The Montreal Canadiens have outplayed the Philadelphia Flyers for the bulk of the series, and on Wednesday they showed the heart and desperation of a team that wants to win. Ahem, Pittsburgh Penguins. The Columbus Blue Jackets did too, but they were simply outmatched against another hungry team. Also in the daily links, Arizona made a gallant effort, the New York Islanders have to close this quick before the Washington Capitals get rolling, and what options are available for the Penguins at RW?
The Pittsburgh Penguins desperately need a RW. Desperately. So, what help is available on the free-agent market? (PHN+)
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The Philadelphia Flyers dished some medicine back to Montreal when Flyers goalie Carter Hart stole a couple of games for a 3-1 series lead. He couldn’t steal Game 5, and Montreal has life. Twists and tussles (NBCsn)
It’s been a while since the Flyers had a chance in the playoffs, too. Things are tense in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Columbus Blue Jackets. I’ve made no secret of my admiration of a fanbase which flocks to an unheralded team of bangers who, until last season, had not won a playoff round. Nor have I hidden my appreciation for the job John Tortorella has done keeping the room, and his coaching ability.
Their 2019-20 season came to an end in Game 5 against Tampa Bay, but it sure wasn’t easy (The Columbus Dispatch)
For Tampa Bay, it was needed. If they are tough enough to outlast the relentless attack from Columbus, they’ve got a real chance (The Hockey News)
The Arizona Coyotes are another spunky team with a hard-nosed head coach. Rick Tocchet has done yeoman’s work transforming Arizona into a competitive team. However, the Colorado Avalanche are good. They’re really, really good. And, they buckled Arizona (NHL.com)
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The New York Islanders missed their chance to sweep the Washington Capitals. They will have Cal Clutterbuck available for Game 5 (NYI Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins put an end to the Storm Surge and elimnated the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 (Boston Hockey Now)