Josh Elliott

Josh Elliott is a stay-at-home web editor for Post-to-Post on weekends and a contributor to The Hockey News magazine. From drafts to contracts to trades, he loves the business of hockey and plays nothing but Dynasty Mode in EA’s NHL video games. He’s a Western Journalism grad, a hockey addict and a closet comic book junkie.

Capitals protect shaky Grubauer to even series with Islanders

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Philipp Grubauer

A shaky goalie can sap a playoff team’s confidence in a hurry, or it can galvanize the rest of the squad to cover up their deficiencies and get the job done another way.

The latter was the case on Friday, as the Washington Capitals overcame a weak performance from last-minute starter Philipp Grubauer to beat the New York Islanders 4-3 and tie their series 1-1.

Grubauer was named the starter late Friday after the Caps ruled out Braden Holtby, who missed yesterday’s practice with an illness.

But the German did not get off to a good start, surrendering a soft goal to Cal Clutterbuck on just the Islanders’ second shot of the game.
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Jamie Benn nets 4 points to beat out Crosby, Tavares for the Art Ross

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Jamie Benn

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn scored three goals and added an assist in the last game of the season to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer on Saturday.

Benn’s incredible performance in the 4-1 win over Nashville moved him out ahead of Sidney Crosby and John Tavares to win the league’s scoring race with 87 points.

What’s even more amazing is that Benn scored all four points without linemate Tyler Seguin to dish him pucks. Seguin was scratched from the game because he was late for practice on Friday.
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Providence wins Frozen Four title after Matt O’Connor’s bizarre own-goal

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NCAA Div. I champions from Providence (Richard T. Gagnon / Getty Images Sport)

Scoring on your own net in the championship game has to be every hockey player’s nightmare.

Doing it as a goalie only makes it more painful.

Boston University goaltender Matt O’Connor accidentally scored on himself to squander a lead, then surrendered the deciding goal to give the Providence Friars a 4-3 win in the NCCA Div. I championship game on Saturday.
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Brandon Sutter helps Penguins clinch a playoff spot, eliminate Bruins

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Brandon Sutter

Brandon Sutter scored both goals in Pittsburgh’s 2-0 win over Buffalo on Saturday, securing a playoff berth for the Penguins and simultaneously eliminating the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins hung in until the end with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but just imagine their disappointment when they looked up at the scoreboard in the middle of the third and saw the Pens had already won.

Sutter looked like a basketball player on his first goal, using his back to protect the puck from the Sabres’ defenders as he came out of the corner, cut across the hashmarks and backhanded it past Anders Lindback.
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L.A. Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr says he’s ready to retire

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Robyn Regehr

Veteran Los Angeles Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr says he’s ready to call it quits after 15 seasons in the NHL.

Regehr told reporters after the Kings’ last game of the season on Saturday that he intends to hang up his skates, just one week before his 35th birthday.

Regehr won a Stanley Cup with the Kings last year and came within two wins of another Cup in 2003-04 as a member of the Calgary Flames.
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Kevin Hayes scores on a baseball bunt in Rangers’ final game

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Kevin Hayes

Kevin Hayes showed off his incredible hand-eye coordination in the Rangers’ win over Washington on Saturday, batting the puck out of the air to score with an incredible backhand on Braden Holtby.

The initial shot on goal came from Ryan McDonagh at the point, with Hayes tied up by Matt Niskanen in front of the net. Niskanen got his stick on the shot and deflected it into the air, setting up Hayes for the amazing tap-in.
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