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Steady Eddie: Healthy Vlasic helps Sharks reach Game 7

Steady Eddie: Healthy Vlasic helps Sharks reach Game 7

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks went off the rails a bit soon after shutdown defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit with a puck that sidelined him for two-plus games.
Maple Leafs not looking back ahead of Game 7, but ghosts of past failures remain

Maple Leafs not looking back ahead of Game 7, but ghosts of past failures remain

TORONTO — Connor Brown and the Maple Leafs sent all the right messages ahead of Game 7 last year. He insists this time they actually mean it.
AP/CP Survey: 48 per cent of NHLPA reps favour playoff change

AP/CP Survey: 48 per cent of NHLPA reps favour playoff change

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That doesn't mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format.

Here they go again: Leafs, Bruins know all about facing each other in Game 7

Tuesday night's Boston Bruins-Toronto Maple Leafs contest marks the fifth Game 7 in history between the Original Six rivals. Like the four previous Game 7s, the 2019 series finale will be played in Boston.
NHL player representatives sound off on playoff format

NHL player representatives sound off on playoff format

In an Associated Press and Canadian Press survey of player representatives from all 31 NHL teams, 48.4% favoured changing the current divisional playoff format. A selection of player responses: __ "In my opinion, I prefer the 1 plays 8 format.
Hertl lifts Sharks past Vegas 2-1 in 20T to force Game 7

Hertl lifts Sharks past Vegas 2-1 in 20T to force Game 7

LAS VEGAS — After winning Game 5 at home to avoid elimination, Tomas Hertl vowed the San Jose Sharks would return to SAP Center for a seventh and decisive game in their opening round series with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Hertl scores in 20T, Sharks beat Vegas 2-1 to force Game 7

Hertl scores in 20T, Sharks beat Vegas 2-1 to force Game 7

LAS VEGAS — Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
Jake DeBrusk scores timely goal, helps Bruins force Game 7 against Leafs

Jake DeBrusk scores timely goal, helps Bruins force Game 7 against Leafs

TORONTO — Jake DeBrusk met with his coaches ahead of Game 6 for some reassurance. Held scoreless through the first five games of the series, the Boston forward was wondering if he should be doing something different.
Marchand scores twice as Bruins force a seventh game with 4-2 win over Leafs

Marchand scores twice as Bruins force a seventh game with 4-2 win over Leafs

TORONTO — After a flying start in front of a raucous home crowd, the Maple Leafs looked well on their way to finally getting over the hump against an opponent that's caused them so much heartache.
Flyers remove statue of late singer Kate Smith

Flyers remove statue of late singer Kate Smith

NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America.