Leafs defenceman Zaitsev out for opening game of playoff series against Capitals

He went to Joe Louis Arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round. As solid a season as Roman Polak had, he seemed out of place in San Jose's run to the Stanley Cup final previous year. Games 3 and 4 at the Air Canada Centre start at $199 - and those are standing room only.

"It's usually Morgan [Rielly]", Matthews said. Also, Columbus' recent struggles have me thinking they're a lot closer to a 40-win team than they are to a 50-win team.

Remember that time all seven Canadian NHL franchises missed the Stanley Cup playoffs? Him, [Patrik] Laine, all those different guys, they play well. "We just want to play in their zone". They have three lines that feature at least one first-line player.

"We have to stay on their Ds and make sure we play physical because that's why we won that game, I think". The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins may find the road to a repeat hard without top defenseman Kris Letang, but the Blue Jackets are reeling, too, having lost six of seven heading into the playoffs.

Overall, this is the best team in arguably all three aspects of the game and should finally live up to seasons' long expectations to win the Stanley Cup.

Matthews led Toronto in points (69) and finished tied for second in the National Hockey League in goals with 40. But he has already had a historic rookie season by any measure. Instead, Bennett this season managed 13 goals and finished with 10 fewer points.

Toronto's primary defensive tandem for handling Ovechkin and the Caps top line, which also includes Backstrom and Oshie, should be the relatively new combination of Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev, whose status is in question due to injury. "They're not being coddled".

"I told the young guys today, you think "Oh, next year, next year". His list of accomplishments is impressive: One Stanley Cup, two Olympics golds, world championship gold, World Cup of Hockey gold and world junior gold.

Another possible configuration is placing Martin Marincin on the right next to Rielly; after practice, Babcock said it is an option and mentioned that Marincin played his best hockey in that role down the stretch last season.

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With the Philadelphia Flyers season officially over, the time has come to look back upon the season and analyze what went wrong. "It's a great time to see who's a man and who's a boy, I guess". When the Raptors made it to the playoffs, it forced Pearl Jam, who were playing two nights at the arena, to move their date.

Mike Babcock is hoping his team won't be frazzled like that when they begin a first round series against Washington on Thursday night. Still, he was so excited, even after it was over. He's one of nine rookies to ever score that many and the first since 1993. We've got to get back there, ' " Boyle said. He posted an.899 save percentage in seven first round games and was replaced by Jonas Hiller for the conference semifinal against Los Angeles.

Boyle understands that better than most players. It feels like a sprint. Use your emotion to your benefit.

All that talent is plenty good enough to excite, but young teams often flame out in the postseason.

If you want your bum in a seat for Monday and Wednesday's game, it'll be $250.

When the Leafs make the playoffs is when every news director at every television station or radio station and every news editor at every newspaper or website discovers them. Boston scored four unanswered goals while owning the shot-clock 40-20. His personality didn't change during hot and cold streaks, even amid the media attention in Toronto.

Only 16 players have suited up for more playoff games since 2001 than Justin Williams.

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