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Here’s the Red Wings’ playoff ‘prologue’ video

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik


Update: The Wings posted an "Octopi Hockyetown" video, too:

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Ready. Set. Vomit…Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No one understands it. There is not a hockey fan reading this blog right now who can possibly grasp what Wing fans are going through, unless they're Wing fans themselves.

No one else. Not in Montreal or Pittsburgh. Not in Boston or Chicago. Certainly not in Denver and definitely not in St. Louis.

None of them can possibly fathom the rumbly in the tumblies of Wing fans because we've been weened on excellence.  The rest of them have hopes. We have expectations. In St. Louis, they have wishes that they know, for a fact, will definitely be dashed. Today, Wing fans can claim we'd be happy to be competitive.  But, in the backs of our minds, because we know the taste of it, we're thinking about a parade.

No group of fans, other than us, understand the horrific stress that accompanies sustained success. 

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The Goalie Reviews Are In From Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Every night of the Stanley Cup playoffs, TSN hockey analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan breaks down each goalie's performance.

Jamie's number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark.

Ray Emery, Philadelphia (3) – Emery did not receive a ton of help this game. He had missed assignments in front of him and was asked to stop power play goals that were on the back door.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York (4)  - Lundqvist displayed good positioning all night. He made vintage Lundqvist saves in the second period on Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read. He wasn't forced to be spectacular, but was there when the Rangers needed him.

Corey Crawford, Chicago (3) – Crawford was solid all night long. He made two game-saving stops in the second period on Vladimir Tarasenko and Steve Ott, and then continued his roll of making timely saves when the Blackhawks needed it with his outstanding play in overtime.


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Video- Boston Bruins, Calm Before The Storm

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just drop the puck...


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Mini GDT- Boston vs. Detroit Game 1, Round 1

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

RedMenace is on a long Easter weekend break so you have me for the first two games...


- This is the 8th all-time playoff series between DET and BOS
- Tonight’s game is the 34th all-time playoff meeting between DET and BOS
- DET and BOS haven’t met in the postseason in 57 years (last game: 4/4/57)
- This is DET’s 16th playoff road game at BOS
- DET’s playoff record vs. BOS: 14-19
- DET’s playoff road record at BOS: 6-9
- DET has lost its last 6 playoff road games at BOS
- DET’s last playoff road win at BOS: 3/21/46 (24,865 days ago)
- DET is 3-4 in 7 all-time playoff series vs. BOS
- DET was 3-1 vs. BOS during the 2013-14 regular season
- DET was 1-1 on the road at BOS in 2013-14
- DET’s PP was 1-for-8 (12.5%) vs. BOS in 4 games this season

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Blackhawks Lose, But

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks are the more talented team and the team that should win this series.

Will they? I don’t know. It’s very possible that the puck won’t bounce their way, as the cliché goes. But all things being equal, the Hawks should come out of this alive and well. Remember, the visiting team took the home team to three overtimes.

“Let this one sink in and maybe we can be ticked off about it for a few moments here, but then tonight and tomorrow, it’s time to move on and get ready for the next one,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said.

If the Hawks can keep buzzing around the puck the way they did Thursday night and if they can get this Crawford for the rest of the playoffs, they’ll be lifting the Stanley Cup over their heads again in June. It’s really that simple. And that difficult.


Below, watch Joel Quenneville make a 'slight adjustment' in the 2nd OT period...

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Video- Darryl Sutter Post-Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You sort of get the feeling Sutter did not want to be at this post-game press conference.

The Sharks had a 5-0 lead after 2 peiods, Quick was pulled to start the 3rd period and then the Kings scored 3 goals to make it a game but did lose 6-3.


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Videos- Your OT Goals From Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First, Alex Steen with a goal early in triple OT...


Then below, some magic from Paul Stastny...

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 1 set-up: no threat?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings will begin their playoff journey against the Boston Bruins tonight (7:30 PM EDT on FSD and NESN locally, NBCSN and TSN everywhere else and on 97.1 FM), and if you haven't seen the schedule already, here's a different version for you:

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Reflecting On The Coach Trade

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last summer the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers effectively traded coaches.  Alain Vigneault left Vancouver to coach the Rangers and John Tortorella left New York to coach the Canucks.  This would be a pretty good opportunity to compare the two coaches with each other's teams. 

A season has been played.  The New York Rangers had a solid playoff season.  They posted the fifth best record in the East Conference.  This is a slight improvement from their sixth place finish in 2013.  The Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs.  They finished 12th in the West Conference, missing the playoffs by eight points.  In 2013 they had the fifth best record in the West Conference and won their division.  Clearly based upon the season that just completed, Alain Vigneault won.  He appears to be the better coach.

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