On the ice, the Coyotes kept things interesting, too. Their 2.68 goals-per-game average was the second highest of coach Rick Tocchet's four-season tenure, powered by the most effective power-play unit (20.8%) during that span. That was powered by a resurgent season from Phil Kessel, who tallied 20 goals again after the 2019-20 campaign broke his 11-year streak of hitting that mark. Defenseman Jakob Chychrun had a star-making season, with 41 points. Forward Conor Garland saw his offensive output increase for the third straight season.Toronto Maple Leafs
Carl Hagelin also scored and Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 shots for Washington in a game between teams who will meet in the first round. The Capitals also welcomed back center Nicklas Backstrom from a lower-body issue that kept him out a game.Pittsburgh Penguins
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• Wyatt Kalynuk was tied for the team lead among defensemen in goals (four), and did so while playing in only 21 gamesBuffalo Sabres
GM Steve Yzerman won't put a timeline on his rebuilding plan, so it's hard to gauge where the Red Wings should be right now. They improved defensively in 2021, and they surpassed their 2020 win total in 18 fewer games.
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So, yeah … the Panthers have a lot to prove, while the Lightning are merely trying to prove that they can do this again.
Joe Bryan can't remember how he felt during the best moments of his career. He only recalls those two goals he scored against Brentford in the 2020 Championship playoff final, which earned Fulham promotion to the Premier League and a £170m windfall, through watching highlights. Nor can he remember the emotions of scoring a wondergoal against Manchester United for Bristol City in 2017.Vegas Golden Knights
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