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Bantering Points: 4/23/17

News and notes for Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

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Backed by the best goaltender in the world, the New York Rangers eliminated Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens from the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, pulling out a 3-1 victory to advance to the second round. With the Canadiens now in the rear view mirror, New York will turn their attention to the series between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins, as the winner of that series will determine which team that earned less points during the regular season will be hosting the Rangers in round two. Anyway,  here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Around the NHL:

  • After four seasons in the KHL, Ilya Kovalchuk has made it known that he wants to return to the NHL (Sportsnet)
  • James O'Brien reports that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, and Washington Capitals goaltender have been named the finalists for the Vezina Trophy (NBC Sports)
  • Scott Cullen breaks down why the Edmonton Oilers were able to advance to the second round of the playoffs, and why the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild fell short (TSN)