"It makes it easy to play with this group of guys", Kane said.
The 2018 NHL Playoffs kick off tomorrow night. Playoff rivalries are no longer about dropping the gloves or laying out bone-crushing hits.
The Flyers scuffled through most of the first, going 0-for-2 on the power play while Elliott looked quite shaky in net.
4a - Number of times a team has rallied from a 0-3 playoff deficit to win a series. Don't forget: Pittsburgh managed to win the Cup a year ago without its No. 1 defenseman for the entire playoff run. Their roster is loaded, yet they needed help from their cross-state rivals in the final game on the National Hockey League schedule to hold onto top spot in the Atlantic Division. The last two goals were not almost as much on him, but by that point, the damage was beyond done. In 2017, the Predators were the last team into the 16-team playoff field and pulled off an historic first-round sweep of Western Conference top-seeded Chicago. "A big part in the playoffs is to get better every game and to adjust, and that's the way we have to look at it". They are motivated to get back to the Stanley Cup, so I would be stunned if they don't cruise past the Colorado Avalanche in the first round. Ovechkin led the league in goals with 49, but will this finally be the year that he leads the Capitals to the finals? There were 46 fights in the 1978 postseason alone and an incredible 85 in the 1988 playoffs. Jumbo Joe may be getting older, but his playoff experience would be a huge boost for his team.
But the first goal was the result of a juicy rebound Elliott left for Bryan Rust in the middle of the ice, and while Malkin cut through the Flyers' defense for the third goal in spectacular fashion, the shot itself was one that Elliott should probably stop. "It's just little things like that that really is the playoff intensity".
While it is expected that Giroux will continue his MVP-like performance in this series - just as it is expected that Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek will be huge contributors - a problem could arise if Pens center Derick Brassard is fully healed from the groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for the final five games of the regular season.More news: Canadians honour Humboldt Broncos with "Jersey Day"
Winnipeg is an offensive force and had a great regular season, which is why a lot of people are picking them to take this series rather quickly. Still, they will come at Flyers with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, and they can light it up as well as any team when they get off to a hot start.
"I would say you try to build your game throughout the series, or shift after shift", said defenseman Kris Letang, one of only three remaining Penguins from the three Stanley Cup championship teams dating back to 2009. "So I think Nashville quietly, whether it's at the deadline or just before, did some wonderful things". "There's always a heightened emotion associated with the games".
The two x-factors in the series could be Rick Nash for the Bruins and Patrick Marleau for the Leafs.
"You never know what can happen", Crosby said. But hey, it's only one game. In single game, the tension is palpable, as any sort of mistake or stroke of luck can lead to agony or joy.
I do think the Sharks' slightly better offense combined with their impressive penalty kill percentage will lead them to victory in what will likely be a seven-game series. The Flyers are pretty middle-of-the-road in the big stats categories, though the power play hovered just outside the top 10. Where is the fun if everyone likes each other?
"I fully stand by what I said (Wednesday) night". "They wanted those rivalries". "For us it's to make sure we minimize those chances".