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I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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Maybe Jimmy Howard Should Start Game 3

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from Keith Gave of FoxSports Detroit,

If your coach has lost faith in your very expensive No. 1 goalie, it makes it that much more difficult to deal him to another team. And at least trying to find a new home for Howard in the offseason is looking increasingly inevitable if he can't find a way to wrest his job back from Mrazek and then start winning again.

As much as I admire Babcock's snap call to start Mrazek, this might have been the time to take a moment and have a discussion with his GM. All things considered, the Wings' chance with either goaltender is a bit of a coin flip. Why not give Howard a shot when the series returns home, where he's more comfortable? Why the rush to make a call that clearly devalues an asset?

Here's why: Babcock wants to win, and maybe he needs to win because some are beginning to question his resume a bit with a postseason slump entering its fifth straight spring. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, he could be gone in 10 days or six weeks, depending on how his team does. And if that's the case, he could care less about Howard's future in or out of Detroit.

It's Holland who will be left holding onto a damaged talent. There's not much of a marked for a $5 million backup goaltender these days. That's a significant downside to the coach's call in these playoffs.


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Open Post- Today’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

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The first puck drops just after 12:00pm ET with the Washington Capitals taking on the New York Islanders.

The full schedule is below and feel free to discuss the games or anything else which may be on your mind.

In case you need a refresher, the Capitals/Islanders series is tied at one along with the Predators/Blackhawks and Canucks/Flames series.

The Canadiens are up 2-0 on the Senators.

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
TAMPA BAY 5, Detroit 1 – series tied 1-1
ST. LOUIS 4, Minnesota 1 – series tied 1-1
Pittsburgh 4, NY RANGERS 3 – series tied 1-1
ANAHEIM 2, Winnipeg 1 – ANA leads 2-0
Down 1-0 after 40 minutes, the Ducks scored two unanswered goals in the third period – including the tiebreaker by Jakob Silfverberg with 21 seconds remaining in regulation – to take a 2-0 series lead against the Jets.

* The Ducks also faced a one-goal deficit after 40 minutes in Game 1, but scored three unanswered goals in the third period to pull ahead in the series. Elias says they becamethe first team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to take a 2-0 series lead when trailing at the start of the third period in each of the first two games.

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Would You Like To See Mike Milbury Coaching The Boston Bruins?

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Joe Haggerty of CSNNE answers some questions from the fans...

Elliotte Friedman is saying Mike Milbury is being discussed as the next coach of the Bruins. We need you on this and putting this rumour to rest. It may cause a panic on the causeway and also the ozone layer after millions of Bruins jerseys are burnt inprotest.

JH: I very much respect Elliotte and his sources, and will also admit I have heard in hockey circles that Milbury is seriously being discussed/considered as a possible coaching candidate for the Bruins should they make a move with Claude Julien. But I’m still viewing my sources with skepticism when they tell me that Milbury is in the mix.

The only way I can see that as a possibility is if Cam Neely really wants to give this Bruins team a kick in the ass after getting very comfortable under Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien. It would also certainly be good for the TV ratings if Milbury was sitting behind the bench on a nightly basis, and left to wonder what he’d have to say after each and every game.

Personally I like and respect Milbury very much, and have gotten to know him a little bit doing TV stuff with him at CSNNE. I’m just not ready to say I think this is a serious possibility quite yet seeing as Milbury hasn’t coached in the NHL since 1999, and the league has changed significantly since then in just about every way possible.

more Boston Q & A...

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Pro On Pro- Dan Petry Keeping An Eye On Son Jeff Petry

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A year ago, Dan Petry was sitting at home in Farmington Hills, Michigan, watching TV when he caught the pregame festivities from a Montreal Canadiens playoff game.

"I was just blown away by it," the former Detroit Tigers pitcher told ESPN.com Saturday. "They dimmed the lights, they would click on every banner of the retired numbers, and then they had the little young boys come out with the torch and touch the ice and it would turn to flames.

"I just remember calling Jeff and saying, 'You got to see this. This is unbelievable.'"

Little did he know that his son Jeff Petry just a year later would be playing for the Habs, and dad would get to watch the first two postseason games in the electric Bell Centre.

"And Ginette [Reno] singing the national anthem, I just couldn’t believe the atmosphere," said Dan Petry. "To witness it live now, there are no words. I teared up a little bit. It was just beautiful."

It meant a lot to Jeff Petry to have his parents take in the opening two games, as you might imagine.


