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Podcast: Two Games In A Peach

May 16 12:08pm Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
After a long week of jury duty, I'm back with Reid updating everyone on the NHL Playoffs. We start off by talking about the Ryan Kesler and Ryan Johansen battle before getting in-depth on both series. Things even go full circle when we look back at the Bobby Ryan trade from 2013. We then discuss whether there is any reason the Capitals should trade Alex Ovechkin and some takeaways from the World Championships before we make our Three Point Challenge picks. Be sure to leave yours in the comments section at hockey.razzball.com. All of that and more on the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Seatgeek!...
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Washington Capitals rumors: Barry Trotzs future isnt secure

May 16 11:45am Stars and Sticks
Barry Trotz’s future with the Washington Capitals is far from a sure thing, according to Elliotte Friedman.  With another second round exit, the Washington Capitals are likely going to experience some changes. Usually, this is around the time general manager Brian MacLellan gives his end of the season press conference. However, it’s been delayed for […] Washington Capitals rumors: Barry Trotz’s future isn’t secure - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Nashville Predators Got It Right With Viktor Arvidsson

May 16 10:42am Kuklas Korner
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, Number 38. Who's this little No. 38 that has the puck all the time? “Viktor Arvidsson,” Swedish scout Lucas Bergman would say, for consecutive NHL Entry Drafts between 2012 and 2014. “Viktor Arvidsson,” Poile, Nashville’s general manager, would say back. Then they would talk — again — about this five-foot-nine, 180-pound forward who had caught Bergman’s eye as a 16-year-old. Bergman never gave up on the conversation. To his credit, neither did Poile, assistant GM Paul Fenton, or chief amateur scout Jeff Kealty. They considered Arvidsson every year, the way a man and wife discuss when the time is right to replace the eavestrough. “We had him on our list all of those years. We discussed him every single draft year,” said Bergman, over the phone from Stockholm. more...
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Washington Capitals should consider trading John Carlson

May 16 9:00am Stars and Sticks
Could the Washington Capitals trade John Carlson this offseason? It might be in the best interest of both parties.  After another season without a Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals are likely going to make some changes. Most of these changes will occur due to free agency, with the Caps having five valuable unrestricted free agents. […] Washington Capitals should consider trading John Carlson - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals: Alex Ovechkin will bounce back

May 16 9:00am Stars and Sticks
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is under fire after failing to meet his high standards of excellence. But if history is an indicator, expect The Great Eight to bounce back strong next season. The Washington Capitals are blessed to have Alex Ovechkin as their captain. At the end of the day, all you can ask […] Washington Capitals: Alex Ovechkin will bounce back - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Just What Ryan Kesler Wants

May 16 8:41am Kuklas Korner
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, While we contemplate a Nashville-Ottawa Stanley Cup final, here’s something else that is both rare and beautiful, the musings and meditations on the world of sports: — This is the magic of Ryan Kesler. Hockey’s resident heel has managed to turn a mostly uninteresting Western Conference final into a blood sport between two bitter rivals. Kesler, of course, is currently locked in mortal combat with Nashville’s Ryan Johansen, and while you can debate his effectiveness in shutting down the pride of Port Moody, you have to admit the matchup makes for great theatre. In the Preds’ 5-3 loss in Game 2, the real stories were a subpar performance from Pekka Rinne in the Nashville net and another monster outing from the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf. Instead, the main talking point was the battle between Kesler and Johansen, which was highlighted by a head butt on the game’s opening faceoff, a Kesler elbow to Johansen’s melon that went unpenalized, a Johansen high-stick on Kesler that was penalized, and this post-game gem from Johansen. “I’m just trying to go out there and play hockey and it sucks when you have to pull a stick out of your groin after every shift.” You have to concede the man’s point. Kesler, of course, is now the centre of attention in the series, which is exactly where he wants to be. continued plus some Olympics talk...
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Penguins 1, Senators 0: Phil Kessels Goal Lifts Penguins to Even Series With Senators

May 15 11:12pm NYT > Hockey
Kessel scored just over 13 minutes into the third period after the Penguins had dominated long stretches of Game 2 on Monday.
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May 15 9:00pm Hockey Blog In Canada
When Italy met Denmark in today's games at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, there was some hope that Italy could pull out a victory to keep them in the top division of hockey for next year's tournament. Granted, it was a tough task against a rising team in Denmark, but hope was all that Italy needed to spur their efforts. Instead, things unraveled late in the game when Italy needed a goal or two to keep their hopes alive. Let's just say this is not how Italy wants to be remembered.Alexander Egger is a 37 year-old defenceman who has played in Italy with HC Bolanzo for the majority of his career. He's a fairly productive scorer in Italy with 117 goals and 303 assists in 579 career games, but playing against some of the world's best in this year's World Championship has seen the Italian go scoreless in seven games.Unless you count this one.After stumbling over his own feet, the puck comes off Egger's stick and slides directly into his own vacated net. While it's completely an accident, it was the last goal scored by the Italians in this tournament as they will be relegated back to the Division-1A next season in the hopes they can battle back and participate in the 2019 IIHF World Championship.For a guy who has been so good in Italy, it sucks for Egger to be remembered on the world stage like this.Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!...
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Video- Dion Phaneuf Hit On Bryan Rust

