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Prospect playoff news: Walleye eliminated in Game 7 vs. Reading

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of playoff prospect-related note, in the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye lost 4-1 to the Reading Royals, dropping Game 7 of the teams' first-round series. The Walleye's website posted a recap...

Walleye season comes to a close with a loss

(Toledo, OH) Matt Caito scored for the Walleye but Reading took the series with a 4-1 game seven at the Huntington Center Tuesday night. The Royals win the series four games to three.

Reading’s Kevin Goumas, held without a goal in the series, started the scoring with a top shelf wrist shot at 8:06 of the first period. Toledo owned much of the play in the opening period holding a 14-6 shot advantage. The second goal of the game for Goumas came at the 6:28 mark of the second to balloon the Reading lead to 3-0. For a second straight period Toledo out shot Reading 14-6.

Toledo chipped into the Royals lead when defenseman Matt Caito fired a snap shot past the right arm of goaltender Martin Ouellette just 1:27 into the third period. The first goal of the playoffs from Caito was the lone one to beat Ouellette on the night as he picked up 37 saves on Toledo’s 38 shots. Kevin Goumas picked up the hat trick at 11:03 of the third to finish the scoring.


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Grand Rapids Griffins score two goals through the net en route to sweep of Admirals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 3:07, with some observations and pictures: Of playoff-related prospect note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-1 to sweep the teams' first-round series, taking the best-of-5 set in 3 games, and the game included two of the most bizarre goals that I've ever seen. Grand Rapids scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, by Brian Lashoff and Anthony Mantha, respectively, THROUGH the Admirals' net. Both goals had to be confirmed by video review:

The AHL's website has already posted a recap...

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Tatar’s got a bit of a chip on his shoulder

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In a column discussing Tomas Tatar's possible use as a trade chip for the Red Wings, the Free Press's George Sipple reveals that Tatar may not be able to play in the World Championships for Slovakia due to a "chip on his shoulder":

Tatar is hoping to play for another team soon. He wants to play for Slovakia at the IIHF World Championship, which starts May 6 in Russia.

Holland said Tatar was dealing with a rotator cuff injury. Tatar wouldn’t specify what the injury was, but said he had to be cleared by team doctors in order to play.

“I had a little medical problem, so I have to do some stuff here,” Tatar said. “It kind of came from the regular season and it went all the way to the playoffs. I don’t really want to talk about it now till I will know 100% what it is.”

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Evening news: Wings take in batting practice; Larkin’s optimism contrasts comments of Tatar, Nyquist

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Red Wings took in batting practice with the Tigers prior to Tuesday's game, as noted by WXYZ:

2. Dylan Larkin is headed to the World Championship because he wants to play more hockey, and during the Red Wings' locker room clean-out day, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa noted that Larkin was one of the few Wings expressing enthusiasm and a little bit of defensive "pluck" about his team's need for change:

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Changes Expected For The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Breaking up is hard to do, but this breakup day was harder than most for the Rangers, even if it lacked the palpable anguish that followed the failed deep Stanley Cup runs of the previous two springs.

For this time, few of the Rangers who walked into the room on Tuesday to chat with the press before officially heading into the summer, could know that they would be back in September to take another crack at the championship the club did not come close to this time.

While player after player expressed belief in the core group even while acknowledging changes were likely this offseason, coach Alain Vigneault left no doubt the club’s nucleus would be split before the Blueshirts reconvene in September.

“I think we’re at the stage now that we need to look at some changes,” Vigneault said days after the crash-and-burn, five-game first-round defeat to the Penguins. “For any NHL team, status quo is not possible and it is not what’s needed.

“We want to bring in different players to add to the dynamic. The core guys have been together for a while. Certainly it’s time to look at what we can do to improve.”


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Video- Brayden Schenn Suspended For Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here is the explanation and Schenn will serve the suspension at the beginning of the regular season.


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Twelve minutes of Dylan Larkin goals is fine viewing for an ‘off night’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

AWood40 gives us something to enjoy on this "off night" in the NHL--12 minutes of Dylan Larkin's 2015-16 season goals:

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule For Round 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 26, 2016) – The National Hockey League today announced the schedule scenarios for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round, which begins Wednesday, April 27. Pending Wednesday's Game 7 between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators, two schedule scenarios exist. In the U.S., NBC Sports Group will have exclusive coverage of the Second Round. Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports continue exclusive coverage throughout Canada. All times listed are ET and subject to change. Future start times and television information will be released as they are determined. 

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Watching Game 7 Blues/Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 26, 2016 – Monday night’s Game 7 presentation of the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues on NBCSN averaged 1.353 million viewers to rank as the most-watched first-round game in the network’s history, as the Blues defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 to win the series and eliminate the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The game peaked at 2.0 million viewers in the final full quarter hour (11-11:15 p.m. ET). Digitally, the game finished with 11.6 million minutes streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra to rank fourth all-time among NHL games.

Locally, CSN Chicago’s presentation of Hawks-Blues Game 7 delivered a 19.1 HH rating in Chicago to rank as the most-watched telecast ever in the history of the network, dating back to 2004. Last night’s rating shattered CSN Chicago’s previous all-time high of a 13.7 HH rating for a Bulls-Pacers first-round NBA Playoff telecast (April 21, 2011).

In addition, NBC’s presentation of Game 6 of the Blackhawks-Blues series on Saturday night (8-11 p.m. ET) averaged 2.822 million viewers to rank as NBC’s most-watched first-round game in four years (BOS-WSH, 4/22/12; 3.519 million), and the fourth-best on record.

Through 13 days, the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable have averaged 500,000 viewers (38 games), up 5% vs. 2015 through the same period (474,000). Digitally, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have produced 753,000 uniques and 126.4 million minutes across all Live Extra platforms, increases of 33% and 99%, respectively, vs. 2015 (566k uniques; 63k minutes).

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The Nashville Predators And Anaheim Ducks Will Be In The Spotlight Tomorrow Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One game with the whole hockey world watching.

Consider how rare an opportunity that is for the Nashville Predators, a team that hardly ever gets a chance to showcase itself on national TV.

If they do, it's because they're the team other people see when they're watching highlights or reading a box score. So often, the afterthought franchise.

The pesky Predators have forced their way into the national spotlight, with a chance to knock off a team many picked to win the Stanley Cup. Come Wednesday night, they will the face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their first-round series at 10 p.m. ET in Anaheim, the last game of the NHL's opening round,


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