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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
No one who has watched hockey for a significant amount of time can look me in the face and tell me that the same result would occur if the two teams played again in a best-of-seven series. Or could tell me that the Hawks wouldn’t win the series if a sequel were ordered.
Hockey is capricious. The NHL playoffs make capricious look like a conservative business suit.
The postseason isn’t a game of what-if, though, and the only thing that matters is that the Hawks lost and lost abysmally. Hence, the civic handwringing. If there were any more gnashing of teeth in Chicago, we’d all be down to our gums.
But there has been a fair amount of overreacting going on. I’m not talking about the people who, having watched the Hawks score a mere three goals in the series, immediately called for Corey Crawford’s ouster as goaltender. Those are the people on the edge of things, sanity being one of those things.
I’m talking about those of you who believe a large overhaul is needed. Bowman seemed to be nodding to that crowd when he hinted at definitive offseason action, though he was extremely light on specifics.
via the Mercury News,
The knee injury that Sharks star Joe Thornton suffered was a significant one — he tore both his ACL and MCL before the NHL playoffs began, the team announced Monday.
Thornton, 37, played the last four games of the Sharks’ first-round playoff series against Edmonton after missing the first two.
“It’s as courageous an effort — him doing what he did — as I’ve ever seen,” said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer.
Thornton was scheduled to have knee surgery later Monday afternoon.
The Sharks also disclosed that Patrick Marleau played the series with a broken thumb and Tomas Hertl played with a broken foot.
added 3:24pm, if you need a refresher on the injury, watch below...
Odds to win the Stanley Cup
Washington Capitals 7/2
Pittsburgh Penguins 17/4
Anaheim Ducks 11/2
Edmonton Oilers 11/2
St. Louis Blues 13/2
Nashville Predators 7/1
New York Rangers 8/1
via Sporstnet's YouTube page,
NHL insider Glenn Healy says not only is Toronto now a desired destination for free agents, but owners and players around the league are envious of the Maple Leafs organization.
A little over four minutes of slow motion action from the past week during the NHL playoffs.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
It was more of a beginning than an ending for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Oh, Air Canada Centre hushed when Marcus Johansson scored 6:31 into overtime Sunday, giving the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win and eliminating the Maple Leafs in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round.
But as the Maple Leafs consoled goaltender Frederik Andersen, the fans applauded. As the players looked up at the scoreboard screen for a replay of the winning goal, the fans chanted, "Go Leafs Go!"
"It gives you goose bumps, even after it ended right there, just how loud the building got for us," Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk said. "They know how far we've come and the effort we've put forth. We're proud to play for this city and for those fans. I think there's a bright future for us."
A year ago, the Maple Leafs missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons. They finished 30th in the NHL standings, dead last.
And here they were as the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, facing a team that had won the Presidents' Trophy as the League's top regular-season team for the second straight season, a popular pick to win it all.
It was a matchup that would have been No. 8 vs. No. 1 in the old seeding system, a mismatch on paper and in pixels, and it wasn't a mismatch at all.
It was a classic.
The Maple Leafs and Capitals played six one-goal games. Five went to overtime, tying the NHL record for a playoff series. The Capitals scored 18 goals, the Maple Leafs 16. The Maple Leafs took 213 shots, the Capitals 211.
Game 6 highlights are below...
FIRST ROUND QUICK HITS
A quick recap of the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau:
* Eighteen of the 42 games required overtime (42.9%), a record for any round in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record of 17 overtime contests, established in the 2013 opening round, was set in 47 games (36.2%).
* April 17 saw all four games extend past regulation (OTT-BOS, WSH-TOR, CHI-NSH and ANA-CGY). Only two other days in NHL postseason history have featured four overtime games: April 11, 1980 and April 10, 1985.
* Twenty-eight of the 42 games were decided by one goal (66.7%), while another five were decided by two goals following an empty-net score (78.6% combined). Only the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured an opening round with that high of a percentage of one-goal margins (32/48 GP, 66.7%).
* Eighteen of the 42 games were tied in the final five minutes of regulation (42.9%). Three saw a go-ahead goal scored in the last three minutes of regulation, while five featured a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period (including two in the last 60 seconds).
* Seventeen of the 42 games saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal (40.5%), including nine featuring multi-goal comebacks. Clubs also rallied from third-period deficits (of any margin) to win eight times.
TORONTO (April 23, 2017) As the NHL’s best teams continue their campaign for Lord Stanley’s Cup, Sportsnet unveils its 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs second round broadcast schedule. Giving fans a front row seat to all the action, coverage will be available on TV on Sportsnet and CBC, and via live stream on Sportsnet NOW and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.
NEW YORK (April 23, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round, which begins Wednesday, April 26. All times listed are ET and subject to change.
It will be Washington against Pittsburgh in the second round
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