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Your Calder Memorial Trophy Finalists
NEW YORK (April 23, 2014) -- Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today. The Lightning is the first club to boast multiple Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respec...

NHL Short Notes
MONTREAL ADVANCES AFTER LAST-MINUTE WINNING GOAL Max Pacioretty scored the series-clinching goal with 42.6 seconds left in regulation to propel Montreal into the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pacioretty scored the second-latest series-clinching goal in regulation time in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Carolina's Eric Staal scored with 32 seconds left in the third period of Game 7 versus New Jersey in 2009.   ...

KK- The KK Donation Drive Is Now On
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The LA Kings Are Down 0-3 To The San Jose Sharks, Is A Shakeup In Their Future?
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times, This team has stayed largely intact for five or six years, led by a core that has grown up together and lifted the Stanley Cup together but now must consider the possibility it will be broken up in order to fix the weaknesses that led to this stunning playoff deficit. General Manager Dean Lombardi carefully lifted this team out of the rubble of failure and away from the negative influences of a losing culture, nurturing a group...

Only In Philadelphia
from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer, The protocol of the NHL postseason requires Steve Mason to stay quiet about the nature of his "upper-body injury." So even before a Flyers' public-relations representative began shooing reporters away from Mason's locker after the team skated at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday morning, Mason peeled off his pads and betrayed nothing about either his condition or the meeting he would soon have with head coach Craig Berube and goaltending co...

The Montreal Canadiens Sweep The Tampa Bay Lightning
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out, Game Four exemplified what the Canadiens were able to accomplish all through their series against the Lightning. • They got goals from each of their four lines. • Outside of a brief letdown in the early part of the third period, the Canadiens got airtight defence and rock-solid goaltending from Carey Price. • Unlike the Lightning, the Canadiens didn’t take bad penalties. • 11 skaters made the scoresheet. ...

Ron MacLean Of Hockey Night In Canada Offers An Apology For His ‘French-Canadian’ Referee Comment
from CBC, CBC hockey commentator Ron MacLean apologizes for his comment about French-Canadian referees during Tuesday night’s Stanley Cup playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. MacLean suggested during the second intermission that a French-Canadian referee should not be working the game. The context for his comment was a controversial call by another French-Canadian referee in the third game of the first-round playoff series that Lightning coach Jo...

Bruins Marchand Responds To Critics
Just about 24 hour after Minnesota Wilds' Matt Cooke took out Colorado Avalanche Tyson Barrie with a knee on knee hit it would be Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith with a similar hit himself on Bruins Brad Marchand, only this time after initial outrage at Smith for being reckless on social media turned on Marchand claiming it was a dive and he was faking it.  Bro if you're gonna fake an injury, grab the correct leg (via @myregularface). http://t.co/iDoBljpPxd — World of Isaa...

After The First Week Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Here’s Your Top 10 Goals, TSN Style
Just about 3 1/2 minutes of goals...  

A Night For Dan Carcillo
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Carcillo, inserted into the lineup at the expense of fresh-faced freshman Jesper Fast, who seemed out of his element through the opening two matches at the Garden. Carcillo, of course had been persona non grata around the Garden for years since whaling on Marian Gaborik right here in the Flyers’ building on Jan. 22, 2010 while wearing No. 13 for the home team. But then Carcillo slipped into the Blueshirt this January after a trade with th...

Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Penguins and Bruins’ head-shots
George here on the late shift...As I attempt to pen a little recap of a disheartening Wings loss, I at least got to see Jimmy Fallon make fun of NHL players' head-shots, playing a high-school-style "Most Likely to Be Voted to..." game: Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett, Simon Despres and Matt Niskanen and Boston's Brad Marchand, Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara all received jeers.

Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the first period of the Tampa/Montreal game and a few other topics including Cherry's view of the Matt Cooke hit last night.  

All Gary Bettman
Gary Bettman is in Philadelphia tonight for the Rangers/Flyers game and did a Q & A with the media... from Randy Miller of NJ.com, • On whether he likes shootouts: Bettman: “I like the shootout in the way we use it. I wouldn’t like the shootout in the playoffs, and the fact is I like the shootout better than ending a game in a tie. And so the issue is can we tweak overtime so maybe there are slightly fewer shootouts? But the fact is, no matter what your opinion...

Open Post- Get On The Edge Of Your Seat And Watch 5 1/2 Hours Of Playoff Hockey Tonight
Tonight Tampa Bay must produce a win in Montreal or else they can start making tee times tomorrow. Big game in Detroit with the Wings trying to bounce back from an ugly loss in Boston. The Rangers and Flyers are tied 1-1 in the series and now Philadelphia has home ice for the next two games. Biggest question for the late game is can the LA Kings slow down the San Jose Sharks' offense and score one more goal to get back in the series.  

