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Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in game 7 and will now play the New York Rangers.
No penalty on the play and Kucherov returned the game.
NEW YORK – Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2014-15 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are in Detroit to play the Red Wings and if Detroit wins, they will advance to the next round to face the Montreal Canadiens.
Tampa needs a win to force game 7 in Tampa on Wednesday. The puck drops just after 7:00pm ET and is on CNBC, CBC, TVA, FoxSports Detroit and FoxSports Florida
The New York Islanders are in Washington and the winner moves on to play the New York Rangers.
Game starts just after 7:30pm ET and is on NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA2, Comcast Sportsnet Washington and MSG+.
Feel free to discuss the games tonight.
Listen to the on-ice action from yesterday's games.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
There’s no telling how tonight’s decisive Game 7 between the Islanders and Capitals will play out, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone that their first-round series got to this point.
There was little to distinguish these Metropolitan Divison rivals, results-wise, during the regular season. Both ended up with 101 points. Both won a combined 40 games in regulation and overtime. Both were strong on the road, picking up 22 victories. They were so close that home ice for this game had to be decided by a count of points gained in head-to-head play, the NHL's third tiebreaker. The Caps earned the edge, 6-5, on the strength of a shootout win over the Isles on Feb. 21.
Maybe that will pay off for the Capitals tonight. Or not.
In fact, losing that game might have been the best thing that could have happened to the Islanders, at least if recent history counts for anything.
Six series went to a seventh game during last spring’s tournament. Five of them were won by the visiting team, though home clubs hold an all-time mark of 91-65.
Almost five minutes of action, all in slow motion, from the past week of the NHL Playoffs.
"Obviously cause I'm not scoring, people think you're injured, that's not the case. I feel great. Obviously everyone is going through some bumps and bruises at thsi time (of year). But if I had a couple goals, nobody would ask me if i was injured."
"It comes with the territory. For me, I judge my game on how hard I'm competing, the litte things I"m trying to do well. Obviously I get judged on offense and production and that's something I do judge myself on as well, especially when things aren't going well and the team isn't winning, it gets magified. Hopefully I can break through tonight."
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times where you can read a bit more.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
- Hard to believe the Blues failed in the post-season again, albeit at the hands of a Minnesota squad that has been among the very best in the league in 2015. Iffy goaltending hurt St. Louis again, a familiar theme, as once again a 100-point regular season team crashed early in the post-season.
Without a contract, head coach Ken Hitchcock is obviously vulnerable. Organizationally, the Blues tried to add a key piece for last year’s playoffs in Ryan Miller and that didn’t work, then this year they signed Paul Stastny to help buttress the roster up the middle, and that didn’t work....
- The Canucks are another team with major thinking to do concerning their future. GM Jim Benning tried to go in two directions last summer, adding youth while at the same time trying to make the club more competitive by adding the likes of Miller and Radim Vrbata, and to some extent he was successful in both efforts.
But with the 23rd pick in June’s draft, no second or third rounder, and only Jake Virtanen possibly a blue chipper on the depth chart, the Canucks need to move more aggressively into a rebuild mode. But will ownership allow that? And can you do that with the Sedin twins still on the roster?
- Neither the Bruins nor the Oilers have yet said for sure whether a second round pick will be going from Edmonton to Boston as compensation for Peter Chiarelli signing on as the new hockey boss in Alberta's capital. That’s the new compensation schedule set down by the NHL to govern hirings of executives and coaches around the league who are already under contract.
The two sides say they’re “talking,” but what we know is it’s either a second rounder or the Bruins can choose to waive it, but they can’t negotiate a different price. Given how badly the Oilers obviously wanted Chiarelli, why wouldn’t Boston take the pick? We’ll see what happens.
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