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The Rat Trick: NHL morning links 4/27

Welcome to The Rat Trick’s NHL roundup, where we bring together all the hottest news, and everything going on around the league.

The Playoffs continue to rage on, and we continue to have a plethora of good hockey to watch.

We have our first second round matchup set up, as Original Six arch rivals will face off against each other. This will be the 34th time that the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens have faced each other in the playoffs. This comes on the heels of the Bruins eliminating the Detroit Red Wings in five games.

After a heartbreaking loss in game four, the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded – and more importantly held a lead – and took a 3-2 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Colorado Avalanche may have seized back momentum in their series, as they came back and beat the Minnesota Wild to take 3-2 lead after a 4-3 OT winner by 18-year old Nathan MacKinnon. He is the youngest player to score a GWOTG since the 40’s!

After losing three straight, the Los Angeles Kings have won the last two, now trailing the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in their series. The Sharks were dealt a blow as Marc-Edouard Vlasic was forced to leave the game with an injury.

The Washington Capitals decided not to renew the contract of General Manager George McPhee, as well as relieve second year coach Adam Oates of his coaching duties.

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