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#1 Posted : 24 August 2018 06:52:13(UTC)
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History is being made again in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On the heels of the first back-to-back champions in two decades Josey Jewell Color Rush Jersey , the NHL will get a new champion in the salary-cap era that began in 2005. Among the Lightning, Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights, only Tampa Bay has won the Stanley Cup, making this the first time the final four teams have combined for one title or fewer.

Tampa Bay is in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, and Washington has made the playoffs 10 out of the past 11 seasons. Yet after one of Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh lifted the Cup every time since 2009, this crop of new blood is refreshing.

”They’re all good stories,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”The same old story sometimes can get old. Once in a while a new chapter is written, and it’ll be good. This year there will be a new chapter.”

The next chapter begins with the Capitals visiting the Lightning on Friday night, followed by the Golden Knights at Winnipeg on Saturday night. It’s a full turnover from the final four teams last year: Pittsburgh Josh Jackson Jersey Youth , Ottawa, Nashville and Anaheim.

The Jets became the fourth and final team to reach the third round when they beat the defending Western Conference-champion Predators on the road in Game 7 on Thursday night. Winnipeg is the final hope for Canada’s first Cup celebration since Montreal in 1993 and is in the conference final for the first time in franchise history.

”Having some diversity amongst the league is great, and I think it just shows the competitive balance throughout the league,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. ”Having good young players is a great place to start and you see that the teams that have good young players have gotten good fast. So I think it’s a good thing to have some fan bases have some extended postseason success. It just creates a better vibe.”

The Lightning are trying to create the vibe Hockey Bay hasn’t seen since winning the Cup in 2004. They fell short in a six-game loss to the Blackhawks in the 2015 final with this core, led by Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman.

Even after missing the playoffs last year when Stamkos was out long term with a knee injury, Tampa Bay has plenty of recent playoff experience from recent runs and the additions of ex-Rangers players Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and J.T. Miller.

”We’ve been here in this situation before,” Stamkos said. ”There’s no panic or nervousness. We’re excited.”

Vegas hasn’t been in any situation before, building off the best inaugural season in NHL history by beating Los Angeles and San Jose to reach the West final. Among the four good stories remaining, none is as remarkable as the Golden Knights, who pieced together players from around the league to get further than anyone expected.

”I haven’t been around a team like this,” general manager George McPhee said. ”This feels like more of a team than any team I’ve ever been with at the NHL level.”

McPhee’s former team in Washington has the same feeling. The Capitals aren’t as deep or talented as in years past Trent Brown Color Rush Jersey , but they’re in the East final for the first time since 1998, when McPhee was in his first season as their GM.

”I’ve had some teams that have been very, very talented and they weren’t necessarily the best teams,” said Trotz, who is in the third round for the first time in 19 years as an NHL head coach. ”I think the belief in the group, or the chemistry in the group, is the intangible and this group has a good chemistry about it.”

What excites Jets coach Paul Maurice most about the fresh teams in the conference finals is the hope it keeps alive in the remaining cities. And each one can legitimately believe its team has a chance to win it all.

”That’s the great part about competition,” Maurice said. ”So that’s what’s the most exciting thing is you don’t know, right? There’s not a five-time Stanley Cup champion that’s just ran the first two series 4-0. It’s up for grabs. It’s right there.”



AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed.



Coach Vance Joseph said he doesn't expect defensive end Derek Wolfe to miss any time after sustaining a neck stinger at practice Tuesday.

"He should not. He came back to practice. So, he should be ready to go tomorrow Vikings Mike Hughes Jersey ," Joseph said.

Wolfe had surgery this offseason after dealing with neck problems off and on since 2013 , when he got hurt in a preseason game at Seattle.

Joseph described the latest scare as "a little small stinger," adding, "he's fine. He came back out. He's OK."

Left guard Ron Leary tried to calm Wolfe as he retreated to the sideline to get checked out.

"Wolfe's just a real passionate guy, so he always wants to be out there and anytime he gets a nick and can't perform, he's heated," Leary said. "And Wolfe don't listen to too many people. But I've known him for a while and he knows it's all love when it comes from me. So, it was a good little convo."

Wolfe has dealt with neck issues ever since being whisked from the field in an ambulance after a hit to his head and neck in a preseason game in Seattle five years ago. Later in the 2013 season he suffered seizure-like symptoms on his way to a game and missed the team's Super Bowl run.

Wolfe also missed two games in 2016 because of a sore neck and last year he went on IR after injuring his neck in a game against Oakland on Nov. 26.

Just last weekend Wolfe spoke about how nice it was to play without neck pain and muscle weakness following his offseason surgery, which allowed him to hit the weights with extra fervor.

"You get to focus on your technique more because you're not worried about protecting yourself. You open your game to a lot more, especially pass-rush wise," Wolfe said Saturday. "You don't have to worry about if that center comes and hits you in that right side, 'Oh Will Hernandez Jersey Giants , I'm going to lose that feeling in my right arm so I have to protect it.' When you can really work your pass-rushing moves all the way through, it changes your game."

Notes: ILB Brandon Marshall (sore wrist) will return to contact drills Wednesday. ... LT Garett Bolles returned to practice one day after being carted off and examined for a head injury. ... CB Bradley Roby, who's stepping into a fulltime starter's role following the trade of Aqib Talib, got some friendly advice from Joseph heading into camp: "I told Bradley, 'I don't want to judge you on how many plays you make; you're judged on how many plays you give up.' That's what I want from our corners. And if you're in a good position, you'll make enough plays. But don't cheat in order to make plays because that's not what winning's about. That's about you.' So, he's doing a good job playing within the scheme and playing with good technique and just doing his job."

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