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The Toronto Maple Leafs Could Not Win A Game They Needed

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This is the game the Maple Leafs will look back at with all kinds of dismay, wondering how it was they let this playoff night and this playoff series with the Boston Bruins slip away.

This is that defeat. The one that shouldn’t have happened. The one that will hurt like hell in June and July and August.

This was the game they let get away, when the Bruins weren’t great but were opportunistic enough to win, when too many Maple Leafs players skated on the periphery and played the part of passenger, when they gave away another freebie goal in the first minute of play and scored only once themselves in 60 minutes.

This was the night when the future of the Leafs — building a team around Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander — didn’t seem to be a very sound approach. In fairness to Marner, who did all the work on the only Toronto score in a 3-1 Game 4 loss, he was again the Leafs’ most dangerous forward.


Below, watch the game highlights and Mike Babcock post-game.

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Videos- “We Sucked” -John Tortorella

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John Tortorella post-game after the Columbus Blue Jackets suffered a 4-1 home loss to the Washington Capitals.



Below, watch the game highlights.

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Video- The Best Action From Thursday’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

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2 1/2 minutes of highlights from the 2 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


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NHL Short Notes

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The Bruins took a commanding 3-1 lead in their First Round series with the Maple Leafs, while the Capitals evened their First Round matchup with the Blue Jackets

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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via Sportsnet,

Ron and Don break down the Maple Leafs and Bruins series, the importance of Frederik Andersen and the consistent play of Austin Watson.

Plus more topics like the Bermuda Triangle spot on the ice.


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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+maclean

Open Post- Four Teams In Action Tonight

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Boston leads the series 2-1 and Columbus has the same series lead over Washington.

Alex Ovechkin said after game 2 the series would be tied 2-2 when it comes back to D.C., he has a chance to prove it tonight.

Comment away if so inclined.

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Your Norris Trophy Finalists

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NEW YORK (April 19, 2018) – Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2017-18 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

 Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Norris 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 Norris Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Video- Ryan Hartman Suspended One Game For Illegal Check

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The explanation for the one game suspension.


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A Bigger And Better Filip Hronek

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings wanted young defenseman Filip Hronek to get stronger and gain weight.

Hronek only weighed about 160 pounds when he was drafted in the second round in 2016. He wasn’t going to survive without adding some muscle.

So Hronek attacked the weight room, and the Czech Republic native also began eating.

“Now, I’m 180 (pounds),” said Hronek this week after a Grand Rapids Griffins practice, noticeably stronger through the shoulders and chest. “I tried to work hard (weightlifting), and spend time in the gym....

Griffins coach Todd Nelson was impressed with how Hronek kept elevating his performance throughout the long season.

“I didn’t think he’d develop as quickly as he has, which is great,” Nelson said. “From Christmas on to now, he’s been playing his best hockey. Maybe a month ago I thought, ‘Man, he’s really developed, he’s playing extremely well for us, not just the offensive numbers but you look at his plus-minus, he’s playing well defensively’.


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Afternoon Line- Terry Pegula

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"As disappointed as I am in the season, the part of me that's a fan like you is still excited for the future. We have players in our system at all levels of the organization – NHL, AHL, juniors, European leagues and the NCAA – and I am confident they will make us consistently competitive.

"This may not mean much, until we win, it is just words. I just want you to know that I'm in it with you."

-Terry Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Sabres.  John Vogl of the Buffalo News has more regarding a letter Pegula sent to season ticket holders.

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