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Happy Victoria Day - Fête de la Reine

Today Canadians honor Queen Victoria's birthday.

Be safe and enjoy.

 

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NHL Short Notes

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST LEADS PENGUINS TO 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Pittsburgh scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Penguins moved within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season and aim to become the first NHL team to make consecutive appearances since they faced the Red Wings in back-to-back years in 2008 (DET: 4-2) and 2009 (PIT: 4-3).
 

 

 
* The Penguins earned a margin of victory of at least seven goals in a playoff shutoutfor the fourth time in franchise history. In fact, Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final marked just the third time in the past 10 playoff years that a team earned a shutout with a margin of victory of at least seven goals, and the second time this postseason (SJS: 7-0 W vs. EDM in Game 4 of FR).

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Gold For Team Sweden At The World Championship

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals and goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four shots he faced, givig Sweden its first World Championship gold medal since 2013.

It also marked the first time in four gold-medal games between the two nations that Sweden beat Canada (having lost in the finals of 1997, 2003, and 2004)

Canada, trying to win a third straight gold, has to settle for silver.

The only other World Championship gold-medal game to go to a shootout was in 1994, when Canada beat Finland.

Sweden's captain, Joel Lundqvist, now joins Sven "Tumba" Johansson as the only members of Tre Kronor to win three World Championship gold medals.

In order to get to the shootout, Canada had to kill an overtime tripping penalty to Sean Couturier, and it did so masterfully. Besides that, Canada had several dangerous forays into the Swedish end but couldn't beat Lundqvist, who came over to the team mid-tournament after his New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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An Update On Ryan Johansen

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile gave this update on the condition of forward Ryan Johansen on Sunday:

"On Thursday, May 25, Ryan Johansen was treated for an acute compartment syndrome of the left thigh. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent complications. His symptoms developed shortly after the end of Game Four in Nashville, and as they progressed, he was diagnosed, transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and had surgery performed by head team physician Dr. Jed Kuhn within two hours of his diagnosis. As a result, he had no permanent injury to his muscle, nerves or blood vessels and we expect a full and complete recovery. The Predators would like to thank Vanderbilt Life Flight Paramedics, the VUMC Emergency Department, Operating Room Nurses, and Anesthesiologists for their expedient and excellent care."

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A Good Old Fashioned Blowout In Pittsburgh

from Fran Seravallie of TSN,

The Ottawa Senators’ Cinderella season is down to the 11th hour after a Game 5 uglier than any of her stepsisters.

The Senators’ worst game of the season - let alone the playoffs - came at the most inopportune time on Sunday.

Just like that, quicker than a carriage can turn into a pumpkin, the Senators’ 2-1 lead in this Eastern Conference final has evaporated into what feels like a lot larger than a 3-2 deficit.

Penguins 7, Senators 0.

It was so easy that Penguins forward Matt Cullen didn’t even raise his stick in celebration after scoring Pittsburgh’s fifth goal.

The Senators gave the puck away over and over again and the defending Stanley Cup champions poured it on. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were watching the NBA playoffs instead of the Stanley Cup playoffs - where blowouts of this magnitude are a nightly occurrence.

It was so lopsided the Senators didn’t bother to send banged-up players Erik KarlssonDerick Brassard and Cody Ceci back to the bench for the third period.

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Open Post- Game 5 Eastern Conference Final

On Tuesday night, one of these teams will be a win away from the Stanley Cup Final while the other team will be facing elimination.

I want to say Pittsburgh wins today but I don't feel it in my bones.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, series tied 2-2, 3 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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Team Canada vs. Team Sweden In The World Championship Gold Medal Game

Team Canada takes on Team Sweden in the gold medal game of the World Championship.

The puck drops at 2:15pm 2:45pm ET and is on the NHL Network, NBC Sports (streaming only) and TSN.

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Marketing Sidney

from Dan Robson of Sportsnet,

Sidney Crosby was only five years old when he posed for the photograph that would become Tim Hortons’ most powerful marketing tool. He was three-foot-11 and 54 pounds, and he wore big blue-and-red gloves, holding them close together as he gripped a wooden stick. The company’s name was written across the chest of his yellow hockey sweater. The photo was printed on a novelty card Crosby received for participating in the Timbits minor-hockey program. He gave it to his uncle, Rob Forbes, as a gift.

A few years later, Forbes showed the card to a group of Tim Hortons executives. At the time, he was in charge of the company’s regional marketing in Atlantic Canada. Using the card as a prop, Forbes told the gathered executives that one day a young player from the Timbits program — a player just like the boy in the picture — would grow up to play in the NHL. That player would create a unique marketing opportunity: a direct link between the company’s grassroots initiatives and NHL stardom.

Forbes didn’t assume it would literally be the kid on the card who grew into the best and most influential hockey player of a generation. The photo was meant to stand in for any and every Timbits player. It was meant to stand in for all the photos just like it that live on mantels and in trophy cases and albums in homes across Canada. Photos that are familiar and nostalgic — and in Crosby’s case, evidence of a childhood dream come true.

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The Ottawa Senators Still Believe

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators were unable to push the Penguins to the brink of elimination on Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. With the 3-2 loss in Game 4, the Senators have put themselves in a precarious position as they try to move to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2007.

As far as coach Guy Boucher is concerned, the Senators have already exceeded expectations, so enjoy the moment.

“When you look back on what’s going on right now, I don’t think a lot of people thought it was going to be 2-2,” Boucher told reporters in Ottawa on Saturday. “Our players have got a lot of respect for what they’ve done, what they’re still doing, the opportunity we have. It’s 2-2 (in the) Stanley Cup conference final.

“Let’s go back to September, saying that’s where we’re going to be, we would jump on it. That’s why it’s a great day today.”

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Morning Line- Jeff Miller On the Anaheim Ducks

I mean, these are the conference finals, the Ducks and Predators among hockey’s precious final four, the exact spot that supposedly occupies these players’ dreams growing up.

At this point in the spring, it is whether you win or lose. But it’s also how you play the game, especially when you lose.

Coming up short on the scoreboard is to be expected; both teams can’t win, obviously.

But coming up short where numbers fail to tell the story – in the heart – is something that has to sit pretty heavy this morning inside some Duck bellies.

-Jeff Miller of the OC Register where you can read more on last night's game.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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