Sport Where did it all go wrong? A postmortem for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

20:30  11 may  2018
20:30  11 may  2018 Source:   yardbarker.com

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• NHL Referees and Linesmen for Round 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Scouting the Refs). • There’s no shortage of opinions on whether NHL draft lottery is working (Ottawa Sun). • Where did it all go wrong ? A postmortem for Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Yardbarker).

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Needless to say, Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs had everything: fights, overtimes, Brad Marchand licking people. Of course, all good series have to come to an end, and as they do every postseason, these Round 2 matchups sent four teams off to get their offseason golf games up to par.

Here's a look at what went wrong for the Round 2 exits.

Boston Bruins

Eastern Conference titans Boston and Tampa Bay went into Round 2 boasting hefty résumés — offensive depth, physicality, goaltending — promising to play each other close. However, the Bruins had a difficult task on their hands facing off against a well-rested Lightning team after playing a full seven-game series in Round 1. Although they bested the Bolts three of four times during the regular season, Tampa Bay proved to be the speedier team.

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"It's very disappointing," Patrice Bergeron told the press following the series finale. "The team that we have and the way we played all year. We believed that we had a great team, and [it's] disappointing that we couldn't do a lot more."

While Boston's playoff run is over, the Bruins won't spend the time between now and next season sitting back quietly. They have nine players whose contracts are up — and that's before you get to the long list of minor league players set to hit free agency.

San Jose Sharks

There was no denying that the Round 2 series between the Sharks and Las Vegas Golden Knights was going to be exciting. Both teams swept their first-round opponents by imposing speed as well as a tight-checking game plan. While this San Jose team was arguably a better product than the 2016 rendition that went to the Stanley Cup Final, the newbie Vegas squad ended up winning in six.

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"The games that got away from us; we probably turned too many pucks over," captain Joe Pavelski said. "Didn't spend enough time in their O-zone, kind of fed their transition. They're a dangerous team when you give them that."

  Where did it all go wrong? A postmortem for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose already has a spotlight on it ahead of the offseason because of some high-profile players whose contracts are up. Successful trade deadline acquisition Evander Kane has remained mum thus far regarding whether he'll stay in San Jose, and it's a mystery as to whether franchise face Joe Thornton will be seen in a teal sweater next season.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Maybe it was because they just won two Stanley Cups in back-to-back postseasons, or maybe it was because they have had the Washington Capitals' number for what feels like decades. Whatever the reason, it still came as a surprise when Evgeny Kuznetsov ripped the puck past Matt Murray to give the Caps the overtime win in Game 6. So where did it go wrong for Pittsburgh? Goaltending certainly takes the forefront of the discussion, since Matt Murray wasn't the stone wall like he had been in the Pens' last two playoff runs. Pittsburgh's lack of offensive depth also played a role, despite coach Mike Sullivan shuffling up his lines.

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• Where did it all go wrong ? A postmortem for Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Yardbarker). You can see the play in the video above. [NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]. That came with the Sharks already trailing 5-0 on the scoreboard.

( Deadspin ). • NHL Referees and Linesmen for Round 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs ( Scouting the Refs ). • Where did it all go wrong ? A postmortem for Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs ( Yardbarker ).

Last year's Stanley Cup champions have quite a few questions to answer this offseason — not the least of them being what Pittsburgh is going to do with big-name players like Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel.

Nashville Predators

It's too easy to pin the Predators' series loss on Pekka Rinne's performance in Game 7 – a claim that defenseman P.K. Subban vehemently disagreed with following the Game 7 loss. There was much more to the regular season's Presidents' Trophy winner's fall to the Winnipeg Jets. Tallying a 3-4 record on home ice during the playoffs certainly didn't help, especially against a Jets team that proved to be faster and more physical than anyone anticipated.

Like every other team on our list, Nashville won't be silent this offseason. Between preparing for the draft and the number of players who will be unrestricted free agents this summer, the Preds will have plenty to keep them busy until training camp opens up in September.

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