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Mr. Cooke heads to New York…

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

It's been a violent night in the NHL, but Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke's knee on Tyson Barrie stole the show, and as a result...

Multiple reports from the Avs and Sportsnet's John Shannon confirm that Barrie's out for 4-6 weeks (i.e. for the season) with a sprained MCL. And Stephane Robidas went to the hospital after Ryan Garbutt's knee broke Robidas' leg...Garbutt stayed in the game and scored a goal.

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Red Wings prospect news: Tyler Bertuzzi starring for Guelph; praise for Wheaton; McCollum rebounds

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In Red Wings prospect news...

In playoff hockey, in the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal and finished at +2 as his Guelph Storm defeated the Erie Otters 7-1, taking a 3 games to none lead in the OHL's Western Conference Final.

The 6'1," 187-pound forward now has 8 goals and 6 assists for 14 points in 11 playoff games played--with only 14 penalty minutes--and the OHL's website posted a highlight clip from the game;

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Things are getting out of hand…As usual…As Stephane Robidas suffers another broken leg

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

I hate that every night during the regular season and playoffs, injuries are so regularly hockey's biggest stories.

During the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over St. Louis on Monday, Steve Ott took some revenge on Duncan Keith (he of the, "I cannot recall chirping David Backes after Brent Seabrook concussed him" vein) in relatively clean form...

But Matt Cooke took out Tyson Barrie's knee earlier this evening....

And I'm currently watching things get out of hand in a big way as the Anaheim Ducks trail the Dallas Stars 2-0. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker notes, former Star Stephane Robidas got kneed by collided with Dallas's Ryan Garbutt, and had to leave the game...

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Mickey Redmond talks Wings-Bruins, player safety on Detroit Sports 105.1

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings color commentator Mickey Remdond appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM on Monday afternoon, and he spoke about the Red Wings-Bruins series for the majority of his 21-minute interview...But around the 12-minute mark, he went on quite the tear regarding player safety, respect for one's opponents and the way that the NHL's culture of violence needs to change. He was quite eloquent, frankly:

Redmond says that he feels that the game's become, "Too bloody violent" and that the game is too good to not make players responsible for their actions regardless of their opponents' actions. He feels that the NHLPA needs to rally for player safety lest someone suffer a catastrophic injury...

And as a counter, I would argue that the coaches, GM's and owners need to inform their players that the kind of stuff we're seeing (Seabrook-Backes, Cooke-Barrie, etc.) is unacceptable.

It's got to come from both sides.

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Gary Bettman addresses an outdoor game in Dallas and other topics

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The NHL's chairman I mean commissioner is making his yearly attend-one-playoff-game-in-every-city rounds, and Gary Bettman is in Dallas today, so ESPN Dallas's Richard Durrett reports that Bettman was, as you might imagine, asked about the possibility of holding an outdoor game at the Dallas Cowboys' new digs, the AT&T Stadium...

"I certainly wouldn't rule it out," Bettman said prior to Monday's Game 3 between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center. "It's an unbelievable stadium. I think our focus will be on making sure that when we're ready to come that it will be sold out. All of our outdoor games get sold out, and that's a big stadium."

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Granlund Wins It For The Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

It took Mikael Granlund a little time to warm up to the smaller ice in North America but the kid is up to familiar goal scoring tricks.

That was the only goal of the game and it came in overtime.  The Avalanche the series 2-1 Game Four is Thursday. 

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Matt Cooke up to old tricks vs. Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Updating Monica's post:

I guess we can only hope for so long before Matt Cooke does what Matt Cooke does, per USA Today's Kevin Allen:

Key Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie left Monday's game after absorbing a knee-on-knee hit from the Minnesota Wild's Matt Cooke.

Barrie grabbed his knee after spilling to the ice and was unable to put any pressure on his left leg as he went straight to the dressing room.

The Avalanche announced that he wouldn't return to the game.

Cooke received a two-minute penalty for kneeing.

From SomeHockeyVideos, Ray Ferraro, on the TSN broadcast, told Gord Miller that Barrie said, "I'm done" as he skated by the bench:

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New Team Yet Same Matt Cooke

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

Some times you can take a person out of the environment where bad habits were created and new habits will take that place; then there are times that those old habits return.

Tonight in the Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Game Three this was exactly what happened with Matt Cooke. 

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Open Post- Four Games Tonight Including Three Desperation Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Pittsburgh/Columbus series is tied at one while the three other road teams tonight have a 2-0 series lead.

KK members, feel free to discuss the games in the comment section.

 

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Columbus: The Antagonistic Hockeytown

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

The underdog that finally won their first playoff game in franchise history is not behind the times in trolling opposing teams fans.

The R-Bar is getting quiet the publicity today from the hockey world.

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