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The Philadelphia Flyers Needed To Be At Their Best Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

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from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Sean Couturier played two games with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and was still, by far, the Flyers’ best player.

He notched the winner in Game 5 and followed it up with a hat trick and two assists in the Flyers’ 8-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, his first career five-point game and second playoff hat trick. Had the injury occurred in the regular season, he surmised, he would have missed four weeks. He’ll have plenty of time to recover because the Flyers’ season is over at the hands of the two-time defending champions who aim for a three-peat.

“There’s probably different reasons,” why the Flyers lost the series, Couturier said. “Early in the series we didn’t play our best. Today we let a two-goal lead slip. It shouldn’t happen in the playoffs. We’ll learn from it and become a stronger team next year.

“They’re the type of team where you make one mistake and they’ll make you (pay). It’s that simple. I don’t think they outplayed us. They just…they got their chances and capitalized right on them. It hurt us today.”

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Will The Wings Be Active In The UFA Market?

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Ansar Khan of Mlive answers questions today, the first on regarding the Wings signing any UFAs.

Khan's response...

I assume you’re referring to a situation like 2016, when they signed Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott to one-year deals and then moved them for picks at the trade deadline.

I don’t think they’ll do that this year. Their playoff streak was intact back then, and they were trying to extend it by adding veteran players for certain roles. Now they’re rebuilding and might be more inclined to fill with prospects who might be ready, like Evgeny Svechnikov and/or Michael Rasmussen at forward and one of Filip Hronek orJoe Hicketts on defense.

General manager Ken Holland said he hopes to see between two and five young players on the roster during the course of the season (who weren't on the 2017-18 season-opening roster).

They’ll sign a free-agent goaltender to either compete with Jimmy Howard for the No. 1 job or serve as the back-up. They would like to re-sign defenseman Mike Green. Other than that, why bother dipping into the thin free-agent pool, especially if it would require a multi-year commitment? Give the younger players an opportunity.

more Q & A, mostly prospects related...

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The Nashville Predators Put Away The Pesky Colorado Avalanche

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from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Nashville, your professional hockey team might be all right after all.

Denver, yours has a future and deserved the ovation it got Sunday at Pepsi Center after a postseason that wasn’t supposed to happen went longer than anyone not affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche would have guessed.

Winnipeg, you said you wanted Nashville, and Nashville you shall get.

Maybe this will hurt the Predators in that pending, monster series against the Winnipeg Jets, and maybe it will help. Extra work and travel on one hand, affirmation of this team’s resolve on the other. We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks. But on Sunday the Predators earned the right to bask for a few moments in a 5-0 throttling of the Avs to take the first-round series 4-2, because every series victory in the Stanley Cup playoffs is something.

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Video- The Best Of Sunday’s NHL Playoff Games

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Just south of 3 1/2 minutes long.

 

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NHL Short Notes

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SUNDAY’S RESULTS
The Penguins and Predators, who met in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, both advanced to the Second Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


 

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The Nashville Predators Will Meet The Winnipeg Jets In Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Preds defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 to win the series 4-2.

The series against the Jets shoud be must watch.

 

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Grand Rapids Griffins Even Series At One Game

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from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Whatever the Grand Rapids Griffins say or do in the locker room before a game is still working in the postseason.

The Griffins continued an impressive record in the first period Sunday, opening with four goals en route to a 5-1 blowout against Manitoba to even the Central Division Semifinals series at 1-1.

The best-of-five series shifts to Grand Rapids with Game 3 on Wednesday and Game 4 on Thursday, both at 7 p.m.

Coming off a 3-2 loss on Saturday, the Griffins got about as good a start as possible in the final series game in Winnipeg.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The 2nd Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Jake Guentzel had 4 goals and an assist for the Penguins, Sean Couturier had 3 goals and 2 assists for the Flyers in an 8-5 win by the Penguins.

The Pens will meet the winner of Washington/Columbus.

added 6:17pm, Watch the handshakes below.

added 8:33pm, game highlights below...

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Video- Claude Giroux Hit On Carl Hagelin

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Hagelin has not returned.

 

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Your Calder Trophy Finalists

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NEW YORK (April 22, 2018) – New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser and Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters 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 Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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