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The NHL's playoff format this year was to have the top four teams from each of the top four divisions battle for spots in the Stanley Cup semifinals. The teams will then be reseeded for the semifinals.
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Corey Perry would make it 2-0 Montreal on a deflection of a Nick Suzuki shot, and though there was still a whole period left to play, it certainly felt as though that was a dagger to this series. The goal would hold up as the series winning goal for the Canadiens.Los Angeles Kings
When the Islanders lost team captain Anders Lee for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury it was pretty obvious that GM Lou Lamoriello was going to have to make some sort of a trade to help fill that void. Kyle Palmieri, then playing for the Devils, seemed to be a pretty good target given how well he seemed to fit the Islanders and their style of play.Vancouver Canucks
The departure of Alex Pietrangelo as a free agent opened up two holes for the Blues. One was leadership, but that was quickly and effectively filled by new captain Ryan O'Reilly, who was already the heart and soul of the team. The other was on the blue line, and that proved trickier. Due to injuries, ineffectiveness and the adjustment to life without Petro, the Blues saw their goals-against average jump from 2.68 last season to 2.98 this season. Torey Krug, signed to ostensibly replace Pietrangelo's offense from the blue line, averaged 0.63 points per game, his lowest output in five years.Washington Capitals
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The tension would only get worse in Toronto as Corey Perry made it 2-0 before the end of the second period, setting the stage for a franchise defining third period for both sides if the Habs hold on or if the Maple Leafs comeback. Either way, Game 7 has not disappointed one bit.Seattle Kraken
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