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Helene Elliott: Ducks fire Coach Bruce Boudreau, but the players don't escape blame

Ducks fire Coach Bruce Boudreau, but the players don't escape blame

NHL Western Conference semifinal preview

NHL Western Conference semifinal preview
latimes.com — DALLAS STARS: 50-23-9, 109 points ST LOUIS BLUES: 49-24-9, 107 points How they got here: Dallas defeated Minnesota, 4-2. St. Louis defeated Chicago, 4-3; Power play: Season - Stars 22.1% (5th); Blues 21.5% (6th). Playoffs -Stars 31.1% (9th); Blues 27.8% (4th). Penalty killing: Season - Stars 82.3% (10th); Blues 85.1% (3rd).

Ducks revert to old, ineffective form, and another Game 7 loss is the result

Ducks revert to old, ineffective form, and another Game 7 loss is the result
latimes.com — Given a chance to exorcise their Game 7 demons, the Ducks instead allowed those demons to exorcise them right out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Again. It's almost too bizarre to be true, but the Ducks' 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Wednesday meant that their last four playoff appearances have ended with a Game 7 loss at Honda Center in a series they had led 3-2.

NHL playoffs | How they matchup: Lightning-Islanders, Capitals-Penguins

NHL playoffs | How they matchup: Lightning-Islanders, Capitals-Penguins
latimes.com — A2. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 46-31-5, 97 pts W1. NEW YORK ISLANDERS 45-27-10, 100 1st round: def. Florida, 4-2 1st round: def. Detroit, 4-1 Power play: Season - Lightning 15.8% (28th); Islanders 18.3% (17th). Playoffs - Lightning 17.4% (10th); Islanders 23.8% (6th). Penalty killing: Season - Lightning 84% (7th); Islanders 84.5% (4th).

What we learned from the Ducks' 3-1 loss at Nashville on Monday

What we learned from the Ducks' 3-1 loss at Nashville on Monday
latimes.com — The Predators didn’t do anything that surprised the Ducks . They just played well in every facet of the game. “They did a lot of the same things we expected. Played hard, played for their lives,” Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. “They had guys blocking shots, the goaltender played good.

History does not favor the Ducks as they face another Game 7

History does not favor the Ducks as they face another Game 7
latimes.com — Yup, they did it again. The Ducks had a chance Monday to end a playoff series in six games, to spare themselves the possible heartbreak of an anything-can-happen Game 7, and for the fourth time in four playoff appearances they couldn't close the deal.

Predators force Game 7 in Anaheim with 3-1 win over Ducks

Predators force Game 7 in Anaheim with 3-1 win over Ducks
latimes.com — James Neal scored the winning goal late in the second period, and the Nashville Predators held on to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Monday night and force the first Game 7 in franchise history.

Ducks determined to capitalize on chance to clinch

Ducks determined to capitalize on chance to clinch
latimes.com — There is one way, the Ducks agreed, to avoid squandering a 3-2 playoff series lead for the fourth time in four postseason runs: Convince themselves that they can’t afford to lose to the Nashville Predators on Monday night and allow this first-round series to go the limit.

Helene Elliott: Nothing the Kings did was quite good enough

Helene Elliott: Nothing the Kings did was quite good enough
macon.com — A handshake instead of another Stanley Cup championship. A season ended with a beautiful but brief tease and a first-round playoff exit. What had the makings of another epic rally against a familiar foe ended Friday with the Los Angeles Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks, pushing them into an off-season sure to be full of soul-searching and roster rebuilding as the most dominant era of their history recedes further into the past.
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May 05, 2016

OT playoff hockey or police pursuit on 91 Freeway?

May 05, 2016

Gallant (Florida), Ruff (Dallas), Trotz (Washington) all get kiss of death: each nominated for Jack Adams as coach of the year.

May 05, 2016

RT @mudlanegoldens: @helenenothelen Also good to know that the federal government is matching donations. So $10 becomes $20.

May 05, 2016

Actually redcross.ca. Spellcheck inserted a space.

May 05, 2016

For those able/inclined, Red Cross.ca is site for making donations. You can direct donation to the Alberta Fires appeal, or elsewhere.

May 05, 2016

NHL announces it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross' relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Teams stepping up, too. Kudos.


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