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Open Post- Six Games Today

Hockey begins (today's schedule) at noon today and should finish around 1am on Tuesday.

Fell free to comment on the games or the NHL in the comment section.  It will be interesting to see the viewing numbers from today, it is the first work day broadcast in the post-season.

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KK- Back In A Few Hours

I have a scheduled appointment with my Dr. at 11am and last night my frames on my glasses broke so off to get them repaired.

So I should be back sometime around 12:30pm.

I will try to keep you updated through Twitter while I am out.

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No Offense For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Kristen Shilton of TSN,

Despite the Leafs having weeks to get ready for the suffocating forecheck and physical play that Columbus brings, when it came down to it, Toronto just couldn’t find its way. There were some stretches of sustained pressure in the offensive end, but the Blue Jackets did well keeping the Leafs off-kilter in the neutral zone and forcing them into turnovers.

“[The Blue Jackets] did what they do best and what we were prepared for,” said head coach Sheldon Keefe. “We knew it was going to be difficult. Now we're out on the ice and you feel it. We didn't get one to fall for us here today. I thought we did have some chances to get more than what we got on the scoreboard but it didn't fall in for us, it fell in for them and that's the difference.”

Keefe gave his top forwards every opportunity to break through, playing Auston Matthews a team-high 24:38. On a line with William Nylander and Zach Hyman, Matthews had many of the Leafs’ best chances, including one off the crossbar behind Korpisalo, but the Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones and Zach Werenski stymied Matthews with their patented tight-checking defence.

“I don't think they did anything to surprise us,” Matthews said. “I think they really play a pretty straightforward game and you know what you can expect every night. They're going to compete, they're going to play physical. I thought we did some good things, and there's some things we can clean up. But obviously we have to create some offence, get guys inside and capitalize on some opportunities.”

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Game highlights are below.

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ) and Alex Stalock (MIN) each posted shutouts in the opening games of their best-of five-series, a feat only one other goaltender has accomplished in the last 81 years.

Nazem Kadri scored a buzzer-beating go-ahead goal with 0.1 seconds on the clock in the third period as the Avalanche edged the Blues in their round-robin opener.

* Four of six games on Monday’s schedule will be Game 2s. Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five series possess an all-time series record of 55-1 (.982) - with more details in the preview below.

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Video- Drake Caggiula Suspended One Game

Illegal check to the head.

 

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Open Post- Today’s NHL Games

Five games today  with the first game starting at 2:00pm ET.

Feel free to discuss today's action, the NHL in general or anything hockey related.

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The Edmonton Oilers Were Not Ready To Play

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“We just weren’t ready.”

On a three-point night, that point was Connor McDavid‘s most salient.

It started with their head coach, Dave Tippett, who started the wrong netminder, filtered down to McDavid, who was schooled at five-on-five by the great Jonathan Toews, and went right to the vaunted penalty kill, which got stung for three Chicago Blackhawks goals.

The grand total was a 6-4 shellacking, two of the Edmonton Oilers‘ goals coming in garbage time to disguise what a lopsided Qualifying Round opener this truly was.

“Not good enough all around. Pretty easy,” said McDavid, who would not hear of the fifth seed Oilers perhaps thinking the 12th seed Blackhawks would be easy pickings. “We definitely didn’t take them lightly. They’re battle tested. They came out and did exactly what we thought they would do. We just weren’t ready.”

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Paul Maurice And Matthew Tkachuk On The Mark Scheifele Injury

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Well, truth be told, if there’s a chance that superpest Matthew Tkachuk went into what looked like an innocuous collision with Scheifele in the first period of the Flames’ 4-1 win over Winnipeg with the intention of trying to slice the back of Scheifele’s leg open, then anything is possible. And after the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice made no effort to hide his feelings that that was exactly what Tkachuk did.

“It was intentional,” Maurice said of the Tkachuk hit. “It was a filthy, dirty kick to the back of (Scheifele’s) leg…(Tkachuk) went after the back of (Scheifele’s) leg. He could have cut his Achilles (tendon). He could have ended a man’s career. It was an absolutely filthy, disgusting hit.”...

For his part, Tkachuk said the hit was, “such an accident.” Tkachuk said he saw Scheifele turning away along the boards and went in for a hit and his left leg collided with Scheifele’s left leg. “I feel terrible,” Tkachuk said. “He’s a top player in the NHL and somebody I’ve come to know the last couple of summers training with Gary Roberts and he’s such a great guy. Just a top player in the league and it’s not good for the game when somebody like that isn’t in the game. It was very unfortunate and unlucky and such an accident and I feel terrible about it.”

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Watch the incident below if you missed it last night.

added 11:08am, Below, watch Paul Maurice after the game.

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A Training Camp Before Training Camp

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The 24 clubs participating in the tournament are reaping the benefit of simply being on the ice and playing competitive hockey following the COVID-necessitated pause that shut down the NHL on March 12. The Seven Dwarfs, as they are known affectionately in this space, however, face a best-case scenario of an eight-month offseason if the NHL can meet its Nov. 17 target date to open 2020-21 training camps. That’s not quite equitable.

Fitzgerald knows it, so do his counterparts in Detroit, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose and Buffalo. They have been in constant communication, hardly commiserating, but instead constructing a proposal to submit to the NHL for permission to have a Phase 3 camp of their own leading into Nov. 17.

“We are working on a plan to present to the league so that we have the same opportunity to work with our players as the teams that are in the playoffs,” said Fitzgerald, whose team actually came up only .007 percentage points shy of the cut line. “Eight months is just too long of a layoff.

“We would open under the same Phase 3 protocols that were in place leading up to this and would lead directly into training camp.

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Injury Report For The Winnipeg Jets

 

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