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Blackhawks hold off Coyotes 6-4 in playoff rematch

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Blackhawks hold off Coyotes 6-4 in playoff rematch

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Dave Bolland had two goals and an assist, Marian Hossa scored twice against the team that knocked him out of last year's playoffs and the Chicago Blackhawks spoiled another celebration by holding off the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4 Sunday night.

Chicago ruined the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony Saturday with a flurry of goals and did the same thing to the Coyotes after their Pacific Division banner unveiling.

Hossa had two goals and an assist against the Kings in his first game since being knocked out of last year's playoffs on a blindside hit by Phoenix's Raffi Torres.

Against the Coyotes, Hossa scored 50 seconds before Viktor Stalberg in the second period and again 14 seconds into the third.

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Caps rookie Jonas Siegenthaler ready for playoff debut

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Caps rookie Jonas Siegenthaler ready for playoff debut

RALEIGH — Jonas Siegenthaler’s friends and family back in Zurich should take a long nap today and drink plenty of coffee. 

The rookie Swiss defenseman makes his Stanley Cup playoffs debut when the Capitals play the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of their first-round series at PNC Arena on Thursday. 

The 7 p.m. puck drop will be at about 1 a.m. in Switzerland due to the six-hour time difference, but it’s a dream for the 21-year-old. He replaces Christian Djoos in the lineup. The Capitals still lead the series 2-1. 

“Not everyone is able to play a Stanley Cup Playoff game,” Siegenthaler said. “Next to my debut this year, I think it's probably one of my biggest days in life.”

Siegenthaler will skate with veteran Brooks Orpik to start. That will help calm any nerves. But Siegenthaler is in for two reasons: His ability to take physical contact and still make a play (he’s 6-foot-3, 206 pounds) and his poise under pressure. He isn’t the skater that Djoos is, but the Capitals hope he can withstand Carolina’s intense forecheck pressure better.

Just do that and they’ll be fine with it. It’s unlikely Siegenthaler plays much more more than 10 minutes anyway. Djoos never broke 8:40 in his first three games and had a bad turnover in the first period of Game 3 that led to a goal and opened the floodgates for the Hurricanes. 

One added bonus: Siegenthaler can kill penalties. That was something he showed during 26 games with Washington as a rookie. He spent the first 14 games in the minors with AHL Hershey. Then he was in and out of the lineup from his recall on Nov. 9 until Feb. 7 when a numbers crunch on the blueline sent him back to Hershey. Siegenthaler was back in the NHL on March 26, but has only played once since: The regular-season finale on April 6 against the New York Islanders. 

“The guys here kept me in shape on the ice, off the ice,” Siegenthaler said. “I didn't play the last two weeks, but I don't think it should be too bad. I feel ready. My body feels ready and my mind feels ready too.”

The Capitals hope so because they need everyone working together to get the puck out of their defensive zone. That didn’t happen near enough in Game 3, a 5-0 loss. A video session that Orpik called “kind of trash” made that obvious. But it gives Siegenthaler an opportunity. 

Reirden said Siegenthaler could move around some as the Capitals continue to try to find a fix without Michal Kempny (torn hamstring) available. It’s a different look. It remains to be seen how he handles it. 

“It's pretty physical. It's a lot faster,” Siegenthaler said. “I think it's going to be a challenge from the first minute on, for me. I've got to match the pace and everything so I know I'm capable to do that and I've just got to be ready.”

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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