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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Sometimes you win, usually you lose, and there's never much control

Jeff Veillette
May 11 2016 11:46AM

We all keep telling ourselves that the year that breaks the trend is upon us, but once again, the Washington Capitals have taken an early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This means that, once again, 30-year-old Alex Ovechkin will have to wait at least another year before getting a significant shot at the Stanley Cup.

He'll surely get skewered in the media. The narratives have already started once again; especially now that he's keeping his skates on for a few more weeks to represent Russia at the World Championships. Honestly, it's not fair to him.

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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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Is Dylan Larkin going to be the Red Wings' next franchise player?

Adam Laskaris
May 09 2016 01:00PM

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be looking over some tough questions for the Wings this offseason, one per day. Today, we ask the question:  

Is Dylan Larkin going to be the Red Wings' next franchise player? (And if not, who is?)

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