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Casey DeSmith Makes 29 Saves As The Canucks Take 2-1 Series Lead Over The Preds

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee  – Casey DeSmith, the substitute goalkeeper, has achieved his inaugural triumph in the playoffs, so aiding the Vancouver Canucks in reclaiming their advantageous position of playing on their ice.

DeSmith recorded 29 saves as the Canucks successfully defended against the Nashville Predators, winning the game 2-1 on Friday night. This victory gives the Canucks a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series, marking the beginning of the NHL playoffs.

“His first playoff victory couldn’t have arrived at a more opportune moment,” DeSmith remarked. I was profoundly dissatisfied with my performance the other night.” The team performed exceptionally well the previous night but did not achieve the outcome that they rightfully earned. Tonight, we performed quite well. We have achieved that one. Therefore, it holds significant value.

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Casey DeSmith Makes 29 Saves As The Canucks Take 2-1 Series Lead Over The Preds

DeSmith made his second consecutive start and his third overall in the playoffs since Thatcher Demko has been sidelined with an injury since the first game of the series. DeSmith conceded three goals on 15 shots, resulting in Vancouver’s loss in Game 2.

“DeSmith’s demeanor is perfectly suited for that role,” stated Canucks coach Rick Tocchet.

J.T. Miller scored a goal while his team had a numerical advantage and provided an assist. Brock Boeser’s goal, also scored during a power-play situation, ultimately determined the game’s outcome. Quinn Hughes provided two assists.

The fourth game of the series will take place on Sunday in Nashville.

Luke Evangelista prevented Nashville from being held scoreless by executing a precise wrist shot into the top corner of the net with 3 minutes and 12 seconds left in the game. Coach Andrew Brunette subsequently called for a timeout when there were 2 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the game, and he also decided to remove goaltender Juuse Saros from the ice. Nashville was unable to score against DeSmith once more.

Brunette said that the game was enjoyable and acknowledged the Canucks for their strong defensive performance.

“As I previously mentioned, the entire series will have a muddy appearance,” Brunette stated. “It will be challenging.” Furthermore, we must improve our ability to penetrate the interior.

The Canucks achieved the distinction of being the first team to secure a victory in a playoff game by taking only 12 shots on goal since Pittsburgh defeated Nashville in Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

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Vancouver converted two out of three power play opportunities and prevented Nashville from scoring on all five of their power play chances. The Predators have only converted 1 out of 14 power play opportunities in this series. Brunette emphasized the need to increase the speed of puck movement and intensify efforts to approach the net more effectively, particularly against the Canucks’ physically imposing defensemen.Roman Josi, the captain of the Predators, emphasized the need to enhance their offensive tactics during power play situations by increasing their mobility.

“The opposing team’s defense is not very mobile, so I believe we need to create more movement and thenattempt shots on goal, possibly aiming for a scrappy goal, a deflection, or a rebound,” Josi stated. “Improving in that area is certainly a priority for us.”

The Predators’ record in Game 3s on home ice dropped to 11-4, marking their second consecutive defeat. In 2022, they defeated in Game 3 as Colorado completely dominated them.

After Jankowski’s unsuccessful attempt to remove the puck during the penalty kill, Miller, who had accumulated 103 points during the regular season, managed to score his first goal of the postseason with 6 minutes and 37 seconds remaining, giving his team a 1-0 advantage with their first shot on goal.

Boeser increased the Canucks’ lead to 2-0 with his power-play goal at 4:33. He skillfully redirected the puck past Saros from a close range after receiving a pass from Miller.

The Canucks goaltender also executed an amazing save at the right post in the third period against Cole Smith, thereby maintaining the shutout. He received assistance as the Canucks successfully prevented 30 shots after Nashville’s achievement of stopping 30 shots in regulation to secure victory in Game 2.

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“Tonight, we experienced a significant number of successful blocks,” Boeser stated.

In the early stages of the game, Nashville’s defenseman Spencer Stastny was subjected to a boarding incident by Canucks’ defenseman Dakota Johnson. The penalty was initially declared a significant offense but later downgraded to a less severe infraction. Stastny made a comeback and subsequently proceeded to the locker room during the second quarter. He played for 6 minutes and 36 seconds.

The Predators did not provide a postgame update. Brunette stated that he did not receive a justification for altering the penalty to a child.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

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NEW YORK — Rick Tocchet was named NHL coach of the year Wednesday after leading the Pacific Division champion Vancouver Canucks to their second playoff appearance in nine years.

Tocchet appeared on 109 of 114 Jack Adams award ballots submitted by NHL Broadcasters’ Association members, receiving 82 first-place votes, according to the NHL. He became the Canucks’ third coach to win the award, following Pat Quinn in 1992 and Alain Vigneault in 2007.

