LAS VEGAS—An expansion team on a jaw-dropping run, an opponent that started the season with perhaps its lowest expectations in years, a superstar finally getting his first chance at glory, a head coach left at curb 18 months ago, and a city that connected with its new club after an unspeakable tragedy.
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WINNIPEG—Jonathan Marchessault gave a blunt assessment of the Vegas Golden Knights' pedestrian effort in Game 1 of the Western Conference final.
The winger backed up his strong words in impressive fashion last night to help write the latest chapter in the first-year club's surprising story.
Anticipation, excitement, and a fair amount of nerves are to be expected ahead of a Game 7.
That's the easy part. Or at least the predictable part.
But for Winnipeg Jets' head coach Paul Maurice, something else lingers ahead of two opponents preparing to decide who will move on and who will head home.
WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Jets looked to have everything going for them heading into last night's game.
An opponent seemingly on the ropes, a city bubbling with anticipation, a raucous home crowd, and a confident group ready to take its first step into a conference final.
The trouble is, someone forgot to tell the Nashville Predators.
BOSTON—The Toronto Maple Leafs had been here before—up a goal heading into the third period of a Game 7 at TD Garden.
Last night's collapse won't rewrite any record books but it hurts just the same.
TORONTO—The Toronto Maple Leafs won this one for their city.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves last night as the Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
The victory came hours after 10 people were killed when a van mounted a sidewalk in Toronto's north end and struck multiple pedestrians in what was described as a “horrific attack.”
TORONTO—Embarrassed and desperate after getting steamrolled by the Boston Bruins through six ugly playoff periods, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a point to prove last night.
His name sitting comfortably at the top of that list, Auston Matthews responded in a big way.
TORONTO—A night of both franchise and personal milestones saw Mitch Marner once again lead the charge for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The slick winger had a goal and an assist in yesterday's first-period barrage before Toronto held on to defeat the Florida Panthers 4-3 and set a new club record for wins in a season with 46.
TORONTO—Curtis McElhinney was doing the usual work of a back-up goalie at the end of the Toronto Maple Leafs' bench midway through the second period last night.
Moments later, and to almost everyone's surprise, he was in the middle of the action.
“I'm sitting there [charting] face-offs," McElhinney recalled. "Next thing you know, they're handing my gloves to me.”
VANCOUVER—The Winnipeg Jets are finding their stride following a nightmarish start to the season.
Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers scored 3:13 apart late in the second period last night as Winnipeg doubled the Vancouver Canucks 4-2.
The Jets opened the schedule with an embarrassing 7-2 loss on home ice to the Toronto Maple Leafs before falling 6-3 in Calgary to the Flames.