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Losing Streak Hits Five For The Los Angeles Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

It was one fell swoop, er, one illegal hit against the one team they couldn’t put on the power play that doomed them Thursday. Dustin Brown’s hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz resulted in a five-minute boarding major that the Penguins used to put the game away 3-1 and send the Kings to a season-high fifth straight loss in front of 18,230 fans at Staples Center.

The reverberations were felt in the standings, too, because the Kings fell to ninth in the Western Conference, or out of the playoff picture for the first time this season. That’s based on a game in hand by the Colorado Avalanche, but it’s a minor detail in a bigger picture that is slipping from the Kings’ hands.

“It’s been tough,” Brown said. “It’s frustrating to lose five straight, especially in the situation we were in … it’s one of those things where you have to realize where you are. It’s been hard. It’s been brutal here for us, frustrating. But … we’re still fighting for a spot.”

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Video- Should Ken Hitchcock Be Upset With The Goal Reversal?

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Hitchcock said the goal was the kind that is scored every day in the league.

"I don't understand where we're going, because we practice every day, like every other team does in the NHL, going to the net," Hitchcock said. "Our player went to the net and was responsible for putting a play on the net, and we scored on the rebound. When we're in a situation where you're not counting those as goals now, what are we doing? What are we doing to our game that that can't be a goal?"


The Stars lost 2-1 in a shootout.

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What’s Wrong With Martin Jones?

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from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

Martin Jones’ post-injury struggles continued in Denver Thursday night, raising questions about whether he’s fully healthy and still the Sharks best option in goal.

Jones surrendered goals on three-consecutive shots in the first period of the Sharks 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (25-16-3), putting his team into an early hole that it couldn’t climb out of despite a late charge.

The Sharks goalie could be seen walking out of his team’s locker room after the loss with a noticeable limp. Jones was walking out of the arena with his weight predominantly on his left leg, suggesting that he’s nursing a lower-body ailment on his right side.

It wouldn’t be entirely surprising if Jones is still fighting through an injury he suffered in the third period of a game on Nov. 25 that caused him to miss one start.


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As It Should Be

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from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The National Hockey League said Thursday that it's aware of the backlash over Kid Rock performing at the 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa, saying that the decision to hire him was "purely based" on his entertainment value and history as a hockey fan.

The 47-year-old singer has drawn attention in the last year for endorsing President Donald Trump, his history of displaying confederate flags at concerts, criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protests during the national anthem and anti-transgender comments made during a concert....

Steve Mayer, NHL executive vice president and executive producer for programming and creative development, acknowledged the All-Star Game backlash. While the NHL did consider Kid Rock's recent controversies, "our sole objective is to choose musical acts to perform at our events and entertain our fans," Mayer told ESPN in an interview Thursday.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Blame Themselves In Loss To The Vegas Golden Knights

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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The door to the Lightning dressing room remained closed a little longer than usual Thursday night, and that wasn’t surprising.

After the kind of performance displayed in its 4-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights, this had team meeting written all over it. No specifics were given about what was discussed.

"None of your business," Anton Stralman said.

But what players did say after the doors were open was telling about what’s behind this recent funk, the Lightning having lost four of its past six.

"It all starts with how we work," Stralman said. "And we’re not a good team when we don’t work. And (Thursday) was one of those nights we didn’t show.

"(Vegas) is as good team, but I don’t think they did anything remarkable out there. They played simple, and we just didn’t put up a fight. And that’s on us."


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Videos- A Bit Of Nastiness Last Night In The NHL

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Dustin Brown received a game misconduct for boarding last night.



Below, Evgeni Malkin, nothing for his stick work...

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Video- Frederik Andersen Not Happy After Loss To The Philadelphia Flyers

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

An angry but matter-of-fact Andersen came out verbally swinging after the Leafs lost by a goal for the fourth consecutive game, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The loss at Wells Fargo Center came after the Leafs built a 2-0 lead in the second period, only to fritter it away in the third.

“We have to figure out who wants to commit to playing for the team,” Andersen said. “We’ve got to look at the attitude. We played well enough for two periods, but we’ve got to find a way to keep the foot on the gas the whole game. We can’t be satisfied with two periods.”

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Video- The Best From Last Night In The NHL

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Just south of 8 minutes long.


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Questioning Two Long-Term Contracts

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers questions from the fans...

Q: How does (Holland) justify the large and long contracts he signed with (Justin) Abdelkader and (Darren) Helm? Both have been injured several seasons in a row. They have consistently under-performed offensively.

A: His justification simply is he believed they were worth it when he signed them.

Abdelkader received seven years at a $4.25 million cap hit in November 2015. He was coming off his best season (23 goals, 44 points) and they didn’t have many players like him (decent size and physical, with scoring ability). At the time, he seemed like he might be the next captain after Henrik Zetterberg retired.

Helm was signed for five years at a $3.85 million cap hit hours before hitting free agency in 2016. They didn’t want to lose his speed. He was coming off two fairly healthy and, by third-line standards, productive seasons (28 goals, 59 points combined). They valued his versatility (ability to play top-six or bottom-six, kill penalties and even play the power play).

I think the pressure to keep the playoff streak intact also played a role. They weren’t ready to start rebuilding and believed Abdelkader and Helm could help them extend the streak better than whatever replacements they brought in had they not signed them.

more Q & A including Holland's future with the Wings...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Morning Skate

Home Team in Caps

NEW JERSEY 4, Washington 3 (OT)
Boston 5, NY ISLANDERS 2
PHILADELPHIA 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
COLUMBUS 2, Dallas 1 (SO)
NY RANGERS 4, Buffalo 3
St. Louis 4, OTTAWA 1
Vegas 4, TAMPA BAY 1
NASHVILLE 3, Arizona 2 (SO)
COLORADO 5, San Jose 3
Pittsburgh 3, LOS ANGELES 1

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