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Those Rotating Goalies In Detroit And Chicago

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via Dave Hodge of TSN,

It's pretty hard to say Detroit has a goaltending problem when the Red Wings are tied 1-1 with Tampa Bay because rookie Petr Mrazek stole the first game with a 44-save performance, but Detroit has a goaltending problem, to which thumbs must be turned down.

It was said here previously that Mrazek runs hot and cold like water taps and Jimmy Howard wouldn't be too long on the bench if the Red Wings didn't play a lot better in Game 2. They didn't, he wasn't, and Detroit goes home without much confidence in either goalie, or in themselves. Mike Babcock says he's sticking with Mrazek and he would probably deny the use of a coin in reaching that decision.

Chicago's situation is somewhat similar. The Blackhawks stole their first game in Nashville because of Scott Darling's superb netminding in relief of Corey Crawford. Coach Joel Quenneville showed faith in his Stanley Cup-winning goalie and started Crawford again in Game 2, but the 6-2 loss to the desperate Predators has forced Quenneville to send Darling out for his first playoff start back in Chicago for Sunday's Game 3.

Crawford shouldn't relax. It's a tough way to win a playoff series when goalies have to be pulled and starters are never certain. 

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It’s Edmonton Again

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from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

The Oilers already had three No. 1 picks in a row, and they kept winning lotteries and letting Oilers president Kevin Lowe say stuff like how they have two tiers of fans, and how half the league would trade rosters with them if they could, and “there’s one other guy in hockey today that is still working in the game that has won more Stanley Cups than me. So I think I know a little bit about winning, if there’s ever a concern.”

That was in 2013. They’ve finished 28th in the league twice since then. Their three No. 1 picks have been supported by just horrific drafting and development and decisions outside the first round, and Edmonton just went ahead and leveraged their 11.5% chance at the No. 1 pick into Connor McDavid. It was reported by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that going into the final ball, the Leafs actually had a 4-in-11 chance, Buffalo 3 in 11, and Edmonton 2-of-11. (Carolina and Columbus had single chances.) Very Leafs, really.

But this is what happens when you fight on Edmonton’s turf. By the way, Oilers owner Darryl Katz, who has already played footsie with Seattle in a successful attempt to sucker Edmonton out of public funds for a new arena, is actively suing the Erie Otters and Sherry Bassin, the mentor of ... Connor McDavid. Ha, terrific.

Plus, did we mention they already won three lotteries? Ergo, the disappointment. As Coyotes co-owner Anthony Leblanc told Joe Yerdon of NHL.com, “(When I) realized it wasn’t us, I’m not going to lie, I’m like, ‘Holy crap, I hope it’s Buffalo.’ To find out it was Edmonton? That stung. That stung.” As Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said, “They’ve got some luck.”


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Spin Or Optimism In Columbus?

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

To watch the video of last week’s “exit” news conference featuring Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson and his general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, is to figure the Jackets are on the cusp of a dynasty.

JD: “When the dust settles and you clear your head and think about it, we’ve got a good thing going on here.”

As the old saying goes, if you have to say you’re good, you’re probably not any good, or you’re trying to sell tickets. In any case, we’ve enlisted the devil’s advocate to assess the talking points.

JD: “I think going into next season, this team will have more internal competition (for roster spots) than it has ever had, in its history.”

DA (devil's advocate): One would hope. This team has missed the playoffs 12 times in 14 seasons.

JD: “I think we’ll be better next year than we were planning to be this year.”

DA: You were a lottery team.

JD: “When you look at it from the inside, the Blue Jackets were in the playoffs last year and they weren’t in it this year. A step back? For some people, that’s an obvious thought. But when you really analyze it like we do … ”

DA: Some people?


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No Connor McDavid For The Toronto Maple Leafs

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

The stars did not align — and neither did the balls — for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This was to be expected, given that the Leafs, for all their wretchedness, were not quite awful enough this season to “merit” more than a 9.5 per cent chance at snatching the biggest prize to come down the draft chute in a generation. The odds were steep.

But still. Just once — just once — the sports gods might have smiled down on this benighted ’burg. For a change.

Connor McDavid, for his sins, will be an Edmonton Oiler, come the 2015-2016 NHL campaign. Presumably. Unless sad-sack Edmonton does something stupid on draft day, which is not entirely outside the realm of possibility.

That puts the supernova teen some 3,470 kilometres down the highway from the centre of the universe.

EDMONTON, for the love of God. Four No. 1 picks in six years, an embarrassment of riches. And yet the Oilers remain . . . embarrassing.

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