"He's going to do this for 20 years and I can't wait to watch him".
Tempers flared early when Tampa Bay's Dan Girardi blindsided Brandon Dubinsky at 2:55 of the first period. Kylie Kagan, 10 grade, said, "We've got this... we're going to go to the finals and win the whole thing".
Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Evander Kane added goals in a wild second period that featured heavy hitting, a parade to the penalty box and the high intensity expected in a series between two franchises that have become fierce rivals in just two seasons. Cassidy said if DeBrusk can't play, veteran David Backes will go into the lineup. The 22-year-old Swede scored for the second consecutive game and appears to have solved his late-season dry spell. They already boast an Art Ross victor, not to mention the President trophy (62-win regular season).
It didn't, and Nashville lost in the second round to Winnipeg in seven games.
"Obviously it comes with a little bit of pressure", Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. It's going to be key for Tuukka Rask to be just as good in the playoffs as he was during the regular season.More news: Punter scores record win on Tiger Woods' Masters victory
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It is Tortorella's message to players that they should always be aggressive and dictate the action while never being afraid to make mistakes. But nine years after getting beaten by red-hot goaltender Jaroslav Halak and Montreal in the first round, Boudreau vividly remembers a Game 6 feeling of, "Oh my God, if we lose this game!" Vegas will make this a series once they get back home, but the Sharks earned some trust and are the play at -130. It's about the leaders stepping up and providing whatever the team needs them to provide on the ice.
"Some people, it's hard and some people it's pretty easy, and those are the people it looks like it's pretty easy", Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen said of Svechnikov and fellow Finn Heiskanen. "You try to take them as lessons". I just don't see how Columbus can get past this team. It was Halak. He played out of his mind. "Things just happen so fast". For all those reasons, I have San Jose in seven. Only missed maybe a shift at the end of the period and played the rest of the game.
"It's definitely a new season", Smith said. Just not to take your foot off the gas.
That season was the second straight when the Presidents' Trophy winning team didn't win the Cup.
"We're here. We can play with them", defenseman Jaccob Slavin said. "That's the difference is you have to be playing that style of game come playoff time".
The Tampa Bay Lightning wasted little time giving the National Hockey League and the rest of the sporting public what was supposedly going to be quick definition of why they won the President's Trophy with 128 points, 30 ahead of their next closest challenger during the season. Otherwise, this team looks to be the biggest threat to the Lightning as they have the depth to match. Binnington went 15-11 while recording a.929 Save Percentage in the playoffs, finishing the playoffs with the best Save Percentage among all netminders in the postseason. Vegas may not have the same magic that it had past year, but its additions of Mark Stone before the trade deadline and Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny over the offseason give the team a star-studded second line that still hasn't played up to its potential.