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NHL Playoffs Update: May 6, 2018

We are nearing the end of round two, and while the stakes are always high, additional hijinks and drama have made this round extra memorable. Let’s take a look at the action of the week. 

Caps and Pens—Washington leads the series 3-2

A storied rivalry, everyone expected this series to be intense. Washington’s Tom Wilson delivered a high hit on Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese in Game 3 of the series, resulting in a concussion and broken jaw for Aston-Reese, and a three-game suspension for Wilson. Even without Wilson, the Caps managed to win Game 5 last night and take the series lead. Game 6 is Monday night in Pittsburgh. 

Bruins and Lightning—Tampa Bay leads the series 3-1

Excluding some facial licking (but more on that later) Tampa has been dominating this series and has the opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Final this afternoon. But Brad Marchand isn’t going to let that stop him. After licking Leo Komarov in the first round, on Friday night, Marchand licked Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan. Marchand’s actions prompted the NHL to issue an official warning, telling him to stop licking his opponents. Only in hockey, am I right? 

Knights and Sharks—Vegas leads the series 3-2

It seems like everyone is rooting for Vegas—a team that wasn’t a team this time last year. Their history making season could go even further tonight if the beat the Sharks and advance to the Western Conference Final. Game 6 is at 7:30 tonight on NBCSN. 

Jet and Preds—Winnipeg leads the series 3-2

Nashville got a taste of post-season hockey last year, and Winnipeg wants that this year. Nashville has pulled out all of the stops—great plays, catfish, and Carrie Underwood—and are hoping that it’s enough to propel them to the Western Conference Final. Winnipeg has a chance to close out the series Monday at 9:30 on NBCSN. 

Social Media Moments of the Week: 

This week was filled with pop-culture celebrations, facial licking, good dogs, and cute kids. Take a look at some of the best moments! 

 

 

IDENTITY THEFT IS NOT A JOKE, JIM

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oh my GOODNESS

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we present to you the cutest @jakenbake20 fans

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MAY THE PORGS BE WITH YOU #StarWarsDay #MayThe4thBeWithYou

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SUCH A GOOD HOCKEY BOY (via @crosbywatchestv)

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BRAD NO. NOT AGAIN.

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Jon Cooper is in disbelief over Marchand’s history of licking opposing players.

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This is what it’s all about, folks.

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Sarah Shevenock is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she served as a staff writer and Campus Correspondent for Her Campus William and Mary. Currently, she is a National Contributing Writer and Entertainment Blogger. In her free time, she enjoys reading voraciously, watching morning news programs, and keeping up with the latest television and movie news. She loves to talk about anything and everything related to theatre, cheer for her beloved Pittsburgh Penguins, and drink fancy coffee.
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