a 2-0 lead. Horvat later fed fellow freshman, Ronalds Kenins, for the 3-0 goal early in the third period to give the Canucks some breathing room. Horvat, who turned 20 earlier this month, has a point in each of his first two Stanley Cup playoff appearances and sits atop the Canucks post-season scoring derby at this early stage of the proceedings.


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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Lightning, Game 2: Biting loss

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update: FYI:

You know the deal going into this one: the Red Wings promised to avoid the shelling they received in Game 1 while attacking the Lightning and driving possession and control; the Bolts promised tob be even harder on Mrazek while...driving possession and control of the puck and securing better first and second chances, with screening Mrazek a priority. The winner of this game might very well control the series.

Regrettably, the Red Wings' better skating and offensive attack in Game 2 were mirrored by absoultely dreadful defense and horrific attention to detail, and as the Wings' power play struggles continued, there was no way for the Wings--who continued to funnel pucks to the point instead of toward the net--to attempt to equalize the game againast a Ben Bishop that faced single, un-screened, un-pursued shots all game long.

Detroit "got skated," they got outworked, they didn't play good defense and they seemed to get intimidated by the Bolts' "bitingly" physical game, and as a result, Detroit lost 5-1, looking dreadful en route to a hideous loss--but a loss that the WIngs can learn from if they're willing to SKATE instead of stand and stare, and a loss that the Wings can learn from if they're willing to OUT-WORK, OUT-HUSTLE and OUT-DETAIL-WORK the Bolts.

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Bob Hartley Fined $50K

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 18, 2015) – Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley has been fined $50,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place with 1:17 remaining in regulation of the first-round playoff game in Vancouver on Friday, April 17, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.

In addition, the National Hockey League announced that the game misconduct assessed to Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of regulation has been rescinded.

Hartley was fined $25,000 for a similar incident during the 2013-14 regular season.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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Changes In Boston

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Boston Bruins missed the playoffs this season despite a 96 point season.  That is the most points ever achieved by a team that missed the playoffs ever.  They posted a 41-41 record with 14 regulation tie points.  A big part of the reason they missed the playoffs is because the Bruins took a run at the Stanley Cup in 2014 and thus put themselves into salary cap problems.  They were forced to trade Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders.  Undoing that move alone would likely have placed the Bruins in the playoffs.  Despite this the Bruins fired GM Peter Chiarelli. 

Chiarelli was given a raw deal.  I think Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald makes this case very well.

This leaves coach Claude Julien twisting in the wind.  Likely a new GM will want to bring in his coach.  Until then he remains the Bruins coach - at least on paper.

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A Plea Deal May Be An Option For Jarret Stoll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll will probably be able to negotiate a "slap on the wrist" after being arrested and charged in Las Vegas on Friday for possession of cocaine and another illegal recreational drug, says a former state prosecutor.

Michael Pariente, who has been a criminal defence lawyer in Las Vegas since 2006, said he's represented dozen of people accused of drug possession - many of them Canadian - and in every case, the prosecutor has offered first time offenders a plea deal.

Pariente said prosecutors in Clark County, Nevada, would probably allow Stoll to plead guilty to misdemeanour possession of a dangerous drug not to be introduced into inner state commerce. If he does plead guilty to that misdemeanour, Stoll, who was released Friday night on $5,000 bail, according to court records, would probably pay a fine of up to $1,000. He's also be required to take online drug awareness court, a computer course that requires about four hours of time but can be completed anywhere.

"It's pretty much a slap on the wrist," Pariente said in an interview. "Even if he was going to represent himself they'd make him an offer like this."


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St. James: Babcock suggests that he’ll get a contract ‘looked after’ with Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Speaking today at Amalie Arena as he prepared to guide his Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the first-round series against Tampa Bay (3:30 p.m., NBC-TV), [Red Wings coach] Babcock maintained that the playoffs -- and his family -- are his focus.

"I'm coaching the Red Wings," he said. "Pumped to do it. My manager is fantastic. Got a great relationship. When the season ends, I've got a daughter going University of Portland on the 12th of June and I've got a son going to Boston on July 10th. Those things are my focus. Everything else will get looked after when it gets looked after."

Babcock, who turns 52 on April 29, is in the last year of a contract. He has spent the past 10 seasons coaching the Wings. He has succeeded in a wildly successful coaching trajectory that's seen him establish himself as synonymous with winning. Now he stands to become the highest paid coach in the NHL. Currently that's Chicago's Joel Quenneville, at $2.75 million annually. Wings general manager Ken Holland has offered $3.25 million annually, but Babcock is eyeing $5 million annually. Neither he nor Holland have talked about negotiations since the season began.

"We're going to do our best to play as long as we possibly can, and then Ken and I will meet," Babcock said. "I don't spend much time thinking about it. I'm flattered I've got a great family, my wife loves me, and they like me enough to keep me here. The rest of this doesn't matter."

St. James continues, and she posted a video of Babcock's comments:

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Shea Weber Will Miss At Least The Next Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Video of how the injury happened is below...

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Started Humming A Song from 2003

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

12 years and 8 days ago the Red Wings, opening their defense of the Stanley Cup, put up 64 shots on Jean-Sebastian Giguere.   1 got by him. His coach at the time is, ironically, sure to be courted soon by that very lone goal scorer, Brendan Shanahan.

The Wings outshot Anaheim by 20 that night, by 13 the next, by 11 in Game 3 and 7 in Game 4.  Detroit owned a 51-shot advantage and got swept by a Mike Babcock coached team.

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Same Lineup Today And A Video Preview

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Mike Babcock told the media today there will be no changes to the lineup for today's game.

Here is Ken Kal's preview of the game...


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The Wings Need Improved Play From The Second Line

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

In game 1....

Tomas Tatar- One shot, -1, 12:59 TOI

Gustav Nyquist- one shot, -1, 11:07 TOI

Riley Sheahan- no shots, -1, 13:58 TOI

All three have to be better, starting today.  A goal or two from the Wings's second line would help the cause and give the Lightning something to think about.

Time to step it up boys!

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