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Two Wings-related ‘Thoughts’

Kuklas Korner (George Malik) — Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts": 19. It is very rare that players reach out to me to promote their coaches, but one did last week. He texted on behalf of AHL Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson, who was in Edmonton before Todd McLellan. The Griffins are up 2–0 on Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs. Anthony Mantha took big strides under Nelson. He felt Nelson...
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What We Learned: Blackhawks face the new normal

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Ryan Lambert) — (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) Take solace in the affirmation that Stan Bowman won’t, in fact, fire Joel Quenneville. There would have been a lot of psychic catharsis in canning someone...
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Maybe this is the year for Washington Capitals?

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — Marcus Johansson has experienced the painful embarrassment of Washington Capitals’ playoff losses. Not all of them. He wasn’t there for the previous heart-stopping scare from the Eastern Conference’s lowest seed, when the Capitals lost to the Montreal Canadiens in 2010. Or that seven-game second-round loss to the Penguins in 2009. But he was there for the second-round sweep by the...
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Bantering Points: 4/22/17

SBN: Blue Shirt Banter (Jack McKenna) — Game 6 at Madison Square Garden, against the Montreal Canadiens, with a chance to end the series in front of the Blueshirt faithful. Strange, this all seems very familiar .......anyway, here are today’s news and links: Rangers News: Brett Cyrgalis relays word from Brady Skjei’s teammates about how the rookie defenseman has shined this post-season after a rough series against Pittsburgh...
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From the Branches: Well, That Happened

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (Baseball Annie) — Maple Leafs lose a tough one in OT, Norris Trophy nominees are out, and more in your Saturday links Hockey! Sometimes it's Good And Fun, sometimes Justin Williams stomps on your heart right in front of you. Mercifully, the Maple Leafs didn't make us stay up too late to watch the Capitals take a 3-2 series lead--if you want more details, read JP Nikota's recap  here . We've got...
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Your James Norris Memorial Trophy Finalists

Kuklas Korner (Paul) — NEW YORK (April 21, 2017) -- Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2016-17 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the...
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Norris Trophy Finalists: Burns vs. Hedman vs. Karlsson

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are your finalists for the Norris Trophy, the annual award given to “the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” (The finalists haven’t officially been announced, but a press release announcing them was prematurely...
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Odds and ends: Norris, Foo, Buffalo, Setoguchi

LA Kings Insider (Jon Rosen) — A fine morning to you, Insiders. Let’s get down to brass tacks. NORRIS FINALISTS. This hasn’t officially been announced – check out tonight’s NBCSN coverage for the actual reveal – but Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy apparently found a page published a touch too early on the Lightning’s site and learned that Brent Burns, Victor […] The post Odds and ends:...
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St. John’s IceCaps kick off their playoff campaign tonight against the Syracuse Crunch

Habs Eye on the Prize (Andrew Zadarnowski) — The Habs’ AHL affiliate is ready for a taste of the post-season for the first time in six years. It was a nail-biting series last weekend when the St. John’s IceCaps waited until the very last game of the season to qualify for the playoffs. Adding to the excitement was the 4-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies on the back of two goals by Chris Terry . In doing so, Terry became the first...
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Erik Karlsson nominated for James Norris Memorial Trophy

SBN: Silver Seven (Ross A) — The Norris is given annually to the best all-around defenceman Erik Karlsson has finished in the top-three of voting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the fourth time in his career. He won the award in as the NHL’s best defenceman in 2011-12 and 2014-15, and finished as the runner-up in 2015-16. It represents the 6th consecutive year that Karlsson received at least one Norris...
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What you need to know about the Raptors and the Bucks in Game 3

TheStar.com (Doug Smith - Sports Reporter) — The Raptors try to take a series lead when they face the Milwaukee Bucks this evening. Here’s everything you need to know. Game 3 Series tied, 1-1 BMO Harris Bradley Centre TIPOFF: 8 p.m. TV: TSN; RADIO: Sportsnet FAN590 Probable starters Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas; Milwaukee: Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell,...
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Raptors close Jurassic Park for Game 5 because of lightning forecast

TheStar.com (Star Staff) — You’ll have to find somewhere else to watch the Raptors and Bucks square off in Game 3 tonight. The Raptors announced this afternoon that Jurassic Park — usually filled with thousands of fans watching playoff games on giant screens — will be closed tonight because of the threat of lightning. “Due to . . . lightning and for the safety of our fans,...
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Jack Eichel slams report of rift with Dan Bylsma

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — TAMPA, FL – APRIL 09: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Adam Erne (73) slides into Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) after losing his footing in the 2nd period of the NHL game between the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning on April 09, 2017, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel shot down a report...
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What About Detroit’s Goaltenders?

Kuklas Korner (Paul) — Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answered a few Twitter questions today. The first one regarding the Wings goaltending... Jimmy Howard did have a career year, albeit cut short by injury, as his .927 save percentage ranked second among NHL goalies with at least 25 games and his 2.10 goals-against ranked third overall. Petr Mrazek, on the other hand, finished with a career-worst .901...
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Canadian media on Capitals; Flames planting doubt; 'end of an era' in Chicago? (Puck Headlines)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Jen Neale) — Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com . via @excelsiorrr • Yet another  classic (?) Phil Kessel tattoo. People know these last forever, right? [ @exceliorrr ] • Wow, the...
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