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Ouellet Recalled As The Wings Hit The Ice For Practice

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Wings have called up defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids. he's in the ice for practice.

Updates will come as needed.

added 12:06pm, via Chuck Pleiness tweet,

No Datsyuk. Kronwall. Alfredsson at practice. Zetterberg out there again.

added 12:24pm, another Pleiness tweet,

Zetterberg skating hard. Looks like he's very close to returning.

added 12:28pm, Khan tweet,

Lines: Bertuzzi-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Franzen-Helm-Nyquist, Miller/Andersson-Glendening-Legwand.

added 12:34pm, Khan with the defensive parings...

Defense pairs: Ouellet-Smith, DeKeyser-Quincey, Lashoff-Kindl.

added 12:50pm, Numerous beat writers report Zetterberg will skate tomorrow morning, talk to the doctors and if good to go, may play tomorrow night.

 

 

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Your Calder Memorial Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 23, 2014) -- Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today. The Lightning is the first club to boast multiple Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL ADVANCES AFTER LAST-MINUTE WINNING GOAL
Max Pacioretty scored the series-clinching goal with 42.6 seconds left in regulation to propel Montreal into the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pacioretty scored the second-latest series-clinching goal in regulation time in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Carolina's Eric Staal scored with 32 seconds left in the third period of Game 7 versus New Jersey in 2009.
 
* Pacioretty’s goal -- his first career Stanley Cup Playoff tally -- also marked the second time in franchise history a player scored a series-clinching goal in the final minute of regulation. Mats Naslund scored in the final minute of the third period in Montreal’s 1-0 win over Boston in Game 5 of their first-round series in 1985.

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 tailings: If we believe the Bruins’ media, ‘it’s over’; Wings disagree

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This morning, a few more stories related to the Red Wings' 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins popped up on the radar screen.

Some of them, like CSNNE's spotlighting of Tony Amonte's commentary, NESN's Mike Cole's praise for Jordan Caron and discussion of the Bruins' "room for improvement," CBS Boston's interview with Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher or Matt Kalman's Caron profile aren't exactly required reading, but the National Post's Michael Traikos' recap continues the whole, "The Bruins might be rolling over the Wings" narrative (if not "the only thing going splat was Detroit and the octopus near Tuuka Rask" one):

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The LA Kings Are Down 0-3 To The San Jose Sharks, Is A Shakeup In Their Future?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

This team has stayed largely intact for five or six years, led by a core that has grown up together and lifted the Stanley Cup together but now must consider the possibility it will be broken up in order to fix the weaknesses that led to this stunning playoff deficit.

General Manager Dean Lombardi carefully lifted this team out of the rubble of failure and away from the negative influences of a losing culture, nurturing a group he assembled by emphasizing scouting and deliberate player development. He was rewarded with a team that formed a strong bond and exhibited good, self-policing chemistry.

Key players Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and Voynov were the product of drafting and development. So were role players Trevor Lewis, Dwight King, and, more recently, Jake Muzzin. Using draft picks and new assets, Lombardi traded for Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Later, he added Robyn Regehr. Willie Mitchell was a smart free-agent signing.

But while it's great that they get along and sacrifice for each other, their struggles against the Sharks suggest this mix needs some stirring and new ingredients.

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Only In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The protocol of the NHL postseason requires Steve Mason to stay quiet about the nature of his "upper-body injury." So even before a Flyers' public-relations representative began shooing reporters away from Mason's locker after the team skated at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday morning, Mason peeled off his pads and betrayed nothing about either his condition or the meeting he would soon have with head coach Craig Berube and goaltending coach Jeff Reese.

Every clue - subtle and overt, from how the Flyers have handled the day-to-day finessing of Mason's practice time to his measured, non-denial denials to all questions about his health - suggests that he suffered a concussion when the Pittsburgh Penguins' Jayson Megna knocked him to the ice on April 12.

"I'm not getting into all that," he said before leaving. Presumably, he reserved his frankness for his sit-down with Berube and Reese, and, well, here we are. Mason emerged from that meeting as the erstwhile starting goalie, and the Flyers emerged from Tuesday night down two games to one after a 4-1 loss to the Rangers, their season in peril, their sport's most important position once more a source of angst for them.

Only the Flyers could pull this off. Only the Flyers could tell the world that their No. 1 goaltender was 100 percent healthy again and have it blossom into controversy.

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The Montreal Canadiens Sweep The Tampa Bay Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Game Four exemplified what the Canadiens were able to accomplish all through their series against the Lightning.

• They got goals from each of their four lines.

• Outside of a brief letdown in the early part of the third period, the Canadiens got airtight defence and rock-solid goaltending from Carey Price.

• Unlike the Lightning, the Canadiens didn’t take bad penalties.

• 11 skaters made the scoresheet.

• Steven Stamkos was held to two shots on goal.

• Rene Bourque continued his postseason renaissance with seven shots on goal, plus three that Tampa Bay blocked and three that missed the net. Bourque, who was a healthy scratch for nine games this season – including five in March – had three goals and 22 SoG against the Lightning. His line, with Lars Eller and Brian Gionta, was the Canadiens’ best in the series.

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Ron MacLean Of Hockey Night In Canada Offers An Apology For His ‘French-Canadian’ Referee Comment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

CBC hockey commentator Ron MacLean apologizes for his comment about French-Canadian referees during Tuesday night’s Stanley Cup playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.

MacLean suggested during the second intermission that a French-Canadian referee should not be working the game. The context for his comment was a controversial call by another French-Canadian referee in the third game of the first-round playoff series that Lightning coach Jon Cooper said cost his team the game.

MacLean said the fact the NHL assigned another French-Canadian referee to officiate Game 4 was meant to send a message to Cooper.

MacLean’s view was challenged by fellow Hockey Night in Canada commentator Elliotte Friedman, who said it was “unfair” to suggest French-Canadian referees were partial to Montreal.

continued and watch the HNIC segment below regarding the referee comment...

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Bruins Marchand Responds To Critics

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

Just about 24 hour after Minnesota Wilds' Matt Cooke took out Colorado Avalanche Tyson Barrie with a knee on knee hit it would be Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith with a similar hit himself on Bruins Brad Marchand, only this time after initial outrage at Smith for being reckless on social media turned on Marchand claiming it was a dive and he was faking it. 

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After The First Week Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Here’s Your Top 10 Goals, TSN Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just about 3 1/2 minutes of goals...

 

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