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About Last Night: Habs frustrated the Penguins' best players all series long – Montreal Gazette

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“It’s just two guys competing out there. Both guys caring about what they’re doing and feeling passionate about what they’re doing,” Price said. “It’s just part of the game. I thought the guys in front of me were the guys that were giving them the gears.”

Crosby’s teammate, Evgeni Malkin, had a series to forget. One lone assist in four games with no goals to show for it. A -3 as well, if you’re into plus/minus. Who would’ve thought that he would’ve been held in check by the Habs, including work from Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki?

Guentzel had three points in the first two games but was erased in Games 3 and 4. Zucker scored twice in the series, but his production wasn’t sufficient.

The Penguins’ top-six forwards were supposed to be better than the Canadiens’ own and they didn’t play well enough to win.

Montreal’s defending was lights out in Game 4, stopping plays in their own zone before clearing the puck. One highlight in particular for me: Nick Suzuki stealing the puck from Penguins defenceman Kris Letang while the latter handled the puck in the offensive zone. Suzuki then sped up ice and tried a shot on net.

Unrelated: I wondered if Pittsburgh’s fortunes would have been different had they started Tristan Jarry in Game 1 of this series?

The more I think about it, I think the Habs would have beaten them anyway.

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Vancouver Canucks advance to NHL playoffs – News 1130

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EDMONTON — The <a class="sn-team-post-link bound" href="https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/teams/vancouver-canucks/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-team="vancouver-canucks" data-league="nhl" data-an-opt-label="Vancouver Canucks (nhl) – Canucks rally in overtime to beat Wild, advance to Stanley Cup Playoffs (4948052)" data-an-category="Team Tooltip Link" data-an-track-hover="true" data-original-title="

Vancouver
Canucks
9th western conf
4th pacific div
78 Points

record
36-27-6
9th

gpg
3.25
8th

pp%
24.1%
4th

last 10
4-5-1

gaa
3.10
21st

pk%
80.5%
16th

” data-toggle=”tooltip” data-placement=”auto” data-html=”true” data-trigger=”hover click focus”>Vancouver Canucks battled back from deficits three times Friday to beat the <a class="sn-team-post-link bound" href="https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/teams/minnesota-wild/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-team="minnesota-wild" data-league="nhl" data-an-opt-label="Minnesota Wild (nhl) – Canucks rally in overtime to beat Wild, advance to Stanley Cup Playoffs (4948052)" data-an-category="Team Tooltip Link" data-an-track-hover="true" data-original-title="

Minnesota
Wild
10th western conf
6th central div
77 Points

record
35-27-7
10th

gpg
3.16
12th

pp%
21.3%
10th

last 10
7-3-0

gaa
3.14
23rd

pk%
77.2%
25th

” data-toggle=”tooltip” data-placement=”auto” data-html=”true” data-trigger=”hover click focus”>Minnesota Wild 5-4 and qualify for the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Chris Tanev scored on a wrist shot from the blue line 11 seconds into overtime at Rogers Place to give the Canucks a 3-1 win in the best-of-five qualifying series.

Rookie scoring sensation Quinn Hughes had a goal and assist to power the Canucks. Tanner Pearson, Brandon Sutter, and Bo Horvat also scored.

Eric Staal, Luke Kunin, Nico Sturm and Joel Eriksson Ek replied for Minnesota.

The Wild have now missed the post-season for two consecutive seasons, with first-round exits in each of three seasons before that.

Minnesota was hampered by the loss of top defenceman Ryan Suter, who did not dress after playing big minutes in the first three games. The league is not releasing injury information or any individual COVID-19 test results.

Goalie Alex Stalock had 26 stops for Minnesota

Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom, whose stellar play in the regular season made it possible for the Canucks to make the post-season tournament, stopped 24-of-28 shots but fought the puck all night, allowing two sharp-angle short-side goals and giving up juicy rebounds.

Minnesota opened the scoring about three minutes into the first period. Kunin, on the power play, took a pass on the end line from Mats Zuccarello, crashed the net, and jammed the puck over Markstrom’s goalpad.

