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The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Up 3-2 In Their Series With The Boston Bruins

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It was a night begging for a moment.

Tie game, tie series and the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs playing into the third period like their seasons were on the line.

Wouldn’t you know the breakthrough came courtesy of Jake Muzzin, just 24 hours after becoming a first-time father, who put all of his dad strength into a cross-ice pass that gave Auston Matthews his fourth goal of the series at 11:33 of the third period.

That was enough for Toronto to eke out a 2-1 victory Friday and take a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series that’s too tight to call.

In this playoff spring where certainty remains in hibernation, the teams played cautious at TD Garden. They were trying to control everything they could and even some of the things they couldn’t.


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Video- You Make The Call Boston/Toronto

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Call on th ice stands, good goal.

The Leafs just won 2-1 and lead the series 3-2.

added 10:18pm, Below, read the NHL explanation.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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Topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean- The first period of Boston/Toronto, Steve Yzerman in Detroit, the Jets/Blues gam last night, Mike Smith playing well and Nathan MacKinnon is the best player in the league right now and the offensive zone entries for the Capitals.

Plus the Columbus sweep and good-hearted John Tortorella.

via Sportsnet,



YouTube version below.

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The Bottom Line

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"What I did as a player, I did as a player. It's done, I can't do anything about that now," Yzerman said. "I have goals, I have things I want to do. One, I want to be a general manager, I want to win a Stanley Cup as a general manager. I wanted to do that in Tampa. I didn't get the job done. How the people in Tampa feel is one thing. I know how I feel about it and I'm disappointed. It makes me more determined to be more successful.

"But I'm coming back to Detroit not worrying about, oh, what happens if I don't get the job done? I'm coming in thinking I'm going to do everything I possibly can to do a good job here, to make this team competitive. That's hard to do. And I'm hoping we can win a Stanley Cup. At the end of the day, I'm going to do everything I can, I'm going to do my best and how I'm judged down the line, I understand how pro sports work and I'm not afraid of that."


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“It’s Different Now”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

It was during a less formal interview Yzerman raised eyebrows.

“It’s been an interesting morning, actually,” Yzerman said. “Leading up to coming here this afternoon, reality starts coming in – I have to be on my game here. I’m excited to be back.

“Truthfully I’ve been in Detroit for the last bit, nobody really knows who I am or recognizes me. That’s been nice.”

That Yzerman, whose local legend was cemented with three Stanley Cup championships as a player, could go unrecognized around Detroit is hard to imagine. But he is almost a decade removed from leaving the team, and says things have changed. Or had.

“It’s different now,” Yzerman said. “Now you’re coming back as the general manager of the Red Wings. People that didn’t recognize me might watch the news and say, ‘oh that guy.’ There’s a little bit more attention now. But I have a lot of work to do.”


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Open Post- Two NHL Playoff Games Tonight, One Is A Possible Elimination Game

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Toronto/Boston tied at two and Colorado leads Calgary 3-1.


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Your New Executive Vice President And General Manager

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Yzerman, who served two decades as the Red Wings captain while leading them to three Stanley Cups, was named an executive vice president and general manager.

Ken Holland, who has been the general manager since 1997, has signed a multi-year extension and promoted to senior vice president.

“It’s an extremely exciting day in the history of our franchise,” owner Chris Ilitch said.....

Speculation immediately turned — as it has all season — to how long it would take for Yzerman to return to Detroit....

“I’ll tell you in five years,” Yzerman said.

Yzerman is excited about returning to the organization he had so much success with.

“This fan base is used to winning,” Yzerman said. “Depending on your age, this takes time and we’ve been through this before. It takes time.

“We have a lot of work to do and depending on your age, this takes time. We’ve been through this before (rebuilding).

“It takes time and I caution and temper the excitement. We will do the things necessary, we’ll follow the process, and we’ll get back to where we expect to be.”


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James Neal A Healthy Scratch

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from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The James Neal signing is now officially a bust.

The 31-year-old winger, who was brought in to be a difference-maker in the playoffs, will be replaced in the Calgary Flames‘ lineup for the biggest game of the season.

Coach Bill Peters confirmed Neal’s third-line spot for Game 5 on Friday will be filled by Austin Czarnik, who will play alongside Mark Jankowski and Michael Frolik.

From a $28.75-million signing on July 2 to a healthy scratch in one season.

Just four more years to go on a deal paying him $5.75 million a year.

The fact that he’s being replaced by a 26-year-old who will make his NHL playoff debut says plenty about how ineffective Neal has been these playoffs and this season.


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Video- Videos From Today

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I will be adding videos to this post, so make sure to check back every so often.

added 4:15pm, Below, the full press conference.

added 4:24pm, Below, Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper.

added 5:17pm, Below, a nice picture of Holland and Yzerman.

First up, GM Yzerman after the press conference.


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Video- When You Woke Up This Morning…

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Did you expect this?


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