May 15 8:40pm Kuklas Korner
Rust went to the room.     That hit reminds me of Scott Stevens on Slava Kozlov, watch below...
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On the N.H.L.s Playoff Ice, Injuries Are Risen Above

May 15 8:35pm NYT > Hockey
With their eyes on the Stanley Cup, players have traditionally kept their broken bones and torn ligaments to themselves until after their teams are eliminated.
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Wanted: A Catfish Thrower

May 15 4:40pm Kuklas Korner
from The Tennessean, Have the strength and the “stones large enough” to throw a 2-pound catfish on to the ice? Craigslist Chris wants to speak with you. On a Craiglist creative gig posting, Chris (who has not given his last name) asked for help fulfilling a bet made involving throwing a catfish on the ice at Bridgestone Arena if the Nashville Predators made the third round. According the help wanted ad, Chris had discovered that he “was deathly allergic to catfish” and had to come up with an alternative—either a catfish “tramp stamp” tattoo or hire a catfish thrower. He chose the later. Chris is willing to pay $75 or is open to discussing trades to carry out the deed. As long as the tosser already has tickets. continued...
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Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Ottawa Senators Game 2: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More

May 15 4:34pm Pens Labyrinth
After dropping game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to bounce back in game two against the Ottawa Senators. The Pittsburgh Penguins played a hard-fought game on Saturday night. Taking the game into overtime tied at 1, they eventually dropped the ball and allowed the surprising Ottawa Senators to […] Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Ottawa Senators Game 2: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Red Wings name Anheuser-Busch Landmark Partner at Little Caesars Arena

May 15 3:40pm Kuklas Korner
From the Red Wings: Anheuser-Busch announced as Landmark partner at Little Caesars Arena Partnership includes designation of Bud Light as Official Domestic Beer of the Detroit Red Wings, naming rights to outdoor Budweiser Biergarten and Goose Island Pub, and Bud Light Upper Concourse Bar DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced that Anheuser-Busch has signed on to a multi-year agreement as a Landmark-level partner at Little Caesars Arena. As part of the sponsorship, Anheuser-Busch will be the naming rights partner for three areas of the venue--the stylish Budweiser Biergarten, as well as the main concourse Goose Island Pub and celebratory Bud Light Upper Concourse Bar inside the arena. Bud Light will also be the official domestic beer of the Detroit Red Wings.
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Before The Puck Drops On Senators/Penguins

May 15 2:41pm Kuklas Korner
from Frank Seravalli of TSN, Zack Smith was searching for the right word to describe the attitude that the Ottawa Senators embody in Guy Boucher’s disciplined system. He paused. “Stinginess,” Smith said, “I guess would be a way to describe it.  It is a stinginess that the NHL hasn’t seen since the New Jersey Devils of a decade gone. It can be an ugly way to play, but to the delight of fans in the Ottawa Valley, the Sens are proving its effectiveness. Again. The Pittsburgh Penguins knew what was coming against the Senators, yet by the end of Game 1, some of their stars were already showing visible signs of frustration from playing against the kind of staunch defensive front they haven’t faced in two long playoff runs.  “We definitely noticed,” defenceman Cody Ceci said of Pittsburgh’s frustration. “That just means we’re doing a good job. We try and take it with a grain of salt. We just kind of step back, keep playing the same way. Try not to focus on them too much, just focus on ourselves.” Most teams talk about focusing on themselves, but the Senators mean it. It’s not hyperbole. Winger Bobby Ryan estimated that 80 per cent of Ottawa’s game plan revolves around their own approach, with only 20 per cent centred on their opponent.  continued...
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Mid-day news: On Mrazek, the Wiffins, Drew Miller, Team USA and Tweets of note

May 15 12:43pm Kuklas Korner
Of relatively brief Red Wings-related note this afternoon: 1. AWood40 posted a clip of highlights from Petr Mrazek's 2016-17 season... 2. At the same time, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff wrote this in a column comparing and contrasting Jimmy Howard and Mrazek's 16-17 seasons:...
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Washington Capitals rumors: Todd Reirden to interview with Panthers

