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No go, Joe: Thornton (knee injury) scratched from Sharks lineup for Game 1

It appears the San Jose Sharks will be without Joe Thornton for their series opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

Thornton, who suffered a knee injury on April 4, has been listed as a scratch for the Sharks on Wednesday, per the NHL’s roster report before puck drop.

Thornton had expressed confidence that he would be ready for Game 1, but developments earlier in the week at practice suggested that he might still have to wait before making his return.

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Logan Couture is on the ice for the pre-game warm-up, per Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California.

Check back to PHT for updates.

McDavid wins Art Ross; Crosby wins Rocket Richard Trophy


In his second NHL season, Connor McDavid captained the Edmonton Oilers to a playoff berth and clinched the Art Ross Trophy — at the age of 20.

A generational talent armed with blazing speed and terrific skills with the puck, capable of keeping up with his fast feet, McDavid was the only player in the league this season to eclipse the 90-point mark. He entered the final day of the regular season needing only two points versus the Vancouver Canucks to reach 100.

McDavid recorded his 100th point with an assist in the third period against the Canucks.

The fact no other player, including Sidney Crosby, reached 90 points just goes to show how difficult it is to attain such lofty totals during this day in age in the NHL.

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McDavid was all alone challenging for 100. He had a huge impact on the breakout season of Patrick Maroon and another solid year for Leon Draisaitl. That trio dominated the opposition at five-on-five.

Another key to McDavid’s terrific sophomore season? Unlike his time as a rookie, in which he suffered a shoulder injury that reduced his highly anticipated debut season to just 45 games, he remained healthy, playing the full 82-game schedule.

Despite the injury, he gave everyone a strong sense he was capable of really breaking out and challenging for the Art Ross against the game’s established elite in just his second year.

He delighted Oilers and hockey fans all season long with one highlight after another of spectacular goals.

“I have had the honour of being around tremendous players in my day,” said Oilers coach Todd McLellan, per the Globe and Mail. “Connor is at a high level now, and is separating himself from other guys in the league.

“He has been remarkable, really.”

Now, will his spectacular season earn him the Hart Trophy?

For the second time in his career, Sidney Crosby has captured the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. He didn’t play in Sunday’s season finale, but finished with 44 goals, which was four better than his nearest challengers — Auston Matthews and Nikita Kucherov.

Crosby, 29, managed to achieve that goal total despite missing the first six games in October because of injury.

He finally made his season debut on Oct. 25 and immediately began ripping it up with eight goals in his first six games. He finished second to McDavid in the Art Ross race.

Video: Connor McDavid sets up Draisaitl to reach the 100-point mark


Connor McDavid has done it.

At the age of 20, and on the last day of the regular season, McDavid hit the 100-point mark for his sophomore NHL campaign, completing the feat with a set up to Leon Draisaitl in the third period of Sunday’s game versus the Vancouver Canucks.

That is also McDavid’s 70th assist.

He becomes the only player this season to reach 100 points. Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane were his closest challengers at 89 points.

Video: Bryan Bickell scores shootout goal in final NHL game


Bryan Bickell scored a shootout goal for the Carolina Hurricanes, in his final National Hockey League game.

Bickell, 31, battled back to play pro hockey again almost four months after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis last November. He rejoined the Hurricanes earlier this month but announced this weekend that he will retire at the end of this season.

On Sunday, he was put into the shootout on the road versus the Philadelphia Flyers. He made no mistake, ripping a wrist shot and beating Anthony Stolarz glove side off the post.

It was great to see his teammates mob him in celebration afterward at the bench. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in the shootout.

Related: Video: Hurricanes fans give Bryan Bickell standing ovation after he announces retirement

Maple Leafs lose to Blue Jackets, will face Capitals in opening round


The Toronto Maple Leafs had a chance Sunday to lock up third place in the Atlantic Division and a first-round playoff match-up with the Ottawa Senators.

Instead, they lost in regulation to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 3-2, coughing up a two-goal second-period lead, and will now face the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in the first round. The Senators will host the Boston Bruins in the first round.

When it comes to the Maple Leafs versus Capitals, it’s really The Kids vs. The Stanley Cup Favorites.

The Maple Leafs have plenty of promise for the future, with a core group of talented young players led by rookie Auston Matthews, who hit the 40-goal plateau in Saturday’s playoff clinching win over Pittsburgh.

But heading into the post-season, there is injury concern in Toronto.

Maple Leafs starting goalie Frederik Andersen was injured and forced from Saturday’s game, but Mike Babcock expects him to be back at practice when the new week begins, and ready for Game 1 when their series gets underway.

They also had a pair of defensemen hurt in Sunday’s game. Roman Polak left in the second period and did return to the bench for the third period. Nikita Zaitsev was hurt at the end of the first period and didn’t return with an upper-body injury.

Toronto had a 1-1-1 record versus the Capitals this season, outscored by a total of 12-10 in the three-game set.

The Maple Leafs will face a Capitals team that finished second in the league in goals for (3.22 GF/GP); first in goals against (2.16 GA/GP); third on the power play (23.3 per cent) and sixth on the penalty kill (84.1 per cent). Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie led Washington in goals with 33, while 11 different players hit double digits in goals scored. They also had 11 players with 30 or more points, while Braden Holtby is back in the Vezina conversation.

The Maple Leafs are a team building for the future — one, two and three years down the road. The Capitals have built themselves into a Stanley Cup favorite aiming to bring a championship to Washington in about two months time.