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Leafs, Oilers And Penguins Are Three Of The Six Teams Facing Elimination Today

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

One Maple Leaf forewarned that the Blue Jackets “will keep comin’ at you, no matter the score”.

In other words, a three-goal deficit with Toronto on cruise control just isn’t enough to discourage a team that thrives on boring substance over style. But a blown three-goal lead in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss might have seen the whole series go up in smoke for the Leafs.

Coach Sheldon Keefe can’t squeeze out the defensive effort John Tortorella gets from his Jackets, never mind when Toronto’s minus Jake Muzzin, but did use some of Torts’ succinct postgame podium punches.

“We got what we deserved,” Keefe said more than once. “I feel like the game got away from us in the first period. I didn’t like it at 1-0, 2-0, 3-0. There was no real purpose or plan to our game, just making it up as we go along. We were back to a lot of really bad habits.”

After Friday it might be back home for summer and fall.

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So, as hockey people like to say, it is time for the Oilers to “suck it up.” They’ll have all summer to feel sorry for themselves if they can’t put together a win on Friday, and then pull off Game 5 on Saturday.

“If we start worrying about the (fifth) game, back to back or whatever, it’s not going to happen,” said defenceman Oscar Klefbom. He’s right: They can not win two games on Friday.

“We can all sit here and say, they had a few lucky bounces,” added Chiasson. “But our game wasn’t as good as it needed to be. We need to address that.

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from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette,

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Need To Find Their Game Quickly

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

This was deeply disturbing on several fronts.

The Penguins didn’t lose Game 3 on Wednesday because the opposing goalie stole it. They didn’t lose by fluke. They lost because they got outplayed, outworked and outsmarted by a vastly inferior team.

What does that say about them?

Are the Penguins finished as a legit championship contender? As a team to be feared?

Plenty of folks outside of Pittsburgh had that opinion long before these playoffs began. I’m not buying it just yet. Ask me again around 8 p.m. Friday.

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If The Pittsburgh Penguins Win The Cup, Are They A Dynasty?

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

You’re forgiven if three months of relative quarantine combined with two years of disappointing playoff results — including a first-round sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders — made you forget a historically important fact regarding the Penguins.

They’re still chasing a dynasty.

I believe a dynasty remains possible, anyway, because I believe three Stanley Cups in five years — including a back-to-back set — would qualify. It’s not quite the ‘70s Steelers (although four in six sure would be), but it meets a reasonable criterion.

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Morning Line- Evgeni Malkin

“When we have five or six guys injured, we play so much better. Everybody steps up. It’s like we understand we have to play better,” Malkin said.

“Now, everyone is back. Everyone is healthy. [Dumoulin] is back. [John] Marino is back. We think we have so much skill right now. Every game, like we [are going] to score every shift. No …

“We try to play easy. It’s not our game. It’s a little bit hard to understand right now.”

-Evgeni Malkin after a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.  Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more on the Penguins.

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Pittsburgh/Buffalo Deal

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Patrick Marleau Pittsburgh Bound

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Good Pittsburgh, Good Marchand

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- Based on the buzz headed into the weekend, bodies should be flying like a Cirque de Soleil casting call Sunday and Monday as the NHL trade deadline closes down for yet another year. All sales final, Monday, 3 p.m. ET, and absolutely no refunds.

Despite the flurry of moves throughout the week prior to Friday night — including Boston’s acquisition of Ondrej Kase — the winner to date is Jim Rutherford, the Pittsburgh GM, who closed his big deal early (Feb. 10), finally landing Jason Zucker from the Wild.

Zucker arrived as a sort of a latter-day Chris Kunitz for the Penguins, a guy who can play up and down the forward lines and deliver points wherever he’s slotted. Zucker in his first five games with the flightless birds: three goals and an assist. Impact made....

- With the emergence of David Pastrnak as the Bruins’ No. 1 shooting option, Brad Marchand’s goal scoring has plateaued in recent years

Mind you, the L’il Ball o’Hate averaged 36.5 goals the previous four seasons, so he’s had a penthouse view from that plateau. He could finish with 30-plus again this season, though he’ll have to shake from his recent protracted slumber.

Meanwhile, Marchand is on pace to outdistance his prior season’s assist mark for the fourth straight year.

After posting 24 helpers in 2015-16, he went on to finish with career-best assist totals of 46, 51, and 64, with last season’s motherlode contributing to his first 100-point campaign.

This season, Marchand is tracking to upward of 70 assists — a level we haven’t seen attained here since Marc Savard collected 74 upon his arrival for the 2006-07 season....

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A Special Team In Pittsburgh

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have had some amazing streaks over the years. The 1991-92 team won its final 11 playoff games to win the franchise’s second consecutive Stanley Cup. The 1992-93 team won an NHL-record 17 regular-season games in a row down the stretch. The 2008-09 team went 18-3-4 in the regular season after Dan Bylsma took over as coach on its way to a third Cup. The 2015-16 team went 33-16-5 in the regular season after Mike Sullivan took over on its way to a fourth Cup.

What we just watched from the Penguins deserves to be on that list.

The team went 18-6-4 without Sidney Crosby, who returned Tuesday night, played a team-high 17:36 among forwards and had a goal and three assists in — what else? — another Penguins win, 7-3 against the Minnesota Wild.

The Penguins have been remarkably successful without Crosby in the past, going 115-60-24 in the 199 regular-season games he has missed. But this team is different. The streak this season was astonishing when you consider much of it was accomplished with several other players injured, key defensemen Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz, All-Star winger Jake Guentzel and rugged forward Patric Hornqvist among them.

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Jake Guentzel Out 4-6 Months After Shoulder Surgery

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel underwent successful shoulder surgery, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital by team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, and Dr. Ivan Tarkin of UPMC Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery. Guentzel is expected to miss four to six months.

Guentzel, 25, injured his right shoulder when he fell awkwardly into the boards while scoring his 20th goal of the season during the third period of the game last night against the Ottawa Senators. The NHL All-Star leads the team in goals (20) and points (43).

Watch the incident below.

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Vancouver Canucks Record 14 Shots On Goal In 4-1 Win Over The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The game was decided before the opposition got its first shot on goal.

The Vancouver Canucks outshot the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 in the first period and scored two power-play goals as they cruised to a 4-1 win on Saturday at Rogers Arena.

"We came out, feeling good going into this game," said Canucks winger J.T. Miller, who tallied the game winner with three minutes left in the opening frame. "I thought we had the right start.

"Obviously, they didn’t get a shot in the first period, so you can’t get a better start than that."

"First period was great," said goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who made 28 saves in the game’s final 40 minutes. "We had some power plays and scored two goals and didn’t let one shot on net and kept them outside through the first period."

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Watch the game highlights below.

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