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LIGHTNING USE EARLY LEAD, RELIEF EFFORT TO TAKE SERIES LEAD
The Lightning opened a three-goal lead and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in 47:15 of relief to help Tampa Bay pick up its fifth consecutive victory and take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final.
* Vasilevskiy earned his second career playoff win in relief of Ben Bishop (9 SV), who left due to injury at 12:25 of the first period. His only other postseason victory also came in relief of Bishop, in Game 2 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final vs. CHI.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the Penguins and Lightning retaliating for hits in Game 1, Phil Kessel, and why coaches shouldn’t yell at their players while on camera.
No penalty and no update on Johnson.
No update on his condition at this point but it looks pretty serious.
added 11:29 pm:
Callahan stays in the game, Kris Letang went to the room but has returned.
Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET NBCSN (Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire), CBC (Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy) & TVAS
Feel free to discuss the game tonight and enjoy.
Hopefully a better game than the game 7's the last two nights.
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.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Since this finite aspect of the rule is very difficult to detect and has ground the game to a standstill with lengthy challenges, beyond just retooling the language of the rule for clarity, I believe it’s time for a more radical change. There’s a need to keep the game moving and create cleaner entry into the attacking zone for enhanced scoring opportunities.
TSN Senior Correspondent Gary Lawless and I had a think-tank discussion in an attempt to fix the problem. The end point of that discussion from my perspective is the following. Make the edge of the blue line closest to the neutral zone the entry point of the attacking zone and not the inside/leading edge of the line. As such, once the puck is on the blue paint of the line it would be considered inside the zone and all attacking players allowed to cross into the white ice. The puck carrier could therefore stop the puck on the line and be considered to have entered the attacking zone.
I would also suggest increasing the width of the line from 12” to say 20” which would provide a wider buffer zone for non-puck carrying attacking players and a closer tag-up on a delayed offside. Finally, write with clarity, that the players skate does not have to be in contact with the ice so long as the trailing leg has not broken the plain of the blue paint and remained visible over the white ice of the neutral zone.
from Mike Rupp and Ryan Whitney at the Players' Tribune,
We’re back, Rupper. Final four. San Jose. St. Louis. Tampa. Pittsburgh. That’s a cool group. It’s not the usual suspects. That’s pretty fun.
Definitely. The theme of the playoffs has been teams slaying their demons. San Jose slayed L.A. St. Louis slayed Chicago. Phil Kessel slayed his haters. Tampa is still getting it done without Stamkos. A lot of people have been wrong about a lot of things this year. Except you, Whitter — 4 for 4 with the picks last round. Bravo, man.
I’m lighting it up. Let’s go. You know what? As much as all these fan bases are probably so happy to be in this position, I almost think it adds an extra layer of pressure. Because if I’m in Pittsburgh or San Jose, I’m looking around thinking, Hmm. The heavy hitters all got bounced. This is our chance. We can really do this.
The pressure is going to going to be an interesting dynamic. For Pittsburgh, this might be the best chance Sid is ever going to have of winning another Stanley Cup.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The NHL Players’ Association and a former senior consultant are locked in a behind-the-scenes battle that has brought into question how the NHLPA pursues claims of NHL teams misreporting revenue and whether players are being kept properly informed of those claims.
Richard Rodier, a former NHLPA consultant, alleges the union’s executive director, Don Fehr, didn’t tell players about several cases where teams were potentially misreporting revenue – including one case that Rodier said could have resulted in a $400-million claim against the NHL.
Rodier, a corporate lawyer who was fired by the union in 2015, has shared his allegation against Fehr with at least two NHL team player representatives, three player agents, and staff at the union’s headquarters in Toronto, five sources familiar with the matter told TSN.
At least one of the team player reps contacted by Rodier raised the issue with NHLPA senior staff, who denied Rodier’s allegations.
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