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Video- The Story Of NHL Linesman Shandor Alphonso

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page (and the related story at Sportsnet),

Hitting the ice for an Original Six matchup on Hockey Night in Canada has been a lifelong dream for Shandor Alphonso. The original dream was to do so as player. But on this night, it's playing out as an NHL official.


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Changes Needed In Anaheim?

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from TSN,

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger told TSN Radio Vancouver 1040 on Tuesday it may be time for the Ducks to move part of their core, despite reaching the conference final last season.

“I feel something substantive has to be done in Anaheim if they go out with a whimper," Dreger said. "And based on the shellacking [in Game 3] at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, that’s more and more how it’s looking. How do you not do something of significance?

“And I’m not pointing the finger at [general manager] Bob Murray, but ownership has considerable say in all of this. Maybe at some point ownership looks at what they’ve got in management and says, ‘Okay, it’s time to give someone else with a fresh look a crack at this operation.’

“But if Bob Murray stays on board then, yeah, he’s got tough decisions to make with Randy Carlyle and most definitely with the core of that team. Because the core of that team is the head of that snake, as they say, and they’re not producing. They’re not getting it done. So change is needed.”

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Afternoon Line- Iain MacIntyre

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If you’re the Kings and in transition, are you going to pay Doughty, say, $100 million for eight more seasons? Or are you going to speed the transformation of your roster by getting a bundle of assets in return for the best defenceman in the game?

Doughty is a dynamic, world-class player. He is not the problem in Los Angeles. But there don’t appear to be many solutions available to Blake.

-Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet where you can read more on the LA Kings.

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How About Those Trades

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings look like early winners in the Tomas Tatar trade.

Tatar has joined the list of Wings players who have not performed as expected after leaving Detroit. The Vegas Golden Knights wrote another chapter in their delightful story on Wednesday when the expansion franchise advanced to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs after completing a four-game sweep of Los Angeles.

That feat, though, came without the services of Tatar, who was a healthy scratch after the first two games of the best-of-seven series. The Wings traded Tatar Feb. 26 in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, a second-round pick in 2019, and a third-round pick in 2021. At the time of the trade, Tatar had 16 goals in 62 games with Detroit....

 On Feb. 19, the Wings traded Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional third-round pick in 2019. Mrazek has played in Philadelphia like he did in Detroit: Up and down. He started out 3-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. The next stretch saw him go 0-2-1 with a 4.54 goals-against average and .854 save percentage....

The Wings sent Sheahan to the defending Stanley Cup champions Oct. 21 in exchange for Scott Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018 (Sheahan had yet to score in seven games at the time in Detroit). Sheahan produced 11 goals and 32 points with the Penguins in the regular season (he had one assist the first three playoff games.). 

The Wings flipped Wilson to Buffalo in December, in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019....

There’s probably no team that would like to undo a recent trade with the Wings more than the New York Rangers. At the 2017 trade deadline, as defenseman Brendan Smith neared unrestricted free agency, the Wings traded him to the Rangers for third-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2018 (the 2018 pick was originally Ottawa’s, so it will be the second pick in the second round because the Senators finished 30th in the standings this season). 


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Featured Prospect Talk On Givani Smith

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have a vested interest in the OHL semifinal playoff series between Kitchener and Sault Ste. Marie that starts Friday.

It pits 2016 Detroit draft picks Givani Smith, a right wing for Kitchener, and Jordan Sambrook, a defenseman for Sault Ste. Marie....

Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development, has watched both players during the first two rounds. He said Smith is coming off a "fantastic series" against Sarnia. He scored twice in the deciding game and has seven goals and 12 points in 12 playoff games.

"He's a big, physical guy who's skating very well right now and producing offense," Horcoff said. "He's playing definitely some of his best hockey, really starting to come into his own.

"For Givani, a lot of it comes from skating, and right now he's skating fantastic and he's physical, very heavy body every shift, getting under opponents' skin. He's doing a heck of a job."

