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Hall sees room for improvement following playoff loss with Devils

Forward had NHL career-high 93 points this season, says he can reach 'another level'

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Taylor Hall said he has another level to reach as an NHL player and is looking forward to getting there with the New Jersey Devils next season.

The left wing had an NHL career high 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games and set career highs in plus-minus (plus-14), power-play points (37), overtime goals (three) and shooting percentage (14.0 percent).

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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 / NHL.com 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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Coaches Room

Long layoff in playoffs provides unique coaching challenges

Balance between recovery, game plan implementation paramount during postseason

by David Marcoux / Special to NHL.com

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 goaltending coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, provides some insight into what goes on when teams have a substantial break between playoff rounds.

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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 / NHL.com 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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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 / NHL.com 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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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 / NHL.com 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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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 / NHL.com 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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Hertl healthy, contributing for Sharks in playoffs

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

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com 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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Predators put it all together to eliminate Avalanche in Game 6

Dominate from start, advance to second round

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators played pretty good hockey for most of the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche. But that complete game, the one that was evident many times on their run to an NHL-best 117 points and the Presidents' Trophy in the regular season, eluded them.

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Penguins boosted by Crosby, Guentzel in first round against Flyers

Forwards, penalty kill help Pittsburgh advance

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins were a mixed bag in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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