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Your King Clancy Memorial Trophy Nominees

NEW YORK (April 17, 2019) – The National Hockey League announced today the list of nominees for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." 

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Coach’s Challenges In The Playoffs

via the NHL PR department,

6 Coach’s Challenges | 4 upheld | 2 overturned

· 3 for goalie interference | 3 upheld | 0 overturned (0 to “no goal” / 0 to “goal”)

· 1 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 1 upheld | 0 overturned

· 2 for offside | 0 upheld | 2 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 0 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 0 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

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The New York Islanders Complete The Sweep Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

As the Islanders head home with soft smirks on their collective faces, they can look in the rearview mirror and see the rest of the NHL left slack-jawed.

That’s just the way they like it, and Islanders completed their sweep of the Penguins with a 3-1 win in Game 4 of their first-round series Tuesday night, wrapping things up with one more tidy performance.

Under the stewardship of first-year head coach Barry Trotz, they played a defensive game that sucked the life out of the Penguins, utterly frustrating a team lined with championship pedigree. The Islanders suffered very few down moments, very few weak spots, and showed nothing but more group resolve.

That’s the story of their season as they keep proving people wrong.

“That’s been a little bit of the storyline here, and we’re used to it,” captain Anders Lee said. “We’re used to it being in our room. It’s not just this year, it’s kind of always been that way. This year, we’ve really taken it on and run with it.”

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from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Watching the Islanders sweep the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals was like watching the Steelers defense at the end of the Dick LeBeau era.

They kept trying to do the same things they’ve always done, even though those things stopped working long before they were willing to admit.

This edition of the Mike Sullivan Penguins isn’t as fast as the group he coached to Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017. The roster isn’t as deep, either. They don’t have the net-front presence or team energy they once did. And the insatiable hunger to win we noticed two years ago isn’t as evident as it once was.

“They were a little bit hungrier,” center Evgeni Malkin said of the Islanders. “They want more to win. They were blocking shots, forecheck, backcheck. They looked like they want more to win.”

Yup. That’s the way it looked. It also looked like they were more willing to listen to their coach.

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Lightning Stunned, Blue Jackets Celebrate

from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times,

“We lost,” Steven Stamkos said. “In the playoffs, if you don’t accomplish the goal of winning it all, it’s a failure. We don’t care what happened in the regular season.”

more on the Lightning...

from the CP at TSN,

Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents' Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night. Tampa Bay became the first team in the expansion era, which began in 1967-68, to go winless in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points during the regular season.

And what a season it was. Tampa Bay tied the NHL record for wins with 62 and amassed 128 points, fourth in NHL history.

"Yeah, it sucks," said Lightning forward , who had 128 points in the regular season but was kept off the scoresheet until Tuesday night.

"Nothing was our way in the series," he said. "I don't know what to say."

 

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from Craig Merz at NHL.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets won a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets are the first team to sweep a Presidents' Trophy winner in the first round. It is the third time a Presidents' Trophy winner has been swept (Detroit Red Wings, 1995 Stanley Cup Final; Calgary Flames, 1988 Smythe Division Final).

"They're the ones that deserve it, the fans," forward Cam Atkinson said. "We're working our tails off, but they've been waiting for this moment a long time."

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Video- Last Night’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Action

In less than a minute, the NHL action from yesterday.

 

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The San Jose Sharks Can’t Afford Another Loss

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Logan Couture was asked straight up: After three straight losses, two decisively, what gives the Sharks hope like they can still win this series against the Vegas Golden Knights?

“We’re still playing. We’ve got a chance,” Couture said. “It’s never over until it’s over. We need to go home, where we’ve been good all year, played two good games to start this series at home, and try and win a game, and that’s that.”

There was a lot to like about the way the Sharks played in the first two periods Tuesday night in Game 4. But goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his 15th career postseason shutout and the Sharks didn’t get enough saves at the other end in a 5-0 loss at T-Mobile Arena.

Game 5 is Thursday at SAP Center in San Jose, and between now and then, the Sharks have to find a way to put a complete game together, or their once promising season that started with talk of a Stanley Cup will be over.

“For us it’s our starts. It’s very important. We haven’t played with the lead much. When we have, we’ve played well,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said.

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Winipeg Jets Even Their Series With The St. Louis Blues

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

After an uneven 82-game regular season that saw them decline by 15 points, and two more playoff losses on home ice, the Winnipeg Jets went to St. Louis and rediscovered the formidable form that brought them within three wins of the Stanley Cup Final last spring.

Kyle Connor’s calm tap-in from Mark Scheifele’s centring pass at 6:02 of overtime gave the Jets a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues and a 2-2 tie in their first-round series that seemed improbable after the Jets lost the first two games in Winnipeg.

But they looked like a team transformed in St. Louis, handling the Blues 6-3 on Sunday to climb back in the series and then following with Tuesday’s powerful performance even rookie miracle-worker Jordan Binnington was unable to ruin from his place in the St. Louis net.

Binnington, the 25-year-old who went 24-5-1 to magnificently seize his National Hockey League chance after the Blues promoted him from the minors in January, was superb again on Tuesday. And still it wasn’t enough for St. Louis.

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NHL Short Notes

Blue Jackets become first team to sweep Presidents' Trophy winners in the opening round; Islanders also advance after winning four straight; Connor lifts Jets in first-ever postseason overtime victory.

NHL MORNING SKATE

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Evening Line- Tampa Bay Lightning

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The New York Islanders Sweep The Pittsburgh Penguins

Impressive series for the Islanders.  Barry Trotz has the boys playing great hockey.

Pens just seemed a 1/2 step behind all series.

NYI will face the winner of Washington/Carolina

Final score New York Islanders 3 (one ENG) Pittsburgh Penguins 1

added 10:28pm, Handshakes below.

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