NHLN Playoff Notebook: Down Goes the Rinne Wall

Scott Maxwell
May 13 2016 08:31AM

After the hockey gods cruelly punished us with a terrible game seven yesterday, it seemed almost certain today that they would return the favour, and reward us with a much better game in a duel between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks. However, the gods decided to spit in our face, as the Nashville Predators decided to not show up to their game seven in a 5-0 loss.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 13 2016 05:00AM

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Leafs need to be careful using LTIR for Cap space, Canucks player awaits fathers trial for alleged murder conspiracy, Flames coaching carousel and missing out on an additional first round pick, no Hamonic to Edmonton or anywhere else, Phil Kessel's Cup run is karma for doubters, Pierre McGuire, Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's Top fighters and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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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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