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The Boston Bruins Are Moving In The Right Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been keeping a diary for ESPNBoston.com this season. In his latest installment, he talks about the team’s recent struggles, injuries on the team, and how the trade deadline affected him. (As told to Louise K. Cornetta) 

A lot of unlucky things happened to us over the past month. I don’t think our game slipped too much from how well we played in January. I thought we were working hard but just couldn’t get bounces to go our way in games. Hopefully now in March, we can move forward and get back to our winning ways. 

One area we’ve worked on is our power play. It’s a little bit different now. We have two different units, same guys but in different positions. It’s improved a lot and we’ve scored a couple of goals with the unit I play on, and the other unit has scored some goals too. We need our power play to do well in order for our team to be successful. 

We’re moving in the right direction. There is more of a complete effort in the games. We have to keep working hard. We know there is only a little over 20 games left and there are teams behind us who are pushing us. We have to make sure we are focused on every game. 


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Kimmo Timonen Will Retire At The End Of The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

This spring is Kimmo Timonen’s final shot at a Stanley Cup ring.

The 39-year-old defenceman told reporters in Chicago Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 season but wants to remain involved in hockey as a coach.

Timonen, who only made his season debut Monday, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2016.

Ironically, it was the Blackhawks who snuffed out the blueliner’s best shot at lifting the Cup back in 2010, when Chicago defeated Philly in a six-game Stanley Cup final.


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Post-practice news: Ericsson iffy for Friday; Babcock challenges 3rd line; on Larkin/Mantha & trades

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 6:24 PM: The Red Wings practiced with their lines intact save one Jonathan Ericsson's absence on Thursday, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Ericsson's status won't be known until tomorrow as he's "questionable" with an unspecified injury:

Ericsson didn't practice Thursday. General manager Ken Holland said he is "banged up" and they'll see how he feels Friday before determining his status.

If Ericsson can't play, Jakub Kindl will be inserted into the lineup. Kindl practiced alongside Niklas Kronwall, Ericsson's regular partner, on Thursday.

Ericsson finished Wednesday's 2-1 overtime victory against the New York Rangers, logging 22:29 in ice time, his most minutes since Jan. 20.

The Wings' practice news cycle was particularly quiet, but the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that coach Babcock wasn't pleased with the play of the Nyquist-Sheahan-Weiss line during last night's 2-1 OT win over the Rangers:

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Fatherly Advice For Jeff Petry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“He told me the key to success is to work hard,” Petry said. “He said when you have guys with equal or more talent, the difference is going to be the guys who work the hardest.”

Petry’s dad knows something about working hard and succeeding in professional sports. Dan Petry pitched in the major leagues for 13 seasons, winning a World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1984 and winning a division title with the Atlanta Braves in 1991.

Dan Petry was known as a workhorse, piling up the innings and giving relievers a break. He had a career record of 125-104 and had 52 complete games in an era when five or six good innings were regarded as a quality start.

Jeff Petry said he doesn’t remember seeing his father pitch — he was only 3 when his father retired — but can remember being around the clubhouse and sitting in the stands.

Jeff and his older brother, Matt, both played baseball and hockey growing up in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Mich., but they took different paths when they reached the point in their careers when they had to choose one sport over the other.

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Practice Tweets: Khan reports that Ericsson’s ‘banged up’; Marchenko skating, Helm not

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 2:21 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena hoping to build upon last night's 2-1 OT win over the Rangers and prepare for tomorrow's game against the Calgary Flames (who tangle with the Boston Bruins this evening), and MLive's Ansar Khan initially reported "no changes" as it were:

Wings on ice for practice. Helm still not skating, Marchenko continues to skate.

But this is not good news:

Ericsson not skating today. He is banged up. Ken Holland  said they'll see how he feels tomorrow regarding his status for the game.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirmed the initial report...

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Richard Panik Fined For Diving/Embellishment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 1:50pm, you can watch the play below...

NEW YORK (March 5, 2015) -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Richard Panik has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

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Pre-practice post: On the trade deadline, Wings-Rangers tailings, multimedia & the charitable donut

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This entry is most definitely a set of disparate parts, mostly involving the Red Wings' 2-1 OT win over the New York Rangers and the trade deadline.

In the lattery category, ESPN's Craig Custance "reset" the Eastern Conference playoff race in an Insider-only entry, and here's what he had to say about the post-deadline Wings:

2. Detroit Red Wings There might be a little more urgency to win for Detroit than for any other team in the East. There’s the uncertainty surrounding coach Mike Babcock, the league’s best coach. And if Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk enter the playoffs healthy, this might be the best chance to win a Stanley Cup with those two stars as their careers hit the twilight.

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Free Press’s Schrader: Fetisov discusses tenure in Detroit during ‘Daily Show’ interview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Vyacheslav Fetisov appeared on The Daily Show last night, discussing the Gabe Polsky documentayr Red Army, and his on-TV interview was subdued in nature, at least by Fetisov standards. The 11:52 "extended interview" is much more interesting, and as the Detroit Free Press's Steve Schrader notes, Fetisov gave Detroit quite the "shout out" while discussing the Russian 5:

"It was like put fish back to the water," Fetisov said, referring to Scotty Bowman assembling the Russian Five with him, Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov and Vladimir Konstantinov.

"And support of the people in Detroit, their team and Russian Five, it was incredible," Fetisov said. "You never forget this when we win the first Cup. I never see this, 20,000 happiest people in the world, just to celebrate with us the first Stanley Cup in 42 years.

"And then 1.5 million people in the parade. And then the sign, 'I Gonna Name All My Children Viacheslav.' "

Schrader continues, and I poked around and found the interview before reading Schrader's article, so I didn't "lift" it.

Update: Mile High Hockey's Sandie Gauthier spoke to Polsky in an "extended interview" as well...

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Who Said It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m pulling for a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. We need a Canadian team to win the Cup. It would be great for hockey. I know it’s been a long time.”

The answer is....

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Gibson made 37 saves – two shy of his career high set on Sunday at DAL – to lead the Ducks past the Canadiens and to their seventh victory in their past eight contests.
* At 42-17-7 (91 points), the Ducks leapfrogged the idle Predators (41-17-7, 89 points) to reclaim first place in the NHL standings. Anaheim also leads the League with 42 wins; the club set a franchise record with 54 victories (and 116 points) in 2013-14.
* Gibson, who fell 1:41 short of his third career shutout, improved to 6-1-0 in his last seven outings (1.84 GAA, .942 SV%). Overall, he has a 12-5-0 record in 18 career appearances (2.22 GAA, .929 SV%).

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