May 15 11:46am Stars and Sticks
Washington Capitals associate head coach Todd Reirden will get an interview with the Florida Panthers for their vacant head coaching position.  Part of the curse of being a very good team is everyone wants to hire your guys. The Washington Capitals are no different, as they nearly lost both associate head coach Todd Reirden and […] Washington Capitals rumors: Todd Reirden to interview with Panthers - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Results Will Come

May 15 11:39am Kuklas Korner
from Bobby Ryan of The Players' Tribune, Before training camp started last September, I sat down with Coach Boucher and for about two hours we talked hockey. Some of it was specific to our team, but much of it was a broader discussion about hockey philosophy. What makes a good team tick? What causes a talented roster to fail? How do you construct a consistently good power play? He told me that if our team was going to succeed, we needed reliable “net guys.” For his system to work, he needed players who could do the dirty work in front of the goalie and behind the net in order to set up chances. I agreed with it, but didn’t realize he was implying that he wanted me to step into that role. Once training camp began and he started putting me in those situations, it became clear that I was going to need to alter my game pretty drastically. That wasn’t easy for me to do. For most of my life, I’ve been asked to make plays by floating to the outside and putting pucks on net. Suddenly I was being asked to be more physical and screen goalies to help set up chances for other guys. That meant fewer scoring opportunities for myself, which, for most of my career — and according to people at the grocery store — me not scoring has meant failure. There were stretches this year where I’d be doing everything the team asked of me, and doing it fairly well, but I wouldn’t show up on the score sheet for four or five games at a time. At one point, I went 16 games without a goal, which felt awful. But I stuck with it, because I knew that I was part of something more. I had seen what this team was like when I was a sniper and honestly, it wasn’t bad… but it also wasn’t great. In that first meeting, Coach told me that things were going to change around here, and that if I was willing to buy into it — to truly buy in and change the way I played the game — the results would come. more...
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NHL Expansion Draft: Washington Capitals lose Philipp Grubauer

May 15 11:00am Stars and Sticks
In Stars and Sticks’ first NHL expansion mock draft, the Washington Capitals will be losing a valuable young player.  The NHL hasn’t had an expansion draft in a little over 15 years. This summer, the Vegas Golden Knights will be joining the league as an expansion team. With a new team comes a new and […] NHL Expansion Draft: Washington Capitals lose Philipp Grubauer - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Its A Slow Motion Monday

May 15 10:39am Kuklas Korner
Exactly three minutes and sixteen seconds to watch the NHL action from the last week.  ...
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Washington Capitals 2017 prospect report: Ilya Samsonov

May 15 10:00am Stars and Sticks
Washington Capitals’ 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov is developing as expected, showing the potential of being an elite goaltender.  The Washington Capitals took a little bit of heat in the 2015 NHL Draft when they selected goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov in the first round. There were some quality forward prospects available, but draft guru […] Washington Capitals 2017 prospect report: Ilya Samsonov - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals: Projecting Dmitry Orlovs next contract

May 15 9:00am Stars and Sticks
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has blossomed into a first pairing defenseman. How huge is his next contract going to be?  One year ago, Dmitry Orlov’s future with the Washington Capitals was kind of up in the air. He was coming off a promising, but frustrating season. Sure, Orlov showed impressive offensive production, finishing second […] Washington Capitals: Projecting Dmitry Orlov’s next contract - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Ticket Prices Continue To Increase In Buffalo

May 15 8:42am Kuklas Korner
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, We just went through what has to rate as one of the better weeks for Terry and Kim Pegula in a long time. They're getting universally praised for their choice of general managers for both the Sabres and Bills, and with good reason. It will be much easier for Jason Botterill and Brandon Beane to win the press conferences than to actually win games, but it was good to see ownership go in a badly-needed new direction. That's why it was so disappointing to see the Pegulas go in one same old direction again: Soaking their customers. We shouldn't be surprised the Sabres are raising prices on season tickets yet again, keeping the Pegulas' streak alive of an increase every year since they took over the owners' box. After all, business is business and they didn't get rich by turning down money. But the lack of respect for the customer continues. And it's hard to fathom. My Twitter feed lit up like a Christmas tree Friday afternoon with angry folks complaining about the latest price hike. For a team that has won absolutely nothing since Pegula hit town in 2011, hitting the wallets of the best customers again is a bit much. continued with ticket prices mention for a few other NHL teams...
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Washington Capitals News: Nicklas Backstrom, offseason begins

May 15 6:00am Stars and Sticks
Nicklas Backstrom had a strong start to his IIHF World Championships, a painful offseason begins and more in today’s Washington Capitals news and links. There is no lack of interesting and fascinating topics for discussion concerning the Washington Capitals of late. With a critical offseason underway, the Caps are still dominating the news cycle. Players are […] Washington Capitals News: Nicklas Backstrom, offseason begins - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Ducks Start Slow but Finish Strong to Tie Western Conference Finals

