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KK Is Getting Old

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are going to do a quick server upgrade starting at 1:00pm ET today and KK wll be down for about 15 minutes at that time.

You may also see sporadic outages for 2-3 hours after the upgrade.

Unfortunately, KK is getting old software wise and the software is putting a strain on the server.  This upgrade may help or may not but I am willing to take that chance.

Donations continue to come in but at a slower pace, so if you can help it is much appreciated.  One way or another, KK will be going through a major build over the summer which will put us in a great position moving forward.

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Should The Penguins Consider Trading Evgeni Malkin?

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via Sportsnet (listen to the audio),

Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Freidman joined Boomer & Rhett on the SN960 morning show Monday, and said the Penguins should at least consider trading superstar forward Evgeni Malkin this off-season.

“If you can get two or three pieces including a guy that can play with Crosby, don’t you have to think about it? At what point do you say yeah, we won the Stanley Cup, but that was six years ago? These two guys together make $18.2 million, and we keep losing in the playoffs because we don’t have enough support pieces.

“There are teams that could pull it off. I’m looking at a Florida, a Nashville, a team with young assets that could do this. I’m not saying if you’re the Penguins you should do it 100 per cent, but I’m saying you really have to sit down and think about it.”

Friedman adds that even the Calgary Flames could be in a position to trade for Malkin if in fact both sides were so inclined.

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Red Wings-Lightning Game 6 morning skate Tweets: no changes to Detroit’s lineup

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings hope to avoid a Game 7 situation by taking care of business against the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7 PM EDT start on FSD/FS Florida/CNBC/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM; Gord Dwyer and Steve Kozari are scheduled to referee tonight's game).

I've been wondering if this wil go seven games for a while, and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's Tweet is...not reassuring in that department:

The #RedWings take a swing at eliminating the Lightning tonight. Detroit is 9-9 all-time in Game 6 on home ice, including 5-4 at The Joe.

MLive's Ansar Khan reported "no changes" this morning:

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HHOF Member Marcel Pronovost Dead At Age 84

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Hockey Hall of Fame look at Marcel Pronovost.

Below, a video feature on him.

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Duff: Marcel Pronovost passes away

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

He was one of the best all-round defensemen in the Original Six era, and Marcel Pronovost was still scouting for the New Jersey Devils:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Detroit, DET leads 3-2, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVA, FS-F, FS-D
NY Islanders @ Washington, series tied 3-3, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVA2, MSG+, CSN-DC
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The Capitals and Islanders face off at Verizon Center in the first Game 7 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the second all-time between these clubs. On April 18, 1987, these teams played one of the most famous Game 7s in NHL postseason history, dubbed “The Easter Epic.” In that contest, which began on the Saturday before Easter and concluded at 1:58 a.m. local time, Pat LaFontaine scored at 8:47 of the fourth overtime period to lift New York to a 3-2 win in what stands as the longest Game 7 in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. The Capitals and Islanders also played one other series that went the distance, in the 1985 Patrick Division Semifinals (a 3-2 best-of-five win by New York).
Four of the six games in this series have been decided by one goal or two following an empty-net score. There also have been two overtime contests (in Games 3 and 4), with each team winning one of those games. The head coaches for both of these teams –Barry Trotz (WSH) and Jack Capuano (NYI) – will be coaching their first Game 7s. Four players among the two clubs will be playing in their eighth career Games 7 – Capitals teammates Nicklas BackstromMike Green and Alex Ovechkin (all 2-5) and Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (4-3). Washington goaltender Braden Holtby has appeared in three Game 7s (1-2, 2.64 GAA, .911 SV%), while New York goaltender Jaroslav Halak has two such games to his credit (2-0, 1.50 GAA, .963 SV%).

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Morning Line- Ed Willes On Playoff Refs

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We’re not going to unload on the officiating here because they weren’t the reason the Canucks lost. No, we’re going to save that for later in the playoffs.

But consider this:

The issue isn’t that there’s a conspiracy against the Canucks or any other team that feels they’ve been jobbed by the zebras. The issue is the calls are so inconsistent, so random, so disconnected that any hockey fan can reasonably look at the games and conclude their team got the shaft.

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks...

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It’s A Game 7 For The Washington Capitals And New York Islanders

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from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,

The Washington Capitals have told themselves there will be another day, and without question this is cemented in their minds. They feel confident there will be another game beyond the winner-take-all, loser-go-home meeting with the New York Islanders on Monday night, the seventh and last in these Eastern Conference quarterfinals. They believe they will watch the next round while playing in it themselves, not sitting on their couches at home, stewing and wondering what could have been.

They have told themselves they will meet again inside this practice facility to scheme and watch video of the New York Rangers, the opponent awaiting whichever club emerges victorious from Verizon Center, and not to conduct exit interviews. They hope they will peel another frame from their advent calendar, the one with 16 squares, the number of wins necessary to capture the Stanley Cup. Deep down, they insisted all this work wouldn’t be for naught, that what they accomplished in Coach Barry Trotz’s first season wouldn’t get overshadowed by another early-round, Game 7 exit.

They convinced themselves of these things because concentrating on anything else would be to acknowledge the alternative.

“The main thing is having no regrets,” forward Joel Ward said. “You don’t want to have any shoulda-woulda-couldas.”


from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 6

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Puck drops just after 7:00pm ET.

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,


Detroit leads best-of-7 series 3-2

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek is experiencing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time, but the 23-year-old sounds like a veteran heading Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena on Monday.

"You try and be focused for every game," Mrazek said Sunday. "You want to finish it as soon as possible. We know the game starts from 0-0 [Monday] and we're going to go and play hard."

Mrazek has two shutouts in the series, including a 28-save performance in Game 5. He's rewarded coach Mike Babcock for picking him rather than veteran Jimmy Howard to start when the playoffs started.

"He was a star in junior," Red Wings Mike Babcock said. "His first year in the American [Hockey] League he wins the Calder Cup. You don't win the Calder Cup by accident so he must be good," Babcock said. "And every time we called him up he played good. He plays good so he must be good."


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The Habs Move On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

All together now: Go Red Wings, Go!

During the regular season, your Montreal Canadiens were 4-0 against Detroit, outscoring the Wings 12-5.

Against Tampa Bay, which faces elimination at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Monday night, the Canadiens 0-4-1. The Lightning outscored the Canadiens 21-8.

The more favourable match-up for the next round of the playoffs would seem to be an Original Six revival.

But perhaps we can throw out the regular season as an indication of what will happen in the playoffs.

After all, the Canadiens were 1-3 against Ottawa this season. And they ended the Senators’ season in six games… while looking all too often like a team that won one and lost three to Ottawa.

You knew Carey Price was going to steal a game in this series. And man, did he ever pick a good time to play like the goaltender who is going to win the Vezina and Hart Trophies.

After giving up five goals on 25 shots in Game 5 at the Bell Centre, Price made 43 stops to hang a goose egg on the Senators in their own barn. It was the first time Ottawa had been shut out this season.


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