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The Tampa Bay Lightning Let The New Jersey Devils Get Back In The Series

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning got what it deserved Monday night in a 5-2 loss at New Jersey. Take dumb penalties at bad times and you lose games. The Lightning took two really dumb penalties and it cost it a chance to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

Now it's in a dog fight.

The Lightning had a 2-1 lead early in the third period when forward Cedric Paquette took a tripping penalty 200 feet from his own net. That can't happen. Ever. But especially in a one-goal game in the third period of a crucial playoff game. The Lightning then compounded the problem by taking a too many men on the ice penalty, giving the Devils a 5-on-3 power play.

The Devils tied the score. They added the winner later in the period, then a couple of empty-netters, but it was the tying goal that will keep the Lightning shaking its head until Game 4 on Wednesday. You're looking for how Game 3 got away? That was it....

...The Lightning is a better hockey team — more skilled, more talented, better. It needs to stick to hockey. It if gets into nonsense and revenge, it'll be playing right into New Jersey's hands.

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Below, watch the scrum near the end of the game and the game highlights.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Play Their Game In Win Over The Boston Bruins

from Kristen Shilton of TSN,

Fueled by long-awaited star performances from their star players, the Maple Leafs are plenty alive and more than well in this postseason.  

’ game-winner, ’s multi-goal night and ’s 40-save performance combined to give Toronto a rollicking 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday. The Leafs scored as many goals in their first win of the playoffs as they had over those first two road contests, cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

“I think everyone [had something to prove],” said Matthews. “We didn’t feel like we played to the capability we have, so tonight was definitely a statement game for us. I think we just had better details, we knew this was kind of a do-or-die game for us. It was a fun game, a good win for us.”


Below, watch the game highlights.

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Series Heating Up Between Nashville And Colorado

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Nathan MacKinnon and the gritty little Avalanche have done the rest of the NHL a favor, revealing the Nashville Predators as great pretenders in the chase for the Stanley Cup....

How many championships has Nashville won? Zero.

Nothing is going to change in 2018.

The truth is as hard to deny as the final score: Avalanche 5, Pretenders 3....

It’s a series now. The Avs have made the Pretenders grumpy. Or did you miss the cheap shot Nashville defender P.K. Subban gave to the noggin of MacKinnon late in the second period?

“Some of their guys, that’s they way they want to play,” Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog said. “They want to play after whistles, not in between. And we’re just the opposite.”


Below, watch the "cheap shot" from Subban and the game highlights.

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The Anaheim Ducks Are A Mess After 8-1 Blowout Loss To The San Jose Sharks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The ability to win once in this Western Conference quarterfinal series has never been more daunting. A bottomless 8-1 destruction delivered by the Sharks in Game 3 on Monday night put the Ducks on the playoff ledge just three games in, with the waters of elimination waiting below two nights from now.

This was the worst defeat in the franchise’s postseason history. Even with recent excruciating playoff failures, the Ducks’ postseason résumé has been respectable. Two trips to the conference finals in the previous three seasons. Just two playoff sweeps against them in 29 series. Two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, with one glorious title....

“One win,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said, visibly fuming. “We got to win a game now. Our focus got to be to win that Game 4 and that’s all we can do.”...

Something is needed. Or maybe something is needed beyond what this group can deliver once this season is done. A team that survived a blistering rash of injuries in the first half of the season managed to survive their mistake-prone play after getting healthier and somehow finished second in the Pacific Division....

Capping the awful night was Getzlaf’s personal meltdown, first sitting for four minutes in the third period to serve slashing and roughing penalties and then essentially being ejected with a 10-minute misconduct. The Ducks were unglued, racking up 20 of their 28 penalty minutes when them the game was lost.

Asked if he let frustration get to him, Getzlaf said, “Yeah. Kevin asking me to leave was a polite way to finish his night,” in referring to referee Kevin Pollock.

“From my perspective, it’s hard to forget what we just did,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “Very undisciplined. Very disappointed in our reaction in the hockey game. Those are the things we have to address.

“You’re not going to give yourself any kind of an opportunity when you take the number of penalties we took. And I call them selfish penalties.”


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Video- The Best From Last Night In The Stanley Cup Playoffs

A bit over 3 minutes long.


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NHL Short Notes

The Maple Leafs, Devils and Avalanche each secured Game 3 victories on Monday to cut their respective series deficits to 2-1:

* Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau scored his 69th and 70th career playoff goals to pass Gordie Howe (68) and move into a tie with Steve Yzerman for 16th place on the NHL’s all-time list. He recorded his ninth career multi-goal game in the postseason; only Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby(10) has more among active NHL players.

* Marleau (38 years, 213 days) became the oldest player in Maple Leafs history to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, eclipsing the mark set by Norm Ullman (38 years, 109 days) in Game 4 of the 1974 Quarterfinals vs. BOS.

* MUST SEE: Frederik Andersen stopped 40 shots, including a highlight-reel stick save late in the third period to rob David Pastrnak of an open net and preserve a two-goal lead.

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Video- Victor Hedman Says Hello To Nico Hischier

Nico Hischier doesn't appreciate it.

Suspension, nah, maybe a fine.


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Video- Frederik Andersen Is Now A Save Of The Night Candidate

Leafs go on to win 4-2.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean went around the league tonight, with a mention or two on many of the first round matchups.


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Video- Players Around The League On Brad Marchand

via Sportsnet,

Players from around the NHL discuss how Brad Marchand is the ultimate agitator but also a highly skilled players.


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