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You Can’t Get Comfortable With The Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

If the Vancouver Canucks have demonstrated one trait over their 45 years — it is this.

They will never, ever let their following get comfortable with their success. If we'd forgotten about that during their modest run of the last couple of weeks, it came rushing back in one hideous evening against the NHL's worst team.

It wasn't just that the Canucks lost to the Buffalo Sabres. It's that they surrendered six goals (including an empty-netter) to a team that had scored 20 fewer goals than any other NHL team. It's that they gave up two goals, including the game-winner, to Torrey Mitchell, who hadn't scored in 28 games. It's that they were unprofessional and unprepared from the first minute, when Yannick Weber took the game's only penalty — to the last minute, when Eddie Lack served up the insurance goal on a silver platter.

How do you explain this one? You can't, but isn't that always the beauty of the Canucks.

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The David Clarkson For Nathan Horton Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The first thing you need to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs escape from salary cap jail is that it was the Columbus Blue Jackets who first proposed Thursday’s stunning David Clarkson for Nathan Horton swap.

In fact, the Leafs probably wouldn’t have even believed such a transaction was possible with Horton’s career in jeopardy because of a serious back injury.

However, they learned in recent days that Horton’s contract wasn’t insured and Columbus didn’t want to pay the veteran winger $26.1-million over the next five years to not play. Given that Toronto no longer wanted to pay Clarkson $27.5-million for the next five years to play, there was a perfect fit.

Everything basically came together in a little more than a day.

"The money lined up, which was a big part of it," said Toronto GM Dave Nonis.

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

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Post-Game Reaction And Videos Too

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

frm Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They fought back hard to outplay the Sharks by a wide margin over the final 40 minutes and found a way to get the job done in the end for a 3-2 victory at SAP Center.

Pavel Datsyuk tied it with 6:28 remaining in regulation and Luke Glendening scored the game-winner with 1:15 to play.

The Red Wings (34-15-11, 79 points) outshot the Sharks 31-8 over the final two periods, after being outshot 14-4 in the first.

"They competed harder than we did in the first, won all the races and all the battles and (goaltender Jimmy Howard) was good," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Then I thought we took the game over basically in the second and third and (Sharks goalie Antti) Niemi was really, really good to keep them in the game, but we just kept coming and found a way to get it done.

"I thought (Teemu) Pulkkinen, (Joakim) Andersson and (Stephen) Weiss were really good for us. I thought (Darren) Helm was an absolute star, but we had lots of good players. It was great to see Glenny get rewarded with his eighth goal of the year. For a guy who does what he does, eight goals is good.

"Good win for our team and our guys competed hard and it sets us up for a game in Nashville. We get a travel day tomorrow and an early start, so Gus better be ready."

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
 

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Video- Nine NHL Games Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Five minutes of highlights this morning...

 

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Sharks: Wings stuck with it in spite of themselves

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The San Jose Sharks have won so very regularly over the Detroit Red Wings over the past four years, especially at home, and the Wings have been able to dent Antti Niemi so very irregularly over the course of his career that the Wings-Sharks tilt had, "First back-to-back regulation losses" written all over it, and when the Wings surrendered both 1-0 and 2-1 goals, responding with all the urgency of paint drying, I could only shake my head and go, "Well, this is gonna be one of those games where the WIngs will only win if they win in spite of themselves."

Detroit kept firing single, unobstructed shots directly at Antti Niemi, sans screens, sans changes of position, sans rebounds, minus backhands, and they were never skating directly toward the Sharks' goalie, instead deferring to drop or lateral passes, and as a result, the incredibly desperate and incredibly physical Sharks seemed destined to extend their playoff hopes by continuing to hammer a shaky Jimmy Howard.

The game slowly but surely pivoted away from the Sharks thanks to dogged, determined work by the few Wings who were urgent and determined, like Teemu Pulkkinen and Pavel Datsyuk, and by sticking with it--and getting a little lucky--Detroit emerged with a surprising 3-2 win.

