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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Ron and Don discuss the play of Andrei Vasilevskiy, Marc-Andre Fleury, and how important these goaltending performances are to a playoff run.

Plus Don Cherry brought up the big event across the pond today.


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All George McPhee

from Iain McIntyre of Sportsnet,

Sportsnet: Of the Knights’ accomplishment, what makes you most proud?

McPhee: There’s two things. We really like the people we’re working with. That means more than anything – to work with the high-quality people we’ve hired throughout the organization and the high-quality people we have playing the game for us. The other accomplishment would be how well the sport has been received in Las Vegas. We really needed this to work. The league needed it to work. Having a successful team in Las Vegas really increased the visibility of the NHL. We needed this to work, and it has worked well. And the roots can now grow deep.

Sportsnet: You told us that the Oct. 1 shooting accelerated the bond between the team and community like nothing else could have. Can you try to explain that for people who haven’t been to Las Vegas and felt that connection?

read on

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Open Post- Game 5 Of The Eastern Conference Final

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15pm ET and is on NBC, CBC and TVAS.

With a win tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning or Washington Capitals will have a chance to wrap up the series on Monday night.

Feel free to comment on the game.

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Bill Daly On European Expansion

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL, likely to name Seattle soon as its 32nd franchise, for years has eyed the possibility of expanding to Europe, as well as Scandinavia and Russia. It remains a curiosity, said Daly, but there are myriad impediments, including the obvious long-distance travel challenges as well as arena suitability.

“I think the biggest issue now is probably facility availability,” he said. “The facility is such a big part of the revenue of our sport now — the business and economics of our sport — and I just don’t think it’s even close to the same level in Europe in terms of arena sophistication and amenity standpoint.”

All sports leagues — except maybe the NFL because it only plays once a week — would need “a core number of cities” added simultaneously overseas to make such an expansion viable.

“I don’t know what that number of cities is,” said Daly, “but it’s more than one.”

more topics including the Vegas Golden Knights and the NHL/China...

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Saturday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The analytics community likes to bash Brooks Orpik, the Washington defenceman. Let them bash. In three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, heading into Saturday night, Orpik had been on the ice for four even strength goals against in 16 games. Analytics darling Jake Gardiner was on the ice for five goals in one game against Boston.

- Focus and attention to detail may cost the Winnipeg Jets their shot at the Stanley Cup. They have the most talented team left in the playoffs, but their propensity for being scored on right after they score may see them eliminated against the Golden Knights of Vegas.

- Even after he wins the Vezina Trophy, which he will, how do the Nashville Predators bring Pekka Rinne back to play goal next season?

a few more hockey notes...

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Sweden and Switzerland Will Play For Gold At The World Championship

Sunday, the bronze medal game will be at 9:30am ET and the gold medal game at 2:00pm.

Switzerland beat Canada 3-2 and earlier Sweden beat the USA 6-0.


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Marian Hossa Says He “Will Not Play Hockey Anymore”

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The next time No. 81 is seen at the United Center, it will be either for his inevitable “One More Shift” ceremony, or his jersey retirement ceremony.

“I will not play hockey anymore,” Hossa told Novy Cas.

That doesn’t mean Hossa is officially retiring. He can’t, not without slapping the Hawks with significant recapture penalties that would greatly affect their salary cap moving forward. Hossa will live out the last three years of his contract in Slovakia — he recently put his Gold Coast condo up for sale — before, he hopes, he returns to Chicago in another capacity. He told the Slovakian paper that he’s already discussed a future job in the organization....

Hossa told Novy Cas that the NHL sent him to a clinic in Minneapolis before last season to confirm that his medication would not allow him to continue playing. That allowed the Hawks to place him on long-term injured reserve and avoid his $5.25-million cap hit.


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A Disappointing Loss For Team USA

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The 2018 U.S. Men's National Team outshot Sweden, 41-20, but fell in its semifinal game, 6-0, at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship

“Today’s outcome is disappointing, especially with how pleased we were of our play in the first and third periods,” said Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. “I thought our effort was there but Sweden was able to capitalize on special teams and that was the difference. Our guys know there’s still a medal at stake tomorrow so now it’s time to pick ourselves up and find a way to win a hockey game.”

The United States (5-2-0-2/W-OTW-OTL-L) will play in tomorrow’s (May 20) bronze medal game against the loser of tonight’s Canada-Switzerland semifinal. Puck drop is set for 3:45 p.m. local time (9:45 a.m. ET) in Copenhagen at Royal Arena and will be televised live on NHL Network.

For the complete game recap, click here.

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Noteworthy Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- ...If a team of almost entirely perceived third-liners and fourth and fifth defensemen advanced to the conference finals (with a 3-1 lead, no less), would everyone be raving about the general manager (and scouting department) who constructed the club, or the coach instead?

Because honestly, has there ever — ever — been a better coaching job in the NHL than the one Gerard Gallant has turned in this year for the Golden Knights?

Fred Shero with the Flyers in 1973-74, maybe?...

- Either the use of video review is limited by the rule book, or it isn’t. Except not in the NHL, where the league makes up rules on the fly.

If they “wanted to get it right” in Game 4 of Washington-Tampa Bay when Yanni Gourde rather than Victor Hedman was mistakenly sent to the box for tripping T.J. Oshie before the officials corrected their mistake upon checking video, will everyone be on board with getting it wrong in the final?

Or will we find out, much like with Brett Hull’s in-the-crease 1999 Cup winning goal, that a memo had been sent out weeks earlier?

more on the Vegas Golden Knights plus a good chance David Quinn is the next cooach of the New York Rangers....

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Afternoon Line- Patrick O’Sullivan

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