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Oilers Need To Slow Down Ryan Getzlaf

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers have had no effective way of slowing Getzlaf down and Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has decided to have Getzlaf and fellow centre Ryan Kesler out at the same time as the game wears on. If  Connor McDavid comes on for the Oilers, then Getzlaf goes off; if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins comes on, McDavid’s shadow then goes off. Now, you have to win the face-offs to make that work if you’re the Ducks, and they have been about two-thirds of the time. You win the draw and one of those Ducks centres gets to the bench, and doesn’t have to defend.

So, what do the Oilers do for Game 5?

Have they thought of moving McDavid’s bigger right-winger, Leon Draisaitl, back to the middle on another line to go specifically against the six-foot-four Getzlaf, because the 222-pound centre who played 26 minutes Wednesday is wearing down whatever other Oilers player he’s going against?

“Yup,” said Oiler coach Todd McLellan, refusing to be more expansive on a Draisaitl  switch, which would then leave a cavernous hole on the right side of McDavid on the No. 1 line.

Could that happen in Anaheim, even if Draisaitl had a disastrous night (2-10) on face-offs in Game 4, like when former Oilers coach Glen Sather realized he had to put left-winger Mark Messier against Bryan Trottier in the New York Islanders-Oilers battles of old?

“Potentially,” said McLellan.


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IIHF World Cup Play Starts Today For Team USA

via USA Hockey,

The U.S. and Germany meet tonight in the first game for both teams at the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship. Opening faceoff is set for 8:15 p.m. local time (2:15 p.m. ET) and can be seen live in the U.S. on NHL Network (also streamed live on NBC Sports app and on NBCSports.com).

The two teams have met 15 times previously in the world championship, with the U.S. holding an 8-0-1-3-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) series advantage. Last year, Germany edged the U.S. by a 3-2 count in preliminary round play at the world championship.

The last time the tournament was held in Germany in 2010, the U.S. opened the tournament against Germany before a then world-record crowd of 77,803 at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with the hosts taking a 2-1 overtime victory.

The U.S. has won its opening game of the men’s world championship in 10 of the past 12 years.

Jimmy Howard is expected to be the starter in goal tonight. He is playing in his second IIHF Men’s World Championship. In 2012, he went 5-2 with a 2.42 goals against average and .911 save percentage and was named one of Team USA’s best three players of the tournament.

The full tournament schedule is below...

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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean- the 1st period of Senators/Rangers, long sticks, Edmonton/Anaheim and Cherry has some harsh words for Nick Bonino.


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The Ottawa Senators Need To Regroup Quickly

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The "Kanata Wall" is in need of some repairs.

As the Ottawa Senators left Madison Square Garden with two humbling losses, they were seeking adjustments in system, personnel and execution – or perhaps some combination of the three. It all depended on who you asked.

Guy Boucher dismissed the notion that the New York Rangers had found a way to exploit his team’s defensive approach while generating a slew of odd-man rushes in back-to-back 4-1 defeats here.

Speaking about Game 4 specifically, he seemed to suggest that the Senators fell victim to bad luck on Thursday night.

"I’m not going to start blaming our guys because pucks were going over their sticks," said Boucher. "It happens, and they capitalized on them, so good for them."

His players didn’t sound quite so sure.

Many of them zeroed in on specific aspects of the game that eluded them.


Below watch the game highlights plus some of the 'rough stuff' near the end of the game...

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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 4, Ottawa 1 – series tied 2-2
Oscar Lindberg scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves as the Rangers evened their Second Round series with the Senators at 2-2.


* The Rangers tied a series after facing a 2-0 deficit for the first time since the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. WSH. New York went on to win that series in seven games.
* Lindberg registered his first career multi-goal game in the postseason (12 GP). He has one such outing in 134 career regular-season games (Oct. 10, 2015 vs. CBJ).
* Lundqvist earned his 61st career playoff win to tie Tom Barrasso for 13th place in NHL history. He improved to 6-4 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 4-1 clip at Madison Square Garden (1.42 GAA, .947 SV%).
* Elias notes that when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 196-54 (78.7%), including a 3-0 mark in 2017.

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Vegas Golden Knights sign Vadim Shipachyov

From the Vegas Golden Knights:


VEGAS – May 4, 2017 – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, May 4, that the team has signed Russian free agent forward Vadim Shipachyov (pronounced va-DEEM SHIP-ah-shoff) from SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (Russia) to a two-year contract worth an average annual salary of $4.5 million. McPhee will be available to media via conference call on Friday, May 5. Those details will be sent by the Golden Knights Communications Staff Friday.

“Vadim is a highly skilled playmaker who has had an impressive career in the Kontinental Hockey League,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. “He has won two KHL championships, has been among the league leaders in scoring the last two seasons and has enjoyed success at the international level for Team Russia. We believe he can be an impact player in the NHL.”

The 30-year-old forward finished third in the KHL scoring race this season with 76 points on 26 goals and 50 assists in 50 games. The 50 assists were the second most in the league. He also had 19 points on four goals and 15 assists in 17 games during the KHL playoffs, helping SKA Saint Petersburg win the league championship for the second time in his career (2017 and 2015).

During the 2015-16 season, Shipachyov skated in 54 regular-season games for SKA Saint Petersburg and tallied 17 goals and a league-leading 43 assists for 60 points. In his KHL career, Shipachyov has registered 137 goals and 275 assists for 412 points in 445 games split between Saint Petersburg and his hometown team of Severstal Cherepovets. He has served as either a captain or alternate captain of SKA St. Petersburg the last three seasons.

At the international level, he has played Team Russia on three previous occasions at the IIHF World Championships during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 tournaments. He won a gold medal in 2014, silver in 2015 and bronze in 2016 where he led the entire tournament in scoring and assists with 18 points on six goals and 12 assists. He also played for Russia during the recent 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

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Open Post- Only One Playoff Game Tonight

Another home win for the Rangers is my pick.

Ottawa @ NY Rangers, OTT leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

The comment section is yours.

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Video- Mic’d Up Game 4 Ducks/Oilers

A bit over two minutes to watch and listen.


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Video- Three Calls The Oilers Can’t Be Happy About

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The HNIC panel breaks down three controversial plays that lead to the Ducks Game 2 (4) victory, which should have Oilers fans steaming.


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Marc-Andre Fleury Has Been The Difference Maker

from Bill West of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Marc-Andre Fleury savored the sweat that ran down his face after Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Washington in Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

This time a season ago, his brow remained pretty dry as he watched Matt Murray propel the Penguins' Stanley Cup run. He became available in Game 3 of 2016's second-round series against the Capitals only to watch Murray put together a 47-save effort. Hopes of reclaiming the starting job looked pretty bleak after that.

At no point in this series or the previous one did Fleury present these playoffs as a redemption tour. His performance refuses to go by any other name, though. He finished with 36 saves in Game 4. He matched or exceeded 30 saves for the eighth time since the start of the playoffs.

Murray needed to stop 30-plus pucks just six times all of last postseason. But that was when the Penguins dictated terms with possession. Fleury has shined for a very different version of the team, one that arguably is far more reliant on the performance of its goaltender.

And that's still just fine by Fleury.

“I don't mind it,” he said. “I just go out and try to stop the next one. Sometimes I like to see more shots than others. I like the action. I like to contribute.

“I thought our guys did a good job of blocking them and letting me see the puck.”


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