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PHT Morning Skate: Flames need more from Gaudreau; Is Vigneault right choice for Flyers?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have nothing to show for a season in which they won the President's Trophy and tied the regular season wins record after getting swept in Round 1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Here’s the NBC Sports Stanley Cup playoff update for April 17

• The NHL Awards will be back in Las Vegas this year. (

• The Toronto Maple Leafs have found a way to shut down the Boston Bruins’ top line. (Bruins Daily)

• The key to John Tavares getting the upper hand on Patrice Bergeron is taking short shifts. (TSN)

• The Calgary Flames need Johnny Gaudreau to step up if they’re going to beat the Colorado Avalanche. (Sportsnet)

• Matt Nieto’s speed has been a weapon for the Avalanche. (Mile High Hockey)

• The Hurricanes are fortunate that they have an extra day between Game 3 and 4 of their series against the Capitals. (Raleigh News & Observer)

• Don’t blame Alex Ovechkin for Andrei Svechnikov’s injury, blame fighting in hockey. (NBC Sports Washington)

• The Dallas Stars’ shot selection was a problem in Game 3 against the Nashville Predators. (The Point Hockey)

• How did the Calgary Flames get so far ahead of the Edmonton Oilers? (Edmonton Journal)

• Did the Flyers make the right choice by hiring Alain Vigneault to be their head coach? (Broad Street Hockey)

• Travis Yost argues that William Karlsson could be a great option for the Buffalo Sabres. (Buffalo News)

• Finally, Men in Blazers sits down with Ovechkin to discuss achieving his career dream of winning the Stanley Cup and the celebrations that followed:


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.