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Time To Bench Corey Crawford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

I think Corey Crawford just let in another goal.

It’s time for a change, but more importantly, it’s time for a spark. Crawford is not the Blackhawks’ biggest problem in their first-round series with the Predators, but it’s very possible that rookie goalie Scott Darling is the biggest solution. That’s a difficult thing to write. It reeks of complete panic, and that’s not what the Hawks are about. This a team that hits bumps, shrugs and bounces back. We’ve seen it over and over again.

And Crawford helped keep the Hawks on track while they struggled during the regular season. Did I mention he has also won a Stanley Cup?

But there’s something missing in this series, even if it’s only two games old. That’s not Crawford’s fault, though he wasn’t at all sharp Friday in a 6-2 loss to the Predators. The defense has been awful in front of him. But in four periods of work, he has given up nine goals on 47 shots. Those numbers speak the truth.

This is a sport of feel and hunches and momentum, and none of it is in the Hawks’ favor in a series that is tied 1-1.

It’s time.


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Petr Mrazek Thinking Game 2

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

No need for a preview and notes post this morning, not much has changed except the win/loss column.

The puck drops just after 3:00pm ET and is on NBC, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports.

from Brian Savage of Mlive,

Petr Mrazek treated his NHL playoff debut as if it was just another game.

And true to form, Mrazek isn't going to dwell on perhaps the biggest victory of his young career.

The way he sees it, the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in the opener of their Stanley Cup playoff series is history so Mrazek is looking ahead to Game 2 this afternoon - and he's going to be treating that the same way.

Like just another Saturday matinee.

"It was a huge win for us," said Mrazek, 23. "I was really excited for this game. Two years ago when I had my first AHL playoff game it was the same way. I felt the same things - stay focused and stop as many pucks as I can.

"It's nice to have the first win but it's over. We need to go step by step and get the second one. I'm trying to make every game the same and trying to win the game. That's what matters.

"It gives you confidence sure. It helps you for the next game. But it's over and we have to look for the second game."


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More Needed From Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins can only hope their superstars find their way in the postseason as they prepare for Game 2 of their first-round series against the heavily favored New York Rangers on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

“Guys with that kind of talent,” right wing Blake Comeau said, “you can only contain them for so long.”

They have been contained for quite some time, though.

Jarring numbers surround Crosby and Malkin entering Saturday's game.

Crosby has scored one goal in his previous 19 postseason games. In 13 career playoff games against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, he has scored once.

Malkin's numbers in recent playoff seasons are marginally better. Although he did produce a hat trick while eliminating Columbus last season, Malkin has been held without a point in 11 of his past 21 postseason games. Malkin has multiple-goal games in three of his previous 56 playoff appearances.

read on

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Videos- Recaps Of The NHL Playoff Games From Friday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First you the NHL's version...



Below, watch Sportnet's nightly recap...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning Game 2 set-up: both teams aim for better efforts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings battle the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon (3 PM EDT on NBC or NBCSN, depending on where you live/CBC/RDS/97.1 FM) hoping to earn firm control of a series that it leads 1-0, and while you may or may not believe that "a weak goal" by Ben Bishop was the only margin between success and defeat for the Red Wings in Game 1, Friday's practice proved that the Lightning felt that they could play far, far better than they did on Thursday...and the Red Wings felt the same way.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper seemed to suggest that the Lightning put up a stinker, as the Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan noted...

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A Calgarian rodeo breaks out in Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

So the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks decided to get to know each other a little better toward the end of Vancouver's 4-1 win over Calgary:

From the box score:

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  Tags: brad+richardson, brandon+bollig, calgary+flames, derek+dorsett, matt+stajan, michael+ferland, shawn+matthias, vancouver+canucks

Prospect news: Kadeikin’s SKA nears Gargarin title; Turgeon advances, Hicketts out; Griffins hit 100

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Three Red Wings prospects took part in playoff hockey on Friday, and one of them is likely headed to Grand Rapids due to the result of the game he participated in:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin remains sidelined, but his team's a game removed from a Gargarin Cup championship. SKA St. Petersburg defeated the Ak Bars Kazan 3-2, and SKA is now up 3-1 on the Ak Bars in the Gargarin Cup Final.

Back over on this side of the Atlantic, in the WHL, Dominic Turgeon didn't register a point, but his Portland Winterhawks defeated the Everett Silvertips 2-1 in OT, and Portland leads their second-round series 3 games to 1;

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Broadcasting note for Saturday’s Wings-Bolts game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You're going to have to take this for what it's worth, U.S. resident Wings fans:

NBC has promised that those of you who do not get the Red Wings-Tampa Bay Lightning game at 3 PM EDT (NBC/NBCSN/CBC/RDS/97.1 FM) on your NBC affiliate (the Wild and Blues are playing at the same time) will receive the non-NBC game on your NBCSN station.

As you and I know from the long and proud history of NBC broadcasting Wings games in the playoffs, however, going back to the Kentucky Derby days (when some affiliates broadcast Wings playoff games and others did not), this coverage is usually not seamless, and we'll have to hope that by 2015--even with the NBC Live Extra feature probably enabled for most viewers whose cable companies paid in--the peacock network gets it right.

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Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per Sportnset's Scott Lewis:

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for cocaine possession Friday, according to a report.

Sportsnet has confirmed with PBX operator Lamontagne of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department that Stoll is in custody. The LAMPD would not confirm any other details of the arrest.

Here's 8 News Now's Jonathan Cisowski's report...

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  Tags: jarret+stoll, los+angeles+kings

Predators lose Weber to ankle injury

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From ESPN's Scott Powers:

Predators defenseman Shea Weber left Game 2 of the team's Western Conference first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return, Nashville announced.

Weber left the game after he was checked into the boards by the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad at 10:49 of the second period. The Predators captain fell to the ice, was slow to get up and skated to his team's bench. He played 16 shifts and 13:25 of ice time before leaving. He had an assist on a goal in the first period. The Predators went on to win 6-2.

Here's the incident from We All Bleed Redd:

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  Tags: brandon+saad, chicago+blackhawks, nashville+predators, shea+weber

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