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from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

- Tony Amonte scored 416 goals as a speedy winger, but the Hingham product might have been going a little too hard on the forecheck during an NBC Sports Boston segment after Bruins-Hurricanes Game 6. Noting that Bergeron’s former agent, Kent Hughes, is now Montreal’s GM and that Bergeron “grew up watching the Canadiens,” Amonte claimed Bergeron will finish his career with the Habs. “I’ve heard a little bit,” Amonte said, sounding less than confident in his take. “Rumblings have been going on. People have been talking a little bit.” There’s a better chance Tom Brady finishes his career with the Expos.

- Could see Winnipeg leaning into the hard-to-play-against style of Barry Trotz (who, yes, hails from Dauphin, Manitoba). No team with a vacancy could use Trotz more than the Flyers, who have lost their way.

- A first-round exit was a stinger for Minnesota, which got seven goals in six games from budding superstar Kirill Kaprizov but couldn’t get past the Blues. Roster-wise, the Wild are in decent shape, with a fair amount of good contracts around Kaprizov (47 goals, 108 points in the regular season). No better example than center Ryan Hartman, who delivered 34 goals and 65 points at a $1.7 million price tag. But GM Bill Guerin might be hamstrung by last offseason’s buyouts of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, whose combined cap hit jumps to more than $12 million next season (and $14 million in 2024 and ‘25).

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Videos- Big Hit And A Scrum Dallas/Calgary

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Big hit on Luke Glendening but he did return to the game.

Below watch a scrum near the end of the game.


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A Lot On The Line For The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“You look at any team that’s won, and it starts with a disappointment. We’ll be back.” — Connor McDavid, in 2017

EDMONTON — The irony of that quote is, five years later, the Edmonton Oilers have not yet found their way out of the disappointment business. But at the same time, they ARE back.

Back to another Game 7, like that 2-1, Game 7 second-round loss in Anaheim that left a 20-year-old McDavid so bullish on his team’s immediate future, as impossibly rosy as it must have seemed that day.

“Come next season,” McDavid promised that night, “we’ll find ourselves in a similar spot. And we’ll be able to look back on this, feel that disappointment, and know ... how much that sucked.”

Well, it’s five years later, but here we are. Better late than never, it may be the only time McDavid ever did anything slow on a hockey rink.

Sometimes life gives us a special moment right out of the blue. Other times, like a Game 7 at home on a Saturday night in May, you see the moment coming – you’re just not sure what kind of moment it will be. What emotion the lasting memory will evoke, elation or dread?

Will it cut like a knife to the heart, or a blood bond between brothers? Either way, it is never to be forgotten.


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The Florida Panthers Will Finally See A Round 2

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from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

Before the Florida Panthers beat the Capitals in overtime on Friday night, Jonathan Huberdeau had not experienced any sort of playoff success since his days with Gerard Gallant and the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Sasha Barkov last won in the postseason while in Finland.

Aaron Ekblad?

Well, his Barrie Colts team was pretty good.

But when it came to the Panthers, these three — the core of the Panthers’ youth movement of the 2010s — had never been on a Florida team which got out of the first round.

So, when those guys lined up for the postgame handshake moments after Carter Verhaeghe won Game 6 in overtime, you can bet they enjoyed it.

For the first time, we might add.

“It was, obviously, different being on the other side,” Huberdeau said. “It’s the best way.”


Game highlights and handshakes are here.

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There Will Be A Game 7 For The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sidney Crosby did not play, the Penguins had their third-string goaltender back in net, Rickard Rakell and Brian Dumoulin remained sidelined and then Brian Boyle left the game for good early in the first period.

But do you know what? There will be no asterisk attached to this 5-3 Game 6 victory the Rangers achieved after overcoming a 2-0 first-period deficit. There will be no asterisk attached to Game 7 of this first-round series, which will be contested at the Garden on Sunday.

The Blueshirts earned this one just as they earned the Game 5 victory at home on Wednesday, also after climbing out of a 2-0 hole following Crosby’s exit from the match midway through the second period in the wake of Jacob Trouba’s endlessly dissected hit.

Of course, the absence of Crosby — who was playing at his highest level in perhaps more than a decade — has had a profound effect on the direction of this series. But it’s not as if the Rangers were handed anything.

On the contrary, the Rangers were in the position where they needed to take advantage of this development in the way they had not been able to take advantage of facing Louis Domingue in nets.


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Albert Johansson Ready To Challenge For A Defensive Spot With The Wings

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Swedish Hockey League title secured, a gold medal dangling from his neck, Albert Johansson was already setting his sights on another objective – cracking the lineup of the Detroit Red Wings.

“I feel ready and want to go over this autumn and test my luck over there,” Johansson told Expressen.se after helping Farjestad to a 3-0 victory over Lulea in Game 7 of the SHL championship final.

The Red Wings selected Johansson 60th overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. Signed to an entry-level contract with Detroit, he spent the past two seasons on loan to Farjestad.

This season, Johansson, 21, counted career-high 5-20-25 totals in 52 regular-season games. Posting 2-6-8 numbers in 19 playoff games, he was helping Farjestad to a surprise SHL title.


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Calgary Flames Forced To A Game 7

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from the CP at TSN,

The Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars will take their playoff series the distance to a seventh and deciding game.

Dallas doubled the visiting Flames 4-2 on Friday to even up their conference quarterfinal at three wins apiece.

Stars defenceman 's goal late in the second period stood up as the game-winner for the Stars, who will try to bounce the Flames from the post-season Sunday in Calgary.

"Oh, it's going to be a war. I can't wait," Stars forward  said.

and  also scored for Dallas with  adding an empty-net goal in front of a sellout of 18,532 at American Airlines Center.

Stars goalie  and Flames counterpart  both had 36 saves.

had a goal and an assist and  scored in the second period to draw Calgary even before Heiskanen's game-winner.

"A hell of a game," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said. "Just couldn't get the equalizer."


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NHL Short Notes

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* Comebacks were the theme of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday, with the Panthers rallying from a deficit to win for the third consecutive game to earn their first playoff series win in 26 years, while the Rangers stormed back from a multi-goal deficit to stave off elimination for the second straight game to force a Game 7 with the Penguins on Sunday.

* It has been a rollercoaster of a week for fans across the NHL, with 11 come-from-behind victories over the past five days, including four multi-goal comeback wins through that span. The week of “Mayhem” will conclude with five Game 7s over the weekend, starting with three on Saturday followed by two on Sunday.

* The Stars edged the Flames to force the first-ever Game 7 between the two franchises. Among teams to face each other in a Game 7 for the first time, the home team holds an all-time record of 66-50 in those contests (excludes the 2020 postseason).


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Video- On To Round 2 For The Florida Panthers.

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Carter Verhaeghe with the game winner in OT.  Panthers win 4-3 and take the series 4-2 over the Washington Capltals.


added 11:21pm, Highlights and handshakes below.

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Video- You Want Some Lucas Raymond Highlights?

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via the YouYube page of awoos40,

Lucas Raymond highlights from the 2021-22 regular season.

Watch the 42 minute video below.

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