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Dennis Cholowski Joins The Grand Rapids Griffins

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned defenseman Dennis Cholowski from the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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The Anaheim Ducks Could End Their Season On The Golf Channel

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from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

This will not involve Golf Channel broadcasters or Golf Channel style: “Couture is looking closely at this 20-foot wrister … I don’t think it’s going to do too much until it gets to the net, where it might break a little right …”...

David Duval will not say that the Sharks’ 8-1 win on Monday night was just a matter of a bounce or two and that the media, as usual, are being too negative.

No, it’s because NBC owns the Golf Channel and, in order to get all the games televised, it needs the platform.

However, some theorize that the network is perversely punishing NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for depriving the network of real Olympic hockey.

In any event, the Ducks are one game away from fairways and greens. They looked range-ready on Monday. They are on the verge of their most wretched playoff performance in their history.

They have not been swept since Detroit in 1999. That was pre-salary cap, and a spending mismatch between Mike Illitch and Disney. The Ducks had done well to even make the playoffs. This is alarmingly different. The Ducks finished ahead of San Jose in the standings. They have crudely validated General Manager Bob Murray’s belief that playoff slotting means nothing. They have scored three goals in three games, two by Hampus Lindholm and Rakell on two of the very few passes that have been directed to the heart of the stick and not the skates.

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Washington Capitals Are Back In The Series After An OT Win In Columbus

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from Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post,

The longest postseason game in Columbus Blue Jackets history could not have ended with an uglier goal Tuesday night, with Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller making a weak-side rush 11 minutes into double overtime and hoping for the best. These were the kind of opportunities that eluded the Capitals all night, yet here Eller was, the scored knotted at 2 and his legs burning as the clock approached Wednesday morning.

After Eller reached the crease, the puck shot by teammate Brett Connolly bounced off the leg of Columbus defender Zach Werenski and off the toe of Eller before slowly skidding into the net. Eller froze for a moment, looking almost stunned as his teammates climbed over the boards to celebrate a 3-2 victory in a must-win affair in Game 3 of this first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

“It was a real ugly OT-winner goal,” Eller said. “I had a feeling it was going be one of those. It doesn’t make the win less sweet.”

Eller could not hear how quiet Nationwide Arena became in that moment because his teammates were drowning out the silence with exhausted screams on the ice, knowing they had somehow climbed back into this series after losing the first two games at home in overtime.


Watch the game highlights below.

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The Minnesota Wild Face Elimination After A Tough Loss To The Winnipeg Jets

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from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

This first-round series between the Wild and Jets was expected to be physical, and the action so far has lived up to that billing.

But the tension on the ice escalated to a new level Tuesday, with center Eric Staal absorbing a cross-check to the neck from Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey – a sequence that went unpenalized, a tough break for the Wild that ended up as a crucial turning point in an eventual 2-0 loss that pushes the team to the edge of elimination with the Jets ahead in the best-of-seven tilt 3-1.

"It cost us the game," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

During a Wild power play in the first period, Staal was cross-checked by Morrissey in the middle of the slot. He fell to the ice and struggled to get up before heading for the bench.

There was no penalty called.

“He apologized,” Staal said of the official. “I’m not looking for an apology. I’m in the middle of the game. Why would I want an apology? It’s frustrating. It is what it is. Tough. I’m all for playing hard. I love it. It’s part of the game, but that wasn’t a good play. We have to find a way anyway. I had enough looks to get a goal and to get it tied up. It didn’t happen so it’s not a good feeling.”


If you missed the cross-check, watch it below along with the game highlights.

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Videos- Our First Handshake Line Of The Season, VGK Sweep The LAK

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Vegas Golden Knights celebrated around goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. They shook hands with the Los Angeles Kings. They high-fived in the locker room and laughed at a couple of dance moves by forward Jonathan Marchessault.

And then?

After a 1-0 win at Staples Center on Tuesday? After a sweep in the Western Conference First Round? After becoming the first team to advance in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs? After becoming the first team to sweep a series in its inaugural season?

Fleury, who allowed three goals in four games plus two overtimes, said it was "another win" and "another series." Forward James Neal said it was a "great start." Forward Erik Haula said they had to "forget about this." Marchessault said they had to look ahead to Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks.


Below, John Stevens quotes, videos of the highlights and handshake line...

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