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Prospect news: Griffins take 2-0 lead on Milwaukee; Walleye face Game 7 situation after loss to KZoo

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x with audio, highlights and post-game stuff @ 8:05 PM: Of prospect-related note, to be fleshed out in a couple hours when more becomes available:

In the AHL, The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2, but the score wasn't nearly as lopsided as you might think as Grand Rapids scored 2 empty-netters to pull away from a 3-2 3rd period affair.

Grand Rapids can advance in its best-of-five series with the Admirals via a win on Wednesday evening; Sunday's game was quite the spectacle, with Eric Tangradi and Axel Holmstrom establishing a 2-1 Griffins lead that held for the majority of the game, with Tyler Bertuzzi adding a 3-1 marker in the 2nd period and Grand Rapids hanging on for a 3rd period in which they were out-shot 11-6 by the pesky Admirals. The Griffins held tough and eventually got a pair of empty-net goals, from Tyler Bertuzzi (now the Griffins' second-leading playoff goal scorer with 16) and Matthew Ford, and Jared Coreau's 21-save performance was excellent.

The AHL has posted Twitter clips of 3 of the 5 goals...

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Video- Clarke MacArthur Series Winning OT Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A power play goal for MacArthur.

The Senators advance to face the New York Rangers.



added 8:26pm, Game highlights are below...

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Your Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 23, 2017) – Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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Open Post- Playoff Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I was 1-2 yesterday so time to get back on the plus side.

Both series end today.

The comment section is yours as today's game play out.

Ottawa @ Boston, OTT leads 3-2, 3 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBC
Washington @ Toronto, WSH leads 3-2, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, CSN-DC

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A programming note: WXYZ’s ‘7 Sports Cave’ to host Justin Abdelkader

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Late notice here, sorry. From WXYZ:

We're reviewing the final season at Joe Louis Arena and talking about the Lions and Tigers as Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader and the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett join Justin Rose on this week's episode of the Suburban Ford 7 Sports Cave.

Watch the show live at 11 a.m. here

We'll get Justin's thoughts on the Red Wings' final game at the Joe as well as what it's like missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

Update: Here's a clip of Abdelkader discussing the closing of the Joe:

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Wallner: Griffins hope to clean up their game as first-round series resumes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins continue their 5-game first-round series against the Milwaukee Admirals today at Van Andel Arena (4 PM EDT start).

While the Griffins lead the series 1-0, Griffins coach Todd Nelson told the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner that his team has to play much better in order to win today:

It started with penalties in Game 1. The Griffins, with the fourth fewest penalty minutes a game (11.12), were whistled seven times for 14 minutes including three for high sticking (one a double minor).

The oddity is they came from unlikely culprits. Kyle Criscuolo, with 14 penalty minutes all season, picked up six in under three minutes in the second period on two high sticking calls, and Brian Lashoff had a delay of game and interference call in the first period - the later leading to the Admirals' first goal. Lashoff had 32 PIM during the regular season.

Tomas Nosek, who produced the game-winning goal 9:32 into overtime, said it was part of the feeling out process, even though the teams met 12 times during the regular season.

"It was the first game. It was a nervous game," he said. "They took a lot of penalties and we did, too. It's just the playoffs."

The power play was also below standards. The Griffins, who get 32 percent of their scoring with a man advantage, were one for seven and surrendered a short-handed goal late in the second to give the Admirals a 3-2 lead.

"Our power play has to be better," Nelson said. "But in the playoffs, guys are more desperate when they're killing a penalty, they pay the price more because it's the playoffs and it's tougher to score a power play goal. We just have to simplify it with more pucks to the net."

Wallner continues...

Update: Here's the Griffins' Game-Day Preview video:

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Is John Stevens Really The New Head Coach Of The Los Angeles Kings? Now Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I found this link that goes to the story from LaKings.com but if you go to their home page, no mention of it.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings and John Stevens have agreed to contract terms for Stevens to serve as the club's new Head Coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

Stevens has most recently served as the club's Associate Head Coach. He has been part of the Kings coaching staff the past seven seasons.

The Kings are scheduled to host a news conference on Monday beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Chick Hearn Press Room at STAPLES Center to formally introduce Stevens. It will be streamed live at LAKings.com. Kings season credentials will allow access into STAPLES Center for tomorrow's press event. Lunch will be provided to the media beginning at 12:45 p.m.

"John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," said Blake.


And I have not received a press release which is usually the norm.  

added 11:13am,


added 11:16am, Headline updated and...


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The St. Louis Blues Continue To Improve Under Mike Yeo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This series win isn’t about who the Blues beat, but how the Blues got to the second round — Yeo learning from his mistakes in Minnesota to reignite St. Louis, after the late-January Blues hit, Yeo’s words, rock bottom.

“I think (I’ve improved) just the way that I handle situations, players,” said Yeo, who was hired as the coach-in-waiting but became the coach on Feb. 1. “I think my understanding of the game is probably similar to what it was, but (it’s more) as far as working with the group and being a leader for the group.”

The Blues were in transition, you might have heard.

The Blues were playing with house money, you might have read.

And here they are, ready to join an exodus of broke musicians and bachelorette parties on the road to Nashville.

The Blues don’t play perfect hockey. On Saturday, they played much of the third period with a preventative mindset that irked Yeo. And they made a couple of dumb penalties (or, in regards to the Wild defenseman who tripped a Blue while Minnesota was on the power play, “Dumba” penalties). But Yeo has cooked up the right lines and right energy to go from rock bottom to rocky top Tennessee.


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Don’t Doubt The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

One year after finishing in 29th place in the National Hockey League, the Edmonton Oilers closed out their first playoff series in 11 years Saturday, dusting off the defending conference champion San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win their series in six games.

A team hopeful of simply making the playoffs when the season began back in October is now in a conference semi-final against Anaheim. There, the Oilers won’t be favoured, but they’ll have far more than just a puncher’s chance....

“Our team, we’re watching them grow up right in front of us,” marvelled McLellan. “We’ve been through a push into the playoffs. We’ve been through a round now. We’ve learned how intense it is to close out a game. We’ve learned how to respond after a blowout. We’ve learned to manage ourselves throughout a series. We’ve played in a hostile environment.”

And they’ll play again, in a series that will open later this week at Honda Center. They won’t be favoured, but we’ll say this: Edmonton has become a team you’ll bet against at your own peril.

“We’re a real team now,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “A competitive team.”

It’s been a long time since those words were spoken.

Get used to them.


Below, watch Connor McDavid post-game...

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Surprising Results From A Study On The Impact Of Concussions On Retired NHL Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Gillespie of the Toronto Star,

The first scientific study to delve into the long-term impacts of concussions specifically among National Hockey League players has yielded some surprising initial results.

The Rotman Research Institute at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences is collecting brain images and genetic data and conducting a battery of tests on retired NHL players.

On objective tests of cognitive functions such as memory, attention and processing information, the NHL alumni do about as well as the study’s comparison group, and it doesn’t matter how many concussions they had during their careers or whether they have the APOE4 allele, a type of gene that has been associated with increased dementia.

“If there was impairment, it was subtle and nobody was significantly cognitively impaired,” said Dr. Brian Levine, the study’s lead.

Given how much attention there has been lately on the long-term dangers of repeated hits to the head, particularly among football players in the NFL, that’s not necessarily what they might have expected to find.


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