Pearson tied the score at the 12:52 mark, corralling a perfect stretch pass from Tanev at the left face-off dot and releasing a wrist shot that banked off the far goalpost and in.

Minnesota responded 40 seconds later. Staal, standing below the face-off circle to Markstrom’s right, took a pass from Marcus Foligno, who was behind the net, and sniped a puck past Markstrom’s ear on the short side.

In the second period, the Wild went up 3-1. Eriksson Ek grabbed a rebound off a point shot and lifted the puck over Markstrom.

The Canucks immediately cut the lead to 3-2 when Hughes’s point shot got deflected high up in the air and landed behind Stalock, allowing Sutter to jam it over the goal line.

Hughes tied the game just over a minute later on the power play, wristing the puck from the high slot through heavy traffic and in.

With under a minute to go in the period, Sturm flew in on the left wing and fired a wrist shot near the endline that managed to elude Markstrom under the arm.

The Canucks tied the game late in the third period, when Pearson fought off a check behind the net and fed Horvat for a one-timer in the slot, setting the stage for overtime.

The series was a case of Hughes and the Canucks’ high-flying top six forwards against the smothering team defence of the Wild.

Hughes, the Calder Trophy nominee, led all rookies in scoring in the abbreviated regular season (eight goals, 53 points) and kept the hot hand in the playoffs with a goal and five assists.

Vancouver’s top six didn’t score a lot but they scored enough. Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Pearson each had two goals while Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller had one each.

Winger Tyler Toffoli didn’t play since Game 1, out with an apparent foot injury.

Vancouver lost the opener 3-0, but came back to win 4-3 and 3-0 before Friday’s clincher.

It was a close-checking, low-scoring series dominated by penalties that continued early in the game when Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen squared off and scrapped with Minnesota’s Ryan Hartman.

The 12 Western Conference teams have been playing at Rogers Place, with players in isolation to avoid contracting COVID-19. The Eastern Conference teams are doing the same in Toronto.

The tournament was created after the NHL prematurely ended the regular season in mid-March due to the COVID pandemic.

Vancouver will now play one of the top four seeds: the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars or Vegas Golden Knights.

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Player grades: Coaching mistakes and iffy defence as Edmonton Oilers eliminated from playoffs – Edmonton Journal

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Riley Sheahan, 4. He was a bit slow on the backcheck in the second on a Patrick Kane Grade A chance. He played just 6:51.

Zack Kassian, 2. Too quiet. Accomplished little. He had not one hit all game. Not one hit. No one. Almost became the hero in the third but he couldn’t lift the puck over a sprawling Crawford.

Jujhar Khaira, 3. He was puck watching in the first and allowed a point blank slot shot. He played just 6:55.

Gaetan Haas, 5. He looked good out there. His speed was welcome. Charged down the wing in the first and set up Alex Chiasson for a hard jam shot.

James Neal, 7. He brought veteran intensity all game. Looked dangerous on the attack. He was yet again James-on-the-spot setting up RNH’s goal. Almost scored on a gorgeous Draisaitl power play feed early in the third.

Alex Chiasson, 6. He played his usual hustling game. Busted hard down the wing to get off a shot in the second, with James Neal almost cashing in on the rebound.

Ethan Bear, 5. Failed to take out Matthew Highmore’s stick on Chicago’s second goal. He was run hard into the boards from behind and left the game in the second. When he returned, he got off a wicked point slapper, pretending he was a Blackhawks d-man for a second there. He was solid, but not inspired. More needed from him and other d-men on the attack.

Darnell Nurse, 2. He missed the net with a few seconds left, which summed up his night. Not sharp on his passes much of the game.  Bobbled the puck repeatedly. He was the victim of an iffy penalty call on a Drake Caggiula dive on Edmonton’s five minute power play in the second. He bobbled the puck in the second leading to a lightning Chicago blitz ending with Koskinen stopping Kane point blank. A terrible game, I’m sorry to say. Out of sync, like many of the Oilers.

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