May 15 12:12am NYT > Hockey
After having lost in overtime in the opener, the Ducks fell behind by two goals early on before a furious rally gave them Game 2.
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Travis Zajac Should Stay On New Jersey Devils Top Line

May 14 10:19pm Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils have deep center depth coming in. Despite that, Travis Zajac should continue to center its top line. Travis Zajac has become one of the most talked about New Jersey Devils over the past few years. He was the first person to sign a long-term deal after the latest lockout. He’s had […] Travis Zajac Should Stay On New Jersey Devils’ Top Line - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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New Jersey Devils Should Take Long Look At Nathan Bastian

May 14 7:59pm Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils need help on the wing. The team could decide to make moves during the offseason, but they could take a chance on prospect Nathan Bastian. This offseason, the New Jersey Devils have a lot of holes to fill on its main roster. There is the glaring hole on defense, and what […] New Jersey Devils Should Take Long Look At Nathan Bastian - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Open Post- Game 2 Western Conference Final

May 14 7:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Ducks need a win, they certainly don't want to travel to Nashvville down 0-2. The comment section is yours. Nashville @ Anaheim, NSH leads 1-0, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS...
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Are Olympic Fans Set for Mens Hockey Without Players From the N.H.L.?

May 14 6:55pm NYT > Hockey
The league announced last month that it would not release players for the Winter Games, and teams preparing for 2018 are struggling to adjust.
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Washington Capitals: Nicklas Backstrom helps Sweden beat Denmark

May 14 4:50pm Stars and Sticks
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom got a goal and an assist in his first game at the IIHF World Championships at Sweden beat Denmark 4-2.  The Washington Capitals are recovering from yet another disappointing season. Some players go about their healing differently. For Nicklas Backstrom, his healing process begins with representing Sweden at the 2017 […] Washington Capitals: Nicklas Backstrom helps Sweden beat Denmark - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Red Wings at the Worlds: Mrazek sits again; Howard back-stops USA to quarterfinal berth

May 14 12:42pm Kuklas Korner
At the World Championship: In Paris, France, Petr Mrazek sat on the bench as Pavel Francouz back-stopped the Czech Republic to a 4-2 victory over France. The Czechs will wrap up their round robin play on Tuesday against Switzerland (10:15 AM EDT); And in Cologne, Germany, Team USA secured a berth in the Quarterfinals with a 6-1 victory over Slovakia. Jimmy Howard looked solid under a heavy early workload, stopping 19 of 20 shots; Dylan Larkin didn't have an assist, but he played strong-skating, slightly scrappy hockey, taking 1 shot and finishing at -1 in 18:34 played; and Danny DeKeyser looked a lot less lost on the big ice, using his positioning to be prepared for puck battles instead of trying to skate into them, finishing with a shot and an even plus-minus rating in 16:23 played. The Americans will wrap up their round robin play against Russia on Tuesday (10:15 AM EDT on NBCSN). The Americans will go into that game having won 5 straight.
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The Cap Issues With The Chicago Blackhawks

May 14 9:39am Kuklas Korner
from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald, As for Artem Anisimov, why the rush to give him five years and $23 million a day after arriving in the Brandon Saad deal? The Hawks have not won a playoff series since he arrived, though it's hardly all on Anisimov. Did the Hawks really need to give 30-year-old Brent Seabrook eight years and $55 million in the fall of 2015? Granted, it's easier to do when you've won three Stanley Cups in six seasons, but that was a shocker. And then there's Marcus Kruger, who got three years and $9 million in March 2016, six months after signing for a year and $1.5 million, and having missed most of the first half of that season with a wrist injury. Again, easy to look past the good deals and wonder why the bad ones occurred, but now Kruger is probably on his way out of town and it may cost the Hawks another player the way Teuvo Teravainen was sent to Carolina with Bickell's contract. The talk in NHL circles is that the Hawks are trying to get Vegas to take Kruger's contract, but that the Hawks might have to give them another player in the process.... The Hawks are about $3 million over the cap for next season right now after signing Richard Panik for two years at $2.8 million annually, and Panik -- who would have been a restricted free agent July 1 -- was startled the Hawks came at him so hard. I was waiting for the first offer to come in and the first one they gave me was surprising, so there wasn't much thinking about if I was going to sign it, Panik said on a conference call with the media. I was really happy to get the first offer. more...
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Bobby Ryans Big Moment

