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Videos- What Do You Think Of This Hit By Brad Marchand On John Tavares?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Marchand received a five minute major for interference.

via Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“I’m fine,” Tavares said. “I think the video speaks for itself on that one. Don’t have much else to say.”



The Sportsnet panel discussed the hit below...

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Playoff Hopes For The Ottawa Senators Fading Quickly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As far as the Ottawa Senators are concerned, the Golden State has lost its shine.

For the first time in four seasons, the Senators closed out a trip through California without even one victory, capped by a horrible 5- 0 loss to the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Saturday night....

What’s going on here? This string of bad hockey isn’t showing any signs of stopping and the Senators are slowly. but surely, taking themselves out of any real possibility of making the National Hockey League playoffs.

Not only did the Senators stretch their winless streak to four games, but they also have just one victory in the past 12 after letting the Sharks skate away with the two points.


What kind of night was it for the Sens?  See below...

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Video- The Best From The NHL Games Played Yesterday

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12 games yesterday, 5 minutes of highlights.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

St. Louis 6, DETROIT 1
BOSTON 3, NY Islanders 1
Edmonton 6, MONTREAL 2
TAMPA BAY 4, Winnipeg 3 (OT)
Colorado 7, FLORIDA 3
NY RANGERS 5, New Jersey 2
Toronto 4, PITTSBURGH 3
COLUMBUS 1, Arizona 0
Vegas 5, DALLAS 3
SAN JOSE 5, Ottawa 0
CALGARY 4, Vancouver 2
LOS ANGELES 3, Carolina 2 (OT)

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Prospect news: Griffins, Walleye lose; Sulak scores in 25+; Kotkansalo, Adams score

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins continue to struggle. They dropped their second consecutive game of their 3-games-in-3-nights slate, losing 7-2 to the Rockford IceHogs. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Videos- Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

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Topics discussed include Erik Karlsson and the Senators (trade?), teams looking for goaltenders, the next CBA and more.



Below, some of the topics brought up by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include too many icings, linesmen need to be less lenient, the play of Malcolm Subban and more topics of interest.

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Red Wings-Blues wrap-up: both teams insist it wasn’t a blowout, and Howard was fine(?)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings had a rough Saturday, losing 6-1 to the St. Louis Blues in almost predictable fashion, but the strange thing about Saturday afternoon's game is that neither team felt that the score was indicative of the level of competition.

The Blues insisted that they didn't necessarily win a 6-1 romp while speaking with Reuters...

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Red WIngs raised $16,000 for Salvation Army on Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

… Alumni Draper and Osgood Earned Victory in 12th Annual Bell Ringing Competition, Raising $7,800 in Two Hours of Bell Ringing at the Kroger in Plymouth …

DETROIT – Four groups of Red Wings players, alumni and broadcast personalities raised a total of $16,237.72 for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during a two-hour span on Friday night throughout Metro Detroit. Red Wings Alumni Kris Draper and Chris Osgood raised $7,800 to earn the victory in the 12th annual bell ringing competition.

The Red Wings’ grand total of $16,237.72 raised via bell ringing and text message donations during the two-hour span increased the total to more than $150,000 raised for The Salvation Army since 2005. The funds raised this year support The Salvation Army’s STRIVE (Student Training for Integrity, Vitality and Education) youth floor hockey program. Introduced in 2009, the program teaches the basics of the sport of hockey, team building skills and positive sportsmanship behavior to children ages 8-12.

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TMR afternoon line: appearances can be deceiving in a 6-1 loss?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings lost 6-1 to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon, but the Wings' post-game comments mostly consisted of insistence that the team did not play particularly poorly, as noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

“Certainly through the first 40 (minutes), we played as well as we probably have,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Honestly, the 40 in totality was better than the other night against Winnipeg (in a Red Wings win). The pucks didn’t go in one way, and went in the other way.”

St. Louis wound up with 22 shots, doing their damage efficiently and capitalizing on some quirky bounces and deflections. Frans Nielsen scored in the third period, the Wings’ only goal on 29 shots.

Goalie Jimmy Howard (four goals allowed on 10 shots) was relieved by Petr Mrazek to begin the third period.

“It all comes down to I have to make some saves for the guys,” Howard said.


“I don’t think a 6-1 score (reflects) how the game went,” Nielsen said. “We definitely didn’t like the score but we did some good things out there. We did some real good things. I’m a big believer that over 82 games in this league you get what you deserve. We have to keep believing and working out there.”

Kulfan continues, and I'll post a full recap as soon as more reports become available...

Quick update: Coach Blashill also had this to say about Jimmy Howard, as noted by CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield:

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Afternoon Line- Larry Brooks On The Possibility Of Another Lockout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Correct me if I’m wrong (please don’t; this is a figure of speech, not an invitation), but I do not believe Bettman wants to go four-for-four (after 1994, 2004, 2012) when it comes to lockouts following the expiration of labor agreements. The NHL can be expected to give the players a way out of striking by proposing a narrowed band within the 50-50 split of hockey related revenue that would reduce both the cap and escrow.

This, of course, would be a terrible solution that would reduce choices for pending free agents, increase the number of buyouts and arbitration walkaways, and eviscerate the ability of powerful teams to remain intact. But the league will push it with the expected backing of many agents, who attempted to influence to union into taking this path in 2006 before activists shut it down.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this topic plus other hockey notes.

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