Month: August 2017

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Senators push back on Penguins to force Game 7

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There will be a Game 7 to decide the Eastern Conference finals. Facing elimination for the first time this postseason, Craig Anderson and the Senators weathered a relentless Penguins attack that piled up seven goals two days earlier and emerged from Tuesday’s Game 6 as 2-1 winners, pushing their roller-coaster series to an all-decisive final…

NHL playoffs 2017: Capitals can’t shake curse as Penguins prevail in Game 7

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There will be no redemption for the cursed Capitals. In the seventh game, Washington was done in again by the scripture it came so desperately close to debunking. Marc-Andre Fleury’s 29 saves and myriad missed opportunities led to a 2-0 Penguins victory, the defending champs reaching the Eastern Conference finals for a second consecutive year…

Stanley Cup Final 2017: Picking between Penguins and Predators a painful process

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From the time the horn sounded on their Eastern Conference Game 7 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning until the start of their Stanley Cup Finals series last year against the San Jose Sharks, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a grand total of three days off. The Sharks had four. The differential was of no consequence….

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Capitals’ Game 3 win, Crosby injury send series vs. Penguins into flux

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For subscribers to the This is finally the Capitals’ year theory, a case study. For one game at least, they finally found an antidote to their playoff kryptonite. Three stars 3. Justin Williams, Capitals Williams continues to live up to his big-game reputation after setting set up both of Washington’s regulation goals, running his playoff…

It helps that Marleau is an iron man, a veritable hockey-playing android who has missed all of 31 games in the NHL.

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Have you seen him skate? A bemused Babcock asked rhetorically after a question about whether Marleau would only slow the kids. Even if he doesn’t score the goals, he can skate. … He can play against the best people and do it right every night. Still, as 35-and-over contracts go, that’s a lot of money….

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: ‘Boring’ Senators blow out Penguins in Game 3 to take series lead

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Borrrrrring. No longer. The same Senators who lulled many a hockey fan to sleep to begin the Eastern Conference finals sent the series into a frenzy with a five-goal outburst in Wednesday’s Game 3, converting their 5-1 victory into a two-games-to-one lead over a Penguins team that for the first time these playoffs crumpled under…

The Coyotes hope their new team president will secure the franchise’s future in Arizona.

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The team announced Wednesday it had hired former Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson as team president. The Coyotes lauded Patterson’s professional relationships in and around the Valley of the Sun. This was the main concern Monday when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby crashed head-first into the boards during the first period of a 5-2 playoff…

Kevin Shattenkirk explains why he left money on table to sign with Rangers

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For Kevin Shattenkirk, it really wasn’t all about the money. Sure, he landed a four-year, $26.6 million contract from the Rangers on Saturday, but at the same time the NHL’s most sought-after free agent this summer left quite a bit of cash on the table. And that’s quite all right for the native New Yorker…

Stanley Cup Final 2017: Penguins win away from repeat after routing Preds in Game 5

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The 2017 Stanley Cup Final took a sharp pivot Thursday night. The Penguins used a fast early start to rout the Predators 6-0 in Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The Pens lead the series three games to two and will go for a Cup repeat Sunday night in Nashville (8 p.m., NBC)….

The goalie found himself under extreme pressure in the third period and overtime

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That set up Perry’s heroics in overtime. Anaheim outshot the Predators 6-3 in the extra period. Had the Ducks blown this game and gone down 3-1, the series would be all but over. Instead, with Game 5 in Anaheim, and Game 7 there if necessary, the Ducks hold the advantage. 3. Filip Forsberg, Predators The…

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