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Big Game By Nikita Kucherov Puts The Tampa Bay Lightning One Game Away From Advancing

from Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times,

Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Taking Care of Business shook the walls of the Lightning locker room not long after it dispatched the Devils in Wednesday's Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.

The 3-1 win was sparked by Nikita Kucherov, who put his game into overdrive with two goals, an assist, a game-high seven shots and a big first-period hit that might have set the tone for the rest of the game.

"For sure," J.T. Miller said. "Any time you see one of your top offensive players and one of the best in the league offensively hit a guy like that, that's a big-time hit. That gives the group a spark. I think that was a big part of the first period.

"When he's involved, engaged physically like that, it sends a message to the team that everybody's got to be engaged. This is a big game, and from there on out, we played a really solid game."

Kucherov's hit on Sami Vatanen near the Devils' bench knocked the defenseman from the game with an upper-body injury and sparked retaliation and several minor scuffles.

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Watch the game highlights below and the Kucherov hit on Vatanen if you missed it last night.

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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Sami Vatanen

via Sportsnet,

Sami Vatanen would head to the locker room after taking big hit from Nikita Kucherov.

To me, it looks like the recent Doughty hit.

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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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Video- Victor Hedman Says Hello To Nico Hischier

Nico Hischier doesn't appreciate it.

Suspension, nah, maybe a fine.

 

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Videos- In Case You Missed The Afternoon Games

highlight videos via Sportsnet's YouTube channel

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 New Jersey Devils 3

 

 

Nashville Predators 5 Colorado Avalanche 4

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Taylor Hall Has Finally Moved On

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Taylor Hall is picturing a recent memory, unremarkable yet personally momentous. It was early last fall, a couple days into his second Devils training camp. Beneath clear skies and a brilliant sun, Hall was lounging on the outdoor pool deck of his high-rise complex in Jersey City, finally feeling settled after the June 2016 blockbuster that brought him there from Edmonton. His apartment was furnished, his car was registered, his state license obtained … so much life-cluttering “little crap” sorted out. He looked around, digesting the scene. “OK, this is normal,” he thought. “This is home.”

Wounded in the wake of the trade, a one-for-one swap with defenseman Adam Larsson, Hall had spoken with Devils general manager Ray Shero, who likened what Hall would experience leaving the Oilers–the organization that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009–to the death of a family member.

“I’m giving you one year,” Shero told him. “Then you’ve got to move on.”

Even Hall will admit that the mourning period lasted until that time limit hit triple zeroes, no doubt worsened by New Jersey’s last-place finish and Edmonton’s run to the second round. Relocating was a yearlong adjustment too, since Hall knew almost none of his new teammates and absolutely nothing about the area. Shero looks back and laughs at how long he took to discover the tollbooth magic of EZ Pass.

Then came summer. Between a revamped training regimen and two illuminating meetings–not to mention a trip to Coachella with then-teammate Dalton Prout–Hall returned having rounded a personal corner.

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This Is Taylor Hall

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The way Hall plays, there are times you’d be tempted to give up half your team for 2010’s first-overall pick, whose 93 points in 76 games this year was a staggering 41 more than the second-best scoring Devil, Hall’s rookie centre Nico Hischier. Among forwards, Hall finished as one of the NHL’s best handful of takeaway artists and the only Jersey player to end with a superior relative Corsi rating was defenceman Will Butcher, who had more offensive zone starts than anybody on the team.

The manner in which Hall blends speed and sturdiness into one terrorizing package is something to behold. A member of an opposing coaching staff says people don’t understand how strong on the puck Hall is. If you gave every NHLer a beige, numberless jersey and had them burn laps, the only child of Steve Hall and Kim Strba would be a cinch to pick out from the crowd thanks to his signature broad-based stride. The truly can’t-miss aspect to his game, though, is the way No. 9 surges whenever he touches the frozen rubber, as if mere contact with it sends a signal to his feet. “Every time he’s got the puck, he’s not trying to slow down to make a play, he’s speeding up,” says teammate Travis Zajac. “I think there’s only a few [NHLers] who can really do that, and he’s one of them.”

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Video- Evening Line—Taylor Hall

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The MVP Type Year For Taylor Hall

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Between his two goals and two assists, Hall moved the 93 points on the season and has the Devils one win away from a postseason berth.

Those 93 points are 42 points ahead of Nico Hischier, who ranks second on the Devils with 51 points. That gap is the largest among the top two scorers on an NHL team this season.

"There's lots of talk of him and Hart Trophy consideration and things like that," Hynes said. 'But I think when you look at the impact this guy has had on our team, on the organization and where we're at, it can't be close. He's played with two rookies, he's played with Kyle (Palmieri) when he's been up there. The consistency level he's played with throughout the year, driving our team, night in and night out throughout the year has been exceptional."

His four-point effort on Tuesday matched a season high, going back to when he posted four assists in a 5-4 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 19.

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Videos- Nastiness In The Penguins/Devils Game

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Sidney Crosby takes a pretty nasty butt-end from Travis Zajac, and near the end of the game the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils devolve into a cheap shot festival.

Penguins won 4-3 in OT.  Watch Crosby's OT goal below in the extended area.

 

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