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Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders to tie the series at 1-1 and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their series at 1-1 too.
The sounds of a dryer slowly doing its job puts me to sleep, now I can add the ping pong ball process to the list.
Actually watch how the NHL goes about picking the NHL Draft Lottery winner.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Vladimir Tarasenko saw the most ice time of any Blues forward in Game 1, and it was the second-most of any forward on the ice behind Dallas’ Jamie Benn.
“What did he play?,” Hitchcock asked during his session with reporters on Saturday afternoon.
Told it was 21 minutes, 4 seconds, Hitchcock replied: “Oh did he? Quite a bit, eh? Can we maybe shut that story up now?”
Late in the Blues’ first-round series with Chicago, when the Blues dropped two in a row, Tarasenko’s ice time, or lack of it, became a common talking point. But his minutes in Game 1 were the most he’s played in a regulation game in this year’s playoffs. Still, he was kept quiet by Dallas’ defense, limiting him to three shots on goal.
“Well, obviously he’s one guy that we got the radar on, that we know when he’s out there we want to make sure we don’t give him much ice,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I thought for the most part we didn’t make any mistakes that allowed any big rush plays when he was out there, and we closed fast on him inside the zone. We went after him physically and he’s a tough guy to knock off his feet, but I thought we played him as hard as we could when it came to the physical front.”
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
One step back for two steps forward?
Well, the chances of that theory becoming a reality for the Winnipeg Jets vastly improved on Saturday as the results of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery were unveiled in Toronto.
With only a 7.5% chance of securing the top pick, the Jets still managed to jump up from sixth to second overall and will have an opportunity to dramatically alter the fortunes of the franchise after missing the playoffs this past season.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said things started to get interesting at ninth overall and especially at sixth, when the Jets logo wasn't turned over by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
“At least you knew you weren't going to move backwards in the order and (at six), that's when the heart starts pumping and the legs start shaking a little,” Cheveldayoff said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “I couldn't even tell you who was the team that came up.”
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan joins Hockey Night in Canada to talk about winning the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It is, in fact, as good a concept as the “Let the boys decide it” approach to officiating that apparently is again codified as league policy.
A referee who doesn’t want to decide the game by very definition is, in fact, deciding it. Everyone would agree on that.
Beyond that, why not allow the boys to decide it all the time? Why have referees on the ice at all? Especially if they’re not going to call Matt Martin for tripping the unfortunate Vincent Trochek or Tom Wilson for kneeing Conor Sheary or Kris Letang for going Paul Bunyon on Viktor Stalberg’s mouth?
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from Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog,
In Saturday night’s Game 2 loss to the Penguins, they were dominated for at least 40 minutes, appeared ill-equipped to handle Pittsburgh’s high-flying offense and couldn’t stay out of the penalty box. They went 14 minutes without taking a shot at one point, misfired on the few dangerous chances they did generate and coughed up the home-ice advantage they had worked months to secure. They gave up the winning goal to a popular former teammate, activated one of their ugliest bits of history and now have to hold their breath as the NHL scrutinizes a bad hit by one of their best defensemen.
The good news? The Caps will travel to Pittsburgh tied 1-1, rather than in the 2-0 hole they probably deserve.
But they’ll leave Washington knowing they’re on a path to trouble, that the showing they made in Saturday night’s 2-1 loss won’t be close to enough against the league’s hottest club. The Penguins hadn’t lost consecutive games since mid-January. To win a second straight at home, the Caps needed to start quickly and keep the Penguins from flying through the neutral zone. They needed to rely on their size advantage, make life difficult for rookie netminder Matt Murray and play crisply in their defensive zone.
They needed, in other words, to play better than they had in Thursday’s Game 1 win. Instead, they went backward, offering their worst performance of the postseason. Ignore the final score, because it should have been worse.
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FEHR BURNS FORMER TEAM AS PENGUINS EVEN SERIES WITH CAPITALS
Eric Fehr – who spent nine seasons with the Capitals over two stints with the club before joining the Penguins in 2015-16 – scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 remaining in regulation to propel the Penguins to a Game 2 victory, evening their Second Round series 1-1.
* Fehr, who was drafted 18th overall by the Capitals in the 2003 NHL Draft, spent nine of his first 10 NHL seasons with the club recording 87-87—174 in 419 regular-season games and 5-1—6 in 37 postseason contests.
* Fehr – who scored his first goal against his former club (regular-season and playoffs) – registered his second career game-winning goal in the postseason, both of which have been scored in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Game 4 of FR at NYR).
* Matt Murray (23 SV) improved to 11-1 in his last 12 decisions dating to March 6 (regular-season and playoffs), including a 4-1 record in five starts during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (1.74 GAA, .939 SV%, 1 SO).
* Per Elias, Murray became the first rookie goaltender to win four of his first five career playoff starts since Michal Neuvirth (WSH) did so in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NYR (4-1).
* Evgeni Malkin (0-1—1) provided the primary assist on Fehr’s winner and has collected at least one point in all six games since making his return to the Penguins lineup in Game 2 of the First Round vs. NYR (3-6—9).
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