May 14 7:40am Kuklas Korner
from Frank Seravalli of TSN, If you listened close enough, you could almost hear it, omnipresent above the groans and grumbling of yellow-clad Penguin fans as they filed out. No question about it, the voice cheering loudest for Bobby Ryan’s overtime winner came from above. Hours before maybe the most difficult holiday of his young life, Ryan delivered a magical Mother’s Day present for his late mom, who passed away unexpectedly last July after a brief battle with cancer. Melody Stevenson was surely beaming with pride as her son raced around Olli Maattaand shovelled a backhand over Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoulder to become the first Ottawa Senator to ever score two overtime goals in one postseason. Ryan saved it for the biggest stage of his career, his first appearance in an Eastern Conference final. Senators 2, Penguins 1. “It felt great, obviously, to come through,” Ryan said. “An important and crucial moment, I guess.” continued Watch the OT goal below...
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Washington Capitals Defeat Should Mean The End Of An Era

May 14 5:48am Not Your Average Hockey Blog.
How much longer can this go on? How much longer will the Alexander Ovechkin era in Washington continue? The ugly truth is that it should be ended now. Cold, hard, and sober. Alexander Ovechkin cannot win a championship, at least as the leader for either Washington and Russia. And probably he can take long time […]...
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Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins to face San Jose Barracuda in AHL Western Conference Final

May 14 1:40am Kuklas Korner
A couple hours after the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Chicago Wolves 5-2 to advance to the Western Conference Final in 5 games, the San Jose Barracuda defeated the San Diego Gulls 2-0, advancing to the Western Conference Final in the same 5 games. As such, the Griffins and Barracuda will battle for the chance to play for the AHL championship, and the series will take a 2-3-2 format, with the Griffins hosting the middle three games as San Jose finished higher in the standings. Here's the schedule visually and text-ually, via the AHL: .@griffinshockey and the @sjbarracuda set to meet in the Western Conference Finals →https://t.co/MF5NciSZB2 pic.twitter.com/ht7VnKbYXp — AHL (@TheAHL) May 14, 2017 The American Hockey League has announced the following schedule for the Western Conference Finals in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7) P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins Game 1 – Sat., May 20 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 9:00 Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 8:00 Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00 Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00 *Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00 *Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00 *Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00 *if necessary… All times Eastern...
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Kulfan speaks with Daniel Cleary, player development specialist

May 14 12:39am Kuklas Korner
Daniel Cleary's last year of professional hockey has probably gone the way that Daniel Cleary's first years of post-hockey-playing life will go: he's practiced alongside the Grand Rapids Griffins, but hasn't played in any games, serving as a mentor for some of the Wings' top prospects. Cleary spoke with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan regarding his current job and his hopes to continue playing a role in the development of the Wings' next generation: Cleary signed an American League contract last summer with the Griffins. He found himself deep down in the depth chart — his own broken-down body after nearly 1,000 pro and minor league games doesn’t help matters — but Cleary has never complained. If he can’t help by being in the lineup these days, Cleary is intent on making the likes of Tyler Bertuzzi, Evgeny Svechnikov, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou, among others, better. “My wife asked me one day, ‘Why do I do it, why do I go to practice and put my body through all this?’ ” Cleary said. “Again, it’s because I love hockey. I love being out there. I love being at practice, on the ice, being with the guys. “We have so many great kids here. I do what I can do to help out, give a tip here or there, and if I see something to help them become a better pro, I’m going to tell them.” Kulfan continues...
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New Jersey Devils 2016-17 Season Grades: Kyle Palmieri

May 14 12:08am Pucks and Pitchforks
Kyle Palmieri had a great year for the New Jersey Devils in 2015-16. He was a 30 goal scorer and a bright spot on a dark season. Palmieri had some big expectations on his shoulder coming into 2016-17. Kyle Palmieri, along with Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique, were supposed to lead the way for the New […] New Jersey Devils 2016-17 Season Grades: Kyle Palmieri - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins advance to AHLs Western Conference Final

May 13 11:39pm Kuklas Korner
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins advanced to the AHL's Western Conference Final via a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves. The Griffins advanced 4 games to 1 and will play the winner of the San Jose-San Diego series (San Jose leads that series 3-1, and the teams are playing presently). Tyler Bertuzzi scored 2 goals; Kyle Criscuolo had a goal and an assist, Tomas Nosek had a goal and an assist, Matt Lorito had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 22 shots in the win. Formal recaps and highlights are forthcoming. Update: Here's the AHL's website's recap:...
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Senators 2, Penguins 1 | Overtime | Ottawa leads Eastern Conference finals, 1-0: Bobby Ryan Scores on a Breakaway to Give Ottawa the Win in Game 1

May 13 11:07pm NYT > Hockey
The Senators are now 6-1 in overtime during this postseason, and the Penguins are trailing in a series for the first time.
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Evening Line- Larry Brooks On Alex Ovechkin And The Washington Capitals

