April 27 2016 11:12AM
I'll be honest, it would have been pretty cool to see a Battle of Florida series between the Panthers and Lightning for the first time ever, but I'm not going to complain about this one. The Islanders knocked off the Panthers in six games in a very, very tight series in which all of the games were decided by one goal (save for one with an empty netter) and three of them went to overtime. It was their first playoff series win since 1993, so this is some pretty unfamiliar territory for the Islanders. On the other hand, the Lightning hammered the Red Wings for the second year in a row, tossing them and their 25-year playoff streak aside in five games.
April 26 2016 07:25AM
The night of Monday, April 25, 2016 will go down in NHL history for a number of reasons.
One, it was the night the Nashville Predators forced their first ever Game 7. Such a proud moment for a young franchise.
Two, it was the last night of NHL hockey until... Wednesday.
And three, it was the night that the St. Louis Blues overcame their playoff demons and defeated the Chicago Blackhawks.
With that being said, let's take a quick look back at the night that was in the NHL.
April 25 2016 07:00AM
Three more down! It felt like it took a hell of a lot longer than it should have, but both the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild were eliminated on Sunday after holding off elimination until game six of their respective series. But while it felt like the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars took forever getting the job done on these vastly weaker teams, nothing feels longer than the playoff series victory drought that John Tavares damn near singlehandedly snapped last night in double overtime against the Florida Panthers.
April 23 2016 09:04AM
The Washington Capitals, after failing to advance in Game 4, looked to finish off the Philadelphia Flyers...and stumbled face first into a brick wall by the name of Michal Neuvirth. The New York Islanders looked to take the lead in a 2-2 series against the Florida Panthers, and it took double overtime and a goal from a rookie defenseman to get the job done. The San Jose Sharks put an end to their choking ways after exiling the Los Angeles Kings from the playoffs. Also, the Minnesota Wild decide to stick around for another game after an overtime win against the Dallas Stars.
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April 22 2016 07:30AM
The Tampa Bay Lightning knocked out the Detroit Red Wings for the second consecutive year, and on a side note, it could be the last time we see Pavel Datsyuk play in an NHL game, which obviously isn't the nicest way for a player to finish his career. The Chicago Blackhawks kept themselves alive with a really ugly goal in a double overtime that sparked questions about why exactly the league would start a game at 8:30 P.M. Central Time. Evgeni Malkin, despite ruining all the chemistry, pounded the crap out of the New York Rangers to make up for the fact that he singlehandedly messed up the Penguins' second game of the series with his lack of regard for team chemistry. Oh yeah, and the Nashville Predators might be on their way to losing a playoff series after being up 2-0 for the first time in franchise history.