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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
  Evgeni Malkin’s performance Thursday was magical. It’s the kind of performance the Blackhawks need from their star Patrick Kane this evening against Detroit.

The Blackhawks star has no points and is a minus-5 in the first two games of the Western Conference finals. The ‘Hawks, down 2-0, need a huge performance from Kane to stay afloat in this series.

As for Malkin? The Hurricanes would probably be wise not to get him angry again.


“Not many players in the world make a play like that, (but) two of them are on our team.” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on Evgeni Malkin’s third goal in Thursday’s victory over Carolina.


The link below leads to a wonderful Q&A with Gordie Howe from Sports Illustrated. Lots of fun stuff about old-time hockey, his nickname, what young players shouldn’t do, a story about misplacing the Stanley Cup, and other great stories.


Can’t resist putting up another link of good reading, this one from the Chicago Tribune on the great Glenn Hall, the true iron man of goalies having played 502 consecutive games in goal.,0,214186.story


Former Panthers playoff hero Dave Lowry has been named head coach of Canada’s national Under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in August.

In his first season as head coach of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, Lowry led his club to a 59-9-3-1 record before losing in the league championship to Kelowna.

One of the original Panthers, Lowry, nicknamed ‘Pie,’ led the Panthers in goals and points during their memorable 1996 playoff season. He also helped, as all the originals did, market hockey in the South Florida market.

Many believe Lowry, who played 1,000 NHL games, is destined to be tapped as an NHL head coach in the near future.

Good news for the Blackhawks. Thirty-seven of the 291 teams that have trailed 2-0 in NHL seven-game series have come back to win. The bad news? There are 254 teams that haven’t won.

The 21 players on the Red Wings roster have won 40 Stanley Cup rings. The Blackhawks? Three players have rings.


According to Visit Helsinki, Finland has culinary treats for each season of the year. October and November: Lamb, cabbage, elk, reindeer and goose.

NHL Commish Gary Bettman said on his weekly radio show Thursday the situation with the Coyotes in Phoenix is “fixable” and said relocating franchises in troubled times is not the answer to fixing problems.     

“When you have fans invest in a franchise emotionally and financially, you just don’t give up on them when times are tough,” he said. “If the standard was, ‘When times get tough,’ we would have been out of Chicago for Pete’s sake. We would have been out of Ottawa, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, and they were all situations that were fixable.”

The Wild have chosen a class act in Chuck Fletcher as their GM.

Gump Worsley.

Song of the day: Wild Weekend, by NRBQ.

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