Nashville’s Andrew Brunette finished second. He appeared on 57 ballots and received eight first-place votes. Winnipeg’s Rick Bowness finished third. He announced his retirement this month.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

“This really is a team award, and I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our staff and complete buy-in from the players,” Tocchet stated. “I am truly honored and humbled by this achievement and look forward to getting back to work this summer as we continue to work on improving our hockey team.”

In his first full season in Vancouver, Tocchet won the regular-season award two days after the Edmonton Oilers eliminated the Canucks in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.

Tocchet, 60, led a stunning turnaround in a Canucks club that finished with a 50-23-9 record, the third-most victories in franchise history, and improved from 22nd to sixth in the overall standings last year. Vancouver led the NHL with a plus-38 first-period goal difference and went 42-1-4 while leading after two periods this season, up from 21-1-4 the previous year.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

Tocchet had the advantage of gaining a head start in implementing his system and acquiring a feel for the Canucks after being hired in January 2023, when Bruce Boudreau was sacked with Vancouver at 18-25-3. The Canucks finished the season 20-12-4 under Tocchet, who was an NHL announcer before joining the team.

“Honestly, I don’t know if we would be in this situation. Who knows, but the 30 games were big for me,” Tocchet told The Associated Press last month, reflecting on the impact his departure as head coach last year had on Vancouver’s success this season.

Vancouver marks Tocchet’s third stop as a head coach. He previously spent four seasons with Arizona from 2017-21, during which time he went 125-131-34. He also went 53-69-26 with Tampa Bay from 2008 to 2010.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

Tocchet won two more Stanley Cups as an assistant coach in 2016 and 2017 after winning one as a player for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

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PARIS — Dominic Thiem, a two-time runner-up, was knocked out in the second round of qualifying at the French Open.

Otto Virtanen defeated Dominic 6-2, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and Dominic will miss his 11th and final appearance in the clay-court Grand Slam main draw.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

Dominic, who reached the Roland Garros finals in 2018 and 2019, revealed earlier this month that he will retire at the end of the year after struggling to regain peak form following a wrist injury.

Following his defeat, Dominic received a standing ovation during a goodbye ceremony, with chants of “Thank you Domi, Thank you Domi.”

Dominic, a former US Open champion, has plummeted to 131st in the rankings and failed to obtain a wildcard into the French Open. He didn’t keep a grudge.

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“I slowly built up a great, great relationship with the tournament, relationship with all of you guys, with all fans,” stated Dominic. “I’ve really enjoyed every single year of it.”

The 30-year-old Austrian won his only Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows in 2020. Dominic defeated Alexander Zverev in five sets, becoming the first man in 71 years to recover a two-set deficit in a U.S. Open final.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

Dominic also finished second at the 2020 Australian Open, reaching a career-high No. 3 ranking that year. He remained in the top five until June 2021, when he hurt his right wrist, which kept him out for nine months and has hindered his playing ever since.

Dominic has a total of 17 titles.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

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Concord, North Carolina – NASCAR penalized Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 on Wednesday for clashing with Kyle Busch following the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Stenhouse’s father, who participated in the fray, was suspended indefinitely.

Busch was not penalized for his actions during the Sunday night race

The two collided on the first lap, and Busch appeared to intentionally destroy Stenhouse on the second lap. Stenhouse put his damaged Chevrolet in Busch’s pit stall, forcefully mounted the spotter’s ladder, and spoke with Busch’s crew members.

Stenhouse then stormed to his carrier, allowing his car to be taken to the pits.

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He also hinted that he’d return after the race to confront Busch. The two exchanged brief words before Stenhouse, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, delivered a right hook to Busch, sparking a melee involving members of both teams. Stenhouse’s father, who has no association with the team, then confronted Busch, throwing fists.

On Wednesday, NASCAR banned Stenhouse mechanic Clint Myrick for eight races and engine tuner Keith Matthews for four races.

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Stenhouse has pledged to wreck Busch this Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Bring it,” Busch responded. “I suck as bad as you,” meaning that neither driver is having a fantastic season.

Neither driver has won any races this season. Busch is 13th in the points standings, while Stenhouse, a single-car team, is 26th.

Busch’s vehicle owner isn’t taking Stenhouse’s warning lightly, though. Richard Childress has threatened to fight Stenhouse if he gets near Busch’s car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest Cup Series race of the season, so Busch and Stenhouse will have plenty of time to catch up on the 1.5-mile track. They will undoubtedly keep a close eye on the feuding drivers.

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