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Josh Manson scored his first career playoff goal in overtime to help the Avalanche earn a Game 1 victory – their fifth consecutive win to start the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Veterans Nikita Kucherov and Corey Perry both had multiple points to lift the Lightning to a series-opening win over their state rivals. Tampa Bay has an all-time record of 12-2 when taking a 1-0 series lead.

* The remaining two series begin tonight with the Rangers visiting the Hurricanes and the first instalment of the “Battle of Alberta” in 31 years when the Flames host the Oilers.

* The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs set new ratings benchmarks after the First Round became the most-watched opening round on U.S. cable ever, with three of the top four all-time First Round games on U.S. cable occurring this past weekend. Across North America, 28 million fans watched the five thrilling Game 7s.

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Watching The First Round Of The Stanley up Playoffs

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from John Lane of NHL.com,

The first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs proved historic for ESPN and Turner Sports, with ratings for TNT and TBS the highest since the advent of cable television.

Games covered on ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and TBS averaged 768,000 viewers, a 58 percent increase from last season on NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network.

Turner Sports broke records for individual game and total rounds. The series-deciding game between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins on TBS on May 15 delivered 2.3 million average viewers, making it the most-watched first-round Stanley Cup Playoff game ever on cable. The number was the most for a non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final, when 2.6 million watched the Washington Capitals defeat the Tampa Lightning 4-0.

Game 7 between the Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs on TNT on May 14 averaged 1.7 million viewers, making it the second-most watched first round game on ever on cable. Female viewership for Stanley Cup Playoff games airing on TNT and TBS also enjoyed substantial increases, going up 83 percent on cable from 2021 and 49 percent from 2019.


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Open Post- Day 15 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is the only team playing tonight who could use the word tired while playing the Florida Panthers.

The other 3 teams are well rested.


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Afternoon Line- Evgeni Malkin

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added 1:08pm,


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Video- Saves Of The Week

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5:19 to watch.


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Previewing The Games Tonight

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from Steve Ellis of The Hockey News,

Is this the REAL top series to watch?

The Battle of Alberta is the one that everyone is talking about, and rightfully so. It's going to be a bloodbath and one that fans of any team can get themselves excited about.

But look at Florida and Tampa, two of the best teams all season long. Florida is fresh off of a Presidents' Trophy win, while the Lightning have won back-to-back Stanley Cups. From a pure depth and skill perspective, these are two of the deepest teams remaining, and probably the closest on paper in terms of overall talent.

This is the time for the Panthers to beat the Lightning twice in a row, something no team has done in the playoffs the past three seasons...

Will Colorado's rest hurt them?

The Colorado Avalanche had a seven-day layoff from its Game 4 sweep of the Nashville Predators. The St. Louis Blues? They played four days ago.

That's not a huge difference, but a week away from competitive hockey can be a challenge for a team to stay mentally and physically ready for a new round. We know the Blues are no tough opponent, and the Avalanche are definitely the favorite here..

more on the two series debuting tonight...

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Mitch Marner Okay After Carjacking

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from Sportsnet,

The Maple Leafs confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday morning.

"We can confirm Mitch Marner was the unfortunate victim of a carjacking in Etobicoke on Monday evening. He was unharmed in the incident and the Club & Mitch are thankful for Toronto Police Services’ support. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to Toronto Police Services," the statement reads. "TPS has asked that neither Mitch or the Club comment any further on the details of the incident as this is an ongoing investigation."

Toronto Police tweeted about a man being robbed of his Range Rover on Monday at 7:46 p.m. ET in the southwest portion of the city.

more, 2 guns and a knife were involved...

Marner was not made available to the media today, but Auston Matthews was.


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Time For The Pittsburgh Penguins To Make Some Hard Decisions

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s time the team moves on from Malkin and Letang after 16 tremendous seasons, including three Stanley Cups. No other three teammates have been together that long in NHL history. But it’s time to end the streak.

I believed that going into these playoffs. The Penguins’ fourth consecutive first-round exit eliminated the last of any lingering doubts I might have had. It seems crazy to bring the same core back for another season. What do they say about those who don’t learn from history? Beyond the postseason failures, Malkin and Letang aren’t getting younger. Malkin will be 36 on July 31. Letang is 35. Each becomes a free agent on July 13.

I’m not sure the Penguins can bring Letang back even if they make re-signing him a priority. He should be coveted on the open market. He made $7.25 million this season and should get a big raise. His long-time agent, Kent Hughes, is the new general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Letang is French-Canadian. Montreal just seems like the perfect fit for him.

Malkin’s age and injury history bother me. I’m not really interested in bringing him back even if he takes a pay cut from the $9.5 million he made this season.


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Your Selke Trophy Finalists

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NEW YORK (May 17, 2022) – Centers Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames are the three finalists for the 2021-22 Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy after the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winners of the 2022 NHL Awards will be revealed during the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.

Following are the finalists for the Selke Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Can They Still Coach?

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from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

So, has the disgrace associated with Babcock and Quenneville worn off? Can two men who at one time were considered the best coaches in hockey come in from the cold? If they can — with 24 teams that either missed the playoffs entirely or were beaten in the first round examining their options moving forward — the veterans would join what could be the deepest and most talented coaching free-agent class in league history.

Remember, Barry Trotz is also out there. Peter DeBoer was fired by Las Vegas on Monday. Paul Maurice seems almost a certainly to get another head-coaching position after stepping down from that role with the Winnipeg Jets last season.

Three or four years ago, that group — Babcock, Quenneville, Trotz, DeBoer and Maurice — would have been considered the cream of the crop. Today? Well, Lou Lamoriello made his thoughts known on the available choices by promoting Lane Lambert to replace Trotz on Long Island next season.


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