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from Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News,
It is clear through three games that the Rangers intend to bump, harass, slash and aggravate Flyers captain Claude Giroux every chance they get. So, how are they doing?
Last night marked t...
NBC Sports Group Will Cover Team USA From IIHF World Championship
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2014 – NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of all Team USA games next month from the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, part of more than 40 hours of coverage on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live E...
News Of The Day
- David Backes did not skate with the team today but Ken Hitchcock said...
via Mark Lazerus tweet,
"He’s not going to play unless he’s healthy. You never know, he could be skating in another rink. Lot of rinks in Chicago."
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* Right now the Broad Street Bullies are being bullied by the non-Smurf Rangers.
* Put it another way, as I predicted before the series, one major advantage New York has over Philly is in the are...
Mike Babcock on Tuukka Rask in 1st round series: "He looks great in warm-up because that's when he's getting the most shots." #BruinsTalk
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 23, 2014
Video- 55 Years Of On-Ice Stanley Cup Celebrations
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...
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...
KK- The KK Donation Drive Is Now On
It is once again the time for the semi-annual KK Donation Drive.
For a $25 donation, you as a KK member can have the vast majority of ads removed for you browsing pleasure for one year. If you have donated in the past and have no-ads status and ...
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 ...
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 reporter...
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 letd...
Ron MacLean Of Hockey Night In Canada Offers An Apology For His ‘French-Canadian’ Referee Comment
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 ...
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 o...
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 n...
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:
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 wou...
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 ...
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 car...
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 gener...
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 th...
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:
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 p...
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 Spo...
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 ...
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.
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 d...
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 canno...
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 possibi...
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 i...
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...
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 wa...
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) Ap...
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&nbs...
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 (@MarkLa...
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.
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 ...
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 pande...
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, t...
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...
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 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 Ta...
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 conscious...
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 clearanc...
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 Nugen...
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 lea...
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 ...
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 n...
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 a...
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 hou...
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 us...
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 ...