What they're saying about WAS-BOS

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Let’s take a look at what the Washington and Boston papers/blogs are saying about the two teams.

Boston bloggers/papers are saying:

NBC Sports’ own Kevin Paul Dupont does a great job of summarizing the Bruins’ season and how that three shorthanded goal spree almost seemed fitting. Here’s a great paragraph from a Boston Globe story.

In a season in which the Bruins have been woefully short on most everything, especially goal-scoring, power-play efficiency, good health, and consistency, the NHL record for shorthanded strikes – both for speed and specific to one penalty – served as a poignant metaphor. This is a club that makes do with a very short supply of goods.

Things aren’t looking good for Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, who is expected to miss at least the first two playoff games for BostonFluto Shinzawa wonders if the Bruins popped a champagne bottle open after that crucial win against Carolina – even if it was in a muted celebration – after making the playoffs following a turbulent season.

The Bruins called up Zach Hamill and Jeff Penner for today’s game, presumably to give some starters rest.

Washington bloggers/papers are saying:

Tarik El-Bashir writes that the Capitals still have plenty to accomplish. It’s funny that so many people harped on Sidney Crosby stealing too much spotlight from Evgeni Malkin because a similar thing is happening with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Backstrom hit the 100 point mark for the first time in his career this season.

The Mike Green for Norris Trophy movement is gathering steam. (Click here or here for opinions. In addition you can also click here.)

Some great Alex Ovechkin-focused pieces lately. Dan Steinberg had a nice piece, but this New York Times featureon the Russian sniper takes the cake.

Japers’ Rink has a ton of great stuff on its front page. Just scroll around and enjoy all the Caps-crazed goodness.

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    Video: Flyers’ Konecny scores first NHL goal

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    Through six games of the NHL season, Travis Konecny enjoyed a nice start to his rookie campaign with five assists. Just one thing was missing, though.

    On Tuesday, he took care of that against the Buffalo Sabres.

    Konecny, taken 24th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, deflected an Ivan Provorov point shot early in the third period, beating goalie Anders Nilsson on the glove side for his first NHL goal.  That goal also got the Flyers on the board.


    Konecny and Provorov make Flyers, expected ‘to be here all year’

    WATCH LIVE: Ducks at Sharks

    ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks and Paul Martin #7 of the San Jose Sharks defend against the shot of Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks during a game at Honda Center on December 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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    California rivals clash tonight, as the Anaheim Ducks visit the San Jose Sharks. This marks the first meeting of the season between the two Pacific Division teams.

    The Sharks have lost two games in a row, while the Ducks have won two straight.

    You can catch tonight’s game on NBCSN or with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra (10 p.m. ET).


    Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

    Brent Burns is on a beastly pace

    Report: Ducks put Despres on long-term injured reserve

    NHL on NBCSN doubleheader: Sabres vs. Flyers; Ducks vs. Sharks

    Video: Looks like Bishop lost some teeth after taking a shot to the mask

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    Difficult night for some goalies across the NHL.

    Frederik Andersen has had his struggles against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, although the players in front of him haven’t given their puck stopper much help, either.

    And then there is Bolts goalie Ben Bishop, who took a Peter Holland wrist shot off the mask and appeared to lose some teeth as a result.

    But this is hockey. Bishop, who even appeared to crack a smile while being examined on the ice, remained in the game.

    Video: Sabres make Flyers pay after Giroux slams Girgensons from behind into the boards

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    Claude Giroux was called for boarding after plastering Zemgus Girgensons from behind into the boards in the second period. But the Buffalo Sabres made the Philadelphia Flyers and their captain pay.

    Giroux was assessed only a minor penalty on the play. He promptly exited the penalty box, though, after Matt Moulson scored six seconds into the Sabres power play, giving Buffalo a two-goal lead.

    Girgensons and Moulson scored less than two minutes apart to give Buffalo the lead.