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A Little Bit Of Everything In The Columbus/Pittsburgh Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

It had stick fights, fistfights, boiling bad blood, vocal baiting and post-whistle whining. It had pucks hitting the referees in the helmet — three times — by accident. It had Brandon Dubinsky cross-checking Sidney Crosby in the neck, maybe not by accident.

It had Evgeni Malkin throwing haymakers at Jack Johnson — while Johnson’s arms were held by a linesman. So, it had dancing bears.

It also had overtime, a first for the Blue Jackets this season. It had a comeback victory for the home team, a rarity for the Jackets this season. It had a packed house at Nationwide Arena, another rarity. In fact, it was the first sellout since the opener.

The Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 before an announced crowd of 18,205 on Friday night. Cam Atkinson scored the winning goal at 2:42 of overtime. Dubinsky assisted to put an end to a Duby kind of game.

“That’s the way it always is against these guys,” Dubinsky said. “They’re hard-fought games. Both teams create scoring chances, power plays, blocked shots, fights, scrums — it was a little bit of everything. We wouldn’t expect anything less against the Pens. That’s the way it always is when we plays those guys.”

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Video- The Anaheim Ducks Played Well For 58 Minutes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

But they gave up 2 goals with less than two minutes left in regulation then lost in OT to the Chicago Blackhawks.

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

“We should’ve won the game. We were up 2-0 and lost the game. It’s not about Chicago. It’s about playing our game, putting a team away and finishing it. They got a penalty called at the end of the game and they score. They’re a good team. They won the Stanley Cup for a reason. It’s a simple as that.”

- Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano


(on the Blackhawks coming back on them again …)

“It’s not that it’s them. It’s the way that two goals in the last minutes and then an overtime goal again. It’s pretty frustrating.”

(on the final two minutes …)

“We’ve got guys that went to the conference final last year that were on the ice. … We’ve got to have better composure when we get the puck. We got to go to spots and make plays, not just throw it to them. That’s what we ended up doing in the last two minutes. Panicking and throwing it to them.”


Game highlights are below...

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Video- Nine Shootout Goals Scored Between The Panthers And Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The first nine shots turned into goals, the tenth shootout attempt failed.  The Florida Panther defeated the New York Islanders 3-2.

Here is the complete shootout...



via George Richards of the Miami Herald,

"Aw man, if they scored one more goal and I think I was coming out,” Luongo joked about giving up four in a row. “I was going to let [Al] Montoya take over, throw up my hands. But this was a big game for us before we hit the road. We played solid, didn’t give them much. They’re a good team, and we stuck with it."

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A Candid Mike Yeo After The Wild Lost To The Jets 3-1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rant,

I was so unenthused watching this game (not because of the Wild’s performance but just how bad of a game it was to watch), I’m just going to let you read the quotes I transcribed if you don’t mind. Not sure I can write too much more about this one.

-- But Yeo’s quotes were candid, frank and alarming.

He said this was “probably what we need right now to be honest with you. Might sound funny, but I look at the first part of the season, I think our record was a little misleading. I think there were a lot of inconsistencies in our game. I think the early part of the year you get away with that stuff, and you try to show the video and you talk about things and maybe it gets a little bit better, but when you’re winning games, I don’t think those things really sink in. What happens is I think we’re playing the same game probably that we were at the start of the year, but the league gets better and so right now we’re not getting away with those things.”

On the poor puck management: “This has gone on all year. All year. You win a game, have a little success, but you show the clips and you say we’re not going to get away with this, we’re not going to get away with this, … so now it’s not.”


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Have A Night Niklas Kronwall

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Niklas Kronwall did a couple of things on Friday that he hasn't done for a while.

Kronwall delivered his first big open-ice hit of the season in the first period, leveling Mark Letestu. Kronwall then scored his first goal of the season – 26 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings (12-8-3) have gained at least one point in six consecutive games (4-0-2). This one, against the team with the worst record in the NHL, was more difficult than it needed to be. The Red Wings squandered a two-goal lead in the second period and for the sixth time this season lost a lead in the third period.

But it didn't matter in the end, when Kronwall took a pass from Dylan Larkin during a two-on-one and fired a shot past Cam Talbot.

"Larks made a real nice play -- held on to it, held on to it and made a nice pass over," Kronwall said. "I just tried to put it on net and luckily it went in."


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Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Played On Friday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most of the highlights consist of the key play of the game.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Oilers wrap-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This has become unexpected from Niklas Kronwall...

And this, even less so, but Kronwall atoned for a gaffe on the Edmonton Oilers' 3-3 goal by scoring the 4-3, OT winner as the Red Wings out-lasted the Oilers, defeating them 4-3 on Friday night.

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Prospect news: Griffins roll over Milwaukee; Walleye win; Marsh bags 3 assists

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Andy Miele had 2 goals and an assist, Mark Zengerle had 2 assists, Jared Coreau pitched a 22-save shutout and Daniel Cleary scored his first goal as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated their arch-rival Milwaukee Admirals 6-0. The Griffins' website filed a recap...

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Dubinsky cross-checks Crosby in the back of the head

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From Sportsnet: Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets cross-checked Sidney Crosby in the back of the head, and Dubinsky got 2 minutes for cross-checking:


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Red Wings-Oilers quick take: a wild and wacky ride to two points

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings didn't face a "must-win" situation against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, but when you're playing a team that you've won 9 straight against at home, and that team's 7-14-and-1, you need to hold serve. On a day in which the Wings talked about honing their "killer instinct," facing an Oilers team coming off a rough loss to Carolina should have provided the perfect winning tonic.

On Friday night, the Red Wings blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads against an Edmonton Oilers team that had something like 7 shot attempts in the 1st period and ended up with a 57-50 attempt deficit to a Red Wings team that totally let the Oilers off the mat...

But the Red Wings got what counts in 2 points thanks to a goal from the player who was in no small part responsible for the Oilers' 3-3 goal in Niklas Kronwall, who KRONWALLED the heck out of Matt Hendricks, set up Ilro Pakarinen's 3-3 goal on a platter, and then scored on a lovely pass from Dylan Larkin to make it 4-3 at 26 seconds of overtime.

It was a strange game, it was a disappointing performance from a Wings team that still seems to lack a killer instinct, and yet it was a satisfying performance from a team that needed to score the last goal to make the game count for something good and decent.

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