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Flames advance to play the Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Calgary Flames rallied from a 3-0 deficit to pull of a staggering 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, advancing to the second round, where they'll play the Anaheim Ducks.

Jiri Hudler scored the game-winner for Calgary, scoring 6:14 in:

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Monday’s Wings game starts at 7 PM EDT

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the NHL:


NEW YORK (April 25, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round games scheduled for Monday, April 27.

The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Detroit. In the U.S., the game will be televised on CNBC. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and TVA Sports.

 The starting time for Game 7 of the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET in Washington, DC. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Move On To The Second Round

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Blakhawks have defeated the Nasville Predators 4-3 to win the series 4-2.

They will meet te winner of the Minnesota/St. Louis series.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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via Sportsnet,

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss key players that have stepped up, and will step up for their teams as Stanley Cup quarterfinal action draws to a close.

More too...


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Razr On A Roll

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Larry Brooks On The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Can’t find many folks who believe Mike Johnston will get a second go-round behind the Pittsburgh bench.

Evgeni Malkin is in at a $9.5 million annual cap charge through 2021-22, so good luck to the Penguins trying to start their rebuild/retool by moving No. 71 for a package that might include the elite winger Sidney Crosby desperately needs by his side.

How many times in the five-game series against the Rangers — and how many times throughout the year — was Crosby wide open in great scoring position but failed to get the puck?

Seriously, it’s not like Wayne Gretzky ever had, say, Bill Berg on his line.

Oh wait. Yes, he did. Never mind.

Though you would have to say that No. 87 bears some responsibility of his own for having scored in two of the Penguins’ last 23 playoff matches.

more topics including concussions and 'Katy Perry'...

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The Stamkos-Garrison ‘double team’ on Abdelkader was…suspect

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm a biased Red Wings fan pretending to be an objective blogger on the internet, and I understand that Jason Garrison was very annoyed at Justin Abdelkader for the accidental/apologized-for ankle injury and/or concussion suffered in the Wings and Bolts' last regular-season meeting, but this reminded me of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger's double-teaming of Tomas Holmstrom circa 2007:

Abdelkader emerged from the exchange with his head still on his shoulders and no head injury, but the Lightning continued to attempt to injure Red Wings players for the balance of the third period, and usually the team that's the first to crack in the physical department has the shortest spring.

The Wings scored the 3-0 goal on the Stamkos penalty; why Garrison wasn't penalized, and why both sides weren't penalized on some of these exchanges, is beyond me.

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Red Wings-Lightning Game 5 quick take: stolen holiday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From here on out, it's about staving off elimination--stavnig off locker room clean-out day and the dispersal of players to the World Championships, their off-season homes, and in some cases, other teams. During the latter part of any playoff series, seasons and livelihoods are literally on the line, and the team that doesn't earn its luck earns a four-month vacation.

The Red Wings were the ones who bore down on Tampa Bay with unrelenting pressure from the goaltender on out, strong defense, great backchecking, shot-blocking and stout defensive play, and when you add in some fantastic goaltending to the mix and squeeze some clutch scoring into the equation, Detroit earned, earned, earned its 4-0 victory over the scummily dirty Tampa Bay Lightning, who tried to and nearly succeeded in injuring DeKeyser, Quincey, Abdelkader, Glendening and others (in a game the refs lost control of, but oh well, Detroit Honey Badgered along).

Now the Wings and Lightning come back to the Joe for a TBD-Monday start with the Wings prepared to close out the series, and the Bolts coming to the Joe having truly cracked in terms of their temper and resolve.

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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Would it make sense in Philadelphia for the Flyers to pull a John Gibbons and bring back John Stevens to coach? It makes sense for Ron Hextall.

- There’s something comforting about turning your television on in an American hotel room, finding the hockey game and hearing Gord Miller or Chris Cuthbert doing play by play. It’s like comfort food.

- An NHL executive on Cody Franson: “He’s a good player on a bad team, a below average player on a good team.”

- Why an Eastern team might be the Stanley Cup winner: Better goaltending.


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Video- Saturday Headlines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Simmons of Sportnet,

The Philadelphia Flyers continue to search for a new head coach and their short list includes Dallas Eakins, according to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox.

Eakins, 48, was considered to be one of the fastest-rising coaches in the industry prior to a rough two-season stint with the Edmonton Oilers. Under Eakins, the Oilers went 36-63-14 before the club dismissed him this past December.

continued and the video has more topics...


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