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Congratulations to former Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek for accomplishing an Olympic mission

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This isn't Red Wings-related per se, but a Wings coaching alumnus has accomplished a remarkable feat, and my friend Courtney brought this to my attention:

Former Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek was tasked with bringing South Korea up to World Championship standards for the 2018 Olympics, and he's succeeded, as Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy noted:

South Korea will be participating in the IIHF men’s World Championship for the first time in the country’s history next year when the tournament is played in Denmark.

Sanghoon Shin’s shootout goal against Ukraine clinched victory and helped South Korea grab second place in the Divison I – Group A standings, which meant promotion to the top division in 2018.

The last Asian team to play in the top division of the World Championship was Japan in 2004, so this is big progress for the hosts of next February’s Olympic Games.

“It’s very important for us [to be promoted]. We get to play against top-division teams and get this experience,” said South Korea’s head coach Jim Paek, who won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins during his NHL career. “For many years we haven’t been able to play against such countries so it’s important to get this experience.”

The teams traded second period goals before needing a shootout to decide things. In order to earn promotion, South Korea needed a victory, and in the third round of the shootout, up 1-0, Shin clinched the win with a pretty move.

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Open Post- Today’s NHL Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The comment section is yours, feel free to comment away.

My picks to win today are NYR and Washington.

NY Rangers @ Ottawa, OTT leads 1-0, 3 p.m., CBC, TVAS2, NBC
Pittsburgh @ Washington, PIT leads 1-0, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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Primer For Tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery

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NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 8 p.m. ET, during live coverage of the event on NBC, CBC and TVA. Coverage on CBC begins at 7:30 p.m., ET.

The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.

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Joey And Wayne

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Born with Down syndrome, Joey Moss has been the heart of the Oilers, working as their lockerroom attendant for more than 30 years. Now 53, he has outlasted every player and coach, and has one of the most enduring and remarkable relationships with a team and city in all of sports.

There may be nobody enjoying the Oilers’ return to the playoff spotlight more.

Wayne Gretzky started this hockey love story back in 1980, when he met Joey’s sister, Vikki, and they began dating. Through her, he was introduced to Joey.

When they broke up, the Oilers’ superstar remained friends with the Moss family, and particularly, Joey.

Growing up in Ontario in the 1960s, Gretzky had an aunt with Down syndrome. At the time, children with the chromosome disorder were often placed in institutions. Gretzky’s grandmother would not hear of this, and brought his father’s sister to live with them.

“The thing about people with Down syndrome is that they have unconditional love,” says Gretzky, now a partner and chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, the NHL team’s parent company. “My aunt was the same way, and we treated her like everyone else. We never looked at her differently.

“That is how it is with Joey.”


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Penalties Kill The Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators were down a man for 11 of 60 minutes in their first loss of the postseason and never had a single power play, but they did not complain.

Well, not exactly. Peter Laviolette may have wanted to, but he got out of there Friday night after a 70-second press conference. Never one to elaborate on much, Laviolette was itching to bolt the scene of the Predators’ 3-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

He did drop this nugget before departing: “Once we were done killing penalties, I thought we played pretty well.”

And Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis, the would-be hero before his team blew a 2-1 lead in the third period, had this when asked if the Preds were undisciplined: “Ask the refs.”

“It's disappointing to be up halfway through the third there (and lose),” Ellis said. “But we've got to stay out of the box, maybe get a call here and there, and just capitalize on our chances.”

OK, that’s definitely some light shade thrown at the refs. And that’s fine, whether it’s deserved or not. In fact, if I were the Predators I’d keep mentioning the disparity — it was officially 23 penalty minutes for Nashville and 2 for St. Louis — all the way up to the 2 p.m. puck drop for Sunday’s Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena.

Who cares if you get criticized for whining? This is the playoffs, a 1-1 series, and campaigning for calls in the next game is fair game.


Watch the highlights from the game below...

