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The Toronto Maple Leafs On Their Game 7 Loss

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

From Morgan Rielly, with his lip busted up after taking a Zdeno Chara shot to the face. From Auston Matthews, who fired a team-best 27 shots on goal but only beat Tuukka Rask once. From Connor Brown, who said only “tough one” while shaking broadcaster Joe Bowen’s hand in the hallway and walking off into the night.

“I’m not really commenting on anything. I didn’t go in like I normally do and go through the replays or that,” said coach Mike Babcock, letting his foot off the gas for the first time all season. “We’re done. So, we’ll have lots of time to look at those goals and get that figured out. The bottom line is we went out for the third period and they scored and we didn’t.

“Once they scored, they tilted the rink and I don’t even know how many looks we had if we had any.”

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from Bruce Arther of the Toronto Star,

Jake Gardiner looked like he wouldn’t sleep for a long time, like his stomach would feel hollow and bottomless through some long summer nights. The defenceman ran his hand through his hair, stared into space, tried to say it honestly. Tough night.

“Yeah, it was not the way we saw it going,” said Gardiner, after the Toronto Maple Leafs blew their third lead of the night in the third period and lost Game 7 to the Boston Bruins, 7-4. “Had a lead going into the third period, and personally I got to be better. A lot of this game is on me. And it’s just not good enough, especially in a game like this. It’s the most important game of the season, and I didn’t show up. There’s not much I can say, really.”

It wasn’t all Gardiner’s fault, even if that’s what some people will howl. In the biggest game of the season, goaltender Frederik Andersen failed as well: the first two goals in the third period weren’t goals a Stanley Cup goaltender should let in, and his save percentage for the series was .860.

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Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun on Auston Matthews below...

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NHL Short Notes

RUINS RALLY TO WIN ANOTHER EPIC GAME 7 AGAINST MAPLE LEAFS
The Bruins overcame deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3 – highlighted by four unanswered goals in the third period – to defeat the Maple Leafs in Game 7 and advance to the Second Round for the first time since 2014.

Boston became the first team in NHL history to overcome three deficits of at least one goal to win a Game 7 in regulation (only three clubs did so en route to overtime wins). Five years ago, Boston became the first team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win in a Game 7, also against the Maple Leafs.
 

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Schedule For The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK (April 25, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round, which begins Thursday, April 26. All times listed are ET and subject to change.

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The Boston Bruins Will Head To Tampa…

... to play round 2, game 1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will fly home.

Final score, Boston 7 Toronto 4.

added 10:43pm, Watch the handshake line below.

added 11:00pm, Game highlights are below.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Topics discussed include: Sharped dressed teams tonight, the first period of Leafs/Bruins, Auston Matthews' game this round, 2 on 1 breaks in this series, the team photographer for the Bruins and a few more topics.

via Sportsnet,

 

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Video- Brad Marchand Ducks, Morgan Rielly Doesn’t

Rielly went to the room.

 

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Your Jack Adams Award Finalists

NEW YORK (April 25, 2018) – Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche, Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruinsand Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:

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Open Post- Game 7 Toronto Maple Leafs On The Road Against The Boston Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS and NESN.

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An Injury-Laden Year For Wayne Simmonds

from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Wayne Simmonds, somehow, played through a torn pelvic ligament, pulled groin, broken teeth, broken ankle and only finally came out of the lineup when he fought Sewell’s Tony DeAngelo and got his hand stuck in DeAngelo’s jersey, tearing a ligament in his thumb. The only reason he missed seven games was because he couldn’t grip his hockey stick....

Simmonds claims that all these injuries were a matter of pain tolerance and so the Flyers let him play. Doctors didn’t stop him even after he came to camp with the first injury, which he estimates would have cost him about a month and a half. He played on and scored a hat trick on opening night, lending more to his apparent indestructibility.

“They showed me the MRI and I’m like, ‘Can I play?’” Simmonds recounted. “They said I could play.

“I don’t know if it’s the right thing, but I can’t not play. It’s just geared in my head. If I’m not dead or I’m not deathly sick, I’m gonna try to get out there and do whatever I can. Whether the coach is gonna play me, whatever minutes he wanted to play me, that was up to him. I’m definitely gonna sacrifice my body for the team, that’s for sure.”

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Afternoon Line- Michael Traikos

There were blowouts and sweeps, expected finishes and not a whole lot of drama. Only one series went the distance and only two teams played an overtime game.

The first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs left a lot to be desired. Maybe, with second-round matchups between rivals Washington and Pittsburgh and top Western Conference teams Winnipeg and Nashville, the best is yet to come. So far, the games have had all the drama and intensity of a Wednesday night in February.

-Michael Traikos of the National Post where you can read more notes on the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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