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[Bits]: Speedy First Round; Calder Trophy noms; John Tavares Things

Also, Garth Snow may or may not have a new title within the organization.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
Love this guy right here.
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There are two Game 6s tonight, and they are the only two series left. We may not get a Game 7 this round, folks, and that’s a damn shame.

Here’s hoping the Blue Jackets and/or Maple Leafs stave off elimination. They’ll both be home, hosting the Capitals and Bruins, respectively.

Islanders and NHL News

Unfortunately, the Flyers and Avalanche couldn’t get it done at home. Yesterday’s playoff scores. The Penguins and Predators, the last two remaining from the previous year, move on to Round 2. Nashville will play the Jets, and Pittsburgh awaits Washington or Columbus.

  • The Penguins were helped immensely by Jake Guentzel’s four goals, three of which came in the third period and put the game out of reach for the Flyers, who led only a period earlier before Radko Gudas made some costly mistakes. [SBN]
  • Sean Couturier, who missed Game 4 and was forced to hobble around the ice in Games 5 and 6 because of Gudas, recorded seven points in the two contests he played while hurt. The injury, as we now know? A torn MCL, which is normally a four-week recovery. He finished the afternoon with a hat trick and two assists, and won the Flyers Game 5 with just over a minute left in regulation. [BSH]
  • Ahead of the matinee Battle of Pennsylvania, the Calder Trophy finalists were announced, and presumed winner Mathew Barzal was joined by Clayton Keller, of the Coyotes, and Brock Boeser, of the Canucks. [Newsday | LHH]
  • The John Tavares Contract Encyclopedia: Volume 3 was updated yesterday with tidbits from Shannon Hogan and Elliotte Friedman, “confirmation” (quotes because it was “reported” by Steve Simmons) that Toronto will make a play, and skepticism of Tavares joining the Canadiens - skepticism from Montreal, not even outside media markets. [LHH]
  • When will the madness end?! The Islanders declared yesterday that Garth Snow would relinquish his control of the team but remain with the organization. The 48 year-old will return to his original Islanders post - backup goaltender. Read this one ‘til the end, for sure. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • And finally, Cory Wright ranks the top five Isles games from last season in one lovely list. I can tell you this: they were all wins. [Islanders]