NHLN Playoff Notebook: Blues advance to Conference Finals, Stars undone by goaltending

Cam Lewis
May 12 2016 12:04PM

You need good goaltending to win in the playoffs. What a boring, predictable, overused cliche. But it’s true. You can’t navigate your way through the NHL playoffs with anything less than excellent goaltending, and the Dallas Stars proved that point again last night, just in case anybody decided to go against the grain and reject it. 

After going back and forth in this series with the Blues, winning a difficult Game 6 on the road in St. Louis, Kari Lehtonen reminded everyone exactly why it was difficult to pick the Dallas Stars are a true Stanley Cup contender. 

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Lazy Narratives Galore as Washington can't get by Pittsburgh

Cam Lewis
May 11 2016 12:25PM

This series, from beginning to end, was insane. And Game 6 was the perfect way to wrap it up. 

Unless, of course, you’re a Washington Capitals fan, then this ending was far from perfect. It was close, though. The Capitals rallied back from a 3-0 deficit early in the game with a scratch-and-claw third period, loaded with delay of game power play opportunities and last-minute drama. But even after forcing overtime, they couldn’t get over the hump, and here we are again. 

The Washington Capitals have been eliminated from the playoffs, and the Pittsburgh Penguins will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Dallas and Nashville Both Force Game Seven, Gudbranson Re-Signs with Florida

Scott Maxwell
May 10 2016 07:33AM


What was that? You ordered a couple of game sevens for your pleasure? Well, whether you did or not, that's exactly what you're going to get. Dallas got off to an early lead, and then forgot how to play hockey for 40 minutes when St. Louis almost came back. Meanwhile, we had OT in Nashville yet again, but this time not as long, as the Preds beat the Sharks in overtime to force game 7. Also, Erik Gudbranson re-signed with the Florida Panthers to a one year, $3.5 million contract, so we'll see how smart of a deal that was.

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Lightning advance, Sharks and Blues are on the brink

Cam Lewis
May 09 2016 12:01PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning advance to the Conference Final for the second year in a row, even though the real Eastern Conference Final is technically being played right now between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. On the other side, the St. Louis Blues have a chance to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001, which gives a nice reminder of some goaltending issues they've dealt with in the past, and how that's showing up right here for the Dallas Stars. And the Nashville Predators return home tonight for Game 6 with the San Jose Sharks, which means an automatic win, right? Since they're at home?

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Not quite enough from the Islanders

Cam Lewis
May 07 2016 07:30AM

Well, you can’t say that they didn’t try. The New York Islanders came into the fourth game of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in desperate need of a win after dropping the previous two games, but they couldn’t get the job done. 

Now, the Lightning are one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, which really isn’t something that was expected of them when it was announced that captain Steven Stamkos was sidelined for the final stretch of the season due to a blood clot in his arm. 

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