Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek has been one of his team's best players in their first-round series against Tampa Bay. And Monday night in Game 6, Mrazek made the save of the post-season – and maybe the save of the entire NHL regular-season and playoffs – with an incredible stick save on Bolts center Brian Boyle. More
The NHL announced this year's finalists for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman Monday. None of the three – Montreal's P.K. Subban, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and L.A.'s Drew Doughty – were finalists last season, speaking to the depth of elite blueliners in the game today.
There isn't any controversy here: Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has named Corey Crawford his starting goaltender for Game 1 of the second round. Crawford lost the starting job to Scott Darling in Game 3 of the first round, but came back in relief of Darling in Game 6 to win the series for the Blackhawks.
For the third straight year, the St. Louis Blues season has ended in the first round. If they can’t fix their problems in goal – an issue that has haunted them for several years – the nearly half-century Stanley Cup drought is only going to get longer.
With the first round coming to a close, eliminated teams are ready to begin the off-season process of figuring out what went wrong and how to rectify those problems. For Pittsburgh, changes could include bringing in cheap depth talent. In Winnipeg, the planning will all be for the future. And for Vancouver, an aging blueline corps could see big turnover.
The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals are set for their first Game 7 against each other in more than 27 years. That last Game 7, the famed Easter Epic, had Pat LaFontaine play the role of hero. Who could play that part in Monday’s series-deciding game?
Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost, who died on Sunday in Windsor at the age of 84, was remembered as an outstanding Original Six player, but his hockey life was as defined just as much by his success as a coach and later, as a scout with the New Jersey Devils.
The franchise has some great young talents coming up through the system, but the Canucks also have a lot of veterans signed to long-term deals. Something's gotta give if Vancouver is going to rise from this year's ashes.
Toronto Marlies defenseman and Maple Leafs prospect Viktor Loov might be sitting a couple games out for his hit on Grand Rapids Griffins winger and Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk. Loov caught Nastasiuk with a vicious blindside hit to the head that landed Loov a major penalty and game misconduct.
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