All About Matt Cooke
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, In hockey parlance, Cooke’s wires crossed. He was late on the hit, and refused to abandon it. This wasn’t one of those plays where a defenceman is the last man back, and either he takes the puck carrier down or it’s a breakaway. There were three, perhaps four Wild teammates between the puck and the goal, but give the industrious Cooke credit here. He still likes to finish what he starts. Barrie, the kind of player who actually sells t...

Watching The NBC Sports Group
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 22, 2014 – On the strength of a new playoff format that has emphasized divisional rivalries in the first round, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first five days of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs has generated significant viewership and consumption increases for its coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra, the live streaming product for NBC Sports Group. Interest in this year’s postseason has been bolstered by:

Will The Kings Make A Comeback?
from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register, Are the Kings finished, or merely setting up a blockbuster Hollywood sequel? Losing consecutive playoff games by an aggregate score of 13-5 doesn’t lend itself to many positives, but there is one for the Kings: They were in this exact same hole 12 months ago, then leapt out of it. Last year, the Kings returned from St. Louis down 2-0 in their first-round series, then won four consecutive games and advanced. Now, after two shock...

Campbell: Lady Byng finalist Martin St. Louis’ trade demands weren’t ‘gentlemanly’
The NHL announced that Martin St. Louis is one of the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player today, but the Hockey News's Ken Campbell summarizes at least the Twitter-using media's reaction to said news: Martin St-Louis did not get my vote for the Lady Byng, basically because he didn’t deserve it. St-Louis may have had only 10 penalty minutes this season, but he did anything but prove he was worth of the award that goes, “to the player adju...

Your Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalists
NEW YORK (April 22, 2014) -- Forwards Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks, Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," the National Hockey League announced today. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted...

NHL Short Notes
SPECTACULAR GOAL CAPS WILD OT VICTORY Mikael Granlund scored his first career Stanley Cup Playoff goal in stunning fashion to break a scoreless deadlock 5:08 into overtime and give Minnesota a 1-0 victory over Colorado. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Granlund is only the fifth NHL player in the last 75 years to score his first career playoff goal in a 1–0 overtime game. The other were San Jose’s Andrei Zyuzin (1998), Philadelphia’s Ruslan Fedotenko (2002), San Jose&r...

The Blue Jackets Let One Slip Away
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch, This first-round series between the Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins has made for immensely compelling hockey. The Blue Jackets must exert their will to keep the Penguins from exerting their skill. Last night, the Jackets had the Penguins tangled and frustrated for the better part of two periods before a delirious crowd of 19,148 in Nationwide Arena, which hosted its third-ever Stanley Cup playoff game, the first ...

The Anaheim Ducks Are Unhappy With The Physical Play Of The Dallas Stars
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Game 3 between the Stars and Ducks featured four roughing penalties, two slashing penalties and three 10-minute misconduct penalties, and Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau blamed the Stars for that. “I think it was pretty obvious out there,” Boudreau said when asked if the Stars crossed the line. “We’ve warned the refs about them, anyway. It’s just something that I guess you do anything to win, but it’s not so...

Mr. Cooke heads to New York…
It's been a violent night in the NHL, but Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke's knee on Tyson Barrie stole the show, and as a result... Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has been offered an in-person hearing for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Details TBD. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 22, 2014 Multiple reports from the Avs and Sportsnet's John Shannon confirm that Barrie's out for 4-6 weeks (i.e. for the season) with a sprained MCL. And S...

Things are getting out of hand…As usual…As Stephane Robidas suffers another broken leg
I hate that every night during the regular season and playoffs, injuries are so regularly hockey's biggest stories. During the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over St. Louis on Monday, Steve Ott took some revenge on Duncan Keith (he of the, "I cannot recall chirping David Backes after Brent Seabrook concussed him" vein) in relatively clean form... But Matt Cooke took out Tyson Barrie's knee earlier this evening.... And I'm currently watching things get out of hand in a big way as the...

Gary Bettman addresses an outdoor game in Dallas and other topics
The NHL's chairman I mean commissioner is making his yearly attend-one-playoff-game-in-every-city rounds, and Gary Bettman is in Dallas today, so ESPN Dallas's Richard Durrett reports that Bettman was, as you might imagine, asked about the possibility of holding an outdoor game at the Dallas Cowboys' new digs, the AT&T Stadium... "I certainly wouldn't rule it out," Bettman said prior to Monday's Game 3 between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center. "It's an u...

Granlund Wins It For The Wild
It took Mikael Granlund a little time to warm up to the smaller ice in North America but the kid is up to familiar goal scoring tricks. That was the only goal of the game and it came in overtime.  The Avalanche the series 2-1 Game Four is Thursday. 

