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Maple Leafs get huge win for mourning Toronto in Game 6

Defeat Bruins to extend series hours after 10 killed, 15 injured in van attack

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / Staff Writer

TORONTO -- There was a smile on Brendan Shanahan's face and an ache in his gut as he walked out of the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room Monday.

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Ovechkin hopes Capitals can find redemption against Crosby, Penguins

Forward 'can't wait' to face Pittsburgh in second round after previous failures

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- In the aftermath of their series-clinching 6-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Monday, it would have been understandable if Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals wanted to take a moment to appreciate their accomplishment rather than start looking ahead to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But Ovechkin knew the questions were coming. The Penguins defeated the Capitals in the second round each of the past two seasons and went on to win the Stanley Cup each time.

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Short Shifts

Maple Leafs hold moment of silence before Game 6 after tragic van crash

Team honors victims of accident in North York section of Toronto on Monday @NHL

Leafs honor victims in Toronto

BOS@TOR, Gm6: Toronto holds moment of silence

R1, Gm6: The Maple Leafs hold a moment of silence at Air Canada Centre for the victims of the tragedy in Toronto

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The Toronto Maple Leafs held a moment of silence honoring the victims of a tragic crash in the North York section of the city before Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

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Blue Jackets failed by lack of killer instinct against Capitals

Inability to finish, subpar special teams, goaltending led to elimination from playoffs

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

The Columbus Blue Jackets were in position to earn their first Stanley Cup Playoff series win heading home to Nationwide Arena after two overtime victories at the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round.

But the euphoria turned to another spring of disappointment when the Capitals won the next four games, including Game 3 in double overtime and Game 5 in overtime, to eliminate Columbus in six games.

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Playoff handshake line a winning tradition

Bruins, Maple Leafs will carry on post-series custom following Game 7

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / Columnist

The only sure thing about Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN) is what will take place on the ice after the game. The post-series handshake line is one of the NHL's great traditions, a few gentlemanly moments following four, five, six or seven punishing Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In many ways, the handshake line is a contradiction: Players who have been bruising each other in every second of every game line up to shake hands and wish each other well. One team has advanced to the next round or has won the Stanley Cup; the other is vanquished into the offseason. The handshake tradition has endured, evolved, and today it is a compelling scene at the end of hard-fought playoff series.

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'We're going to Boston, baby!'

Maple Leafs play-by-play man Bowen goes wild when Toronto forces Game 7 against Bruins @NHL

It's safe to say everyone who calls the Toronto Maple Leafs their favorite team was sky-high after their 3-1 victory against the Boston Bruins on Monday that forced Game 7 in the Eastern Conference First Round, but perhaps nobody was more excited than longtime Maple Leafs play-by-play man Joe Bowen on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

As the third period went on, Bowen's voice seemed to get louder and louder with each near miss or great save, but he let loose following Tomas Plekanec's empty-net goal that assured the Maple Leafs and Bruins would go the distance.

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NHL Insider

Bruins in familiar territory against Maple Leafs in Game 7

10th time in 11 seasons Boston will play deciding game in series

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The Boston Bruins know this feeling.

They know what it's like to go to Game 7, to feel nerves and excitement and panic and overwhelming need all at once. They have done this before, over and over. Nine times in the previous 10 seasons they have played in a do-or-die game.

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Coaches Room

Long layoff in playoffs provides unique coaching challenges

Balance between recovery, game plan implementation paramount during postseason

by David Marcoux / Special to

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Marcoux, former goalie coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, provides some insight on what's going on when teams have a substantial break between playoff rounds.

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Round 2

Golden Knights vs. Sharks playoff preview

Goaltending duel between Fleury, Jones highlights second-round series

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks

Golden Knights: 51-24-7, 109 points, first in Pacific

Sharks: 45-27-10, 100 points, third in Pacific

Season series: VGK 3-0-1; SJS 1-2-1

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The Buzz

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Maple Leafs force Game 7 against Bruins

Ovechkin, Capitals to face Penguins again @NHL

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the 2018 NHL postseason. There were two games Monday, both in the Eastern Conference. 


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Forsberg takes game to another level in playoffs for Predators

Forward dazzled in first round after being Nashville's leading scorer in regular season

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / Staff Writer

Filip Forsberg gave NHL defensemen fits all season. He has continued to do so in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where the Nashville Predators forward has scored four goals, two in spectacular fashion.

