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NY Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on facing Ottawa in Round 2.
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|Czech RepublicCZE 0||CanadaCAN 6||Final|
|SwedenSWE 2||RussiaRUS 1||Final|
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NY Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on facing Ottawa in Round 2.
NY Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei on Ottawa series which begins Thursday. #NYR
The Vancouver Canucks are set to hire former NHLer Travis Green as their new head coach. What took so long? Green has been considered a top coaching prospect for a couple of seasons and is a solid hire. He'll have his work cut out with a substandard Vancouver lineup with many holes. Have to figure last chance for Canucks management team to get this right after their last hire, Willie Desjardins, failed to move the team forward.
Inside NY Rangers practice.
The NY Rangers back at practice today. Preparing for game one in Ottawa Thursday.
Goaltender Craig Anderson of the Senators, left winger Andrew Cogliano of the Ducks and center Derek Ryan of the Hurricanes are the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey," the NHL announced today. The award usually goes to a player who has overcome personal or professional challenges to play in the league. The Professional Hockey Writers Association votes on the award.
Auston Matthews became the second teenager to score a goal in 4 straight playoff games, joining Wendel Clark (also of the Maple Leafs) in 1986. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)
More overtime nail-biters in the NHL playoffs. The Capitals beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in OT to win their series 4-2. The ViewFromVegas is they closed it out as -145 road favorites and it stayed under the betting total of 5.5. Earlier, the Senators beat the Bruins 3-2 in OT to clinch their series at 4-2. They were +125 road underdogs and it pushed on the over/under of 5.
The Washington Capitals are through but not without surviving quite the first-round scare. Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the game 6:31 into overtime to give the top-seeded Caps a 2-1 win and end an exciting first-round series with the underdog Toronto Maple Leafs in six close games. Auston Matthews with his fourth goal in four games had given Toronto a 1-0 lead in the third period and the ACC was rocking with visions of a seventh game.but Johansson tied it 1-1 to set up his OT heroics. Heck of a series. Now we get Pittsburgh and Washington. Can't beat that.
The Flames' Johnny Gaudreau, the Wild‘s Mikael Granlund and the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko are the three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the most gentlemanly player in the league as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Tarasenko, who was fourth in the league in goals, is favored to win.
Senators' Clarke MacArthur has dealt with what seemed like an insurmountable amount of adversity the last few seasons, so his game-winning goal in overtime to help Ottawa advance to the second round was met with thunderous applause from his teammates.
Senators' Erik Karlsson discusses what it's going to be like playing against fellow Swede, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, in the second round. This will be the second time in their respective careers they've played against each other in the playoffs.
Erik Karlsson tells ESPN.com that he played the first-round series with two hairline fractures in his left heel. The injury occurred against Philadelphia on March 28 when he blocked a shot that forced him to miss three of the last five games of the regular season.
Erik Karlsson tells ESPN.com that he played the first-round series with two hairline fractures in his left heel. The injury occurred against Philadelphia on March 28 when he blocked a shot that forced him to miss the final five games of the regular season.
After beating the Boston Bruins in six games, the Ottawa Senators advance to the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs and will face the New York Rangers. It's the first time since the 2012-13 season the Senators have advanced past the first round. The Senators and Rangers played three games during the regular-season series with Ottawa finishing with a 2-1-0 record. The Senators outscored New York 8-5 in that span. Even though the Rangers (wild card) finished with 102 points during the regular season, the Senators (98 points) have home-ice advantage because they placed second in the Atlantic Division. Early prediction: Rangers in six.
With their season on the line, the Boston Bruins will be without the services of center David Krejci for Game 6 against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at TD Garden. Krejci suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return in Game 5 Friday night at Canadian Tire Centre. He was on the receiving end of a knee-on-knee hit by the Senators' Chris Wideman.
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron discusses Game 6 against the Senators Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.
We find a very loose group of Washington Capitals players at today's morning skate ahead of Game 6. But there is certainly urgency to finish off the pesky Maple Leafs with the rival Pittsburgh Penguins home and cooked since Thursday.
Kudos to the new hockey brain trust in Los Angeles for ignoring the temptation to completely clean house and install longtime assistant coach John Stevens as Kings head coach. New GM Rob Blake confirmed the hire Sunday. Stevens isn't Darryl Sutter redux but an innovative coaching mind who gives the Kings a solid base from which to rebound from recent decline.
The Blackhawks and Wild had the two most points in the regular season in the Western Conference, and both lost in the 1st round. According to Elias, this is the first time that the two teams with the best record in a particular conference were both eliminated in the 1st round since 2009-10 when the top-2 teams in the East were eliminated (Capitals and Devils).
Shea Weber and the Montreal Canadiens are officially out, knocked out in six games at the hands of the New York Rangers. Montreal made the Weber trade with the playoffs in mind and instead it's PK Subban who will be playing in round two with his Nashville Predators. High marks for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in this series, outplaying Carey Price to advance.
To say this year's Stanley Cup playoffs have been eventful would be an accurate statement. The 16 overtime games are one shy of the first-round record.
Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Wild combined to average 49.7 wins & 107.7 points in the regular season. They won 2 playoff games combined.
Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets, Braden Holtby of the Capitals and Carey Price of the Canadiens are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as top goalie. The NHL's general managers submitted their ballots for the Vezina at the end of the season. Bobrovsky, who led the league with a 2.06 GAA and .931 SV%, is considered the favorite.
Leafs center Nazem Kadri won't face any further discipline for his low-bridge hit on Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, a source confirms. NHL Player Safety certainly reviewed it but ultimately didn't feel it merited anything more than the penalty he got on the play in Game 5. I agree with this, while borderline, I don't feel it rises up to supplemental discipline.