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Video- Washington Capitals Now One Win Away From Advancing To Round 2

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Caps defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT and lead the series 3-2.


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Grand Rapids Griffins Drop Game 1 Of The Central Division Semi-Finals

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from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Manitoba's Michael Spacek scored with 1:09 left Saturday to give the Moose its first lead of the game en route to a 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 1 of the Central Division Semifinals.

Spacek's power play goal, with Dylan McIlrath in the penalty box for tripping, was part of a three-goal third period for the Moose captured the postseason opener in Winnipeg.

The Griffins, who dominated in the first period, got goals from Ben Street in the first and Turner Elson in the third.


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Hockey Topics Of Interest

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Have they grown tired yet of Brian Burke in Calgary the way they grew tired of him in Toronto before that?

In his past nine years as a team executive, these past five as president of hockey operations for the Flames following four as president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, Macho Man’s teams have qualified for the playoffs twice, won one round, and have fired three coaches.

He has his Stanley Cup from Anaheim in 2007, when Scott Niedermayer decided he wanted to play with his brother and Burke’s then BFF Kevin Lowe gifted him Chris Pronger, and nobody can take that away from him....

- The Wild have qualified for the playoffs for six straight years after the twin free-agent signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter during the summer of 2012 after having missed the previous four seasons. So there is that.

But Minnesota, losers in five to Winnipeg, has gone out in the first round three straight times and has won just two playoff rounds in the past six years.

And there are eight years to go at just over $7.538 million per for each on the contracts for Suter, who missed the playoffs with a broken ankle, and Parise, who went down in Game 3 with a broken sternum....

a bit more on each of the above plus dealing with headshots and more...

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Videos- Tampa Bay Lightning Advance To Round Two

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Tampa beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 to win the series 4-1.

Game highlights first, below the handshakes.


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Open Post- Two Afternoon And One Prime Time Games Tonight

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins can advance to the second round with a win, Washington and Columbus are tied at two.

The comment section is yours.

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Audio/Video- “Guts All Over The Place” - Colorado Avalanche

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Marc Moser of the Avs radio network with the go ahead goal call last night.


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Your Masterton Trophy Finalists

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NEW YORK (April 21, 2018) – Forward Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils, goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers and forward Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Down On The Leafs

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Most of the vulnerabilities displayed by the Maple Leafs in the first four games of their series against the Boston Bruins have not been surprises.


If there was one particular area in which the Leafs might have hoped for better but have been disappointed, it would be between the pipes.

There’s still time for Frederik Andersen to change this in Game 5, not to mention Games 6 or 7. If he can’t, the Leafs will go into the off-season knowing they have to upgrade the position, either from within or without.


from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

One year ago, even after losing in overtime and being eliminated by the Washington Capitals in six games, there was a sense of exhilaration around the Maple Leafs.

It was a playoff series defeat that somehow felt like victory.

The possibility exists the Leafs will play one less playoff game than they managed a year ago and, should this series end on Saturday night at the TD Garden, it will feel less like a building block and more like disappointment.


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The Winnipeg Jets Advance To Round Two

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Finally, it is Winnipeg’s turn. At last, after all these years of front row seats to someone else’s run towards a Stanley Cup, Jets fans are cheering on a dominant, stacked home team that left someone else in their dust in Round 1.

Finally, Jets fans have a team that can take them somewhere, without a dynasty Oilers or Blackhawks club standing in their road. They are Western Canada’s team this morning. By Monday they’ll likely be Canada’s team — if they aren’t already.

“I’m not pinching myself. I’m not,” said one of the original Jets 2.0, Blake Wheeler, who came with this team from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season. “This isn’t a fairy tale. It feels real, so I’m staying in the moment.”

For the first time in Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise history, the Jets won a playoff series Friday, closing out the Minnesota Wild in five games with a 5-0 blow out. The Wild didn’t score a goal in the last seven periods of this series, and there wasn’t a player, coach, GM or scribe who left Bell MTS Place Friday wondering which was the superior team — injuries or no.


from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

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On To Game 6 For The Pittsburgh Penguins And Philadelphia Flyers

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from Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

At times this season — OK, most of the time this season — the Flyers have needed everything to go right to stay in games against the Penguins. So how is it that they have stayed in this opening-round series against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions?

Might be that even they don't know.

But after a grueling, gutsy 4-2 victory at PPG Paints Arena on Friday night, these Flyers are again in position to flip the script with this best-of-seven affair headed back to Philadelphia.

If they do, it will probably go something like this at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon:

• inexplicable greatness from their goaltender (we're guessing Michal Neuvirth gets the call after his 30-save performance in Game 5)

• masterful penalty killing (the Flyers are a stone-cold 9 for 9 in their two victories)

• two words: Sean Couturier (one word to describe his Friday night: unforgettable)

Can the Flyers count on any of those elements carrying over into Game 6?


Game highlights are below.

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