Toronto's wasted opportunity; Blackhawks unfazed (Puck Headlines)

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• Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner and some teammates visited the Durham Bulls at their Wednesday game. Skinner threw out the first pitch. [Carolina Hurricanes]

• The Toronto Maple Leafs squandered a golden opportunity against the Washington Capitals in a Game 1 loss. [Sportsnet]

• The Capitals’ fourth-line came up big against the Maple Leafs with the game-winning overtime goal by Tom Wilson. [Washington Post]

Martin Marincin is not the Maple Leafs’ version of Charlie McAvoy. But is he responsible for his team’s OT loss to Washington? [Pension Plan Puppets]

• The Chicago Blackhawks were unfazed after their loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their series. [Chicago Sun-Times]

• Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne speaks about his team’s big shutout win over the Hawks: “Now this series is on.” [Tennessean]

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• The Anaheim Ducks kept their composure in their Game 1 win over the Calgary Flames while their opponents struggled with discipline. [Los Angeles Times]

• The Flames’ curse in Anaheim lives on. Calgary has not won in Honda Center since 2006. [Calgary Sun]

• Ken Hitchcock believes the Dallas Stars can have a quick turnaround next season. Hitchcock was reintroduced as the team’s head coach Thursday. He coached them for 503 games from 1995-96 to 2001-02 and won a Stanley Cup with the organization. [Dallas Morning News]

• Why Hitchcock is the best choice for the Stars coaching job. [Blackout Dallas]

• What was coach John Tortorella thinking with his third defensive pair in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins? [Jackets Cannon]

• With Joe Thornton’s status unclear in the San Jose Sharks’ first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers, the team needs Tomas Hertl to step up at center. [CSN Bay Area]

• Edmonton captain Connor McDavid has plenty to prove in his first NHL postseason experience. [ESPN]

• Five thoughts about the Ottawa Senators and their series with the Boston Bruins. Game 2 between the two teams is Saturday. [Silver Seven]

• Matt Grzelcyk has quietly put together a strong rookie campaign for the Providence Bruins, currently sitting eighth among rookie defensemen in the AHL and third among Providence defensemen with 31 points. As the Baby B’s continue their late-season push to return to the AHL playoffs, and with McAvoy making his NHL debut in Game 1 up in Ottawa on Wednesday night, Providence will need their depth players to really step-up. For that, Grzelcyk is certainly one they can count on during the down the stretch. [Bruins Daily]

• Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock spent one season behind the bench at the University of Lethbridge and guided the Pronghorns to their only title in school history. [Sports Illustrated]

• Gerard Gallant is the right coach for the Vegas Golden Knights today, but will he still be the right coach for the team in four years? [SinBin Vegas]

• Former New York Riveters forward Madison Packer discusses her retirement and her hopes for the future of the NWHL. [The Ice Garden]

• Former University of Michigan coach Red Berenson guided 73 players to the NHL and left a lasting impact on many of them [University of Michigan]

• A story on the the importance of the Rooney family to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dan Rooney, who was the Pittsburgh Steelers chairman, died Thursday at the age of 84. [Pensburgh]

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• Taking a look at the travels of Phil Pritchard, the keeper of the Stanley Cup. [New York Post]

• On second-half performances, questioning analytics and talking playoffs. [Dobber Hockey]

Finally, watch Viktor Arvidsson’s goal against the Blackhawks


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