May 13 10:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Capitals fans likely would buy into an Ovechkin deal at this point. But there is surely no guarantee that owner Ted Leonsis would be amenable to moving on from the individual who almost singularly transformed the Caps into a power brand in the league and a vibrant product in D.C. and for whom he always demonstrated the utmost support. If Ovechkin is traded, it will be an ownership decision. Twelve years of Ovechkin. Seven division titles. Four first-seeds without a conference title. Never once more than seven playoff wins in any year to show for it. The Caps am what they am. -Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the Caps and other toics like this... If the Chicago-Los Angeles Western power axis shifts to Edmonton-Nashville, as seems quite possible, what exactly does that mean on a national scale to and for an NHL that has a soft spot for its small markets, but thrives when big-market powers dominate?...
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Ended His Season

May 13 9:00pm Hockey Blog In Canada
You may think that, as a Canadian, I have little respect for the Russians when it comes to hockey. Yes, I'll always cheer for the Canadians when the long-time rivals meet, but I'd have a hard time denying my respect for Russians who have played the game well and accomplished amazing things. One such player is Sergei Mozyakin, and the image just above is how he finished his IIHF World Championship after it was announced today that the veteran sniper would miss the remainder of the tournament.Mozyakin isn't one to simply pack up his bags after a few bumps and bruises. The proud Russian is one of the best players on the planet to lace up the skates, so his absence must mean that the injury he sustained off a vicious Patrick Hager slew-foot late in the Germany-Russia game on Monday may have been worse than the Russia team let on after Mozyakin was seen with teammates at dinner following the game.Mozyakin has never been one not to represent his country proudly, and he's often seen as the one Russian whose KHL loyalty has always represented the homeland. He has played in eight World Championships where he's posted 19 goals and 19 assists in 51 games, but the greatest scorer in Russian hockey history has been left off every Olympic team. I can't imagine that sits well with Mozyakin, but he continually shows up for Russia at the World Championships where he was named the captain this year. Everything seemed to be going well as Russia was getting stronger through the three games he played, and then Patrick Hager committed an atrocious act that, in this writer's eyes, deserved more than two games of suspension.If the IIHF is serious about protecting players, the penalty that Hager incurred would have carried a much harsher sentence. The slew-foot was premeditated, it was vicious, and Mozyakin landed on his shoulder and head aftr having his feet kicked out from underneath him. There is no excuse or rationale for Hager's attack as Mozyakin wasn't part of the play nor was he in any sort of pursuit of the puck. Conversely, Hager's attack came from behind where Mozyakin didn't see him, and the end result was Mozyakin landing on his head and shoulder after the slew-foot. The jarring of his head and neck alone could have caused a concussion, but no one talks about what injuries were suffered.The official statement today reads, The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia now announc...
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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night

May 13 7:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - Excuse me if I have no sympathy for Chris Simon, one of the recent opportunists to hop aboard the apparent gravy train that is suing the National Hockey League over concussions. Simon played for eight different teams, fought more than 100 times, was suspended on eight different occasions, and ended up with 1,824 minutes in penalties. The worst aspect of his career was the indifference and lack of respect he showed both the game and those he played against. On occasion, he swung his stick like a baseball bat. He stomped on players. He cross checked players across the throat. It often looked like attempt to injure was just part of his nightly regimen.... - Didn’t think Pittsburgh could win a Stanley Cup with Kris Letang heading up a thin defence last season. Now, without him, can they win with Olli Maatta, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, Ron Hainsey, Chad Ruhwedel and Ian Cole on the back end? - If you don’t love watching Erik Karlsson dance, you don’t love hockey. But does that mean I’m loving the Senators? Ah, no. more on Simon plus additional hockey topics...
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Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Ottawa Senators Game 1: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More

May 13 7:02pm Pens Labyrinth
After defeating the Washington Capitals in seven games in the second round, the Pittsburgh Penguins head into the Eastern Conference Finals facing the Ottawa Senators The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to carry their momentum from the last two rounds into the Conference Finals. The Ottawa Senators have surprised many this season, and will be […] Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Ottawa Senators Game 1: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Open Post- Game 1 Of The Eastern Conference Final

May 13 6:40pm Kuklas Korner
Everttime I doubt the Senators, a little voice from my brain says Boucher.  Yes, Guy Boucher has formed the Senators into a team which plays well together. I won't doubt him again. Feel free to discuss tonight's game. Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7 p.m., CBC, SN, TVAS, NBC...
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Is there a fit for Kevin Shattenkirk in Detroit?

