SportWho's still standing in NHL playoffs after wacky first round of stunning upsets

22:12  25 april  2019
22:12  25 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

A 37-year-old goalie tops list of NHL playoffs' early winners and losers as quest for Stanley Cup hits full gear

A 37-year-old goalie tops list of NHL playoffs' early winners and losers as quest for Stanley Cup hits full gear The NHL playoffs are now in full force and some trends may have emerged. These are the early winners and losers on the quest for the Stanley Cup.

With the first round of the NHL playoffs behind us, it you went chalk then your bracket is pretty much crushed. The No. 1 seeds in both conferences were bounced, the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals are gone, arguably the most improved team last offseason in Toronto lost to the Bruins in

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Who's still standing in NHL playoffs after wacky first round of stunning upsets© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC The Boston Bruins celebrate after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their first-round series. No division champions advanced to the second round for the first time in NHL history. Three of the NHL’s top four in the overall standings are eliminated. Six of the league’s nine 100-point teams are gone.

The 128-point Tampa Bay Lightning were swept. Sidney Crosby was swept. “A Bunch of Jerks” sent Alex Ovechkin and the defending champion Washington Capitals to the golf course.

Boston’s Brad Marchand (No. 5) and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (No. 7) are the only Top 15 scorers still alive in the postseason.

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First - Round Knockouts Turn Stanley Cup Playoffs Upside Down. “Crazy playoffs , right?” said Hurricanes captain Justin Williams, who earned the primary assist on Brock McGinn’ s Out west, the Blues have already become the first expansion-era club to win a playoff series after ranking last at

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The 2019 NHL playoffs already qualify as one of the craziest in league history.

Based on what happened in the first round, you’d have to say any one of the remaining eight has a chance to win it all.

Here is a capsule look, and a power ranking, of who’s left. Included in parenthesis are the team's regular-season points and overall standings ranking.

1- Boston Bruins (107 points, third overall in regular season): After the dominos toppled in the first round, the Bruins were the best team still standing.

In the regular season, they ranked third in goals-against average (2.59 per game) and sixth with a 53.07 Corsi ranking, according to naturalstattrick.com. They also had three players, Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron, ranked in the top 10 in points per game. Bergeron is also considered one of the best, if not the best, faceoff artists in the NHL.

NHL playoffs 2019: 3 takeaways from Blue Jackets stunning first-round sweep of Lightning

NHL playoffs 2019: 3 takeaways from Blue Jackets stunning first-round sweep of Lightning Almost everyone expected the Lightning to play deep into the postseason. Instead, they were sent home after four games. Here are three takeaways from the Blue Jackets stunning sweep of Tampa Bay. Lightning make wrong kind of history A Presidents’ Trophy winner had never been swept in the first round. Until Tuesday. The NHL’s best regular-season team has now lost seven times in their opening series. But, the Lightning are the first to not secure at least one win.

The first round of the NHL playoffs is pretty much the best time of the year, and that' s even more • First - round Battle of Alberta still in play • Two top-four teams could go head to head • Will Leafs get a The Bruins, not so much, although there are still some numbers-oriented types who think they’re

Which teams were the most impressive in their first round series, and which ones are just lucky to be moving on?

The Bruins are a complete team, with the poise, prickliness and push-back capabilities you need to make a lengthy playoff run. This franchise has won 51 playoff games since 2011.

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2- San Jose Sharks (101 points, sixth): It’s as if we’ve forgotten the Sharks were in the Stanley Cup Final in 2016.

This is still a quality team, with plenty of offensive might, often triggered by the puck-moving ability of Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. This team can generate plenty of shots on goal. Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl are leading all active playoff scorers with six goals each.

The Sharks’ concern is in net, where Martin Jones wasn’t good enough in the regular season or early in the series against Vegas. But in his final three games against Vegas, when the Sharks erased a 3-1 series deficit and won a Game 7, Jones stopped 122 of 129 shots (.946 save percentage)

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One other guy who ' s probably pretty excited about the Jaguars' win is the person in Las Vegas who bet on them to win the Super Bowl. If there's one person who has owned the Patriots in the postseason, it's Coughlin, who is currently the Jaguars' executive vice president of football operations.

