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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...

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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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Stars get away with 6 men on the ice, leave Tarasenko alone, surrender breakaway goal

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This play qualifies as surprising for a strange reason: the Dallas Stars played a shift against the St. Louis Blues in which 6 Stars players skated up ice, over-commiting to their forecheck and leaving Vladimir Tarasenko open for a home-run pass. Tarasenko walked in on Kari Lehtonen and scored, of course, technically beating seven defenders to the back of the Stars' net:

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Open Post- Tonight’s Second Round NHL Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Dallas Stars, down 2-1 to the Blues are in St. Louis with the game starting just after 8:00pm ET. It can be seen on NBCSN, CBC and TVAS.

Meanwhile the Nashville Predators, down 2-1, are hosting the San Jose Sharks.  The puck drops just after 9:00pm on CNBC, SN and TVA2.

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Krupa profiles Mantha, Sproul, Callahan and Bertuzzi

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa spoke with Anthony Mantha, Ryan Sproul, Mitch Callahan and Tyler Bertuzzi about their seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins and their takes on their 15-16 regular season campaigns and their hopes as they look toward next fall's training camp:

The Red Wings are no longer playing, but the Griffins are in the thick of the American Hockey League playoffs.

Heading into Game 1 of the AHL Central Division final against the Lake Erie Monsters on Thursday, players like Anthony Mantha, Ryan Sproul, Mitch Callahan and Tyler Bertuzzi are in a critical time of the season — and their careers.

Playoffs are proving grounds at any level of hockey. The action ramps up and performances must improve proportionally.

“This is very important for their growth,” said Todd Nelson, the Griffins coach. “A lot of guys are maybe knocking on the door to make the club next year. The organization wants to see how these guys do in intense situations, and see how they perform.”

Krupa continues...

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Russians omit Radulov from initial World Championship roster

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By Russian standards, this is a minor quibble, but it's noteworthy for those of you whose teams might be pursuing Alexander Radulov. From the ITAR-TASS news agency...

Russia’s titled forward Alexander Radulov was unlisted on Thursday in the national team’s final roster for the matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship, which kicks off in Russia tomorrow.

The final roster of the national squad, presented by the team’s coaching staff, contains the names of two goaltenders and 16 field players. Teams competing in the world championship have the right of including in the roster up to 25 players each, according to IIHF regulations.

Radulov, 29, who is the two-time World Champion playing for the national team in 2008 and 2009, was initially included in the extended roster of the Russian squad. However, team’s Head Coach Oleg Znarok announced on Wednesday that Radulov’s place in team was in jeopardy as the forward earlier sustained a groin injury and would certainly miss the first game.


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There’s a Cup protocol in place for Nyquist the horse

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In the, "You can't make this up" department, from the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek:

The Stanley Cup will be making the trip to Churchill Downs on Saturday morning, in the hopes of bringing good luck to Kentucky Derby favourite Nyquist, owned by Windsor, Ont., native J. Paul Reddam.

According to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s vice-president and curator, Phil Pritchard, the famous trophy is flying into Louisville from Toronto on Friday morning and will be in place in Nyquist’s barn by 6:30 a.m. on race day.


Reddam had invited Nyquist, the player, to attend the race as his guest, but he declined, as he is competing for Sweden at the world hockey championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, set to begin later this month.

However, Nyquist tweeted a good-luck message to his namesake this week, “Best of luck to @NyquistHorse running @KentuckyDerby this weekend.”

As per tradition, the horse will not be permitted to sip from the Stanley Cup until after the race – and only if he wins.

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