Update: FYI:

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Going Fishing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Yes, it's another late nighter, but, it's what the 19 do. Not much to add. The Wings need to reel in the two points and head back East.

We're going fishing, and the Sharks are biting.
 

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Evening Line- Scott Cullen On The Clarkson/Horton Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Maple Leafs got rid of Clarkson's contract and the only thing it costs them is money, which they seem to print no matter what is happening with the team on the ice. That's an easy win and the Leafs haven't had a lot of wins, easy or otherwise, on the ice, so they might as well celebrate this one. All shots aside, though, it's a smart move for the Leafs to use their financial wherewithal to their advantage. It can't happen as often under a salary cap system, but it worked in this situation and it's a pretty good sign that the Maple Leafs were creative enough to find a way to escape their biggest contract mistake.

Scott Cullen of TSN where you can read more on the trade.

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The Florida Panthers Get In The Game Acquiring Jaromir Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialov of the Sun-Sentinel,

After years of selling off their top players before the trade deadline, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon sent a strong message to the fans and his young team that he is committed to make the playoffs this season when he acquired nine-time All-Star forward Jaromir Jagr from the  Devils Thursday afternoon.

Jagr, 43, the active leader in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power-play goals (202) cost the Panthers a second-round pick in June and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. This season, Jagr, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, has 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games.

“That we’re buyers and committed to winning,’’ Tallon said was his message. “[Owner Vinnie Viola] and we all said we want to win a championship. We’re putting the pieces together step by step. Hopefully, Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It’s a win-win for us."

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Finally, the Detroit News reviews ‘Red Army’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

On a day that news that Sergei Fedorov's $20 million lawsuit against a former financial advisor has been dismissed due to a statute-of-limitations technicality...

We've done a whole helluva lot of talking about the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army over the last year. Polsky appeared on WDFN this morning because the film is premiering at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak--the only theatre in Michigan that will carry the film--on Friday.

The Slava Fetisov-centered documentary's been getting reviewed all over the damn place, but if I trust one person to tell me whether a movie is good or a movie is dreck, it's the Detroit News's Tom Long. Long gives the film a strong "B":

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It ain’t an asset-for-rental-throwing derby, at least not in Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sometimes I think the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson gets a little ahead of himself, and especially given that Mike Babcock's latest--get this--praise for the Wings' slow-but-steady approach to developing prospects came from this afternoon's "morning skate" scrums, I think that one of the NHL's greatest minds and best writers...Is getting a little ahead of himself here:

- I know NHL teams always say ‘we’re not moving that prospect for a rental,’ but let’s get serious here. The East is totally wide open this year with the Habs, the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals all thinking they can get to the Stanley Cup final in the here and now with a tweak, so yes, Jeff Petry is a valuable. Oilers asset. But is he first-round-pick-as-compensation valuable?

I don’t think so (a second for sure), but short of Montreal giving up Nathan Beaulieu or Detroit Xavier Ouellet or Pittsburgh Derick Pouliot or the Islanders Griffin Reinhart, are there other prospects in play here? I believe the Habs want Petry the most to play with Alexei Emelin on a shutdown pairing. Could they get Jared Tinordi from Montreal?

Ryan Sproul, an offensive defenceman who has buffed his defensive work up in Grand Rapids from Detroit, Scott Harrington from Pittsburgh, world junior member Madison Bowey from the Caps? Maybe. In the West, the Anaheim Ducks, who have been one-upped by the Los Angeles Kings for a D-man (Andrej Sekera) definitely won’t deal Canadian junior puck-mover Shea Theodore, but what about Josh Manson? The Chicago Blackhawks have Klas Dahlbeck and Stephen Jones ripening on their American Hockey League farm.

That's not how it works in Detroit. They don't toss assets at rentals willy-nilly, and Ken Holland's bluntly stated that unless the Red Wings find a way to legitimately upgrade their team over the long haul, they're not going to make a move.

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