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Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul named OHL’s defenseman of year; Wings nominate Eaves for Masterton

A Red Wings prospect and a current Wings player received and were nominated for significant awards, respectively, this afternoon: Soo Greyhounds defenseman and Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul, who's turning pro with the Grand Rapids Griffins, was named the OHL's defenseman of the year. From the Ontario Hockey League... The Ontario Hockey League today announced that...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Griffins selling playoff tix on Friday

Some irony here, from the Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department: GRIFFINS PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY All Home Playoff Games to Feature $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Tickets for the Grand Rapids Griffins’ first home game of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs will go on sale to the public on Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. The date and opponent for...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Kings Activate Matt Greene

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Matt Greene from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Greene, 29, has missed the last 42 games after suffering a mid-body injury Jan. 19 vs. Chicago.  The 6-3, 232 pound native of Grand Ledge, Mich. has played in one game this season (the Season Opener vs. the Blackhawks...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Repeat Champions in the KHL

A continent away, International championships are well on their way to being determined. Most notable is the conclusion of the KHL, who yesterday crowned Dynamo Moscow champions for the second year in a row.  Story (in English) and 14 minutes of video highlights (in Russian) found here.
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

On The Ice And Off, A Different Game

When Milan Lucic peeled away from Patrick Kaleta, passing up a golden opportunity to plaster the Sabres agitator to the sidewall early in the first period of last night’s 3-2 Buffalo shootout win over the Bruins, you knew even strictly from a hockey sense that this game was different. Unlike as prognosticated, TD Garden wasn’t a hornet’s nest or bear’s den.  The Sabres...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Penguins @ Bruins

By Eli Epstein of TiqIQ In what was most likely the most emotion-filled game of the 2012-2013 campaign, the Boston Bruins dominated the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night for two periods, but were unable to clinch a victory in the third, squandering a one goal lead and eventually losing in the shootout. For Boston, the loss was not a reason for dismay. After the tragic Boston Marathon...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers Prepare For A Strong Finish

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, At this time of the hockey year, it goes without saying a team on the playoff bubble would approach every game with urgency. Except for the Rangers, whose 2012-13 has been pockmarked by inferior first periods and an absence of the 60-minute (or more) hard-hat mentality that is essential for success, making it so that very thing needed...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Not A Normal Hockey Night In Boston

from Shira Springer of the Boston Globe, Wednesday night’s game was the first Boston professional sports event since the marathon bombings. While some fans expressed hesitancy about attending, it was a loud, enthusiastic crowd primed for an emotional night. And they got that before the pick was dropped. A slideshow projected images of hope and tragedy from the marathon finish...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s Getting Messy In Montreal

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out, The Canadiens are a mess. A team that gave up 16 first-period goals in the first 40 games has been lit up for eight in the last three. The last time goaltenders were pulled in three consecutive starts was in October, 2001. Their names were José Theodore, Jeff Hackett and Mathieu Garon. Carey Price was supposed to have a night...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Videos- It Was A Night Of Strange And Weird Goals

Dave Steckel  with a pop-up goal...     Steve Begin with two strange goals and Johan Franzen scores on a backhand from center ice, all wrapped up in one video below... Continue reading "Videos- It Was A Night Of Strange And Weird Goals"
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Flames wrap-up and overnight report: desperate times

The Detroit Red Wings are in trouble, and the only people that can help the Wings are the players who don red and white jerseys every night. After dropping a 3-2 decision to the Calgary Flames--the Wings' third straight loss against Calgary--the 20-16-and-7 Wings (having played 43 games and possessing 18 Regulation-or-OT Wins) have 47 points and sit in 9th place in the Western...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Flames wrap-up: self-inflicted wounds decimate Wings

The Detroit Red Wings packed their equipment bags and headed for an off-day in Vancouver after dropping an 3-1 decision against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, and their loss, combined with Columbus still playing (and are tied 2-2 as I write this) leaves the Wings in a particularly difficult position in the Western Conference standings, especially with Dallas (2 points behind...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Tonight’s National Anthem In Boston