Matt Cooke up to old tricks vs. Avs
I guess we can only hope for so long before Matt Cooke does what Matt Cooke does, per USA Today's Kevin Allen: Key Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie left Monday's game after absorbing a knee-on-knee hit from the Minnesota Wild's Matt Cooke. Barrie grabbed his knee after spilling to the ice and was unable to put any pressure on his left leg as he went straight to the dressing room. The Avalanche announced that he wouldn't return to the game. Cooke received a two-minut...

New Team Yet Same Matt Cooke
Some times you can take a person out of the environment where bad habits were created and new habits will take that place; then there are times that those old habits return. Tonight in the Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Game Three this was exactly what happened with Matt Cooke.  The more things change…. RT @PeteBlackburn: GIF: Matt Cooke injures Tyson Barrie with a kneeing penalty http://t.co/FxhcjJK0uL — Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) April 22, 2014

Open Post- Four Games Tonight Including Three Desperation Games
The Pittsburgh/Columbus series is tied at one while the three other road teams tonight have a 2-0 series lead. KK members, feel free to discuss the games in the comment section.  

Columbus: The Antagonistic Hockeytown
The underdog that finally won their first playoff game in franchise history is not behind the times in trolling opposing teams fans. Every pens fan that walks into R bar gets booed it’s pretty amazing — The Anomaly (@Nick_J22) April 21, 2014 The R-Bar is getting quiet the publicity today from the hockey world.

Video- Jon Cooper, Media Member
Head coach Cooper decides to interview Steven Stamkos.  

Markus Näslund Heads To Hall of Fame
News out of Sweden is that retired Swedish NHL legend Markus Näslund has been elected to the Swedish Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. Admittedly my Swedish is a bit rusty as I have not used it as much the last few seasons but it looks as though Markus Näslund, Eje Lindström, Ulf Dahlén and Jonas Bergqvis were elected by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.  You can read the Swedish Release here. Näslund was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 16th overall in 1...

Afternoon Line
Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues on the Chicago Blackhawks...   Ryan Reaves: "We can go send them packing, shining up the golf clubs a little bit. I think that would be the best revenge right now." — Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 21, 2014

Playoff Numbers
from Mike Brophy of CBC, 1 - Shutout in 17 Stanley Cup playoff games so far in 2014. 8 - Shutouts in the first round in 2013. 12 - Times in 17 games the home team has won so far in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. 30 - Times in 47 games the home team won in 2013. 13 - Goals for the San Jose Sharks in their first two games of their series against the Los Angeles Kings. 10 - Goals for the Sharks in their seven-game series against the Kings a ...

Preparing For The Buyout Season
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, The second and final window for the NHL clubs to use their amnesty buyouts will begin the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the 2014 Stanley Cup final concludes. The buyout window slams shut for good at 5 p.m. ET on June 30. Bought-out players become unrestricted free agents and can sign with a new club on July 1. Each team was granted two compliance buyouts to use either last summer or this one, a clause embedded in the new CBA to provide some previously...

Down 0-2, The Minnesota Wild Make A Goalie Change
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants, The Wild was in the driver’s seat, up 4-2 in Game 1 until with less than 13 minutes left, Kyle Brodziak burps up a puck to Ryan O’Reilly, Jamie McGinn scores and the rest of the night was pandemonium. The Wild, 5-10 all-time at home in the playoffs, went from potentially being up 1-0 in the series to now being in a 2-0 hole with Game 3 tonight (6 p.m.) at the X. For the first time in his Wild career, Brodziak will be a healthy scratch ...

NHL Awards Show Announced
NEW YORK (April 21, 2014) – The NHL Awards™ return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, the National Hockey League announced today. Renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the recently-named host of the NHL on Rogers, will host the NHL Awards, which will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at the Encore Theater. The NHL Awards will air live at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada. 

Playoff Hockey Is Back In Columbus
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, The Blue Jackets will be backed by a sold out crowd in Nationwide Arena tonight -- the diehards who have endured all along, those who drifted away and have fallen back in love, and the newbies who are getting their first look at the greatest spectacle in sports ... the Stanley Cup playoffs. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said he was concerned about his players getting too caught up in the emotions of the moment and suffering an energy crash...

Waived-Off Goal For Tampa Was The Correct Call
from Kerry Fraser of TSN, I give young referee Francis Charron kudos for having the courage to correctly apply rule 69.3 and disallow the potential go-ahead goal by Ryan Callahan with 4:22 remaining in the second period and the score tied 1-1. The overriding rational of rule 69 (Interference on the Goalkeeper) is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being hindered by the actions of an attacking player. There were two instances of goa...

