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via Sportsnet (listen to the audio),
Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Freidman joined Boomer & Rhett on the SN960 morning show Monday, and said the Penguins should at least consider trading superstar forward Evgeni Malkin this off-season.
“If you can get two or three pieces including a guy that can play with Crosby, don’t you have to think about it? At what point do you say yeah, we won the Stanley Cup, but that was six years ago? These two guys together make $18.2 million, and we keep losing in the playoffs because we don’t have enough support pieces.
“There are teams that could pull it off. I’m looking at a Florida, a Nashville, a team with young assets that could do this. I’m not saying if you’re the Penguins you should do it 100 per cent, but I’m saying you really have to sit down and think about it.”
Friedman adds that even the Calgary Flames could be in a position to trade for Malkin if in fact both sides were so inclined.
Hockey Hall of Fame look at Marcel Pronovost.
Below, a video feature on him.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
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Tampa Bay @ Detroit, DET leads 3-2, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVA, FS-F, FS-D
NY Islanders @ Washington, series tied 3-3, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVA2, MSG+, CSN-DC
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CAPITALS, ISLANDERS FACE OFF IN SECOND HEAD-TO-HEAD GAME 7
The Capitals and Islanders face off at Verizon Center in the first Game 7 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the second all-time between these clubs. On April 18, 1987, these teams played one of the most famous Game 7s in NHL postseason history, dubbed “The Easter Epic.” In that contest, which began on the Saturday before Easter and concluded at 1:58 a.m. local time, Pat LaFontaine scored at 8:47 of the fourth overtime period to lift New York to a 3-2 win in what stands as the longest Game 7 in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. The Capitals and Islanders also played one other series that went the distance, in the 1985 Patrick Division Semifinals (a 3-2 best-of-five win by New York).
Four of the six games in this series have been decided by one goal or two following an empty-net score. There also have been two overtime contests (in Games 3 and 4), with each team winning one of those games. The head coaches for both of these teams –Barry Trotz (WSH) and Jack Capuano (NYI) – will be coaching their first Game 7s. Four players among the two clubs will be playing in their eighth career Games 7 – Capitals teammates Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin (all 2-5) and Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (4-3). Washington goaltender Braden Holtby has appeared in three Game 7s (1-2, 2.64 GAA, .911 SV%), while New York goaltender Jaroslav Halak has two such games to his credit (2-0, 1.50 GAA, .963 SV%).
We’re not going to unload on the officiating here because they weren’t the reason the Canucks lost. No, we’re going to save that for later in the playoffs.
But consider this:
The issue isn’t that there’s a conspiracy against the Canucks or any other team that feels they’ve been jobbed by the zebras. The issue is the calls are so inconsistent, so random, so disconnected that any hockey fan can reasonably look at the games and conclude their team got the shaft.
-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks...
from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,
The Washington Capitals have told themselves there will be another day, and without question this is cemented in their minds. They feel confident there will be another game beyond the winner-take-all, loser-go-home meeting with the New York Islanders on Monday night, the seventh and last in these Eastern Conference quarterfinals. They believe they will watch the next round while playing in it themselves, not sitting on their couches at home, stewing and wondering what could have been.
They have told themselves they will meet again inside this practice facility to scheme and watch video of the New York Rangers, the opponent awaiting whichever club emerges victorious from Verizon Center, and not to conduct exit interviews. They hope they will peel another frame from their advent calendar, the one with 16 squares, the number of wins necessary to capture the Stanley Cup. Deep down, they insisted all this work wouldn’t be for naught, that what they accomplished in Coach Barry Trotz’s first season wouldn’t get overshadowed by another early-round, Game 7 exit.
They convinced themselves of these things because concentrating on anything else would be to acknowledge the alternative.
“The main thing is having no regrets,” forward Joel Ward said. “You don’t want to have any shoulda-woulda-couldas.”
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
All together now: Go Red Wings, Go!
During the regular season, your Montreal Canadiens were 4-0 against Detroit, outscoring the Wings 12-5.
Against Tampa Bay, which faces elimination at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Monday night, the Canadiens 0-4-1. The Lightning outscored the Canadiens 21-8.
The more favourable match-up for the next round of the playoffs would seem to be an Original Six revival.
But perhaps we can throw out the regular season as an indication of what will happen in the playoffs.
After all, the Canadiens were 1-3 against Ottawa this season. And they ended the Senators’ season in six games… while looking all too often like a team that won one and lost three to Ottawa.
You knew Carey Price was going to steal a game in this series. And man, did he ever pick a good time to play like the goaltender who is going to win the Vezina and Hart Trophies.
After giving up five goals on 25 shots in Game 5 at the Bell Centre, Price made 43 stops to hang a goose egg on the Senators in their own barn. It was the first time Ottawa had been shut out this season.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
It was only fitting for Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" to be blaring from the sound system in the Minnesota Wild locker room Sunday evening.
The Wild had just eliminated the St. Louis Blues with a 4-1 win in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
"It's a great accomplishment what we just did ... and we're not done," said Wild coach Mike Yeo.
Standing right below one of the speakers was Wild assistant captain Zach Parise, who scored a pair of goals, including a short-handed tally. It's been an emotional season for him and his teammates.
Now, it's only going to get more intense.
Minnesota will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, the third consecutive postseason the teams have met, with the Blackhawks winning the previous two series.
"Don't get me wrong, it's great for us to win and beat a really good St. Louis team, and we should enjoy it for a couple of days and we'll be looking forward to our series against Chicago," Parise said. "That's a team that's knocked us out the last couple of years, so we've got to be ready for them."
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Say goodbye to the Blues, to some of them perhaps for good.
Another 100-plus point season ended Sunday with a third consecutive first-round playoff exit, and this one could lead to the most drastic changes fans have seen in some time.
Minnesota topped the Blues 4-1 in Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center, claiming the best-of-seven series four games to two. The Wild advanced to face Chicago in the second round.
“We do what we need to do in the regular season and once the postseason hits, we’re not able to get over that hump,” Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. “It’s just a very frustrating thing to deal with year after year.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Disptach,
The Blues added another first-round playoff flop to their sad history. They entered the postseason with great expectations and departed amid, again, much exasperation.
This was the last time this collection of players and coaches will work together. Disaster brings consequences. Change is inevitable, perhaps significant change.
“It’s terrible right now,” Allen said. “To get a chance to win a Stanley Cup, it doesn’t happen too often in your career. Especially with a team like this.”
So Allen earned his spot on the Pantheon of Blues Goaltending Failures, joining the likes of Ryan Miller, Chris Osgood, Roman Turek, Jon Casey, Curtis Joseph (Keenan Era only) and, of course, Jaroslav Halak’s balky groin muscles — famously fragile body parts that have their own special place in franchise lore.
This crushing series defeat is not entirely Allen’s fault, of course, but three bad goals in two games sped this team’s downfall.
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