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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.

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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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Open Post- Two Elimination Games Today

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are up 3-2, will they move on today?

Comments are always welcome.

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Todd Nelson Could Be A Coaching Option For The Carolina Hurricanes

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Jared Clinton of The Hockey News lists Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson as a possible candidate for the head coaching job for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Todd Nelson
Current: Coach, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Past NHL Experience: Interim coach, Edmonton Oilers; assistant coach, Atlanta Thrashers

Nelson gives the Hurricanes another potential option out of the AHL, but the difference here is that he has experience behind an NHL bench. It’s not much, mind you, but it’s something. For two seasons, from 2008 to 2010, Nelson was an assistant with the Thrashers, and after some excellent work with the Oilers’ farm team, he earned a chance to coach Edmonton on an interim basis. It was only 46 games, but that’s 46 games more than Keefe or Brind’Amour. Nelson has really turned some heads in recent years, too, coaching the Griffins to the 2016-17 Calder Cup. Here’s the catch, though: will Detroit let Nelson interview for the gig? The past two seasons have been dreadful under coach Jeff Blashill, and if the coming campaign isn’t much better, Nelson might be next in line for the Detroit job.

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