The Atmosphere In San Jose
from Katie Baker of Grantland, Joe Louis Arena has its long history, TD Garden has its swagger, and the Bell Centre has that certain je ne sais quoi. But if I were compiling a list of favorite places to go to watch a hockey game, the Shark Tank in San Jose would be very close to the top. (Notice I call it the Shark Tank, and not the “SAP Center” — I’m still bitter that the place is no longer named after a personal computer introduced in 1995, which was just so per...

Game 3, Chicago/St. Louis Should Be Must Watch TV
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo, After Brent Seabrook obliterated David Backes with an illegal hit Saturday – knocking him out cold – the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues scrummed in the corner. Backes regained consciousness, wobbled to his feet and tried to get involved, but he couldn’t keep his balance. A trainer had to hold him up against the wall. And this is what one Blackhawk had to say to a fellow player who had suffered a brain injury: “W...

Video- Was Steven Stamkos Fine After Taking A Knee To His Head?
from Sean Fitz-Gerlad of the National Post, It was not clear whether Stamkos went through a concussion protocol off the ice. It was not clear whether he met with a doctor. Lightning coach Jon Cooper suggested Stamkos received medical clearance before he returned for the third period, but he was vague. “I can’t comment on the particulars,” Cooper said, in the Times. “For a coach, it’s ‘can the player go or can he not?’ We take every precaution...

Avs Made The Right Choice With Nathan MacKinnon
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, What sets MacKinnon apart from other teenagers trying to crack the NHL is that he has both the mind and the body to play the game at the highest level. So while the Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can be a creative force, and made it right away too, he still hasn’t thickened beyond that rail-thin frame. MacKinnon is a solid physical mass, which is complemented by a lightning quick first-step and the creativity to make a sma...

NHL Short Notes
SHARKS EXPLODE FOR SEVEN UNANSWERED GOALS Seven different scorers found the back of the net for the Sharks as they stormed back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to defeat the Kings 7-2 in Game 2 of their First Round series, taking a 2-0 series lead. * The Sharks set a franchise record for most consecutive goals in a game (7), scored the most goals in a home-ice postseason game and matched a franchise record for the highest offensive output in any playoff game (7-3 win at Colorado on Apr. 3...

Another Blowout Loss For The Kings
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, "It obviously stinks sitting here talking after another lopsided loss, but they did what they set out to do," Kings forward Justin Williams said. "Now it is response time. Now we’re coming back to our rink. We won the first two in our arena last year and they came back and won the next two in theirs. We’re looking to repeat that but we have to start with one. "Every playoff series run through the playoffs is different and has a different...

Morning Line
The game was played on the eve of what promises to be one of the more emotional days in the history of Boston. The game was played on the one-year anniversary of David Ortiz declaring, “This is our [expletive] city.’’ It was on national television, and there was simply no way the Bruins were slinking out of town trailing two games to none to the eighth-seeded Red Wings. No team in the Hub does Boston Strong better than the local hockey team. On the Garden ice, all the words ...

Penguins Need More From Their Best
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, • Neither Crosby nor Malkin has scored in the Penguins' past six playoff games. In that span, which is more like seven games when overtimes are weighed, they have combined for five assists. • In playoff series in which the Penguins were eliminated since winning the Cup in 2009 — not including 2011, when Crosby and Malkin were hurt — Crosby had 13 points in 17 games, Malkin 11 points in 17 games. • T...

Video- Wow Montreal
This is how you do the pre-game for your first Stanley Cup Playoff game of the year...  

Video- Someone Explain To Me How This Is Not A Goal?
Sorry for the late posting today, but the last three days I have had a pinched nerve which goes from my shoulder blade to the tip of my fingers. I can deal with it but finding a comfortable way to sleep has been hard but found one about four hours ago and took advantage of it to get some sleep.   Again, if the NHL wants to get the call right, the no goal call like we just saw has to be reviewable. — Kukla's Korner (@kuklaskorner) April 21, 2014 That was last nig...

Monday Morning Hockey Talk
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, - If Alex Ovechkin ever thought of hiking off to the KHL down the road, it could land with the Moscow Dynamo, for whom he’s an adviser. The club is owned by billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, who used to spar at judo with Russian president Vladimir Putin when they were kids. - I’m going to miss TSN’s Ray Ferraro between the benches next NHL season now that Sportsnet’s got the broadcast rights. He’s the best in the bu...

While The East Slept The West Went Wild
It is no secret that 10 p.m. EST starts for games are the bane of the the east coast hockey fans existence - especially if their team is the one scheduled to play that late on the left coast. Last night may have been a night to stay up to watch the battle of California though as the San Jose Sharks erupted with seven goals, putting 40 shots on goal, against the Kings. 

 
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