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The Edmonton Oilers Are In The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Four thousand and two days.

But who’s counting, eh?

Well, how about the entire city of Edmonton and surrounding areas since the last time fans could stand up and shout to the rooftops “Hey, the Oilers are in the playoffs. Next stop, the Stanley Cup.”

OK, maybe not the second part of that. A Canadian team hasn’t won a Cup since 1993.

But at least the city can exhale now. The Oilers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Fan Appreciation Night at Rogers Centre, where they gave away patio sets and spin cycles as prizes, but the biggest prize was a post-season berth.

“You saw the excitement in the building. This means a lot, the fans have gone through probably one of the worst stretches you could imagine,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who scored on a pass to Patrick Maroon that pin-balled off the skate of Derek Forbort and past L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick.


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Detroit’s Playoff Streak Ends In Carolina

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“We’ve been talking about this for the last few months, it’s a great streak,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg in a quiet Red Wings locker room. “Guys who’ve been part of it should be proud. Unfortunately it’s over. You just move on and look to the future.”

The Red Wings never gained any traction, never put together a long win streak, and it hurt them in the standings.

That’s probably the biggest reason,” said Zetterberg of the inconsistency. “We’ve been talking about it, when we’re playing well we’re a good team. Then the next game, it’s totally opposite.

“That’s something we have to improve on for next year.”


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Video- Post Or Else

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I better hurry up and post this or else...

I received this email after 11:00pm ET last night.

Post a link

Care to make a post for the worst offside call all season?  I know it doesn't affect the red wings but come on...you were very quick to put up tom Wilson high stick but aren't all over this?  Put it up or just call your website a red wings fan site.  League VERY lucky the caps pulled this off in OT.

Well we can't have that can we.  Watch below....

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Winnipeg 4, NEW JERSEY 3 (SO)
BOSTON 4, Nashville 1
CAROLINA 4, Detroit 1
COLUMBUS 3, Buffalo 1
TORONTO 3, Florida 2
MONTREAL 4, Dallas 1
Washington 5, MINNESOTA 4 (OT)
EDMONTON 2, Los Angeles 1
Anaheim 4, VANCOUVER 1
SAN JOSE 5, NY Rangers 4 (OT)
Connor McDavid opened the scoring and Cam Talbot made 34 saves to help the Oilers defeat the Kings and clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their first postseason appearance since 2005-06 when they reached the Stanley Cup Final.


* The Oilers, who improved to 7-1-0 in their past eight games, snapped the longest playoff drought in their 38-season NHL history. At 42-25-9 (93 points), they remain two points back of the Ducks (42-23-11, 95 points) for first place in the Pacific Division.
* McDavid extended his point streak to eight games (4-10—14) to open a seven-point lead in the race for the Art Ross Trophy (27-62—89). Leon Draisaitl (0-1—1) also pushed his point streak to eight contests (4-11—15).

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Cotsonika on ‘The Streak’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:

The streak is over. For the first time since 1989-90, the Detroit Red Wings have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

And for everyone involved, it hurts.

The Red Wings set a standard of excellence while making the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons. No one wanted to fail to live up to it. Some don't quite know how to handle it because they have never missed the playoffs before.

"Right now it's hard to talk about it," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had made the playoffs each season since breaking into the NHL with the Red Wings in 2002-03, "because you're a big reason why it's not continuing."

Zetterberg has been anything but a big reason for it. He has had an excellent season individually. But he's beating himself up anyway. He's the leader, and as he emphasized all season, it wasn't about making the playoffs for the sake of the streak. It was about competing for the Cup.

"It [stinks] that there's not going to be playoff hockey," said assistant general manager Kris Draper, who made the playoffs each season when he played for the Red Wings from 1993-94 through 2010-11. "I know when I was a player, March Madness, the Masters and Red Wings playoff hockey, that was the favorite, favorite time of year for me."

Cotsonika continues...

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‘The Streak’ is officially over

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Red Wings-Hurricanes quick take: Wings can’t make it 3-in-3

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' playoff streak is more or less over, it will be over when the Bruins and Maple Leafs win their respective games, at least, and that was cemented by the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Red Wings did their best to battle through a 3rd game in 3 nights and 4th in 5, but the Wings struggled at times in a battle against a team that's in an actual playoff battle, and Tomas Nosek's first NHL goal and Jimmy Howard's saves were what's worth remembering from a difficult affair.

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Video- Tom Wilson’s High Stick On Zach Parise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four minutes for high sticking.


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USA Hockey Reaches An Agreement With U.S. Women’s National Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey and the U.S. Women’s National Team announced today that they’ve reached an agreement that will result in groundbreaking support for the U.S. Women’s National Team program over the course of the next four years.

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Tom Rowe Still Hot After Loss To The Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe was still unhappy about 18 hours after he felt his players weren’t, “mentally or physically,’’ prepared in a deflating 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and warned them against a similar effort in the final seven games of the regular season.

Even though the majority of the Panthers’ young core has long-term contracts, Rowe said while they may not be playing for jobs in the NHL, they are playing for a possible change of address.

“Just because guys don’t have contracts, doesn’t mean they can’t get traded either,” Rowe said before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. “They got to perform. Last night was unacceptable. We beat Chicago 7-0 playing good, then we got into Buffalo for a very, very big game and we come up with a 4-2 loss and they didn’t compete the way they were supposed to.

“At the end of the day, contracts are great. We did it for salary-cap reasons, but it doesn’t mean guys are going to retire [with the Panthers] if they keep playing like they did.”


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