Interim coach Dominique Ducharme deserves credit for a few lineup tweaks and for keeping this team motivated after it went down 3-1 in the Toronto series. But it's with a certain amount of irony that we note the Canadiens basically won the series by playing just as fired coach Claude Julien would have had them play: stacking the defense across the defending blue line and collapsing around Price. Advantage: WinnipegPittsburgh Penguins
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"These are very good officials. They're at this point in the season for a reason. You've got continuous high sticks every game, the exact same high sticks. ... Maybe we need to sell them more, flop. But that's just not us. You just hope they would see them."
McAvoy also impacted the game physically, dishing out six hits (including a massive one on Jean-Gabriel Pageau) and blocking five shots. Toronto Maple Leafs
Even getting to Game 7 looked unlikely for the Wild at one point in the series. While Minnesota won Game 1, Vegas won the next three games to take a 3-1 series lead.Columbus Blue Jackets
The New York Islanders gave it their all in Game 3 on Thursday night, but they lost to the Boston Bruins on a game-winning goal by winger Brad Marchand in overtime. With the team down two games to one in the series, the Islanders faithful were far from dejected during Game 4 on Thursday night, and that can be thanks to a certain Hockey Hall of Famer.Buffalo Sabres
“You’re not going to completely eliminate them, they’re going to get their chances,” Vegas captain Mark Stone said. They’re one of the best lines in the league for a reason. But we see ourselves as one of the best lines in the league as well.”
The second David Pastrnak arrived at the rink looking this minty fresh, you knew he was set for a big night.
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