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So the Blue Jackets won a playoff game…

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

"For serious," Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in double overtime, tying the teams' first-round series at one--and the Blue Jackets rallied from a 3-1 deficit en route to their first playoff win:

Matt Calvert had 2 goals, David Savard had 2 assists, as Don Cherry pointed out, Brandon Dubinsky had 9 shots and 8 hits, and both goaltenders were stellar--Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 41 of 44 and Sergei Bobrovsky(!) stopped 39 of 42 in his victory.

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Red Wings early overnight report and Wings-Bruins Game 2 set-up: skate, evade, avoid B’s dumb-down

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated significantly at 3:38 AM, and holy hell, Cam Neely and the Bruins' beat writers are in on the "Not So Subtle Interference" kick:

Moving on from the Milan Lucic silliness, Danny DeKeyser's reaction and Saturday's practice news, the vast majority of the Red Wings and Bruins' beat writers have already filed stories in advance of tomorrow's Game 2 (3 PM EDT on NBC, TSN and 97.1 FM), so...

Oh hell with it, we're not quite done with the Loosick stuff yet (I was waiting to hear Don Cherry defend Loosick after returning from a cheery pre-Easter grocery shopping run [bleh], and instead, he just skipped the incident entirely), while Loosick started singing Asia's Heat of the Moment, DeKeyser kept his composure and channeled a little Nicklas Lidstrom, as DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted:

DeKeyser made a clean body check on the Bruins’ 6-foot-3, 235-pound forward in the defensive zone. But as the play shifted up ice, Lucic, who was trailing the play, swung his stick upwards like a pitchfork between DeKeyser’s legs.

“I didn’t really know what happened, I was just kind of skating back to the bench and to be honest right after the play I didn’t even know who did it,” DeKeyser said. “I’m fine. Just something that happens during the game. Just deal with it.”

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A difference of opinion: did the Red Wings offer Tatar and Nyquist for Iginla? I don’t buy it.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Vancouver Province's Ed Willes insisted that the Red Wings were offering up two of Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and I believe either Riley Sheahan or Brendan Smith in a package for Alex Edler last summer (which supposedly included a 1st round pick and a "fourth piece" that the Wings wouldn't bite upon)--which seems a little outlandish, but may very well be what the Canucks were asking for Edler...

And while I do not doubt the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' temerity, his as-usual-superb Sunday notebook includes a could'a would'a trade suggestion that I simply believe was not the selling price but instead, the asking price:

As if they didn't have enough to complain about, imagine what Calgary Flames fans feel knowing they could have had Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in a deal last year for Jarome Iginla. But general manager of the day, Jay Feaster, was insistent on a first-round draft pick being included in any deal for Iginla. In the end, the Flames may have little to show for Iginla and the Red Wings are flourishing with Nyquist's scoring and Tatar's speed.

I respect the hell out of Simmons, who continues at length and includes a variety of sports topics, but even the GM who traded Calle Jarnkrok, a 2nd round pick and Patrick Eaves to Nashville for David Legwand wouldn't bite on that kind of deal.

Nyquist has been in the, "Who comes after Pav and Z" succession pipeline for a while now, and this sounds more like the kind of rumor that would've made the rounds after Tomas Tatar admittedly considered asking for a trade, and, in the process, helped fire up the Slovak rumor mill (remember last summer, when he was talking about the Wings allowing him to play for a KHL team until they traded his rights?).

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.

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Don Cherry dekes, dangles and sprints past spears on Coach’s Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The CBC's Don Cherry had a very selective memory on Saturday evening. He lamented Brandon Dubinsky's ability to attack Sidney Crosby at will in Game 1 of the Penguins-Blue Jackets series, he mocked Duncan Keith for jabbing at the Blues' stars--suggesting that Keith "got Seabrook pumped up" (before sidestepping that topic)--he reviewed the Blues' game-winning goal against Chicago, lamenting Patrick Kane not blocking a shot, he very briefly praised Pavel Datsyuk's game-winner and suggested that the Wings are the worst team for the Bruins to play as their lack of retaliation prevents the Bruins from playing their game (no Loosick mention on Saturday), and then he praised Corey Perry scoring against Dallas and Ryan Getzlaf's persistence (no spear there, either).

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Video- Brent Seabrook Hit On David Backes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brent Seabrook received 5 for charging and a game, David Backes went to the dressing room.

The Blues scored on the pp late in the 3rd and the game is now headed to OT.



added 7:11pm, below, watch the CBC version of the hit...

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Umberger Returns, Blue Jackets Look For Franchises First Playoff Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

The latest from Rick Gethin at Fox Sports Ohio regarding the Columbus Blue Jackets:

Ahead of Game 2, RJ Umberger is making his return to the lineup after being out with injury. Although he has been to the playoffs before, this is a big game for him. He's a Pittsburgh native that calls Columbus home now.

Columbus head coach Todd Richards was asked what he expects from Umberger in Game 2. "I'm expecting him to come out, play fast and play big. He's one guy, what he's done well consistently all year for our team is he's gone to the net and played hard at the net."

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Red Wings-Bruins Saturday practice post: no changes for DET; Bruins call in cavalry, Julien cops out

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 3:38 PM: The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins practiced ahead of Sunday's Easter matinee-ish game (3 PM EDT on NBC and TSN) today, with the Red Wings hoping to build upon last night's 1-0 win in Game 1, and the Bruins' beat writers, including the Patriot-Ledger's Mike Loftus, reported that the Bruins' injured cavalry (Daniel Paille, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid) skated prior to the B's main skate:

Not sure yet what #NHLBruins are doing, but Paille, Seidenberg, McQuaid on ice now w/conditioning coach J. Whitesides

Pavel Datsyuk did "have a funny" regarding last night's physicality...

And you may take this from the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin, regarding one Milan Lucic and his attempt to give Danny DeKeyser a higher voice, as you will:

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Open Post- Three Games Today On The Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Enjoy the games today and if you are traveling over this Easter weekend, please be safe.

Fell free to discuss the games in the comment section.


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Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser: classy. Ballsy.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There's a Bruins Way and a Red Wings Way.

Meanwhile in the Boston locker room, per the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin...

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Milan Lucic Fined $5K For Spearing Incident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 19, 2014) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Friday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:55 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

watch the spear here...

added 3:35pm, Lucic talks about the incident below...

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