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Mike Fisher delivers a Triple OT winner for Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Mike Fisher scored the 4-3 OT winner for his Nashville Predators at 11:12 of the 3rd overtime, tying the Predators' series with the San Jose Sharks at 2 games apiece. Roman Josi led both teams in ice time at 49:42.

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Apparent Pavelski goal negated by incidental contact ruling

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This call had the San Jose Sharks shaking their heads. Joe Pavelski appeared to score the OT winner as the San Jose Sharks' captain was shoved into Pekka Rinne by Predators forward Paul Gaustad, but the referees ruled that Pavelski made "incidental contact" with Rinne, preventing Rinne from making a save and thus negating the goal:

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Video- Cody Eakin Wins It In OT For The Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Series now tied at 2-2 and game five is in Dalas on Saturday afternoon (1:00pm ET).


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Video- A Good Goal From The San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many thought it was offside but the San Jose player was outside the zone until his teammate tagged up.


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All about the people behind the horse with the hockey player’s name

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Nyquist the Horse stories are coming in fast and furious, and I've tried to be judicious regarding the perusal thereof, but the Free Press's Jeff Seidel allows for a break in the blockade via a superb story about the people behind the horse with the hockey player's name. This definitely qualifies as, "Optional reading," but it's a very, very good read:

Nyquist, the horse, was discovered last year at an auction by Dennis O’Neill, who grew up in Dearborn and has an uncommon knack for spotting champions. O’Neill saw something special in Nyquist — a fast efficiency on the track and a quiet calm in the stable.

“Dennis is a savant that way; he’s not brilliant in any other way,” Nyquist’s owner Paul Reddam said, laughing. “I would say that to his face, teasing him. It’s kind of a weird thing. It’s intuition, really. It’s phenomenal.”

On O’Neill’s recommendation, Reddam bought Nyquist last spring for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton sale, which a combination of the NFL draft and free agency for horses.

Reddam grew up in Windsor and is a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan. He was in the locker room in Joe Louis Arena after the Wings won the 2002 Stanley Cup, acting like he belonged there, even though he didn’t really, celebrating with the players and drinking out of the Cup, right next to Sergei Ferdorov, who was still wearing a sweat-soaked T-shirt.

And Nyquist is trained by Doug O’Neill, Dennis’ brother, who also grew up in Dearborn and attended Divine Child Elementary School through the fifth grade.

Seidel continues

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Grand Rapids Griffins lose 3-2 in OT to Lake Erie, dropping Game 1 of 2nd round series

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 11:49 PM: The Grand Rapids Griffins had a rough start to the second round after a long lay-off, scoring the game's first goal but ultimately losing 3-2 to the Lake Erie Monsters in overtime.

Grand Rapids struggled with special teams, going 0-for-4 on the PP and giving up 2 power play goals against; Andy Miele was unable to score on a last-minute-of-regulation penalty shot, and a presumptive OT winner for Grand Rapids was called back on a goal scored by Eric Tangradi's glove and not his stick or other part of his body.

The Griffins played in front of a full compliment of Red Wings coaches and management with a little more rust than the Monsters displayed, and slowly but surely, they were ground down.

The AHL posted a game recap...

Continue Reading »

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Hockey’s Growth In China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the China Daily,

It won't be long before China cultivates more homegrown talents like National Hockey League (NHL) prospect Song Andong.

The country has launched an integrated winter sports development plan aiming at nursing talents from a grassroots level to the elite echelon.

The upbringing of Beijing native Song, who became the first Chinese drafted to the NHL when the New York Islanders selected him last year, highlighted amateur organization's role in developing elite talents for winter sports. Song spent years playing in Beijing's junior hockey program.

President Xi Jinping called for development in winter sports as the country gets set to host 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. China's sports governing body announced on Thursday to include social-funded organizations into a four-tier national winter sports system to better discover and develop promising talents.


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Video- Mini-Segment Of Saturday Headlines On A Thursday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

George Stroumboulopoulos and Elliotte Friedman recap the latest news around the hockey world, including Arizona’s search for its final piece, the chances of Bruce Boudreau joining Ottawa and more.


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Jonathan Drouin Is Gaining Respect From His Teammates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

If you caught the amusement on the faces of Lightning players and coaches on Thursday afternoon, as Jonathan Drouin zipped up down and all around the ice, there was no need for an injury update.

The only lingering effect of the crushing hit by the Islanders’ Thomas Hickey on Monday was a scratch and bump on the diminutive Tampa forward’s nose.

But perhaps most importantly for the Lightning, who will look to jump out to a big 3-1 lead in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series Friday night at the Barclays Arena, is that the bruise to Drouin’s ego seems to get buried deeper in the past with each game he competes in.

And if there was resentment with the petulant way he handled a demotion in the summer, it sure sounds as though Drouin’s teammates are gaining a new respect for him.


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Start Calling The Charging Penalty Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN

The dangerous culture of hitting that we see on a nightly basis often begins with an upward explosive body motion designed to generate maximum (and often excessive) force through contact. When a player stiffens his legs from a flexed position, elevates his shoulder and then throws his full force upward, the increased velocity created is significant. By elevating in this manner, the upward motion greatly increases the risk for some degree of head contact.

A charging penalty used to be called whenever a player’s skates left the ice to deliver a check. Very seldom is that penalty called in the modern game. Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall and Washington blueliner Brooks Orpik are two examples of players who launch themselves upward to make that devastating hit, but the list is long and extensive. The fact is, most players are guilty of this dangerous phenomenon when they try to make a high-impact hit. We make excuses and offer a free pass to high, hard hits when the checker has at least one blade in contact with the ice at the instant of impact, just before both skates go completely airborne....

The first step in reducing the potential for head contact is to dial down the upward velocity by forcing hitters to keep their skates on the ice prior to, and completely through, impact. Failure to do so should result in a charging penalty.


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