Niklas Kronwall has made a career out of his patented 'back-first' hit and has left a trail of devastated puck carriers in his wake, but the hit on Nikita Kucherov in Game 6 of the series between Detroit and Tampa Bay was ill-timed and reckless. More
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber was injured in Game 2 of round one and didn’t suit up for any subsequent games, and now we know why. Weber suffered a dislocated kneecap following a collision with Chicago winger Brandon Saad and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks following surgery.
Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov was the Game 7 hero against the New York Islanders, but it shouldn't be surprising considering how the Capitals center played over the final three games of the first-round series. Watch as Kuznetsov beats Frans Nielsen off the wall and waits out Jaroslav Halak to score the series-winning goal.
The Tampa Bay Lightning got a pair of goals from white-hot center Tyler Johnson Monday and beat Detroit 5-2 to win Game 6 of their first-round series. But if you think you know what's coming for Game 7 Wednesday, think again – very little of this series has gone as expected.
The Capitals outlasted the Islanders 2-1 Monday in Game 7 of their first-round series, but Caps fans and players shouldn't get too confident yet. Why? Because their next opponent is the Rangers – a far more dangerous opponent than the injury-ravaged Isles ever could be.
Jaroslav Halak has given the Islanders stability and consistency in goal this season. And in Game 7 Monday against the Capitals, he gave them one of the best saves of his career by kicking his right pad out in desperation to stop Washington's Jay Beagle after a strange carom of the puck off the end boards.
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.
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.
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