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The Vancouver Canucks Need A Home Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks aren’t particularly interested in revisiting their recent playoff history, and maybe that’s understandable because, since Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final, this team has been to the playoffs what Ponzi was to investment banking.

But it’s there and, like that big red zit in the middle of your forehead, it’s hard to ignore. Following their 2-1 defeat to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, the Canucks are now 1-11 in their last 12 playoff games, including seven straight losses on home ice and, like it or not, that record has become a talking point in this series.

For Willie Desjardins’s team, the loss in Game 1 was disturbing on a number of levels, but this might have been the most disturbing development. They’ve now invited unwanted questions into the conversation about their makeup and their core group, and those questions won’t disappear because they don’t feel like answering them.

“We’re a different team,” said Henrik Sedin. “I don’t think we were as sharp and focused (in their ignominious 2012 and 2013 playoff losses to L.A. and San Jose) as we are now. We’ve got a different feeling this year. We’re fresh, we’re focused, we’re confident. It feels more like we’ve got everything to win.”

Then why did Wednesday night look so depressingly familiar?


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About Corey Perry’s Game Winning Goal Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The pertinent language that applies to this contact and contained in rule 69.3 is as follows:

For Perry's part, "If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed."

To support any defensive contact initiated by Pavelec, "If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed."

By virtue of the rule, the actions of both players qualified as a violation of goalkeeper interference and should result in a disallowed goal.

Perry was executing a skilled hockey play in attempting to draw the puck around Pavelec through the crease with his exceptional reach. In real-time, it would have been difficult for referee Dan O'Rourke to detect the extent and result of contact inside the crease given his position in the opposite corner from where Perry attacked the net. Without knowledge or regard to the contact, the referee determined that the puck had not entered the net with a 'washout' signal.

more and watch the goal below...

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All Ron Hextall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall held a conference call with the media on Friday morning following the announcement that the club has relieved Craig Berube of his head coaching duties.

Below is a transcript of the call...

When do you want to have a new coach in place?

That’s a good question. I’m not going to fast track anything here. I would like to have a guy in place by the draft. I guess the goal, but I’m not going to do things quickly. We’re going to do our due diligence and look at essentially the whole landscape, and come up with the coach that we feel is the right guy. I’m not going to do something in the next couple of weeks for sure.

Do you need a guy with NHL experience?

Well, I think in a perfect world that’s one of the things you look for, but that’s not mandatory. Again, we’re going to look at every candidate we feel merits looking at, and we’ll go through it from there. Again, is it nice, yes… is it imperative, I’d say no.

How much did the relationships between Berube and some of his players play into your decision?

I’m not one of those guys that necessarily looks at the players and are the players happy or are they players unhappy. I think in the end a coach’s job is to get the most out of his players, and in the end that’s the conclusion that I came to, was that that wasn’t the case. I will say this – Craig Berube is a good friend of mine, he’s a terrific man, and the professional side of this I have an obligation to the organization to do what I think is best, and that’s what I did. Obviously there’s a personal side here and a man lost his job here, and no one obviously likes that.


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Red Wings-Lightning practice Tweets/articles: No lineup changes for Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 18x at 4:12 PM: The Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning got off a bit of a late start in terms of practicing after Thursday's 3-2 Wings win, and given that there will be no morning skate ahead of tomorrow's 3 PM-starting Game 2, the Wings and Bolts need to get their work in today in terms of making pre-Game-2 adjustments.

The Wings actually preceded the Lightning onto the ice in Brandon, FL, per ESPN's Joe McDonald...

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Babcock to Philly? I can’t see it happening

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So the Flyers fired Craig Berube, the Leafs and Sabres are looking for a head coach and Todd McLellan's on thin ice in San Jose.

I get the concept that other teams--and especially deep-pocketed ones like Philly and Toronto--believe that they can sway Mike Babcock to leave the Red Wings and join their cause with a combination of millions of dollars and some say in player personnel, but if you were to ask me, the Flyers' circus is the last place Babcock would want to go.

In Philadelphia, the general manager and the owner rather regularly override the coach's player personnel decisions, and I simply cannot imagine Mike Babcock and Ed Snider getting through the first, second, third or fourth time that Snider wants Babcock to start goalie X over goalie Y, to bench player Z over player A or B, or to give more ice time to player C over player D. Babcock wants to be the damn coach, and in Philadelphia, the coach is not always the coach.

It just doesn't make logical sense. So the rumormongers will go back into Babcock overdrive today, he may be asked about the Flyers' situation by a Tampa or NHL beat writer who doesn't know that there is an embargo on coaching questions per the coach himself, but this concept that Babcock can be swayed to head to Philly...It ignores the job hazards that Babcock simply cannot stand.

No surprise here, however:


Update #3: Have fun with the Free Press's Steve Schrader's summary of Babcock rumors on your own.

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Morning Line- Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The media debates it a lot, but we don’t get a lot of negative feedback from fans. In fact, when you see the way the races played out and the importance of every game in the regular season, there are teams that wish they had a couple of points from October and November they would have liked to have down the stretch. The point system is working extraordinarily well.”

-Gary Bettman when questioned about the current point system in the NHL.  Craig Custance of ESPN has more (ESPN Insider).

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Wings-Bolts Game 1 tailings: Glendening on Sportscenter, Wings on Mrazek, interviews & Griffins tix

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 11:52 AM: As we wait for the Red Wings and Lightning to take the ice at Amalie Arena subsequent to last night's 3-2 Wings win, several articles popped up between the overnight report and this morning, so:

Per the Free Press's Steve Schrader:

Glendening spoke with the media after the game, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Video- Not Your Typical Pre-Game Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Can you imagine if Pavelec would have been injured and unable to start?


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  Tags: andrew+ladd, ondrej+pavelec

Craig Berube Done In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have relieved head coach Craig Berube of his duties with the club, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Berube was the 18th head coach in Flyers history and was named to the post on October 7, 2013. He recently completed his second season as head coach and leaves the position with a record of 75-58-28 (.553).

Prior to being named head coach, Berube spent six seasons as a Flyers assistant. He has spent 18 seasons with the organization as a player, assistant coach and head coach, doing all three with both the Flyers and Phantoms.

The team will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.

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The Dallas Stars Have A Seven-Year Contract Extension With John Klingberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports the AAV is $4.25M.

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman John Klingberg to a seven-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Klingberg, 22, appeared in 65 games this season as a rookie for Dallas posting 40 points (11-29=40). He led all NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points, and was second in goals. Amongst all rookies, he finished fourth in assists, seventh in points and seventh in even-strength points (28).

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