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Fallica: At what point will the Islanders stop being dismissed as lucky or boring? They have scored more goals than anyone this postseason. They have won 21 playoff games over the past two years. In the last three years under Barry Trotz, they have swept Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, beat the division champion Pens, beat the division champion Caps, beat the Flyers (who were the hottest team in the league in the bubble last year), beat the Bruins (who were the toast of the league after the Taylor Hall trade) and came as close as anyone to beating Tampa in a series last year. They took the Lightning to six games in which two of the losses were of the 2-1 variety, including in Game 6.
The Sharks could seek another low-cost veteran keeper to pair with Jones in the hopes that he stabilizes the position, as was the intention with the acquisition of Devan Dubnyk last offseason. Or, the Sharks could give 22-year-old KHL product Alexei Melnichuk or 23-year-old Josef Korenar, who saw time this season, a shot to take over the crease.Pittsburgh Penguins
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For the fifth straight season, Hedman is a finalist for the Norris. He won the award back in 2018 and has finished third in voting the last two seasons. His 45 points ranked third among defensemen while he led all blueliners in power-play points. Hedman ranked seventh in the league in average time on ice per game. While it wasn’t Hedman’s best season, he still helped lead a Lightning team without Nikita Kucherov to the eighth-best record in the league. Buffalo Sabres
Gerard Gallant will be the sixth head coach to win the Jack Adams Award (introduced in the 1973-74 season) for the NHL's coach of the year and eventually coach the Rangers. Four of the previous five went on to coach the Rangers in a playoff game.Toronto Maple Leafs
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Just as the Lightning are playing for Savard, Canadiens players are motivated by trying to get Weber the championship that has so far eluded him.
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