Saturday marked the start of second round Stanley Cup playoffs for four teams still in the mix, but some of the day's discussion focused on teams and players already out of the playoff race.
Here are your five best stories from Day 18 of the Stanley Cup playoffs:
1. Madison Square Garden, the "World's Most Famous Arena" was the site of a Game 1 between two clubs fresh off Game 7 victories, and that's the type of game they played. Rookie Chris Kreider was the difference in the 3-1 win, putting up a goal and an assist while the Caps' rookie sensation, Braden Holtby, struggled. Meanwhile, in St. Louis, the Kings continued their pattern of frustrating the top seeds in the West. The 3-1 Los Angeles win was capped of by an incredible Dustin Penner clearing attempt into an empty net that looked more like a trick pool shot than anything else.
2. On the latest installment of Coach's Corner, Don Cherry sounded off on what he called a selfish penalty on the part of Washington sniper Alex Semin, who was also the subject of today's caption contest in a photos taken at the exact moment he was whistled for the call in question.
3. While Grapes touched on goaltending during his segment, the second intermission was a feature spot for the position as the Hotstove panellists debated the future of some netminders looking for a new home, including the relationship between the Canucks and goalie Roberto Luongo.
4. The puck will drop on the final Game 1 of the second round on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Flyers host the Devils at 3 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) in a series that may test the New Jersey's patience. Devils' President and GM, Lou Lamiorello said his team will need "discipline and focus." No kidding — Philadelphia frustrated the Penguins in the first round, and it paid off to the tune of a 52.2% power play efficiency rating.
5. Some call it luck, others call it relying (maybe a little too) heavily on your goaltender, but don't call it unsuccessful. The "rope-a-dope" 'Yotes struck in overtime once again, their fourth OT win in seven playoff games this post-season.
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