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Your Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Finalists

via the NHLPA,

Columbus Blue Jackets left winger Nick Foligno, New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named finalists for the 2019 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season and the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 19, during the 2019 NHL Awards show.

The finalists, in alphabetical order:

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Toronto Has The Goaltending Advantage

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There is no doubt the Leafs have the best goaltender in the series, which under normal circumstances wins you playoff rounds. The best goalie doesn’t always win, though — see Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy in Round 1 against Columbus. The hottest goaltender wins.

Andersen is better than Rask at this stage of their careers. But will he be hotter than Rask in the final games of what is now a best-of-three series?

That has yet to be determined.

No doubt, though, Andersen is world-class. Rask used to be world-class. He’s slipped somewhat from his greatest days, but is still an above-average NHL goaltender. And, to date, through four very different playoff games, Andersen has outplayed Rask through the first three games, two of them won by the Leafs.


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A Bounce Back Win For Martin Jones And The San Jose Sharks

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

William Karlsson picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and darted into the Sharks’ end on a 2-on-1 with Reilly Smith. Karlsson put on the breaks, got the puck to his forehand and fed a perfect pass to Smith over the stick of Brenden Dillon.

Martin Jones stretched out his right leg, using every inch of his 6-foot-4 inch frame, to get a toe on the shot, preserving the Sharks’ one-goal lead and maybe his team’s season.

“Totally what we expected. He’s a heck of a goalie,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “We believe in this guy. We played the right way tonight and it probably started with him and he led the way out.

“We were committed, helped him out a little bit.  He made some great saves, especially that 2-on-1 there after they scored. A game saving save there, and that’s what he’s always done for us, get those key saves.”

After he was pulled in Game 4 after he allowed two goals on seven shots in the first period, Jones finished with 30 saves, and the Sharks came away with a gutsy 5-2 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday in Game 5.


Watch the game highlights below.

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The St. Louis Blues Need One More Win To Advance After A Shocking Win In Winnipeg

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

By now the strategy is crystal clear for the Blues. They should simply forfeit Game 6 Saturday in St. Louis, proceed directly to Game 7 here, clinch the series, and move on to Round 2 of Lord Stanley’s playoffs.

Because apparently it no longer is possible for the Blues to lose at Bell MTS Place. They were down 2-0 in the first period Thursday. On the ropes when they had to kill a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Robert Thomas. Within inches of trailing 3-0 when Colton Parayko fell on Kevin Hayes and Hayes’ own stick redirected the dribbling puck away from the goal line.

A game-tying goal by Brayden Schenn — moved down to the second line — came with 6 minutes 8 seconds to play in the game. And then the game-winner by Jaden Schwartz with 15 seconds to play. It all added up to a spellbinding 3-2 victory. If the Blues manage to close out this series, it will be a game talked about for years in team lore.

Up 3-2 in this best-of-seven series, the Blues can send Winnipeg packing with a victory Saturday at Enterprise Center.


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NHL Short Notes

Hurricanes, Jets strike early to establish franchise records; Schwartz scores with 15 seconds remaining in regulation as Blues complete multi-goal third-period comeback; Sharks score five goals to force Game 6

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Video- Blues Score Three In The 3rd, Defeat Jets 3-2

The St. Louis Blues can advance to round 2 on Saturday night.

Explanation of the second goal by the Blues is below along with the game highlights.

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Video- T.J. Oshie Will Be “Out For A While”



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Video- Carolina Hurricanes Beat The Washington Capitals 2-1

Series tied at 2.



Below, watch the two late saves by Mrazek.

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Open Post- Three NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Games Tonight, San Jose Facing Elimination

Washington is up 2-1 on Carolina, St. Louis/Winnipeg tied at 2 and Vegas is up 3-1 on San Jose.


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Your Lady Byng Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (April 18, 2019) – Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan and St. Louis Blues center Ryan O’Reilly are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be revealed Wednesday, June 19, during the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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