May 13 5:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings' salary cap situation is...a little fluid depending on whether the Vegas Golden Knights snag a high-salary player off the Wings' roster, but there's no doubt that the Wings would make the necessary moves to accommodate signing a top-pair defenseman if such a player were to become available via free agency. The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa believes that Kevin Shattenkirk is likely to be that player, and he sees a good fit for Shattenkirk in Detroit: The Red Wings are in a vulnerable spot. They are eager to improve their roster after seeing their 25-year postseason run come to an end. They have closed Joe Louis Arena and are moving into Little Caesars Arena in 2017-18. They are committed to paying the aging Niklas Kronwall $4.75 million annually for the next two seasons. This all makes them players to pursue Kevin Shattenkirk, the best free agent defenseman in a barren blue-line market. The 28-year-old will command an average annual value north of the $6 million Detroit is paying Mike Green, another right-shot defenseman with a similar skill set. Shattenkirk’s puck-moving touch would help the Wings get the puck onto the sticks of burners such as Andreas Athanasiou. But Shattenkirk is at his best as a power-play specialist and third-pairing even-strength defenseman. It’s the position he filled in Washington, behind Matt Niskanen and John Carlson, and St. Louis, after Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko. He would be a top-four defenseman in Detroit, which would put him at risk of playing against better scorers. As much as the ex-BU defenseman would help the Wings, Shattenkirk would have to assume a bigger role — one he might not be suited to fill. In turn, Shattenkirk could use Detroit’s pursuit to drive up his price with a suitor where he’d be a better fit. Shinzawa continues his Sunday notebook-on-Saturday with a wide variety of topics, and I'm not sure whether Shattenkirk's going to be interested in slatching on wit ha bubble team. If he can be brought to Detroit, Shattenkirk made noises about wanting to be a #1 defenseman during the Capitals' locker room clean-out day, and the Wings would certainly offer that kind of opportunity.
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On Dylan Larkins status as an alternate captain on Team USA

May 13 3:39pm Kuklas Korner
NHL.com's Brian Hedger is at the World Championship, and he spoke with Dylan Larkin and Jimmy Howard regarding the fact that Larkin wears an alternate captain's A on his Team USA jersey: What an honor for him to be over here and be part of the leadership group, said Howard, who's also competing in his second world championship. I don't think he really has to do that in Detroit. We've got such great leadership with (Niklas Kronwall), (Henrik Zetterberg) and (Justin Abdelkader), so he's a little more reserved there. Here he's a little more vocal, and it's really great to see. It might also be training for a different role with the Red Wings in the future Larkin is still three months from his 21st birthday, so he could wear a Red Wings uniform for years to come. It doesn't take much to envision that uniform having a letter stitched to the shoulder someday. Until then, he'll continue learning by watching veteran teammates in Detroit and gaining from experiences like this one.  With the year I had, where things didn't go as I wanted, coming here and being a leader is valuable experience, said Larkin, who had 17 goals and 32 points in 80 games this season. You also learn things from guys like Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk … you see those guys and the way they lead, and they're not any different. They're not trying to be a hero. They come to the rink and work. That's something I've tried to bring over here, and it's something I'll carry for the rest of my career. Hedger continues...
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For Many Goalies, Masks Are an Artful Identity

May 13 3:19pm NYT > Hockey
Players and painters often team up to create painstakingly detailed artwork that can give a goaltender an aura.
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Washington Capitals mock offseason: Stanley Cup run

May 13 2:37pm Stars and Sticks
If the Washington Capitals want to use this offseason to gear up for one last Stanley Cup run, here’s what it could look like. The Washington Capitals could go in a variety of directions this offseason. There will obviously be some changes, but the extent of those changes depends on what they decide to do. […] Washington Capitals mock offseason: Stanley Cup run - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Red Wings at the Worlds: Larkin scores empty-netter as USA rallies vs. Latvia

May 13 9:42am Kuklas Korner
At the World Championship in Cologne, Germany: Team USA played in a weird game, rallying from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to beat Latvia 5-3 via a fluky goal by Andrew Copp. Dylan Larkin played 21:07, taking 3 shots and scoring an empty-net goal; Danny DeKeyser played 19:50 and took 2 shots, looking a little lost on the big ice at times, but he steadied himself playing alongside Jacob Trouba, and Jimmy Howard backed up Connor Hellebuyck as Howard was ill. Team USA will get back at 'er on Sunday against Slovakia, at 10:15 AM EDT on the NHL Network and NBCSports.com; Petr Mrazek's Czechs will play France at 10:15 AM EDT. Update: Here are the IIHF's highlights from the game:...
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Washington Capitals: Nate Schmidt an important part of future

May 13 8:37am Stars and Sticks
Defenseman Nate Schmidt is an important part of the Washington Capitals future.  After another season without winning the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals are in for some changes. Some of those changes will be happening on the blue line. Specifically, it’s highly unlikely unrestricted free agents Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner will return to the […] Washington Capitals: Nate Schmidt an important part of future - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Game Plan For The Pittsburgh Penguins

