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The Season Comes To An End For The New Jersey Devils

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Their playoff run ended after five games with a first-round defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who finished off a 4-1 series win with a 3-1 Game 5 victory on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

The Devils made a positive step to get to the playoffs in 2017-18, but the postseason showed there is still work to be done.

Few people outside the Devils' locker room pegged them as a playoff team in 2017-18, yet they rode a red-hot start past several obstacles throughout the season, then used a red-hot finish to snap a playoff drought that dated back to 2012.

Following a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17, earning a playoff spot this season was a big jump for the franchise, which the team needs to use as a step toward more serious contention.

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This Time, Luck On The Side Of The Washington Capitals

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

To those who believe that once the Stanley Cup playoffs start the Washington Capitals have no luck at all except buzzard luck, there are now several big, fat exhibits to the contrary.

It’s far too early to declare a change of trend. A few nice breaks, along with some good clutch play, are not enough to reverse a decades-long sense of ill fortune and black clouds.

But in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena on Saturday, as in Game 3 in Columbus on Tuesday, the Caps got plain, old, wonderful puck-luck of the kind they have seldom received in the past.

And they have seldom needed it more. Suddenly, with three straight wins, including a 4-3 overtime triumph in Game 5, they have turned a brutal two-games-to-none deficit — after consecutive confidence-eroding overtime losses at home — into a three-games-to-two lead.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Survive To Force A Game 6 Against The Boston Bruins

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

On Saturday night, facing the Boston Bruins in an elimination Game 5, the Toronto Maple Leafs were ready. They scored, then again in the first period. When Boston cut the lead in half, Toronto responded right away. The Leafs added a power-play goal, and it was still the second period. It was 4-1.

And then it was 4-2, and 4-3, and there were reams of time left, not like 2013. There was so much time, and the Bruins were coming like the Leafs were food. In the third period, the Bruins attempted 38 shots. For the game, the Leafs attempted 39.

“We just survived,” said defenceman Ron Hainsey, who played a team-high 26:06 in Toronto’s 4-3 win. “Just happy we won, man. Just got another day tomorrow, Monday, and we go from there. It was not pretty. Way too many penalties, obviously. Way too much time in our end once we got the 4-1 lead. But we held on. Freddie was great.”

Frederik Andersen did finally have a game in this series with 42 saves, and he was Toronto’s best player. For half the night, the Leafs delivered everything you could ask in an elimination game.

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Video- Top Highlights From The Stanley Cup Playoff Games On Saturday

Four minutes to watch.

 

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NHL Short Notes

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
The Lightning advanced to the Second Round, the Capitals won in overtime to take a 3-2 series lead and the Maple Leafs staved off elimination.
 

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Topics discussed include (besides Cherry showing a singing hamster) the first period of Leafs/Bruins, the Marlies goalie Garret Sparks getting a stick near the eye, Connor Hellebuyck and Dustin Byfuglien and linesmen in the limelight.

They also discussed the Avs/Preds.

via Sportsnet,

 

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Video- John Tortorella Postgame

John Tortorella after today's loss to the Capitals.

Tortorella says they will be back in Washington for game 7.

 

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Video- HNIC Feature On David Pastrnak

via Sportsnet,

David Pastrnak explains how his connection to his late father shaped the way he approaches the game of hockey.

 

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Video- Washington Capitals Now One Win Away From Advancing To Round 2

Caps defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT and lead the series 3-2.

 

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Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Have they grown tired yet of Brian Burke in Calgary the way they grew tired of him in Toronto before that?

In his past nine years as a team executive, these past five as president of hockey operations for the Flames following four as president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, Macho Man’s teams have qualified for the playoffs twice, won one round, and have fired three coaches.

He has his Stanley Cup from Anaheim in 2007, when Scott Niedermayer decided he wanted to play with his brother and Burke’s then BFF Kevin Lowe gifted him Chris Pronger, and nobody can take that away from him....

- The Wild have qualified for the playoffs for six straight years after the twin free-agent signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter during the summer of 2012 after having missed the previous four seasons. So there is that.

But Minnesota, losers in five to Winnipeg, has gone out in the first round three straight times and has won just two playoff rounds in the past six years.

And there are eight years to go at just over $7.538 million per for each on the contracts for Suter, who missed the playoffs with a broken ankle, and Parise, who went down in Game 3 with a broken sternum....

a bit more on each of the above plus dealing with headshots and more...

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