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Video- Sidney Crosby Goes Hard Into The End Boards

A lot of tweets wondering why he wasn't pulled off the ice by the spotters.



added 9:23pm, Bob McKenzie with the protocol....

added 11:29am on 5/9/17, added a GIF below of how the Caps are playing Crosby....

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Open Post- The Only Game Tonight

Going with my brain I say Pittsburgh, going with my gut and it is Washington.  All bases covered.

Washington @ Pittsburgh, PIT leads 3-2, 7:30 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN

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The Washington Capitals Want To Change The Storyline

from Tom Gulliti of NHL.com,

Up to this point, the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins has followed roughly the same script as the second-round series between the teams last season.

Like last year, the Capitals trailed 3-1 in the best-of-7 series, but won Game 5 at home at force a Game 6. Last season they were eliminated in Game 6 in Pittsburgh.

"It's an opportunity to be in the same situation and write a different ending, which is very lucky for us. That's what you want," defenseman Karl Alzner said after the Capitals morning skate. "You want another opportunity and a crack at the game and this is exactly it."

The Capitals spent a long summer thinking about what they could have done differently after losing Game 6 last season. If they could have had a chance then to play that game over, they would have taken it.

Now they have it and don't want to waste the opportunity.

"Seldom in life do you get a chance to be in a position like we were last year, the position we were a couple of games ago," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "So it's just an opportunity. We're going to focus on [Game 6] and we have to. All that last game has done is get us an opportunity to continue to play and that's how we have to approach [Game 6]."

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Video- How’s It Feel Nashville?

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Video- Action From The Past Week In The NHL

All in slow motion.


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A Hundred Years Of Playoff Stats

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Statistics are the foundation of the NHL, the digital bedrock on which both the great players and the journeymen built the game. Before Corsi and Fenwick and the percentages of advanced stats, analyses that are all the rage today, were simply the goals, scored at even strength, on power plays and shorthanded; the assists that set up the goals; the penalty minutes that always had the potential to change the tide; and the goaltender's rudimentary goals-against average.

Now comes an online resource for the most hard-core fan, to whom hockey's basic numbers are almost a religion. As part of its ongoing Centennial celebration, the NHL, on its NHL.com website, is offering a statistical treasure chest in the form of box scores from every postseason game in NHL history and richly detailed playoff game logs for every individual who has skated or tended goal in the postseason.

In concert with SAP, the NHL's application software and database partner, the League is now adding to the wealth of statistics that have been on NHL.com for roughly a decade. 

NHL.com/stats provides SAP-powered filters to offer fans the ability to cross-reference historic statistics by game-level context such as home, away, game decision and opponent.


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This Is Leon Draisaitl

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As Draisaitl barges into second place in league playoff scoring with 6-10-16, one point behind Evgeni Malkin, the hockey world is being formally introduced to Edmonton’s second lethal weapon.

He is the Malkin to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the Perry to Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf. Or in this Northern Alberta city, perhaps the Mark Messier to Wayne Gretzky is a better fit.

“He’s been a horse,” marveled Zack Kassian, the mutton-chopped winger who also scored. “Sometimes he doesn’t get enough credit because he plays with 97. But we all know what he’s capable of.”

In Game 5, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan moved Draisaitl off of McDavid’s wing to centre a line with Milan Lucic and Anton Slepyshev. He put Drake Caggiula up with McDavid and Pat Maroon, and his Oilers have vastly been the better team ever since.

“He stepped up big,” Lucic said of Draisaitl. “We needed someone to step up and he’s stepped up — he came up huge for us when we needed it the most.”


Watch all three of Draisaitl's goals below in one video...

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Season Ends In Nashville For The St. Louis Blues

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If someone had told the Blues that a transition season that also saw a coaching change and the trade of a top defenseman would last until Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, they probably would have taken it.

But when the postseason arrived at that dead end Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, where Nashville won 3-1 to claim the best-of-seven series 4-2, the Blues were still left with regrets.

They couldn’t find a way to win any of their three games in Nashville, they were held to just three goals on the road and the power play was abysmal both home and away.

Those were some of the reasons that in a series the team labeled as “winnable,” the Predators were able to punch their ticket to the conference finals for the first time in their history, denying the Blues a second straight trip to the third round.

“First off a lot of credit to Nashville, congratulations to them, they played a great series and they’re a real strong team, but it hurts right now for us,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “We felt like there were moments in this series where we could have grabbed it. There was times where we felt like it was winnable, like we could have come out on the other side. They definitely deserve to be moving on, but ... it stinks, I hate it, I hate to say it.”


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All Is Well In Nashville

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

May 7, 2017, gets its own chapter in the Predators' history book now, the day Nashville sent St. Louis home for the offseason and arrived in a new place as a franchise.

In the Western Conference finals, yes, for the first time, a far-away dream when the Predators started NHL play in 1998 and even 10 years ago when fans held a rally to keep the team in Nashville. But that also means the Predators have stepped onto a bigger stage, into a brighter light. The work they did to get here suggests they’re up for it.

"The expectation is a Stanley Cup," Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said after the 3-1 win in Game 6 to extend his first season with the team. "I think we took a big step today for this organization and this city, but that's not our ultimate goal. Our ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup. We've worked really hard to put ourselves in a good position. There's still a lot of hockey left to be played, but we should enjoy this today. It's a hell of an accomplishment for this organization."


from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,

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“Everything” Went Wrong For The Anaheim Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

When did things go so awfully, colossally off track for the Ducks on Sunday in the 7-1 spanking they absorbed from the Edmonton Oilers, a loss that will take this madly zigzagging series to a seventh game on Wednesday at Honda Center?

“Puck drop,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said, truthfully.

What went wrong in a monstrosity of a first period that kept them from closing out the Oilers and advancing to the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators?

“Everything,” coach Randy Carlyle said, and again, there was no argument to be made.

How did this happen?

“That’s a good question,” winger Andrew Cogliano said, insightfully noting the Ducks’ inability to play the kind of simple and sound road game that was required in this situation. “It could have been 20-1, really.”

The actual final tally was bad enough, especially considering that NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid didn’t earn a point. Twelve of his teammates had at least one point each and winger-turned-center Leon Draisaitl recorded a hat trick and two assists, giving him 11 goals in 11 regular-season and playoff games against the Ducks this season. Overall it was an impressive effort from a team that felt — with reason — it had been on the wrong end of some calls on Friday in Game 5 at Anaheim before the Ducks won in double overtime.

“We didn’t come out and execute the way we need to and they did,” Getzlaf said.


Game highlights are below...

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