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KK- A Donation Push

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Time for another push for the KK Donation Drive.

At this point we are at 53% of a very lofty goal of $10K.  To all of the 132 persons who have made a donation, I can't thank you enough.

I am planning a complete rebuid of KK over the summer and funds donated will allow me to achieve that goal.

If you can spare any donation amount, it will be greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Thanks.

Here is the original post kicking off the GoFundMe drive along with numerous comments made by KK members.

Also, do remember if you donate $25 or more, I will remove the majority of ads for you over the next year.  Also, if you have donated in the past, $20 will get the ads removed for you too.

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Montreal, Minnesota and Calgary all need wins to even their series at one.

I say the Candiens and Wild do just that but the Flames will head home down 0-2.

 

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Needed- More Playoff Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

No other major North American sport would tolerate such a dramatic decline in scoring. What is happening in hockey is the equivalent of returning baseball to the dead-ball era, or the NBA to a time before the shot clock. It’s as though the NFL was playing an endless series of 10-7, 7-3 or 3-0 games.

If the NBA’s scoring leaders were averaging around 15 points a game instead of 28, the league would act. If Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers topped the NFL with a dozen touchdown passes in a season, the league would force defensive backs to tie their shoes together. But the NHL looks on, and shrugs, and tries another tweak, and nothing works.

The rules brought in to amp scoring following the 2004-05 lockout (a crackdown on clutching and grabbing, the silly, awkward trapezoid behind the goal, abandoning the two-line pass rule) resulted in a temporary uptick in scoring, followed by a resumption of the long, slow decline.

It’s a measure of the brilliance of Jacques Lemaire that 20 years on the league still hasn’t figured out how to beat the defensive system patented by Lemaire with the New Jersey Devils and copied by virtually every coach since. Lemaire, the great offensive centreman, killed offence in the NHL and all the league’s great minds put together can’t figure out a way to bring it back.

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Video- When The Montreal Canadiens Score, The Home Light Show Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tracey Lindeman of CBC,

François Maillet doesn't consider himself to be overly into hockey — he says he watches about a quarter of the Montreal Canadiens' regular-season games.

"I'm just a normal guy. Not even a gigantic fan," said Miallet.

But when it comes time for the playoffs, he's admittedly a full-fledged bandwagon jumper.

"Right now, I think like most people, I watch every game," he said.

And now he's got a reason to watch — he's hacked into his Verdun home's smartphone-controlled lighting system to generate a sound and light show every time the Habs score.

When the Habs score, red, white and blue lights flash for about 30 seconds while playing the Habs' old goal song (appropriately titled Le Goal Song by Montreal band L'Oreille Cassée).

It helps that he's a computer scientist who specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Tatar, Jurco play roles in game-winning Slovak goal during first game at Worlds

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings-related note from the World Championships:

Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco began their Worlds campaigns for Slovakia today, playing on the same line, and whlie the Slovaks' 2-1 OT over Belarus was mostly a snoozer, Tatar provided the drop pass to Andrej Meszaros and Jurco provided the screen in front of Kevin Lalande as Meszaros provided the OT winner.

Both registered assists on the play and Tatar played 16:18 while taking one shot; Jurco played 11:55.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SATURDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 3, Washington 2 – series tied 1-1
 
RANGERS HOLD ON FOR GAME 2 VICTORY, TIE SERIES AT 1-1
Derick Brassard scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 6:07 of the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to help the Rangers even their series with the Capitals.
 

 

 
* Each of New York’s seven games this postseason has been decided by one goal. In fact, 14 of the Rangers' last 16 playoff outings have been one-goal decisions, including nine consecutive contests dating to Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final vs. Los Angeles. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the first club in League history to skate in nine consecutive one-goal games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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No Quit In The Calgary Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The laundry list of what the Flames need to do differently to compete with the Ducks does not require an advanced math degree. Defensively, they need to get better inside position on the Ducks’ forwards, who steamrolled their way to the net at will against Calgary’s smaller rearguards.

Offensively, they needed to get far more traffic in front of Ducks’ goaltender Frederik Andersen, who had a solid and efficient night in goal, but except for an early breakaway save against Josh Jooris, wasn’t tested much.

A superhuman effort from Ramo in goal wouldn’t hurt, either. The Flames were underdogs heading into the series and usually the underdog’s best chance occurs when a goaltender morphs into the second coming of Georges Vézina and just stops every puck.

Naturally, Ramo was excited to get his first-ever playoff start, after two consecutive appearances in relief of Jonas Hiller, noting that while the Ducks are “talented and skilled and not afraid to go the net … it’s still just a hockey game.”

