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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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NHL Short Notes

The First Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will come to a dramatic close on Wednesday when the Bruins host the Maple Leafs in Game 7 at TD Garden in Boston – the lone remaining game of the opening round.

* The winner of Wednesday's showdown will advance to the Second Round and face the Lightning, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

* The Bruins hold an all-time record of 13-12 in Game 7s, including a 12-8 mark on home ice. This will mark Boston’s 26th appearance in a Game 7, breaking a tie with Detroit (25) for the most in NHL history. The Maple Leafs own an all-time record of 12-10 in Game 7s, including a 5-9 mark on the road.

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Game 1, 2nd Round Start Times

NEW YORK (April 24, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times, and national television information for the series-opening games of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round. A complete Second Round schedule will be announced when available. All times listed are ET and subject to change.

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The NHL Is Dark Tonight And So Am I

Tonight I am taking advantage of the break to re-charge and relax a bit.

Back at it in the morning but if something big happens tonight I will interrupt my date with a bottle of Bushmills and post.

Other than that, nada.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 24, 2018 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Coverage on NBC is the best since 2015, while cable coverage on NBCSN is the best in six years. Live streaming of the first 12 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

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Sergei Bobrovsky On His Season

frpm Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

Monday night, however, the Jackets' top goalie let his feelings be known during a candid postgame media scrum, following another disappointing first-round exit for Columbus in a Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena.

"I can't control things around me," said Bobrovsky, who allowed five goals on 27 shots in Game 6, including back-to-back goals that broke the game open for the Capitals in the third period. "The only thing I can control, myself, you know? And after this season, I completely disagree if anybody will say that I need a psychologist, you know?"

It was a jarring statement to the media huddled around him, especially coming from "Bob," the guy who usually just refers to his system and the process he uses to make some of the most incredible saves you'll ever see.

Who said anything about a psychologist?

Answer: nobody, this year....

http://"I think that, yeah, as I say, I think I play strong overall, whole season, so I was consistent," he replied. "I was good in the playoffs. Definitely, I could be better, but we still lose, you know? But I did what I could. I work hard. I battle hard. And I thought I gave a chance [for] my team to win, every night actually."


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Possible Round 2 Start Dates

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Videos- The Last Time Toronto And Boston Played A Game 7

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

For Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, it admittedly was one of the worst moments of his NHL career.

For Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, it was among the best of his.

When the Maple Leafs visit the Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS), it will be the teams' first playoff game against each other since Boston eliminated Toronto in seven games in the first round in 2013.

But the Bruins did more than win the series. They made history and broke the Maple Leafs' hearts. Down by three goals 5:29 into the third period of Game 7, Boston rallied for a 5-4 overtime win, becoming the first NHL team to win Game 7 after trailing by three in the third.

"Lesson learned," Kadri said. "You take what happened and understand how to better handle that situation if it comes up again.

"We have young guys on this team who were still in school back then. This is a different team."


Videos from that night are below...

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All Tom Dundon

Dundon joined Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan on the latest episode of ESPN on Ice for a wide-ranging interview. Here are a few highlights.

On being a vocal owner:

"I've heard that new owners don't say much initially -- and not sure that's going to work for me."

On rumors that the Hurricanes have been lowballing GM and coaching candidates:

"If I thought that the money and the talent are one-to-one correlated, then I would spend the money. But I believe we can fit really talented people within our budget, and me looking at other people's determination of the market, in paying people -- it's not something I would ever do.

"If I can't find the person who is undervalued and give them the chance at a price I think is fair, and give them a chance to build their market value and build the team, then I might move to a different plan. But I do think it would be surprising if there were only 30 people in the world who could do these jobs. We're looking for the talent, not the résumé."


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Must Watch TV - Nashville Predators Against The Winnipeg Jets

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

We’re just about to start the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, so it would be a mistake to look at this as the “real” Stanley Cup final or anything like that.

It does, however, shape up to be the one you won’t want to miss.

The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets made a series of noteworthy statements together during the regular season that suggested, if they were to meet in the post-season, it might produce something unforgettable. Well, now the two teams will get that chance....

The Predators, Stanley Cup finalists last spring, have had their eye on the big prize since losing to Pittsburgh. They are fortified down the middle with Nick Bonino, Kyle Turris and the unretired Mike Fisher, and they posted the NHL’s best regular-season record.

The Jets posted the second-best record out of 31 teams, but came into this spring thinking of more modest dreams. Perhaps trying to win the first playoff series in franchise history. They did that and, suddenly, the dream is much, much bigger in Manitoba, as it should be in a league in which very good is good enough to win a Cup these days.


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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