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Sunday notes: Fleury brilliant, Malkin struggles, Quenneville to Kraken?

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Marc-Andre Fleury

The Colorado Avalanche are one win away from advancing to the second round of the NHL playoffs, and so too now are the Vegas Golden Knights, who got the 16th career playoff shutout from Marc-Andre Fleury last night in beating the Minnesota Wild 4-0.

One more win by each team, and they meet in Round 2, with the Avs having home-ice advantage. Fleury has seized the No. 1 goalie job for Vegas in these playoffs, with his turn-back-the-clock play. He is a legit future Hall-of-Famer. Why the Pittsburgh Penguins ever let him go in the Expansion Draft is beyond me.

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  • A good story here about Fleury’s night in Minny, where the Knights took a 3-1 series lead. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
  • Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Evgeni Malkin faced the media after a bad game yesterday and took responsibility
  • Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins have a chance to finish the Washington Capitals’ season today. “Mindset” is what it takes. 
  • Is Joel Quenneville privately planning to leave Florida after the Panthers’ season is over, to become the first coach of the Seattle Kraken? Larry Brooks thinks it’s a possibility (NY Post)
  • Craig “It’s so one-sided, it’s not even funny” Berube was an assistant coach on the 2010 Flyers team that came back from 3-0 down to beat Boston in a series. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Sportsnet: Tampa Bay beat Florida 6-2, so Florida gooned it up midway through the second period, including Patric Hornqvist, who got a good clean-ish hit on Mikhail Sergachev. Other Panthers weren’t so clean. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper lit into officials for the nonsense.
  • Our Sheng Peng got some explosive quotes from the PHPA about the AHL playoff situation, which has been a mess by all accounts this postseason. (San Jose Hockey Now)
  • Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has had it up to here with the Toronto Sun’s front pages (Hockey News)
  • Sergei Bobrovsky continues to get ripped by the Florida fans and media (Florida Hockey Now)
  • Good behind-the-scenes stuff in the latest “Avalanche 360” (Coloradoavalanche.com)
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Corrine Hatlen

My two cents: Pretty much all hockey writers I’ve read think 8 games suspension for Kadri is correct (even tho some thought it was not an intentional hit but poor judgment) based on his history. Okay. Still amount seems high compared to other suspensions I’ve seen through the years. Still remember the Minnesota player who also had a history who took out Avs defenseman in the playoffs a few years ago. Don’t remember his suspension being that long. Please tell me if that’s incorrect. I do remember Minnesota continued on and he was able to come back and play some… Read more »

Rich Solomon

I dont know that any overly aggressive play in hockey is looked down on by the general public woth any more weight than a 100 mph fastball inside to the head, a chop block from an offensive lineman, or any other dangerous physical contact in a game.

Hockey is what it is, and our players know it more so than their fans.
#GoAvsGo

Brian

As far as Kyle Dubas is concerned he should just shut his mouth. I live just outside of Toronto and watched that game no question the hit was horrible but not once did he mention CBC showing the replay 20+ times on TV, I guess Tavares family wasn’t upset with that only the front page in the newspaper. I never hear the Toronto Sun bitching about the Leafs being terrible and they got nothing to cover for the past 50 years

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