May 13 7:39am Kuklas Korner
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, So, how can the Penguins transfer what they did Wednesday against the Washington Capitals — their best performance of the playoffs and featuring perhaps their best third period of the season — to Game 1 Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena? Captain Sidney Crosby felt the Penguins were so effective in Game 7 against Washington because they attacked. Some of that involved coach Mike Sullivan’s tweaks at practice the day before, exhorting his defensemen to be more aggressive and for the team as a whole to get back to playing more of a speed game. But the players were the ones who put it into practice. “We were on our toes. We moved our feet,” Crosby said. “The situation is important, too; in a big game like that, you’re playing that way, you’re not sitting back. I thought that was something we were able to find in that game, another level of desperation that we were probably missing a couple games prior. We need to keep that.” Skating blindly, however, won’t do the Penguins any good against Ottawa because of its 1-3-1 system, which has leveled the playing field. The Senators (212-214) were the only NHL playoff team with a negative goal differential. Their Corsi For Percentage (CF\%) of 48.6 was 15th. Ottawa loves to let opposing teams make mistakes. Then, the Senators pounce, usually with defenseman Erik Karlsson, who is among the best at his position. more...
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Video- Erik Karlsson In The Spotlight

May 13 6:41am Kuklas Korner
via TSN, Erik Karlsson is single handedly dominating the playoffs like no defenceman in generations. Despite two fractures in his foot, his wizardry has been there for all to witness. Michael Farber takes a closer look at the Senators' captain’s brilliance thus far in the postseason. Watch at TSN (IP restricted) or below....
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Prospect news: Toledo Walleye open Conference Final with win over Colorado Eagles

May 12 11:39pm Kuklas Korner
Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye opened their Conference Final series with the Colorado Eagles on a positive note, defeating Colorado 4-2. Shane Berschbach scored a goal and added two assists; Dane Walters had a goal and an assist; Alden Hirschfeld and A.J. Jenks scored goals, and Jeff Lerg stopped 30 shots in the win. The Walleye's website posted a recap and a highlight clip:...
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Prospect news: Sambrooks Otters win the OHL Championship

May 12 10:39pm Kuklas Korner
Of prospect-related note: In the Ontario Hockey League championship, Jordan Sambrook's Erie Otters defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 4-3 in overtime, capturing the Robertson Cup and a berth in the Memorial Cup in Windsor. Sambrook took 2 shots and a penalty for Erie, which won their series with Mississauga 4 games to 1; Vili Saarijarvi finished at +1 with 2 shots for Mississauga, and Saarijarvi's probably going to head to Grand Rapids to join the Griffins' Black Aces. ...
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Video- HNIC Opening Montage Western Conference Final

May 12 9:39pm Kuklas Korner
Very well done.  ...
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Open Post- Game 1 Western Conference Final

May 12 8:42pm Kuklas Korner
Anaheim right back at it after beating Edmonton on Wednesday.  Nashville hasn't played since defeating St. Louis on Sunday. It could be tired vs. rusty tonight. Feel free to comment on the game. Nashville @ Anaheim, Game 1, 9 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS...
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Washington Capitals should fire Barry Trotz

May 12 5:24pm Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals are in for an offseason of changes. One of them should be behind the bench.  After failing to win the Stanley Cup despite having the best regular season record in the NHL for the second consecutive year, it’s safe to say the Washington Capitals will see changes this offseason. Of course, a […] Washington Capitals should fire Barry Trotz - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals rumors: Sabres interested in Todd Reirden?

May 12 3:11pm Stars and Sticks
According to The Hockey News, the Buffalo Sabres could hire Washington Capitals associate head coach Todd Reirden.  The Washington Capitals are going to experience a few changes this offseason. These changes are not just limited to the roster. They’ll be losing some front office personnel to the Vegas Golden Knights. However, the Capitals might also […] Washington Capitals rumors: Sabres interested in Todd Reirden? - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: 3 Factors in the Eastern Conference Finals

May 12 3:00pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of Washington victorious. Aside from a few hiccups, the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to stymie a Caps champion run. Again. Next, it’s time to take on Ottawa for a little Pens vs Sens action.  I present three factors to consider when preparing for the Eastern Conference Finals. Shot Count Above […] Pittsburgh Penguins: 3 Factors in the Eastern Conference Finals - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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A Beast These Whole Playoffs? Hes an Anaheim Duck

May 12 2:32pm NYT > Hockey
Ryan Getzlaf, a center for the Anaheim Ducks, has been playing at an exceptionally high level as he leads his team in its quest for the Stanley Cup.
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Pittsburgh Penguins Move on to the Eastern Conference Finals

May 12 1:56pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins have done it. They defeated the Washington Capitals in seven games to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. They are now just eight wins away from back-to-back Stanley Cups. When the Pittsburgh Penguins went up 3-1 in the series, everything was looking great. Our offence was scoring, Fleury was solid in […] Pittsburgh Penguins Move on to the Eastern Conference Finals - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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