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Ducks Down 0-2

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from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Foor a team that is hardly ever boring, it just got a lot more interesting.

The Ducks have been intriguing every step of this postseason with injuries, comebacks and unlikely heroes, but this latest turn presents a challenge they would rather not face.

They outshot the Edmonton Oilers, 40-23, but could not crack Oilers goalie Cam Talbot or the goalposts in a 2-1 loss Friday in Game 2 of their second-round series at Honda Center.

The Ducks trail the best-of-seven series, 2-0, after a 39-save performance by Talbot. Game 3 is Sunday in Edmonton, with the Ducks needing to win four of five games to advance after failing to defend home ice.

“If you’re going to play a long time, you’re going to have adversity,” Ducks goalie John Gibson said. “We have it now.”...

“It’s always disappointing,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “When you’re talking about playoff hockey, and having your own building, I’d be really disappointed if we didn’t play well, but we played pretty good hockey tonight. We’ve got to make a few adjustments and find our way into Game 3.”

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
ST. LOUIS 3, Nashville 2 – series tied 1-1
Edmonton 2, ANAHEIM 1 – EDM leads 2-0
Cam Talbot turned aside 39 of 40 shots he faced as the Oilers left Anaheim with a 2-0 lead in their Second Round series.


* The Oilers took a 2-0 series lead on the road for the fifth time in franchise playoff history, including twice against the Ducks (also 1981 PRE at MTL, 1988 DF at CGY, 1990 F at BOS and 2006 CF at ANA). Edmonton went on to win each series.
* Talbot earned his fourth consecutive win and improved to 6-2 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs overall (2.03 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).
* Per Elias, teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series own an all-time series record of 309-48 (86.6%), while teams that do so on the road own an all-time record of 69-18 (79.3%).

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Prospect news: Sambrook scores game-winner; Walleye open second round with a win over Fort Wayne

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook scored the game-winning goal as the Erie Otters won 4-2 over the Owen Sound Attack. You can watch highlights of the game here;

And in the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye defeated the Fort Wayne Komets 2-1 to take a 1 game-to-0 lead in the teams' second-round series. Matt Caito had 2 assists, Jeff Lerg had an assist and 24 saves, and Landon Oslanski and A.J. Jenks scored the Walleye's goals.

The Walleye's website posted a recap and highlight clip:

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Krupa discusses Dr. John Finley; funeral details available

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Several superb tributes to long-time Red Wings physician John Finley have been written since his passing last night at 88, with Keith Gave and Nicholas J. Cotsonika penning lengthy articles about Dr. Finley''s work, and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa joins the chorus this evening:

As Gordie Howe’s personal doctor for more than 50 years, he treated a constant stream injuries, sewing many of Howe’s 300 career stitches tending to many fractures. Howe once ignored Finley’s advice by leaving a hospital after passing a kidney stone, to score the winning goal in a late season game against the Rangers.

Finley attended to Kris Draper in 1996 after Claude Lemieux’s vicious boarding, putting 40 emergency sutures in Draper’s face and split gums, and installing temporary wires to stabilize his broken jaw for the trip back to Detroit.

He administered a “rib block” anesthetic to Sergei Fedorov between periods of the third game of the 1997 Western Conference finals, which proved pivotal.

The delicate injection into Fedorov’s ribs eased the pain, brought him off the trainer’s table when Steve Yzerman’s entreaties had failed to do the trick and allowed him to assist on both of Slava Kozlov’s goals, in a 2-1 win.

With the medical treatment on his bruised ribs continuing, Fedorov scored the winning goal in Game 6 to put the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final for their first Cup in 42 years.

In his long career, Finley also treated Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, and almost every other player, and he was team doctor while Sid Abel and Scotty Bowman coached.

Krupa continues, and the Free Press's staff posted the details of Finley's funeral:

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Video- Vernon Fiddler Five For Kneeing And A Game Misconduct

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Colton Parayko went to the room but did return for the 2nd period.


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