Hartley was in there, promoting good cheer, the way he usually does.

“I can’t fault the effort on our team,” Hartley said. “Those guys, they always prepare well. They always go hard. Are we the perfect team? No, we’re still a young hockey club and we’re learning every time we step on the ice. That’s the way it is. Our players try to play the right way. Will we always have our execution as good as we like, or play our best game? No. But it’s a game of mistakes and those guys go through the wall for us.

“This team has no quit.”

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The Chicago Blackhawks Know How To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

What is it about the Hawks that makes them so resilient in close games? “Number one, it’s skill,” Yeo said. “And it’s the ability to finish on opportunities. You can chalk it up to a bounce or whatever you want to call it. At the end of the day, you give them an opportunity and they can capitalize on it.

Yeo still seems to think his team controls its fate against a team that wills itself to victory almost out of habit. “When it comes down to it, it’s a matter of us getting better,” Yeo said, “just being a little more determined in certain situations and limiting a few more of those mistakes that they can capitalize on.”

As Blues coach Ken Hitchcock observed last year against the Hawks, it might not be that simple. “You’re trying to beat their resolve,” Hitchcock said. “You’re not trying to beat their skill. Everybody’s got skill. And it is one hell of a challenge.”

It remains to be seen if the Wild are up to that challenge.

“They’ve won two Cups, so they know what they can do,” Wild defenseman Marco Scandella said of the Hawks. “They have a good team. We just have to bring a lot of speed. We’ve got to be faster next game. It’s definitely one thing we’re going to bring next game that’s going to have an effect.”

Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. The Hawks are like a high-wire act working without a net in the playoffs — always at risk of a calamitous fall. In 24 of their last 27 playoff victories, they’ve had no more than a one-goal lead in the third period, including 19 times when they’ve been tied or were losing. In Game 1 against the Wild, they lost a three-goal lead in 8:09 and didn’t flinch.

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The Montreal Canadiens Need A Win Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in double overtime to the Bolts in Game 1 on Friday, the Habs cannot afford to head to Tampa for Game 3 on Wednesday trailing 2-0. Montreal has lost six straight to the Lightning and hasn’t beaten the Bolts since completing a four-game sweep in the playoffs last April.

Are the Habs worried? Not a chance. But you get a sense that if it doesn’t turn around in Game 2, their confidence could quickly turn to doubt.

“We did a lot of good things,” said coach Michel Therrien. “We had a really tough time during the regular season, we hadn’t played our best against Tampa Bay in the regular season for different reasons.

“But we all understand that, when you get to the playoffs, it’s a new season. Teams get a chance to get prepared. We know what we’re facing. Our focus is only on one game. And I think from the team’s standpoint, we did a lot of good things to be really upbeat and confident for (Game 2).”

Though Tampa goalie Ben Bishop didn’t look good when he allowed Habs winger Max Pacioretty to tie it up 1-1 at 14:57 of the third to send it OT by allowing the puck to slip through his glove, it didn’t matter in the end because Big Ben made 44 stops as Nikita Kucherov scored the winner.

Bishop has moved his record to 11-1-2 lifetime against the Habs (including the regular season and playoffs) with a 1.46 GAA and .945 save-percentage. Those are heady numbers, which means Montreal has to do a better job getting to him which they tried Friday by going to the net constantly.

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Fixing The Power Plays

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Two changes would make the power play more of a must-watch event than a two-minute window to scurry to the fridge. First, the shorthanded team would be penalized for icing the puck. It’s too easy for penalty killers to gain control of the puck and fling it 200 feet. It’s much harder to advance the puck properly out of the defensive zone.

This year, the USHL tried a two-game stint in which icing was called during power plays. Leaguewide, power play success was 22 percent during the two games, double the USHL’s 11 percent average in 2013-14. The NHL should advance this one step by calling an additional minor penalty if a shorthanded team ices the puck.

Second, the opening faceoff should be in the power-play team’s defensive zone. It would give the power play an opportunity to gain speed through the neutral zone, push back the penalty killers, and start the offensive-zone sequence with momentum.

The way it is now, it’s too easy for the shorthanded team to identify an upcoming play based simply on how the power-play team lines up for an offensive-zone drop. For example, if a right-shot center takes a faceoff at the left dot, it’s likely he’ll backhand the puck to a left-shot wing for a quick snapper on goal. Set plays are predictable. It’s not as easy to plan against five skaters barreling through the neutral zone.

These would be big changes. The NHL has the perfect test lab in the AHL to see how they’d work.

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