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The Minnesota Wild Must Now Win Four In A Row

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

“Obviously, we know what we’re up against right now,” coach Mike Yeo said after tonight’s 1-0 loss to the Blackhawks.

“Disappointed because we put what, in a lot of ways, we needed to in this game. We fell a little bit short but I thought our guys did a lot of good things. We didn’t get the result that I think we deserved tonight.

“We know what we’re up against, so I’m not going to get up here right now and give a big rah-rah speech. We’ve got to win a game. It’s as simple as that. In all honestly, I’ve never been here before. It’s kind of unfamiliar territory. I guess what you do is try to draw upon previous experiences even though it’s not the same. The only thing I can say is we came back from the dead once before this season, and the only way we did that was with character and belief. That’s what we need right now. The other part of that equation, the reason why we were able to make the playoffs when we weren’t supposed make the playoffs is we were able to look at it one game at a time and that’s obviously what we have to do here, too.”

The Wild has been down 0-3 twice before and swept in one of those. The Blackhawks have been up 3-0 once in the Kane-Toews era and swept the Sharks in that 2010 series.

How do the Wild brush away the frustration and the dejection and all the negative thoughts?

“That’s what we’ll ponder tonight and get ready for [Wednesday],” Yeo said. “I know there’s a lot of character in this room. We’re up against something very tough. It’s not like we’re [down] 3-0 against not a very good hockey team and I know what to expect from them, but like I said, two things, character and belief. There will be no feeling sorry for ourselves. Obviously we’re disappointed to be in this spot, but we’ve got to find a way.”


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Videos- Recap Of The NHL Playoff Games From Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL with their nightly recap...



Sportsnet's version is below...

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The sort-of overnight report: On Larkin, Weiss and a prospect alum

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This week's Red Wings stories have come in disparate clumps, yielding it just about impossible to create some sort of narrative thread for an overnight report.

That's the case this morning, so please bear with with me.

I guess it's Larkin-Mantha-mania time, because ESPN's Craig Custance spoke with Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin at the World Championships, where he's playing for Team USA...

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Fredrik Andersen with the save(?) of the night

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

If you believe the replay, the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames are in overtime presently due to this fantastic save by Fredrik Andersen...

If you're Calgary Flames fan, this "Situation Room" blog entry from NHL.com serves as cold comfort:

At 13:43 of the third period in the Anaheim Ducks/Calgary Flames game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Sam Bennett's shot at 13:38. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck completely crossed the Anaheim goal line, therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Calgary.

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Prospect news: Frk’s 2 goals not enough for Walleye; setting up the Griffins-IceHogs series

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's a good news-bad-news situation for the Toledo Walleye: the Grand Rapids Griffins reassigned Marty Frk to the Walleye, and in Toledo's 3rd game of their 2nd-round series against the Fort Wayne Komets, Frk produced 2 goals on 5 shots.

The bad news is that Frk scored the Walleye's only goals as Jeff Lerg was shelled with 42 shots, and he stopped 39, but that wasn't enough to prevent the Walleye from dropping a 3-2 OT decision to the Komets.

As a result, the Walleye are up 2 games to 1 in their series, and here's the Walleye's website's recap:

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The home teams, Minnesota and Calgary need a win to get back into the series. Both are down 0-2.

I am thinking the Wild win while the Flames will put up their best game of the series, but the Ducks will prevail.


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Griffins news: on ‘Griffinville,’ another ‘Between the Benches’ video and Ferraro the outlier

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Griffins-related note this evening:

1. This is a real thing, from the Griffins' website:


GRIFFINVILLE, Mich. – The city council of Rockford, Mich., on Tuesday unanimously voted to change the name of its town to Griffinville for the next two weeks, while the Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Rockford (Ill.) IceHogs during the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Semifinals.

Games 1 and 2 of the series are slated for Van Andel Arena this Wednesday, May 6 and Friday, May 8. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 would take place in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20.

This represents the second name change in the history of the city, which is located 14 miles north of Grand Rapids on the Rogue River. Founded as the village of Laphamville in 1856, the city ironically earned its previous moniker in 1865 on the suggestion of a newly arrived resident from Rockford, Ill., after the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Company had urged the village’s residents to adopt a shorter name.


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Pierre McGuire on Babcock

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Have fun with this one: NJ.com's Randy Miller spoke with Pierre McGuire regarding the concept that the Philadelphia Flyers might be able to out-bid Mike Ilitch and the Red Wings for Mike Babcock's services, and here's what McGuire said:

"No, no, no! Mike's a winner," McGuire told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday. "Mike's about going to a place that gives him the best opportunity to win, the types of players that they have, the players that they've drafted. Sure, money's going to play a role, but I don't see that being what it's all about. Mike's all about winning."

Babcock is Flyers GM Ron Hextall's first choice to replace recently fired Craig Berube, someone with knowledge of management's plans told NJ Advance Media. The Flyers missed the playoffs this season for the second time since 2012-13, but McGuire sees Philadelphia as a strong option for Babcock.

"It's a very desirable location for people to coach in the league because the commitment of ownership to win," he said. "You've also got some star players there that are still young enough and evolving."

It's also not such a desirable place to coach because Ed Snider tends to butt into his GM and coach's player personnel decisions...

McGuire's gut feeling on how this Babcock saga will shake out?

"The relationship's that's been built over time (in Detroit) with Mike and Kenny Holland and the Ilitch family [Red Wings owners] is strong," McGuire said. "I don't know what Mike will do. It depends on what he sees as a good fit for himself."

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Your Ted Lindsay Award Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO – The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award: forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Benn and Price are each seeking their first Ted Lindsay Award, while Ovechkin is looking to be named the "Most Outstanding Player" by his fellow players for the fourth time in his career. The 2014-15 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced on June 24th during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Johan Franzen Feeling Better But Future Has Not Been Decided

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily,

Johan Franzen wants to continue his NHL career.

The big question is whether he’s healthy enough to do so.

Franzen has suffered multiple concussions, the last coming on Jan. 6 this season and it put an end to his season.

“This time was a little bit scarier,” Franzen said. “For two months you’re not able to pick up your kids or play with your kids for more than two minutes. It makes you think a little bit, but you know I’m slowly getting better, so that puts my mind to rest.

“I feel a lot better,” Franzen continued. “I was in a really dark place maybe not the first month because you think it’s going to get better. But then when it doesn’t get better, you start wondering.”

Wings general manager Ken Holland also doesn’t know what the future holds for Franzen.

“I don’t think anybody knows,” Holland said. “When you’re dealing with people that have concussions and he’s a bit of a history. That’s a decision that’ll be determined between Mule and Dr. (Jeffrey) Kutcher.”


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