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KK- A Donation Push

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Time for another push for the KK Donation Drive.

At this point we are at 53% of a very lofty goal of $10K.  To all of the 132 persons who have made a donation, I can't thank you enough.

I am planning a complete rebuid of KK over the summer and funds donated will allow me to achieve that goal.

If you can spare any donation amount, it will be greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.


Here is the original post kicking off the GoFundMe drive along with numerous comments made by KK members.

Also, do remember if you donate $25 or more, I will remove the majority of ads for you over the next year.  Also, if you have donated in the past, $20 will get the ads removed for you too.

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Audio/Video- Brandon Prust Post-Game Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Brandon Prust might have a fine pending after he tee’d off post-game over the quality of refereeing he felt Game 2 between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, particularly from referee Brad Watson.



Below, watch some of Prust's work tonight.

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  Tags: brandon+prust

AHL Playoffs: First Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first round of the AHL playoffs just completed.  In their first round teams play a best of five series as opposed to the best of seven series in the NHL.  Here are first round results:

Manchester Monarchs defeat Portland Pirates three games to two.  Manchester is the Los Angeles Kings farm affiliate and Portland belongs to the Arizona Coyotes.  This was a back and forth series where both teams looked to be in control at different times.  All games were won on home ice.  Manchester had the top two players in first round scoring in Michael Mersch and Jordan Weal.  Vincent LoVerde led their defence.  Jean-Francois Berube played in goal for them but was a weakness.  Brendan Shinnimin and Henrik Samuelsson led Portland in scoring.  Brandon Gormley has been their top defenceman and Louis Domingue was their top goaltender.

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Audio from Ken Holland and Mike Babcock’s in-Grand-Rapids pressers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So I was attending the Grand Rapids Griffins' 3-1 win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday, a game which will afford the Griffins a second-round match-up with the Chicago Wolves starting Wednesday and Friday (I'll be in GR for the latter game), and the press corps was informed that Ken Holland and Mike Babcock were going to be available to the media during the second intermission.

I regrettably have no massive scoops--Holland and Babcock kept things mostly prospect-oriented--but the pair said that they'd begun to talk, Holland stated that he wants to get a contract done by the end of the month if Babcock is to stay, and both Holland and Babcock were more than willing to talk about the Griffins, Teemu Pulkkinen, Anthony Mantha, and the fact that after Wednesday and Friday's games, both gentlemen will go to the Czech Republic to watch the World Championships, with Babcock expressing interest in both the Americans' very young team and Dylan Larkin, who hasn't decided whether he'll turn pro yet.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry was not happy with Braydon Coburn, who did not retaliate against Brandon Prust.

Cherry and Ron MacLean talked about Caps/Rangers then Cherry said Mike Babcock should go to San Jose.

More topics too,watch below...

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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+maclean

Grand Rapids Griffins Advance To Western Conference Semi-Finals

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After rallying from a 0-2 series deficit to defeat the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Midwest Division champion Grand Rapids Griffins will continue their quest to "Bring It Back" by facing the Rockford IceHogs in the best-of-seven conference semifinals.

Grand Rapids, which finished off Toronto 3-1 in today's Game 5 to become just the 11th team in AHL history to win a best-of-five series after trailing 0-2, will host Rockford for Games 1 and 2 of the 2-3-2 format at Van Andel Arena this Wednesday, May 6 and Friday, May 8. The complete schedule is as follows:

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Montreal, Minnesota and Calgary all need wins to even their series at one.

I say the Candiens and Wild do just that but the Flames will head home down 0-2.


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Needed- More Playoff Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

No other major North American sport would tolerate such a dramatic decline in scoring. What is happening in hockey is the equivalent of returning baseball to the dead-ball era, or the NBA to a time before the shot clock. It’s as though the NFL was playing an endless series of 10-7, 7-3 or 3-0 games.

If the NBA’s scoring leaders were averaging around 15 points a game instead of 28, the league would act. If Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers topped the NFL with a dozen touchdown passes in a season, the league would force defensive backs to tie their shoes together. But the NHL looks on, and shrugs, and tries another tweak, and nothing works.

The rules brought in to amp scoring following the 2004-05 lockout (a crackdown on clutching and grabbing, the silly, awkward trapezoid behind the goal, abandoning the two-line pass rule) resulted in a temporary uptick in scoring, followed by a resumption of the long, slow decline.

It’s a measure of the brilliance of Jacques Lemaire that 20 years on the league still hasn’t figured out how to beat the defensive system patented by Lemaire with the New Jersey Devils and copied by virtually every coach since. Lemaire, the great offensive centreman, killed offence in the NHL and all the league’s great minds put together can’t figure out a way to bring it back.


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Video- When The Montreal Canadiens Score, The Home Light Show Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tracey Lindeman of CBC,

François Maillet doesn't consider himself to be overly into hockey — he says he watches about a quarter of the Montreal Canadiens' regular-season games.

"I'm just a normal guy. Not even a gigantic fan," said Miallet.

But when it comes time for the playoffs, he's admittedly a full-fledged bandwagon jumper.

"Right now, I think like most people, I watch every game," he said.

And now he's got a reason to watch — he's hacked into his Verdun home's smartphone-controlled lighting system to generate a sound and light show every time the Habs score.

When the Habs score, red, white and blue lights flash for about 30 seconds while playing the Habs' old goal song (appropriately titled Le Goal Song by Montreal band L'Oreille Cassée).

It helps that he's a computer scientist who specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning.



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Tatar, Jurco play roles in game-winning Slovak goal during first game at Worlds

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings-related note from the World Championships:

Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco began their Worlds campaigns for Slovakia today, playing on the same line, and whlie the Slovaks' 2-1 OT over Belarus was mostly a snoozer, Tatar provided the drop pass to Andrej Meszaros and Jurco provided the screen in front of Kevin Lalande as Meszaros provided the OT winner.

Both registered assists on the play and Tatar played 16:18 while taking one shot; Jurco played 11:55.

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