Montreal wins, Vegas Sour, Phil Kessel on Trade Block

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It was an evening of contradiction on Thursday. A team that played what was supposed to be outdated hockey pulled off one of the biggest NHL playoff upsets in most of your lifetime. A province that was too afraid to allow more than 3,500 fans in its arena instead had tens of thousands of people shoulder to shoulder outside the arena. Vegas was freezing and Phil Kessel is on the NHL’s trading block.

The Montreal Canadiens won Game 6 in overtime and the city of Montreal went crazy.

The Vegas fanbase, which has seen nothing but hits and playoffs, is getting a bit surly after another “almost.”

Welcome to the club, Vegas. The hockey fandom is heartbreaking. Heartbreak is hockey fandom.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: In our video chat, we dove into Penguins trade scenarios with Mathew Tkachuk, Rasmus Ristolainen, and more.

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NYI: MATCH 7. TONIGHT. Our New York colleagues believe the New York Islanders have found the formula to beat Bolts goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. It’s not a weakness and it won’t be easy. Continue reading…

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Vegas: Mark Stone feels “pretty bad”. He was brutal in the series – zero points – possibly one of the worst hockey of his career. He endured the loss hard and was candid in his post-game chat.

Vegas fans were crushing Stone on Twitter. HHere is the “trend” via Twitter.

It’s been a long and winding road for Canadians to get back to the Cup final, but they did.

Canadiens fans went crazy on the outside. Tens of thousands of people, shoulder to shoulder, and it was a PARTY.

I’m very happy for the Montreal fans. They are passionate. They are intelligent. And they’ve waited nearly 30 years for another Stanley Cup crack…but I have absolutely no desire to see this team play another game. Kotkaniemi, Suzuki, Caufield are such good players, but the Canadians drag their opponents through the mud.

TSN: SURPRISE! Rick Tocchet is NOT the Seattle Kraken’s new head coach. Former Philadelphia Flyers boss Dave Hakstol.

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Washington: Oh by the way, rumor has it that unprotected star TJ Oshie played for Hakstol in college at the University of North Dakota. Is this another sign Oshie is leaving Washington?

Sportsnet/31 Thoughts: Arizona could clean up. The NHL trade market will be flooded with Coyotes, including a former Pittsburgh Penguins who won the Stanley Cup twice champion and hot dog hero named Phil Kessel.

Kessel has one year left on his eight-year contract with an $6.8 million cap (Toronto still retains 15% of the original $8 million AAV).

Philadelphia: James van Riemsdyk has been a solid power forward but has dropped this season. Did the Philadelphia Flyers show him the door, did he already Seattle Kraken bound?

Boston: Should I stay or should I go? You must let me know. If I go, there will be trouble… Sean Kuraly, the solid fourth line of the Boston Bruins. *Cue the pluck of the guitar. Will Kuraly stay or go?

Detroit: The Detroit Red Wings are connected by four degrees of separation to the potential Tampa Bay Lightning dynasty. Mr. Kevin Allen counts the paths…

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