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What's going on with Bruce Boudreau and more including the health of Stamkos and Seguin.

via Sportsnet,


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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Kyle Okposo

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No penalty on the play.


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Report- Marc Crawford Would Consider Assistant Coaching Job With The Wings

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Open Post- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders

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Game 4 with the Lightning up 2-1 over the Islanders.

Tampa Bay @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC & TVAS

Feel free to discuss the game tonight.

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Evening Line- Scott Burnside On The Legacy Of Sidney Crosby And Alex Ovechkin

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It is a testament to the greatness of Ovechkin and to the greatness of his rival with the Penguins, Crosby, that we can debate the notion of legacy in these rare head-to-head confrontations.

And even though the scorecard historically has been dominated by Crosby, what makes Saturday so compelling is that Ovechkin has it within his grasp to draft a new script, to defy the past.

Just as he has had those opportunities in the past but could not change the narrative.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on Crosby/Ovechkin.

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Your Ted Lindsay Award Finalists

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TORONTO (May 6, 2016) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today the three finalists for the 2015-16 Ted Lindsay Award: forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, goaltender Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and forward Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Benn, Holtby and Kane are each seeking their first Ted Lindsay Award. The 2015-16 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced on Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Ted Lindsay Award is the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award dating back to 1970-71. The Award honours Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original Players’ Association.

The following players are finalists for the 2015-16 Ted Lindsay Award (in alphabetical order):

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Dean Lombardi On Darryl Sutter, Milan Lucic And More

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from Elliott Teaford of the LA Daily News,

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said Friday he made a “very fair” offer to Darryl Sutter to return as the team’s coach for next season and beyond, but no agreement has been reached.

Lombardi said money is not the issue, but the direction of the team is.

“Darryl has an offer on the table,” Lombardi said. “I think there’s an offer that’s certainly respectable. I don’t think this is about money. It’s, are we ready to do this? That issue of where we’re going and where we are is always out there. It’s a different challenge.

“You want to hear what our game plan is. It’s not different than when I first hired him.”

Lombardi broke his two-week silence following the Kings’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff exit April 22, holding a conference call with reporters that lasted about 30 minutes before the line abruptly went dead. A team spokesman emailed later to say technical difficulties were to blame.

Sutter’s return to the Kings was one of several topics Lombardi covered in a series of lengthy responses that involved streams of thought that had no real beginning or end, but were wrapped in layers that took a good bit of unraveling before their meaning became clear.

Lombardi said he was farther along in talks on a new contract with left wing Milan Lucic than with the Kings’ other free agents. He called Lucic “a great kid” and said there was “no question he’s a great fit” before adding “that’s all I can say right now.”


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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk, Marchenko’s Russians lose; Pulkkinen’s Finns win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The second set of Red Wings players taking part in the World Championship had "off days," at least from a team perspective:

Pavel Datsyuk, got better as the game went along, but he looked like he was shaking off some rust, and he was double or triple-covered by the Czech Republic's defense.

It was painful to watch a stationary Datsyuk pass instead of shoot 9 times out of 10 on the Russians' power play, a power play that was so stationary that it reminded me of Detroit's...

Datsyuk played 18:02, taking 2 shots, finishing even, in the Russians' 3-0 loss to the Czechs.

Alexey Marchenko looked better, playing on the left side with recent Maple Leafs signee Nikita Zaitsev for the first two periods, and then skating alongside Slava Voynov. Marchenko displayed speed and mobility that he hasn't shown on NHL ice yet, and Marchenko played 17:16, finishing even.

In the other "evening" game, Teemu Pulkkinen had a better outing from a team perspective, taking 2 shots in 14:01 of ice time as Finland defeated Belarus 6-2. I didn't manage to take that one in as I focused on the Russia-Czech game, and that was an uncomfortable choice!

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Meet Brent Burns

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from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Beyond the colossal 44-½-foot RV backed into the driveway, the first thing visitors notice upon entering Brent Burns’s home is a life-sized, armored medieval knight keeping watch over the foyer, spear at his side. Fear not, though, for this is a welcoming place.

Burns invited me here one day after practice in late April, between the Sharks’ first-round win over Los Angeles and the start of their Western Conference semifinals series against Nashville. He kicked off his shoes, offered a cheery hello to the cleaning crew and walked out back, underneath the American flags gifted to him by military units that hang over the kitchen and the unopened Brent Burns Chia Pet box sitting on the counter.

Burns and his wife, Susan, bought this place in 2012, after his first season with San Jose. It’s close enough to the team's practice facility that he enjoys biking there in the summer. He also likes the spacious backyard where sometimes the family pitches tents, lights a fire, grills meat, toasts s’mores and camps out under the stars. Right now, he’ll settle for tossing some chicken onto the Green Egg while his two huskies, Zeus and Maia, lounge at his feet.

It was a beautiful afternoon, as afternoons often are in San Jose, and much of our conversation over the next four hours made it into a feature story in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. Yes, Burns fully embraces the public’s image of him that he calls “being a goofy donkey.” For instance, during lunch, he’ll open a package of beard wax that had been gifted by a company and begin working his mustache into a curl. “This is pretty soft, this one,” he says. “It’ll be hard to get the twist.”


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Preview Of Tonight’s Lightning/Islanders Game

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from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

It should be an interesting atmosphere on a Friday night at Barclays Center when the New York Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of this Eastern Conference second-round series. The Lightning hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven. Here’s what to watch for in the game, which starts at 7 p.m. ET.

Beating the beast: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop consumes a lot of real estate in the net and he’s tough to beat. The Islanders did a solid job of getting traffic to the net in Game 3 and it resulted in four goals for New York. Four wasn’t enough, however, as Tampa won 5-4 in overtime.

If the Islanders can limit Bishop’s vision and create secondary scoring chances off rebounds, New York should be able to light the lamp again. At the other end, Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss has been solid too. Some fans on social media thought maybe New York coach Jack Capuano would make a goalie change since the team trails in this series, but that’s not going to be the case. Even though Jaroslav Halak, who has been out since March 8 with a groin injury, has been practicing with the team, Greiss still gets the nod.


added 2:49pm, from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

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