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Open Post- Day 27 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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One game tonight with the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Colorado Avalanche.  A win by Vegas will put the in the semi-final round against the Montreal Canadiens.

Watch tonight on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

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Anthony Mantha On The Playoffs

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...Washington was eliminated in five games by Boston, with Mantha contributing two assists and no goals in the five games. His ice time dwindled to a series-low 12:23 seconds in Game 5....

"All the excitement that goes with it, the continuous overtimes," Mantha said. "You don't want to make any mistakes. You're trying to create something offensively. Just playing a couple of games will help out a lot in my future.

"The fact we didn't win was the only (negative). It's fun, exciting, but at the end of the day you're playing to win every playoff series. It didn't go our way and so you look back and you're real disappointed we didn't get to advance."...

"I'm a little disappointed in myself, the way I played," Mantha said. "But hopefully I can come back stronger next season and I'll know what to expect.

"I went some games there at the end of the year when I didn't score any goals. We had couple of games that went into overtime in the series. If you score two goals, maybe you win those games.

"It's so tight out there (on the ice), there's not a lot of room. I just need to create more space for myself in those types of games."

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Video- Plays Of The Week

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Just south of three minutes long.


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Your Hart Memorial Trophy Finalists

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NEW YORK (June 10, 2021) – Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the three finalists for the 2020-21 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winners of the 2021 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will be revealed during the Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.

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

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Exposing The Wings

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on who may be exposed by the Wings for the Seattle expansion draft,

In addition to Panik and Nielsen, that also leaves exposed Vladislav Namestnikov. Yzerman signed him last fall for two years, $4 million, and Namestnikov delivered 17 points and a minus-5 rating in 53 games. If he were to be protected, it would bump Smith off the list, and though Smith has played just 37 career games, he’s shown he can be asset.

Evgeny Svechnikov also will be exposed, but the 2015 first-round pick was on waivers twice this past season, making it clear the team doesn’t view him as part of the rebuild. Also exposed are pending unrestricted free agents including Glendening, Helm, Sam Gagner and Bobby Ryan....

I think there’ll be the biggest debate among Yzerman and his inner circle. Do either of Cholowski, 23 years old, or Lindstrom, 22, get bumped in favor of protecting 27-year-old Troy Stecher? Stecher will help the Wings next season more than either of those two, but odds are that if Lindstrom or Cholowski is exposed, that’s who the Kraken will select.

Cholowski has shown in spurts just how good he can be. He might play 10 years. Stecher won’t. Lindstrom plays a safe, smart game. With Seider — who like Stecher shoots right — poised to join the lineup next season, I’d risk exposing Stecher.

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From Both Sides- New York Islanders/Boston Bruins

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

He is a maestro conducting an orchestra without regard for the flavor of the day or public opinion. He is Lou Lamoriello, on his third life in the NHL, and he has restored yet another franchise to prominence.

Make no mistake. As much as this is Long Island’s team, as much as this is a team of descendants from arguably the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport, as much as this is a team for the moment, this is Lamoriello’s team and it represents Lamoriello’s vision.

Oh, and that includes his choice of a coach to run his band, it most certainly does. That includes hiring Barry Trotz the way he once hired Jacques Lemaire and Larry Robinson and Pat Burns two rivers away when Lamoriello turned 16W off the Turnpike into the Exit of Champions.

That includes trading for Andy Greene and Jean-Gabriel Pageau at last year’s trade deadline. That includes acquiring Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac this April.


from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herlad,

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NHL Short Notes

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Brock Nelson accounted for two of New York’s six goals to boost his career totals in potential series-clinching games and power the Islanders into the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

* New York will face Tampa Bay in a rematch of the 2020 Eastern Conference Final, with both clubs set to go head-to-head in front of fans this time around.

* The Golden Knights look to earn a series-clinching win at T-Mobile Arena tonight and reach the final four for the third time in their first four NHL seasons.

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Welcome The New York Islanders To The Semi-Finals Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Islanders defeated the Boston Bruins 6-2 and win the series 4-2.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are up next for the NYI.  It will be their toughest test yet.

Game highlights will be posted when available.

added 10:07pm, Handshakes are below.  added 10:51pm, highlights are below...

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Open Post- Day 26 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Only one game tonight and it is a possible elimination game.  The Boston Bruins are on the road to face the New York Islanders and must win to avoid elimination.

Puck drop is at 7:30pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

Discuss as the game plays out.

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Broadcasting News

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