"Cujo" played well in the playoffs , often leading lower-seeded teams to early round upsets , but he never played for a dominant team and never even reached a Stanley Cup final. Phil Housley holds the record for playing in the most games in NHL history without winning a Stanley Cup.

3- New York Islanders (103 points, fifth): The defending champions are gone, but the defending champion coach, Barry Trotz, is in the second round with the league’s best defensive team. The Islanders are dependent on goalie Robin Lehner.

This is only the second time in the last 25 years that the team has been as far as the second round of the playoffs.

One sad note: the NHL has decided that the rest of Islanders’ playoff games will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, instead of the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. It was fun to see the Islanders back in their beloved old barn in the first round.

4- Columbus Blue Jackets (98 points, 13th): This is the best rags-to-riches story in the playoffs. Now in its 18th NHL season, the Columbus franchise had never won a playoff series before knocking off No. 1 seed Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jackets' playing style mirrors the personality of their coach, John Tortorella. They are feisty, combative and full of fight.

They are a high-caliber team masquerading as a wild-card team. Their second-round match-up against Boston feels like a toss-up.

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But who ' s betting against Boston right now? Outside of the Lightning, arguably no one's been more Even though Washington definitely got the friendlier first round matchup, I'd still take Vegas to the The only thing standing in Calgary's way is that they won the conference, so the team they're

The Stanley Cup Playoffs came to a stunning finish on Thursday night with the St. Louis Blues routing the Boston Bruins -- in Boston, no less -- for their It was a wild ride up until this moment, so be sure to relive the entire 2019 NHL postseason picture right here with a look at the bracket and how it unfolded.

5- Carolina Hurricanes (99 points, 11th): Making their first playoff appearance in a decade, the Hurricanes are playing the role of the beloved underdog.

Famed "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcaster Don Cherry referred to them as a “Bunch of Jerks” earlier this season because he didn’t like their choreographed post-game celebration routines.

The name stuck. The organization embraced it and sold T-shirts with the name tied into the Hurricanes’ logo.

The reasons the team started to excel on the ice: Sebastian Aho’s arrival as a star, Rod Brind’Amour’s coaching, GM Don Waddell’s moves, Justin Williams’ leadership and Petr Mrazek’s goaltending.

6- St. Louis Blues (99 points, 12th): The Blues were last in the NHL overall standings on Jan. 2 and today no one would doubt they have a chance to win it all.

The Blues are the seventh team since 1967 to qualify for the playoffs after ranking last after New Year’s Day.

The reasons for the turnaround are clear: First, it's interim coach Craig Berube, who replaced the fired Mike Yeo on Nov. 20. Once the Blues become comfortable with Berube’s style, they evolved into one of the NHL’s best teams. Second, it's rookie goalie Jordan Binnington's. Counting the regular season and playoffs, Binnington is 28-7-1.

7- Dallas Stars (93 points, 15th): After Christmas, Stars president Jim Lites ripped stars Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn publicly for their poor play.

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But the strength of the Stars isn’t offense. It’s goaltender Ben Bishop, who posted a 1.98 goals-against average in the regular season and is at 1.90 in these playoffs, accompanied by a .945 save percentage. You can beat anyone with those numbers.

8- Colorado Avalanche (90 points, 17th): The Avs are trying to reach the conference final for the first time in 17 years.

They haven’t won a game in a second-round series in 15 years. They were swept the last two times (2006 and 2008) they reached the second round.

But the Sharks won’t underestimate the Avs. MacKinnon is one of the league’s top five offensive stars. He can look as dynamic as Connor McDavid some nights.

And here’s the scary part for the Sharks: MacKinnon wasn’t Colorado’s top point man in their triumph against the Pacific Division champion Calgary Flames. That was Mikko Rantanen, who had five goals and nine points in five games.

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