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from Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe,
The “Twilight” saga featured a blood feud between vampires and werewolves, two staples of horror canon. Watching Thornton or Kessel lift Lord Stanley’s hardware qualifies as a horror film of sorts for Hub hockey fans. It’s a reminder of what has contributed to the Bruins’ current rudderless state — squandering valuable assets.
While the Bruins are selling their fan base on the merits of re-signing ordinary people such as Kevan Miller, two of their former phenoms are fighting for the Stanley Cup.
This is already a spring of discontent as the Bruins are playoff bystanders for the second consecutive year. Adding insult to playoff inactivity is the fact that one of these erstwhile Bruins, both traded away in their primes, is going to have their career validated with a Cup. One of them is going to have as many Stanley Cups to his name as Patrice Bergeron. Fighting in hockey is flagging, but this is a punch in the teeth for the Spoked-Believers and the Jacobs clan.
This is the first Stanley Cup Final appearance for Thornton or Kessel, top-five picks who have piled up points and criticism during their careers.
The parallel between the Team Edward (vampire) and Team Jacob (werewolf) showdown in the “Twilight” movies applies shockingly well here.
via the Philadelphai Flyers,
Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall gave the following injury update on center Claude Giroux and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on Saturday afternoon:
"Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere are both scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday, May 17th to have their right hips repaired as well as bilateral lower abdominal tears repaired.
Their hip surgery will be performed by Dr. Eric Kropf and their abdominal surgery will be performed by Dr. William Meyers.
We expect both players to be able to return to full activity in 10-12 weeks."
from Lauea McCrystal of Philly.com,
Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev was charged last week with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Medvedev, 33, is charged with having a blood alcohol content of more than .16 percent - more than double the legal limit for drivers - when he was stopped by Lower Moreland police last month, according to court documents.
A brief update from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet last night.
- Claude Giroux may have surgery on his hip aeea
-Canucks have no interest in Dale Tallon
- Flames will interview Mike Yeo
Here is the explanation and Schenn will serve the suspension at the beginning of the regular season.
from David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Roughly 30 minutes had elapsed since his first season as an NHL coach ended, and Dave Hakstol was not yet ready to reflect. He did not want to talk about the vast number of positives he would take away from Year 1, nor did he want to talk about the lessons that a six-game series against the best team in hockey had taught him. As he sat at a table in a conference room in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, he could not yet bring himself to turn his focus to the future.
"I think you use all the information at hand in order to evaluate and look at ways to get better," Hakstol said. "Obviously, this series is the latest information we have, and playoff time is a little different level, but it will be part of the information, for sure, that we use as a staff and as a group to evaluate and look at areas we need to improve on and push forward."
Forward. It's the word that has defined this franchise since it hired Hakstol last summer. This season was never supposed to be about 2016. To anybody outside of the organization, the playoff series that ended Sunday with a 1-0 loss to the Capitals was little more than an entertaining diversion. Really, we learned as much by what the Flyers failed to accomplish as we would have had they fluked their way into the second round. They lost, and that's something. But what it told us about them is the important thing.
The Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers today by the score of 1-0.
They will meet the Pittsburgh Penguins next.
added 3:24pm, Watch the handshake line below...
As the GIF shows, it was not his stick. Then five seconds later, another Caps penalty.
Caps overcame the calls with some help from the Flyers.
04:25 Washington Nicklas Backstrom - High-sticking - 4 minutes
04:30 Washington Matt Niskanen - Hooking - 2 minutes
06:55 Philadelphia Ryan White - Stick Holding - 2 minutes
Then Backstrom scores near the midway point of the 2nd, Caps up 1-0.
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Hours after he didn’t provide much leadership for the Washington Capitals, Justin Williams set out to make amends.
Williams didn’t play smart hockey in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, taking eight minutes in penalties in the first half of the game.
There’s no argument that Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth was the reason Philadelphia escaped to force Game 6 on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. It didn’t help the Caps’ cause that Williams’ continuous trips to the penalty box made it tougher for Washington to carry momentum.
Following an optional Capitals practice on Saturday at their suburban practice facility, Williams verbally demonstrated why the club signed him out of free agency last summer. Williams’ experience gained through winning the Stanley Cup three times (in 2014 and 2012 with Los Angeles and in 2006 with Carolina) showed when he poured cold water on the idea there is any kind of panic in the Capitals dressing room.
Thanks to the 75 saves made by Neuvirth in the past two games, the Flyers have thrust themselves back in the series and would tie the best-of-seven 3-3 with a win on Sunday. A Caps win and it’s a Washington-Pittsburgh matchup in the second round.
“We just need to take a deep breath, relax and realize the task at hand is winning one game, nothing more than that,” Williams said. “The first round is tough, just like any other round. Nothing’s for free and we have to earn it on the road now.”
from Jerry Brewer of the Washington Post,
And now, there’s tension.
A joyous, breezy Washington Capitals season finally succumbed to the playoff strain Friday night at Verizon Center. Leading Philadelphia three games to one in this first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, the best team in hockey returned home for a closeout game, turned in a performance worthy of series-clinching victory and somehow still lost. The Capitals lost in a most mystifying and unreasonable manner, a cruel result that hockey sometimes delivers at random.
For a franchise that has a long and painful history of struggling in these moments, this was a torturous way to apply pressure. It’s one thing to choke. It’s another to be tagged by bad luck. After a star-crossed 2-0 loss to the Flyers in Game 5, what was a 3-0 series lead has melted down to 3-2. A potential short series is now a long and taxing one. On Sunday, the Flyers return to Philadelphia for Game 6 with a chance to tie the series and extend it to a full seven games. You can feel Washington’s pressure swelling.
Game highlights are below...
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