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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.

 

More videos coming.

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.

Watch the 'trip' below.

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Afternoon Line- Sheldon Keefe

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NHL Short Notes

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* Four-time scoring champion Connor McDavid had two points across more than 27 minutes of ice time in Game 7 to match the highest opening-round point total in 29 years (14 points) and lift Edmonton into the Second Round for the first time since 2017.

* Carolina’s Max Domi and Tampa Bay’s Nicholas Paul played the role of “unlikely hero” in Game 7 by each scoring their first two career playoff goals in winning efforts – both factoring on all of their team’s goals.

* The three Game 7s were tied or within one goal for 81% of playing time during a tripleheader Saturday, including all of the Lightning-Maple Leafs matchup.

* If you thought Saturday was fun, get ready for two more Game 7s on Sunday with the Penguins-Rangers and Stars-Flames contesting winner-take-all showdowns to conclude the 2022 First Round.

 

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On To Round 2 For The Edmonton Oilers

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Edmonton defeated the LA Kings 2-0 to win their serues 4-3.

First off, props to the LA Kings.  I doubt many of us thought they would take the Oilers to seven games.

One other thing, this is Conner McDavid's league, everyone else can form a line behind him.

Highlights first, handshakes below.

 

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The Aftermath After Another First Round Loss By The Toronto Maple Leafs

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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Better team.

Tougher opponent.

Same devastating finish.

The best version of these Toronto Maple Leafs lost a 2-1 heartbreaker on home ice to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday and once again saw their post-season end in seven games or less.

The difference between this version, this defeat, is that they showed up and gave the two-time champions everything they could muster, never trailing the series until it was all over.

“The Leafs have a helluva team,” said Tampa’s Jon Cooper, who coaches a helluva team himself. “And they’ve been knocking at the door for so long. That's why such a big deal has been made about them not advancing in a series — because they are a really good team.

“I think they've grown as a group. I think their stars are stars. And they've got a really good team game and coach does a helluva job.”

Indeed, heads should be held high.

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from Michel Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Advance To Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Tampa beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 to win the series 4-3.

As I have said, you have to knock out the champ.  Toronto played well but...their last series win was 2004.

Here are the game highlights and the handshakes are below.

 

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Coaching Style Will Matter To Lou Lamoriello

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

No, of course Lou Lamoriello did not seek his players’ permission to dismiss Barry Trotz, are you kidding me?

But you also couldn’t be more naive if you believe that feedback elicited during the players’ exit meetings did not influence the Islanders’ supreme hockey leader’s decision to cut ties with the coach who had brought the franchise its greatest run of success since the Dynasty.

Those meetings, according to sources with knowledge of the events, did not include the threat of mutiny. But we are told that enough players — and ones who mattered — expressed frustration over the team’s single-dimensional, safety-first, safety-last, grinding approach to the 82-game marathon in this era in which high-end skilled athletes dominate the regular season.

Chances are that these conversations ratified Lamoriello’s independent, eye-test analysis rather than opening his eyes to fissures that might have developed during this longest season.

When it comes to Lamoriello and coaches, it is never about what has been accomplished in the past. It is always about whether Lamoriello believes he has a coach who can take his team to the next level. The next level always means the Stanley Cup.

Even though Trotz has already won one Cup, with Washington in 2018, that mattered about as much as it did to Lamoriello when he fired Larry Robinson in New Jersey a year and a half after winning the 2000 Cup.

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