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Video- Brandon Hagel Fined For Boarding

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NEW YORK (May 23, 2022) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brandon Hagel has been fined $3,750, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Florida Panthers forward Eetu Luostarinen during Game 3 of the teams’ Second Round series in Tampa on Sunday, May 22, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:27 of the first period. Hagel was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.


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Wings At The World Championship And The Status Of A Former Prospect

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A pair of Detroit Red Wings, and someone who would like to re-sign with the team next season, are flourishing at the World Championship in Finland as pool play nears completion.

Center Pius Suter has seven points (two goals, five assists) for surprising Switzerland, the only unscathed team in the tournament (6-0-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L; 18 points). Suter is tied for third on his team and tied for fifth among all players in points.

Suter will face Red Wings teammate Moritz Seider on Tuesday when Switzerland faces Germany (5-0-0-1, 15 points) in a battle between the top teams in Group A, which concludes pool play.

Seider, coming off an outstanding rookie season that earned him a Calder Trophy nomination, has a goal and five points in six games, leading German defensemen in scoring.

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Not so long ago, the billing was displaying Filip Larsson as the goaltender of the future for the Detroit Red Wings. Today, he is a goaltender facing an uncertain future.

The final year of the three-year entry-level deal he signed with the Wings done, Larsson was recently given his release by HV71. He was among 11 players dropped from the squad that earned promotion to the Swedish Hockey League from Hockey Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division.

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The Florida Panthers Now Face Elimination

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from Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel,

One goal. That’s it. That’s all the Florida Panthers scored again. Just one. There’s no need to belabor the point by now, especially since it’s just one lonely point.

The record-setting Panthers scored one goal in only three of 82 regular-season games.

They’ve now scored one in all three losses to Tampa Bay this playoff series after Sunday’s 5-1 loss in Game 3.

Frustrated? Sure, that was evident by their play, as well as their words afterward. But maybe they’re exposed, too, as a pretty team that lacks enough blue-collar grit in the playoffs.

“They have more will and more desire than we do,’’ Panthers coach Andrew Brunette said after the loss. “It shows if you watch the game, shift after shift right now. We need to dial it in deeper and harder and want it more.”

That’s the kind of thing you don’t expect to hear from the team that had just lost the opening two games of this series at home. You expected frenzied desperation, unbridled passion.

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The New York Rangers Are Back In Their Series Against The Carolina Hurricanes

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Chants of “Igor! Igor! Igor!” resounded through the Garden midway through the second period of this win-or-else Game 3 of the second round.

Nino Niederreiter had just scored a goal.

Had scored a relatively soft goal for Carolina that fluttered through on the short side that cut the Rangers’ lead to 2-1, that is.

Yet the salute to the goaltender — who had been the Rangers’ MVP throughout the season and whose work early in this one had allowed his team to gain its equilibrium in the series — filled the round building as if he’d just made a breakaway save on Tony DeAngelo.

“I’d like to thank the fans for the energy they provided,” Igor Shesterkin said through a translator. “They supported me even though I kind of let them down in that one spot, but the energy at MSG is always great, they’re always charged up and I can’t thank them enough for that.”

When the mutual admiration society meets at the Garden on Tuesday for Game 4, the Rangers will seek to square this round at 2-all in the wake of Sunday’s 3-1 victory in which Shesterkin put his stamp on the series and the Blueshirts’ marquee forwards also made an impression after being marked absent for the opening two matches in Carolina.

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On The Win By The Edmonton Oilers And The Milan Lucic Hit

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmont Sun,

Sunday night in Edmonton wasn’t so much a playoff game as it was a party, with jubilant fans celebrating the sweetest public beating the Oilers have ever administered in Rogers Place.

They didn’t just beat the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of their playoff series, they dismantled them in a lopsided show of force that left the visitors rattled and embarrassed, searching for answers they might not have.

Edmonton’s big guns simply ran Calgary’s show in a 4-1 victory. Evander Kane had a natural hat-trick, Leon Draisaitl had four assists. Connor McDavid had three assists on the night for nine points in three games.

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from Sportsnet,

Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic was assessed a five-minute major and ejected from Game 3 on Sunday night in Edmonton when he bowled over Oilers goalie Mike Smith in the third period.

After Lucic departed, Smith was temporarily removed from the game due to concussion protocol and went to the dressing room with trainers, prompting the Oilers to place Mikko Koskinen in goal. But Smith returned after four minutes of play had passed. The Oilers were leading 4-0 at the time.

"I don’t really know what happened," Smith said after the game. "I was out playing the puck and all of a sudden I'm getting buried into the boards … When you're getting run through the end wall and not expecting it, it's not an ideal situation."...

Flames head coach Darryl Sutter didn't agree with the call.

"They called it charging, correct?" he said after the game. "Could you imagine if (Lucic) did charge? What would happen there? He actually tried to slow down a bit, I think. It is what it is. It's the score and who it was."

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NHL Short Notes

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* The trio of Leon DraisaitlEvander Kane and Connor McDavid propelled a second-period outburst by the Oilers and have now combined for 55 points through Edmonton’s first 10 games of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nikita Kucherov posted his fourth career four-point playoff game to guide the Lightning to a 3-0 series lead against the Panthers, with the opportunity to advance to the Conference Finals on Monday.

Igor Shesterkin improved to 11-1 in his career when making 40-plus saves in a game (regular season and playoffs combined), with his only loss coming in New York’s triple overtime loss to Pittsburgh in the First Round.

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Nazem Kadri Has Received Threats Against Him

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from Sportsnet,

The Colorado Avalanche say local law enforcement are working with the NHL team to investigate threats made to forward Nazem Kadri after Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal against the host St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

"The Avalanche organization is aware of threats made toward Nazem Kadri and is working with local law enforcement to investigate," the team said in a statement on Sunday.

Kadri, while chasing a loose puck, bowled over Blues goalie Jordan Binnington in the first period.

The Blues announced Sunday that Binnington will miss the rest of the series with a lower-body injury.

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Video- Gerard Gallant Post Game

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Two More Years For Mark Giordano In Toronto

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via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed defenceman Mark Giordano to a two-year contract extension. The average annual value of the contract is $800,000.

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Wings Sign Veteran Defenseman Steven Kampfer To A One-Year Deal

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Steven Kampfer to a one-year contract.

Kampfer, 33, spent the 2021-22 season with Ak Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League, recording 30 points (11-19-30), 49 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 46 appearances, in addition to four points (2-2-4) in six postseason games. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound defenseman has skated in 231 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, compiling 39 points (15-24-39) and 110 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Kampfer was a Black Ace on Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011 as a first-year professional. He has also appeared in 271 American Hockey League games between the Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros, Iowa Wild, San Antonio Rampage, Hartford Wolf Pack and Providence Bruins, totaling 119 points (31-88-119) and 211 penalty minutes.

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