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The Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 thus winning the series 4-2.
They will play the wtnner of the Detroit/Tampa series.
Don Cherry and Ron Maclean discuss all the hot topics in the NHL, including what the Flames have accomplished without Mark Giordano and also identify some unsung playoff stars.
The Minnesota Wild advance to round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will play the Chicago Blackhawks after defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 today and winning the series 4-2.
What a year for the Wild, Mike Yeo deserves much credit as well as the players.
As for the Blues, probably a huge disappointment for their fanbase, another year of not coming close to expectations.
Hear the games...
Both Malkin and Crosby share responsibility for the disappointments of the past several years and, even though it is an interesting exercise to discuss what might happen should one of those players be traded, the bottom line is they will only leave Pittsburgh of their own accord given they both possess no-trade/no-movement clauses.
What remains to be seen, though, is whether this is a team that can reclaim glory with their superstars eating up $18.2 million in cap space.
In the coming weeks, expect discussion about whether a Phil Kessel or Dion Phaneuf or any number of skilled but expensive and/or problematic wingers would cure what ails the Pens. These are the storylines that dog every middle of the road team looking for a magic combination. They are the storylines that are now very much the reality of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read much more on the Penguins.
The St. Louis Blues face a must win road game against the Minnesota Wild today. The Wild lead the series 3-2 and the puck drops just after 3:00pm ET on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA.
The Ottawa Senators play at home against the Montreal Canadiens and the Senators need to win to force a game 7.
The game starts just after 6:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.
Feel free to discuss these possible elimination games today or anything hockey related.
I am not much of a numbers guy, but the stats below do tell a story.
The statistics were supplied by the NHL.
You can hover over each column for an explanation if needed.
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 3, Washington 1 – series tied 3-3
Detroit 4, TAMPA BAY 0 – DET leads series 3-2
CHICAGO 4, Nashville 3 – CHI wins series 4-2
CALGARY 7, Vancouver 4 – CGY wins series 4-2
FLAMES OVERCOME SLOW START TO ELIMINATE CANUCKS
The Canucks raced to a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes after the opening face-off and held a 4-3 advantage after 40 minutes, but the Flames scored four unanswered goals in the third period – including the tiebreaker by Matt Stajan with 4:17 remaining in regulation – to advance to the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Via Elias, the Flames became the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to record a series-clinching win in regulation when trailing by three or more goals. The others to accomplish that feat: the 1997 Avalanche (Game 6 of CQF at CHI), 2009 Penguins (Game 6 of CQF at PHI) and 2010 Flyers (Game 7 of CSF at BOS).
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
If the Bruins fired Claude Julien now, they’d give their coach more options to find his next job. Assuming he finds work, it would relieve the Bruins of part of their salary obligations. But the chatter around the league revolves around two reasons the Bruins have yet to let Julien go: protection and perception.
They don’t want to strengthen a rival such as the Flyers, who are looking for a coach to replace Craig Berube. They also want to assure their customers that the next GM would make the call, just as CEO Charlie Jacobs and team president Cam Neely promised during their news conference explaining the decision to fire Peter Chiarelli.
Julien’s eventual ouster will be hastened once Mike Babcock chooses his destination, whether it’s Detroit, Toronto, or Buffalo. But by then, the teams that miss on Babcock will execute their backup options. This could leave Julien on the outside. The Bruins would be responsible for his full freight.
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