#OneOfUs Derek Stepan lit the lap just past the halfway point of the first overtime, sending the Washington Capitals to the golf course and the New York Rangers on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals and one step closer to Lord Stanley's Cup. It was an epic goalie showcase all night as Braden Holtby and King Henrik Lundqvist put on a show at both ends of the ice for a final tally of 2-1 Rangers. It was a crushing defeat for the Capitals who jumped out to an early lead in the series, but a fine series and a heck of a conclusion.
It was a slow news day across the Wilderness, as the State of Hockey paused to remember Derek Boogaard, whose passing four years ago shook the fan base. Though the NHL doesn't have as big of a problem with head injuries as the NFL, you can bet this will be a continuing conversation as the families of Boogaard and Steve Montador continue to apply pressure to the medical side of the game. Concussion protocol has grown across the NFL, MLB and NHL in recent years, and should continue to develop as more evidence is shown regarding the long-term effects of repeated head injuries. Prescriptions and post-injury care will continue to be scrutinized more and more each year.
Onward we Walk to the 3rd round with a serenade for the day's weather.
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ATB limits themselves to 5 disappointments from the Wild's bounce from the 2nd round
Theft At 20: Three Potential Draft Steals For The Minnesota Wild
Starting to look ahead to the draft, and what pick 20 could turn into.
Saints and Wild mascots share a tour of downtown - TwinCities.com
It's a slow news day, OK?
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Everything you need to know about the New York Rangers Game 7 win over the Washington Capitals.
National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs
National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
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Off the Trail
USA, Canada clinch top seeds at 2015 IIHF World Championship - CBSSports.com
At the top of each group at the 2015 IIHF World Championship sit North American rivals Canada and USA. The Canadians went 7-0 in Group A, while Team USA's 6-1 record in Group B was enough.
Steve Montador’s family suing NHL after CTE found posthumously | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The family of Steve Montador plans on filing a lawsuit against the NHL after it was discovered he had CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), the same neurodegenerative disease posthumously found in other athletes that suffered multiple concussions in contact sports.
Martin Brodeur likely to remain with Blues after Devils’ GM change | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Marty may be a Devil, but Lamoriello is no longer the general manager. And with no relationship with new GM Ray Shero, it sounds like Brodeur, 43, will have the Blues for the next few years.