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From Both Sides - Rangers/Penguins

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

... Igor Shesterkin returned, too. He returned to the form that earned the 26-year-old finalist designations for both the Hart and Vezina trophies, putting those nightmares from Games 3 and 4 to bed for good. Shesterkin returned and so did the Rangers return to the template they rode to a 110-point season, that, by the way, has been fully validated.

This is their way. They lean on Shesterkin to the same degree as their forebearers once leaned on Henrik Lundqvist. They rely on their marquee forwards and their power play to make the difference. They do not surrender. They do not give up.

They are far greater than the sum of their parts.

“That’s our team,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “We compete, we battle and we find ways to win games that maybe we shouldn’t have.”

Shesterkin was not the only Ranger to finish this series stronger than he had begun it. He grew. So did the indomitable Mika Zibanejad, whose right-wing rifle tied the contest 3-3 with 5:45 remaining in regulation. I have said this before, and it is true. There is no one you would rather have with the puck on his stick with the game on the line than No. 93.

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from Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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NHL Short Notes

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* The highest-scoring opening round in 27 years (6.4 G/GP) came to a close Sunday with the Rangers and Flames winning the fourth and fifth Game 7s of the 2022 First Round to advance.

Artemi Panarin and Johnny Gaudreau – two of the top 12 scorers from the regular season – tallied in overtime Sunday. It was the second time in NHL history that multiple Game 7s required overtime on the same day – with the other instance coming 25 years ago.

* Four of five Game 7s played over the weekend were decided by a one-goal margin – the most ever in a single round and one shy of the highest total in a single playoff year (1994, 2009 & 2011 all had five Game 7s with a one-goal margin of victory).

* The 2022 Second Round will begin Tuesday with Game 1 between the Lightning and Panthers (7 p.m. ET) followed by the opener between the Blues and Avalanche (9:30 p.m. ET) – both on TNT, Sportsnet, TVAS and CBC. Click here for more on the schedule.

 

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Paul Coffey And Nick Lidstrom On Mo Seider

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

In a Detroit Hockey Now exclusive, we sought out both of these NHL defensive legends and the only living Red Wings rearguards to win the Norris while playing for the team to gauge their impressions of Seider....

“I’m really impressed with him,” Coffey said. “He can do it all.

“He can run a power play, he can kill penalties, he can skate with the puck, he makes plays, he’s strong in his own zone and he’s a big, imposing physical presence.

“It’s that last part that’s really something, because usually you get one or the other – the smooth skater and puckhandler, or the physical play. You don’t don’t often get both of them together in one player.”

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added 10:57am, Wings profile Donovan Sebrango, watch below.

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Your Second Round Schedule For The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NEW YORK (May 16, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round, which begins Tuesday. All times listed are ET and subject to change. 

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The Last Game 7 Of The First Round Goes To The Calgary Flames

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They will face the Edmonton Oilers after defeatng the Dallas Stars in OT 3-2.

The series winning...

 

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added 1:25am, Handshakes and highlights below.

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The New York Rangers Advance To Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playffs

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They'll face the Carolina Hurricanes in round 2 after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in OT.

Sam Rosen with the call on the OT winner.

 

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added 10:47pm, below find handshakes and highlights...

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Alex Nedeljkovic Out Of The WC

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Kevin Weekes reporting via Twitter that Alex Nedeljkovic injured and out of the World Championship.

I am blocked by Weekes so any additional information you may have would be appreiated.

added 8:31pm, via Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes, who works for ESPN and the NHL Network, is reporting that Nedeljkovic is out of the tournament due to a lower-body injury. T

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Open Post- Day 14 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Welcome to the conclusion of game 7 weekend.

The comment section is awaiting your views on the games.


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Brendan Smith And Charlie McAvoy Fined Today

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NEW YORK (May 15, 2022) – Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brendan Smith has been fined $2,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for elbowing Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak during Game 7 of the teams’ First Round series in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, May 14, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 1:18 of the third period.

watch the elbow below...


NEW YORK (May 15, 2022) – Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for tripping Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei during Game 7 of the teams’ First Round series in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, May 14, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 6:10 of the third period.

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Afternoon Line- Sheldon Keefe

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