With essentially “two first lines,” and often the luxury of Alex Tuch on the third, the Golden Knights can throw out a truly intimidating offense. Not many teams would even try to trade haymakers with the Avalanche; the Golden Knights stood in there and actually knocked Colorado out.Toronto Maple Leafs
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“We’ve all been in that situation before,” said Lightning forward Patrick Maroon, the only player to win the Cup in 2019 and 2020. “He wants to win his first championship. That’s why we play this game. We play to win. He’s been working hard for us, he’s been a great addition for us, so hopefully the guys can keep working hard for him and finding ways for him because he deserves it.”
Despite the successes the team has enjoyed over the last 10 years, winning zero championships since 2011 and advancing past the second round just twice is still pretty disappointing when you consider the talent this roster has had over that span.
But defensively, they had an identity crisis. The Coyotes' 3.11 goals against per game was the highest of Tocchet's tenure. They were 26th in expected goals against in all situations (2.78 per 60 minutes). The usually dependable goalie battery of Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta battled through injuries and ineffectiveness.Pittsburgh Penguins
Islanders fans seized on the tirade, chanting "New York Saints" during their penalty kills. Some fans wore halos to the game, while others wore a bishop's hat with an Islanders logo on it.Vegas Golden Knights
Evans has one goal in four playoff games this season. The 25-year-old from Toronto had three goals and 10 assists in 47 regular-season games this year.
There are a lot of reasons why the team hasn't won a Stanley Cup post-2011. Bad drafting is probably the main one.Buffalo Sabres
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