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Your Jack Adams Award Finalists

NEW YORK (April 25, 2018) – Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche, Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruinsand Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:

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Open Post- Game 7 Toronto Maple Leafs On The Road Against The Boston Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS and NESN.

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An Injury-Laden Year For Wayne Simmonds

from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Wayne Simmonds, somehow, played through a torn pelvic ligament, pulled groin, broken teeth, broken ankle and only finally came out of the lineup when he fought Sewell’s Tony DeAngelo and got his hand stuck in DeAngelo’s jersey, tearing a ligament in his thumb. The only reason he missed seven games was because he couldn’t grip his hockey stick....

Simmonds claims that all these injuries were a matter of pain tolerance and so the Flyers let him play. Doctors didn’t stop him even after he came to camp with the first injury, which he estimates would have cost him about a month and a half. He played on and scored a hat trick on opening night, lending more to his apparent indestructibility.

“They showed me the MRI and I’m like, ‘Can I play?’” Simmonds recounted. “They said I could play.

“I don’t know if it’s the right thing, but I can’t not play. It’s just geared in my head. If I’m not dead or I’m not deathly sick, I’m gonna try to get out there and do whatever I can. Whether the coach is gonna play me, whatever minutes he wanted to play me, that was up to him. I’m definitely gonna sacrifice my body for the team, that’s for sure.”

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Afternoon Line- Michael Traikos

There were blowouts and sweeps, expected finishes and not a whole lot of drama. Only one series went the distance and only two teams played an overtime game.

The first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs left a lot to be desired. Maybe, with second-round matchups between rivals Washington and Pittsburgh and top Western Conference teams Winnipeg and Nashville, the best is yet to come. So far, the games have had all the drama and intensity of a Wednesday night in February.

-Michael Traikos of the National Post where you can read more notes on the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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It Appears Patrick Roy Is Returning To The Quebec Remparts

from the CP at TSN,

The Quebec Remparts have called a news conference on Thursday amid speculation that goaltending great Patrick Roy will return to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club.

Roy acted as part-owner, coach and general manager of the Remparts from 2005 to 2013, winning a Memorial Cup in 2006. He has been out of hockey since acting as coach and vice-president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013 to 2016.

Talk of the 52-year-old Roy returning to the Remparts began two weeks ago when Philippe Boucher resigned as coach and GM. Roy has since been spotted at QMJHL playoff games.

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Evgeni Malkin And Carl Hagelin Out For Game 1

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Capital One Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS), coach Mike Sullivan said Wednesday.

Malkin and Hagelin missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but skated before the Wednesday practice. Malkin sustained a lower-body injury in Game 5 of the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers; Hagelin sustained an upper-body injury in Game 6.

Sullivan said Malkin will travel with the Penguins to Washington. Hagelin will not.

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Dear Minnesota Wild Season-Ticket Holders

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Video- Goals Of The Week

Sportsnet style, just short of six minutes long.

 

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For All The Marbles Tonight

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

So long has it been since the Toronto Maple Leafs went on a true playoff run that some of their players have managed to carve out a respectable career without ever getting to experience one.

Tyler Bozak is at 611 games played as a Maple Leaf, Jake Gardiner 507. Next you have Nazem Kadri at 504 – the only difference between him and Gardiner being the three-game suspension he served during this series with the Boston Bruins – while James van Riemsdyk sits at 425 and Morgan Rielly 400.

None of them has been part of a second-round playoff series in Toronto, and each is a victory away from changing that heading into Wednesday’s Game 7 at TD Garden.

“I think you imagine it during the summer, during the season,” Rielly said Tuesday. “Then you get to this point in the season and you definitely draw from those thoughts and it makes you motivated, makes you want to go in there and play well.

“A big opportunity for a young group to do something special.”

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from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

"I don't think there's any panic at all in this group," Cassidy said. "We have to outplay Toronto for 60 minutes. I think we've done it for long stretches early in the series. Recently I think we've done it -- in the games we've lost, we've outplayed them.

"But we've got to do it for a full 60 minutes. That's usually the team that's going to win."

It's not as if the Bruins are being dramatically outplayed in the series. In most of the games, they've dominated the possession metrics and outshot the Maple Leafs. 

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added 10:27am, Chris Johnston with a TOI comparison during the series.

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The Handshake Line

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

The post-series handshake line is one of the NHL's great traditions, a few gentlemanly moments following four, five, six or seven punishing Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In many ways, the handshake line is a contradiction: Players who have been bruising each other in every second of every game line up to shake hands and wish each other well. One team has advanced to the next round or has won the Stanley Cup; the other is vanquished into the offseason. The handshake tradition has endured, evolved, and today it is a compelling scene at the end of hard-fought playoff series.

It may seem like the perfect opportunity for the winning team to gloat, rub salt in the losing team's wound, but Maple Leafs legend Dave Keon, who won the Stanley Cup four times in his 18-season career, said that's not the case.

"You don't want to be, for want of a better expression, jumping up and down while you're doing it," said Keon, who played in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff series in his career, 17 with the Maple Leafs, the other with the Hartford Whalers. "Your opponent played hard, and you respect that. In my day, all you said, basically, was, 'Good game.' I think that sometimes, not even a word was spoken. You'd just nod. And you might not shake the other guy's hand, you'd just touch it.

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