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The Boston Bruins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

The Bruins completed the sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 win tonight.

Boston was the better team throughout the series and earned the outcome.

The earliest end date for the WCF is Sunday, May 19th and the latest it can end is Thursday, May 23rd.

So way too early to say when the SCF will start.

I'll add highlights to this post when available.

added 11:01pm, Handshakes below.

added 11:17pm, Prince of Wales Trophy presentation is below.

added 11:41pm, game highlights below...

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Your NHL General Manager Of The Year Finalists

NEW YORK (May 16, 2019) – Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues, Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins and Don Waddell of the Carolina Hurricanes are the three finalists for the 2018-19 NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League announced today.

Voting for this award was conducted among the NHL general managers and a panel of League executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 19, during the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, in alphabetical order:

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Open Post- The Boston Bruins Can Eliminate The Carolina Hurricanes Tonight

Boston leads the series 3-0 and have been the better team.

Carolina has hope but other than that, it looks like this series is over.

Late news, Chara out tonight, replaced by John Moore.


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The Carolina Hurricanes Need A Win Tonight

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Bunch of Jerks are down to the end of the tube.

“You know the toothpaste where you can always squeeze a little bit more out of it?” Canes captain Justin Williams was saying. “We’re going to try to squeeze as much as we can out of our toothpaste here. We’ve got plenty left in it.”

That’s only slightly more palatable than the last analogy that Williams used before in this Eastern Conference final, saying the Hurricanes needed to chew on a “poop sandwich.”

But in some ways, the Hurricanes are still munching on it, maybe even more so after their first- period surge against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 failed to turn the tide on home ice. As well as they played, it wasn’t good enough.

“Everybody felt they played pretty hard, these are the tough ones to recover from,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “They are. That’s just the human nature of it. That’s our job, to pick up the pieces, come in [Thursday], try to put everything behind you and know that it’s going to take that same effort, plus something else, to beat these guys. 

“That’s the challenge.”


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Esa Lindell Signs A Six-Year Extension With The Dallas Stars

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract extension, which will run through the 2024-25 season. The six-year contract is worth $34,800,000 and has an average annual value (AAV) of $5,800,000.

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Morning Line- Kevin Allen

It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not?

This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required.

What happened Wednesday, when the San Jose Sharks scored an overtime goal on a play that should’ve been blown dead on a hand pass, shows this is a five-alarm problem. That play (a hand pass) leading up to the goal is not on the list of reasons why a goal can be reviewed.

There have been far too many officiating misses or incorrect calls, too many teams suffering, too much NHL embarrassment.

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where you can read more on this topic.

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Video- The San Jose Sharks Win Game 3 With Controversial OT Goal

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Asked directly if his overtime playoff game-winner, the one that gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues, was set up by an illegal hand pass, defenceman Erik Karlsson said: "We weren’t playing handball were we?"

Europeans. Handball? No, clearly Timo Meier was playing volleyball.

A great game was overshadowed by a massive call, one that referees Marc Joanette and Dan O’Rourke, and linesmen Jonny Murray and Matt MacPherson, appeared to get wrong Wednesday. The Sharks’ 5-4 win against the St. Louis Blues seemed like further evidence that the National Hockey League must do something to help its officials on game-deciding calls.

Instead, the four guys wearing stripes were the only ones in the hockey universe unable, due to NHL restrictions of video review, to look at a replay and see that Meier cuffed the puck to teammate Gustav Nyquist, who relayed it to Karlsson for the winning goal at 5:23 of overtime.

Had it been Game 7 instead of Game 3, the missed call would have been every bit as explosive and damaging to the NHL as the phantom five-minute major assessed to the Vegas Golden Knights that enabled the Sharks to overcome a three-goal deficit in the deciding game and take that first-round series in seven.


Below, watch the questionable goal and the game highlights.

added 7:51am, below, watch the Blues post-game reaction.

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NHL Short Notes

Sharks take 2-1 series lead in Western Conference Final; 39-year-old Thornton makes history with two goals; Bruins look to close out Hurricanes.

NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition — May 16, 2019

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Video- The St. Louis Blues Are Laila Anderson’s Team

via the YouTube channel of the NHL,

Laila Anderson, an 11-year-old Blues fan battling a rare disease called HLH, enjoys Game 3 after being surprised with tickets by her mom and talks about the support and inspiration from the players and staff during her treatment.


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Video- The Turnaround By The St. Louis Blues

via Sportsnet,

The Blues were dead last in the NHL when the calendar turned to 2019, but now they are in the Western Conference Final and continue to push themselves on their Stanley Cup run.


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