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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Mule, My Friend…It’s Time To Dream Like A Young Man

Okie...this morning. The Flames defense is horrible, 3.38 GA/G, 0.68 5-5 F/A;  both marks second worst in the league. Win or go home. Continue reading "Mule, My Friend…It’s Time To Dream Like A Young Man"
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Flyers Extend Rinaldo And Rosehill

via the Flyers website, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced this evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill. Rinaldo posted three goals and five points to go along with 85 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Flyers this season. He is currently out of the line up, missing the last seven games, with a high...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Has Anyone Thought Of The Players?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, If you go to an outdoor game and don't get caught up in the excitement, you're kind of soulless. All of that said, there's one bad thing about next year's schedule, as reported by TSN's Darren Dreger: the last two games. They are Pittsburgh at Chicago on March 1 and Ottawa at Vancouver the next day. That's six and...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Shea Weber On Nashville’s Season

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, "Without a doubt, it’s been a tough year for us, especially with some of our top guys going down," Predators captain Shea Weber told ESPN.com Wednesday. "We battled hard but in the end we obviously couldn’t pull it together and get in." These have to be soul-searching moments for Weber, who last summer saw his star defense...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan White Hit With Five Game Suspension

Brendan Shanahan explains the illegal check to the head.  
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

A Frank Talk With Chris Pronger

from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated, It is a sad way for a great and likely Hall of Fame career to end, but to Pronger's credit, he also spoke thoughtfully and forcefully about the future, even one with such uncertainty because everything from his vision to his train of thought may never quite return to normal. He talked about what constituted a victory, or what he...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Flames game-day updates: Quincey, Eaves in as Wings hope to spoil Kipper’s 1st farewell

You can empty the cliche bag regarding the necessity of the Detroit Red Wings earning points against the Calgary Flames this evening (9:30 PM EDT, FSD Plus/TSN/97.1 FM), but nobody's been talking about the degree of difficulty that the Wings actually find themselves facing this evening. The Wings and their workhorse goaltender have to find a way to upstage what will be the...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Let’s Go Back 4 1/2 Years In Regards To Outdoor Games

from Darren Rovell, with CNBC (now ESPN) on 12/31/08, DR: How do you bottle this up? It's a catch-22 because you have it and then people start saying Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park. Let's do this 15 times a year. Gary Bettman: Well, 15 times a year would probably take away its uniqueness. DR: So how much can you do it? GB: We've been focused on one a year...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Can the Caps keep Mike Ribeiro?

Last night during the Washington/Toronto game, CSN Washington asked the viewers, as they do every game, to weigh in on a particular matter via Twitter.  The topic of the day was, essentially, what has been the biggest reason for the Caps’ surge over the past month.  While not every person tweeted the same thing, the overarching theme was the strong play of Alexander Ovechkin...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Four Teams That You Should Not Want to Play in the Postseason

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs right around the corner, every hockey fan is dreaming about the potential of their favorite hockey team. Puckheads across North America are starting to think about 16 wins, big-time performances, clutch goals, big saves and some great hockey in general. As of this moment, the potential is limitless. With that said, here are four somewhat surprising...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

What happens when a hockey fan finds herself in Larry Murphy’s office, during a coaches’ spat

The playoff-bound Grand Rapids Griffins' excellent video staff's promoting their "Between the Benches" videos, which are excellent vieiwng, ahead of Friday's home finale against the Peoria Rivermen and the conclusion of the AHL's regular season on Monday... But Winging it in Motown's Josh Howard asked me to give his better half's photography website...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Remain In the Playoff Hunt

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The Jackets have won four straight games and sit tied in points with the eighth-place Detroit Red Wings in the West, heading into Wednesday night’s game at the Anaheim Ducks. The odds remain stacked against them; the Jackets play four road games before wrapping things up at home April 27 against the Nashville Predators. “It’s going to...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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