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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS OPEN THREAD- Apr 23/17

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The Oilers, Blues and Rangers all advanced, and the Senators can join them today with a win over the Bruins. The Capitals can too, as the Leafs look to force a Game 7 at the ACC.

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EDMONTON 3 SAN JOSE 1 (Oilers win 4-2)

The Edmonton Oilers advanced to the 2nd round of the 2017 NHL Playoffs and a date with the Anaheim Ducks as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series 4 games to 2. The Oilers scored on two 2nd period breakaways by Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev, and added a Connor McDavid empty netter with 1 second left to eliminate last season's Western Conference Champions. For the Oilers, their remarkable return to prominence continues, and for the Sharks, questions about how a season that started so well fell apart at the end, and whether or not a window thought to be wide open is now slamming shut.

ST LOUIS 4 MINNESOTA 3 OT (Blues win 4-1)

Magnus Paajarvi scored the OT winner as the Blues enacted some revenge for Mike Yeo, upsetting the Wild in 5 games. Despite outplaying the Blues for the majority of the series, the Wild couldn't solve Jake Allen, and couldn't get enough from Devan Dubnyk when they needed it the most. Not to pin the loss on him, but goaltending was a factor here. There was a scary moment when Eric Stall crashed head first into the boards and did not return. He was taken to hospital and all reports are that he will be fine. The Blues will take on the Nashville Predators in the 2nd round.

NEW YORK 3 MONTREAL 1 (Rangers win 4-2)

A lack of goal scoring did the Canadiens in, as they couldn't dethrone King Henrik Lundqvist. 2 goals from Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Derek Stepan scored into an empty net for the 3-1 final. The Rangers join the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2nd round, awaiting the winners of the 2 remaining series to see who they play next. In Montreal, lots of questions about the makeup of this team, especially how the new additions (save for Alexander Radulov, who was one of their best players in the series) seemed to hurt the Canadiens more than help them. With Radulov a free agent and Carey Price in the last year of his deal, there's a lot of pressure to get these guys re-signed, but will GM Marc Bergevin even be the one who does it?

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins

12:00 PM PT - TD Garden- Boston, MA

TV: SN - Radio: N/A

After blowng a chance to eliminate them on Friday night at home, the Ottawa Senators will try and get the job done in Boston today. The Sens won games 3 and 4 at the TD Garden and are confident they can seal the deal this afternoon.

The Bruins may be without David Krejci, which would be a big loss for them. He will likely be a game time decision. Viktor Stalberg could also be out for the Senators, and they could also see Mark Borowiecki return. Both are game time decisions, as is Tom Pyatt.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals

4:00 PM PT - Air Canada Centre- Toronto, ON

TV: SN - Radio: TSN 1040

The Maple Leafs are hoping that home ice can get them back on track after dropping back to back games against the Washington Capitals and force a Game 7 in DC Tuesday. Washington will have Alex Ovechkin in the lineup, after suffering a leg injury on a Nazem Kadri hit in Game 5.

The Leafs will need to ensure they shut down that top line for the Capitals, and will likely need Frederik Andersson to steal one for them today if they hope to play Tuesday. The Leafs have been game in trying to come back, but actually getting and maintaining a lead would be far better for their chances, strangely enough.

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