He has looked almost impossible to stop, but former NHL defenseman and current Predators broadcaster Hal Gill knows what he would have done if he had to face Forsberg.

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Pekka Rinne vs. Connor Hellebuyck

Revamped techniques have paid dividends for goalies in Predators-Jets series

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

Goaltending is an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each goaltender, the final 100 goals allowed for each goaltender in the regular season and each goal in the playoffs were charted, with the help of Apex Video Analysis and Save Review System from Upper Hand Inc., to see what patterns emerge.

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game recap

Andersen makes 32 saves, Maple Leafs top Bruins in Game 6

Nylander, Marner each score for Toronto to force deciding game in Eastern series

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The series is tied 3-3. Game 7 is at Boston on Wednesday.

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Capitals advance with Game 6 win against Blue Jackets

Ovechkin scores two goals to help clinch Eastern series; will face Penguins next

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 of the first round at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

Washington won the best-of-7 series 4-2 after losing the first two games at home in overtime. The Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.

After the two home losses, the Capitals won the next two in Columbus, including a double overtime victory in Game 3. The fourth OT of the series was also won by the Capitals, 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday.

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Short Shifts

Andersen uses stick wizardry to deny Bruins a goal again

Maple Leafs goalie robs Backes, keeps game scoreless late in first @NHL

Andersen's incredible stick save

BOS@TOR, Gm6: Andersen swats puck out of the air

R1, Gm6: Frederik Andersen stops Torey Krug's shot from the point, then he makes a terrific stick save as he bats away a shot from the doorstep

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Leave it to Frederik Andersen to stick it to the Boston Bruins again.

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Fantasy: Rankings for 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs lists most valuable forwards, defensemen, goaltenders for basic postseason pools

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / Fantasy Editor

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are almost here, meaning fans in fantasy postseason pools need to translate their bracket predictions into the overall player landscape.

Below are fantasy player rankings by position (forwards, defensemen, goalies) for basic postseason pools counting points (goals, assists) for skaters, as well as wins and shutouts for goalies. Whether you're doing an offline snake draft or another format, use this list as a basis for your decision-making.

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Marner has big hug for Maple Leafs mascot after Game 6 win

Forward seeks out Carlton the Bear for postgame celebration @NHL

Marner celebrates with mascot

Marner includes mascot in Leafs celebration after win

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner hugs the team mascot, as the team and the fans show their excitement after forcing a critical Game 7

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Fans at Air Canada Centre were going wild after the Toronto Maple Leafs forced a deciding Game 7 with a win against the Boston Bruins Monday night. And Mitchell Marner needed someone to hug.

Enter Carlton the Bear.

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Capitals will play Penguins in Eastern Conference Second Round

Eliminate Blue Jackets to advance; Ovechkin, Crosby go head-to-head for third straight postseason

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight season.

The Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 in Game 6 on Monday to win that best-of-7 series and will have home-ice advantage against the Penguins.

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Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Martin Jones

Weaknesses for goalies hard to detect in Golden Knights vs. Sharks series

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

Goaltending is an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each goaltender, the final 100 goals allowed for each goaltender in the regular season and each goal allowed in the playoffs were charted, with the help of Apex Video Analysis and Save Review System from Upper Hand Inc., to see what patterns emerge.

Vegas Golden Knights No. 1 Marc-Andre Fleury and his San Jose Sharks counterpart, Martin Jones, posted equally impressive statistics while sweeping through the Western Conference First Round, but they achieved those results with very different puck-stopping styles.

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Hertl healthy, contributing for Sharks in playoffs

Forward scored three goals in first-round sweep of Ducks after multiple knee injuries

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE --Tomas Hertl was in his third game as a rookie with the San Jose Sharks four seasons ago when he scored four goals in a 9-2 victory against the New York Rangers at SAP Center, capped by a between-the-legs, backhand goal.

Hertl, a forward, had seven goals in his first five games and 15 in his first 32. His NHL trajectory was pointed straight up until a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown on Dec. 9, 2013, knocked him off course.

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Flames hire Peters as coach

Replaces Gulutzan after Calgary misses playoffs

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- Bill Peters was hired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Peters, who resigned as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, received a multiyear contract. He replaces Glen Gulutzan, who was fired April 17 after the Flames missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time in nine seasons.

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