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NHL commissioner expresses optimism that the season will resume

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Hockey fans have finally been given some optimism.

With a lot still to be determined about the future of professional sports in North America, the NHL’s commissioner is confident that things are heading into the right direction.

Speaking at a virtual town hall via the San Jose Sharks earlier this week, Gary Bettman explained why he is optimistic about the NHL season resuming.

“States are reopening, cities are reopening…And if we do the right things, I think we’ll be able to finish the season.” said Bettman.

Healthy and safety is the top priority for players and franchises, but there are also other details that need to be hashed out for an NHL comeback to be realistic.

“We would like to bring a conclusion to this season…It’s got to be fair, it’s got to have integrity, and if we have to do it over the summer on some modified basis, then we’ll do it on that basis.” added Bettman.

As for straight up cancelling the season, well don’t count on that.

“Canceling is too easy a solution. That means you stop working hard to do all of the things that we’re doing, and I ultimately believe that there will be an opportunity.”

The league has been shutdown since March 12th due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.

Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.

They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!

After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.

The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.

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Predators sticking with John Hynes as head coach after successful season

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The Nashville Predators are rewarding their head coach with a brand new contract!

The team announced that they are keeping John Hynes as their bench boss, and have inked to a two-year extension.

“I think our coaches have done a fantastic job,” said general manager David Poile.

“John is a young coach who has a lot more experience than probably we give him credit for. He has not been dealt with a perfect hand. I’m responsible for that. John deserves this. We’re growing together. I am totally comfortable with John and our coaching staff to lead us to bigger and better things moving forward.”

Since replacing Peter Laviolette behind the bench on January 7, 2020. the 47-year-old has led the team to a combined 92-64-10 record and three consecutive postseason appearances over three seasons.

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Flames and Oilers combine for most goals in a playoff game since 1993

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The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers turned back the clock last night!

In case you missed it, defence and goaltending was not a priority in Game 1 of Calgary and Edmonton’s second round playoff series.

In the first time these two Alberta based teams have faced each other in the postseason since 1991, the Flames came out on top with a wild 9-6 win over the Oilers to take a 1-0 series lead.

The 15 combined goals between the two teams made it the highest scoring playoff game since the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Flames in the NHL Smythe Division Semi-Finals by a final score of 9-6 back on April 29, 1993. It’s also tied for the third most goals scored in a playoff game in league history.

“We were told it was a boring series last time, so I told the players yesterday we’ve got to score seven-to-10 goals today because they’d probably score five-to-eight to win, so that’s what we did” said Flames head coach Darryl Sutter with a slight grin on his face following the game.

Game 2 of the series takes place tomorrow night at 1030pm/ET.

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