• Canadiens ‘waste opportunity’ as P.K. Subban plays on
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    Canadiens ‘waste opportunity’ as P.K. Subban plays on

    P.K. Subban’s Nashville Predators are playing in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Marc Bergevin’s Montreal Canadiens are not. From a Canadiens’ perspective, the main on-ice argument for the Subban-for-Shea Weber trade was that it would benefit Montreal in the short term, given that the 31-year-old Weber still had a few effective years in him.

  • Maple Leafs feel sting, but optimism prevails after loss to Capitals
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    Maple Leafs feel sting, but optimism prevails after loss to Capitals

    To wit, in the moments that immediately followed Marcus Johansson’s decisive overtime winner on Sunday night, which saw the top-seeded Washington Capitals escape their highly competitive opening-round war with the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games, Braden Holtby readily delivered the sort of long-term franchise assessment typically reserved for the fallout of a genuine postseason struggle. Braden Holtby: "We knew they would be good. The reminder would be enough to alleviate the sting for some. But when repeated to Zach Hyman, one of eight rookies on a roster that made remarkable strides over the course of 88 games this year, he remained deadpan, unaffected.

  • One move that set up Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff magic
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    One move that set up Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff magic

    Some of that is because this team of rookies, one year removed from a tank, was as unburdened of expectations as they burdened the Capitals. Some of that is because Auston Matthews plays like he’s 29. Had the Maple Leafs gotten a bounce or two – OK, a bounce or two on top of the bounces they had in the rest of the series, right through Auston Matthews’s Game 6 goal – and advanced, Andersen deserved the glut of praise.