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The Montreal Canadiens Are In A Place Many Thought Was Impossible

frm Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Nearly one month ago, the Montreal Canadiens were one game away from being eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs. After a 4-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Tuesday night, they are now one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup final.

What are the odds? What a story.

This is what makes the NHL playoffs so great, so unpredictable. A team like Montreal, which was practically left for dead after going down 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, should have no business being here. They were the lowest seeded team in the North Division. In fact, there were three non-playoff teams that finished with more points during the regular season.

At the start of the post-season, oddsmakers had given Montreal a 50-to-1 shot at winning it all.

But that doesn’t matter anymore. None of it does.

The underdogs are not underdogs anymore. Not after coming from behind and beating the Leafs. Not after sweeping the Jets. And not with a 3-2 series lead against the Golden Knights.


Game highlights are below.

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The Struggles Of Mark Stone

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It was seven games ago.

It seems like, well, forever with Mark Stone.

The Golden Knights are one loss from elimination in the NHL playoffs, meaning it might be a good time for their captain to join the fray.
Montreal had little issue skating into T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night and leaving with a 4-1 victory before 17,969 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal....

Should he register a point, it would be Stone’s first of the series....

Now, the team’s best player hasn’t in any way delivered like that against Montreal....

He is everything a captain should be — a consistent but unpretentious leader, incredibly driven to win, deferential to teammates at the first mention of his individual success.

But frustration has set in. That’s more obvious than the loud boos that greeted the Knights at different times Tuesday.

Example: It was Stone who turned the puck over at the blue line while the Knights were trying to kill a penalty midway through the second period and down 2-0. As the Canadiens rushed forward, Stone coasted behind, not back-checking with any level of authority.

His was more a casual stroll through the neighborhood.

Just an alarming lack of effort.

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NHL Short Notes


* A combination of youth and veterans powered Montreal to a 3-2 lead in its Stanley Cup Semifinals series, which shifts back to Bell Centre for Game 6.

Lou Lamoriello won the 2020-21 Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award, with voting for the honor conducted among NHL general managers and a panel of League executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Lightning and Islanders square off in Game 6 of their Stanley Cup Semifinals series tonight at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the hosts have won 16 of their 21 all-time potential elimination games contested at the venue.

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Lou Lamoriello Is Recipient Of The Jim Gregory General Manager Of The Year Award

EW YORK (June 22, 2021) – Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders is the 2020-21 recipient of the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this honor was conducted among NHL Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Open Post- Day 37 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

A win tonight by either the Montreal Canadiens or Vegas Golden Knights puts them in a position to finish their series on Thursday night in Montreal.

A very important game for both teams tonight

Light reading and the broadcast schedule is below.

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Matt Barzal Fined For A Cross-Check

NEW YORK (June 22, 2021) – New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta during Game 5 of the teams’ Semifinals series in Tampa on Monday, June 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. Barzal was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Watch the incident below.

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Video- Saves Of The Week

3 1/2 minutes to watch.


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A Hard Working Team Is #1 On Gerard Gallant’s List

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So we know the template that Gerard Gallant will establish when he steps behind the bench next year as the head coach of a Rangers team whose lone identity last year was being young.

“I want us to be the hardest working team in the league. I want us to compete hard, to battle hard, to make teams say, ‘You know what, that team works hard and competes for 60 minutes,’” Gallant said Tuesday morning during his introductory press briefing. “We can do a lot of good things. We can be skilled, we can be talented, but if the work doesn’t come first, all the skill and talent doesn’t get you too far down the road.

“You start at 7 o’clock, you start at 7 o’clock. You’ve got 82 games to play, you get ready for every one. I want to make sure we work hard every night and compete every night.”

There is skill and there is talent, some of it exceptional. Tampa Bay long had exceptional skill and talent but did not win anything until the Lightning became a much harder team to play against. They did that by acquiring players with size, stiffness and sandpaper.


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The Montreal Canadiens Have A Good Chance Of Winning Tonight


from Travis Yost of TSN,

Breathe, Canadiens fans.

That is the best piece of advice I can give after what’s been a roller coaster of a series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The series is tied two games apiece – that in and of itself is an accomplishment, particularly when you consider the betting markets gave Montreal very little chance. Not only have the Canadiens split the first four games, they’ve been competitive in the process, even outplaying the Golden Knights in their 2-1 overtime loss in Game 4 on Sunday night.

Before the puck dropped on this series, I figured Montreal had a chance to engineer an upset, but it was contingent on three crucial factors. As a refresher:

1. Minimizing the impact of the Golden Knights top line

2. Slowing down Vegas’ lethal forecheck

3.  providing a decisive goaltending advantage


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Video- Quick Recap Of Last Night’s Islanders/Lightning Game

Less than two minutes long.


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