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2020 NHL Playoffs live updates: Maple Leafs stay alive, Blackhawks, Canadiens, Coyotes, Islanders all advance - CBSSports.com
It was a thrilling "Elimination Friday" in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers
The NHL qualifying round is almost over thanks to five teams punching their tickets to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on what was dubbed "Elimination Friday." That name came from six Game 4 matchups, where one team was facing elimination from the qualifiers, and five of those teams with series leads were able to move on. The one team with a series lead who'll have to play a Game 5 -- the Columbus Blue Jackets -- lost in the most thrilling game of the day, to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Columbus led 3-0 and had dominated for the first 56-plus minutes of the game, but the Leafs found some magic, playing in the Eastern Conference bubble in their home arena, and came up with three goals in the final four minutes of the game -- all with goalie Frederik Andersen pulled to send the game into overtime, before Auston Matthews won it, to give the Maple Leafs at least one more game in their season. The day kicked off in Toronto, with the New York Islanders making short work of the Florida Panthers in a 5-1 win, in the most lopsided game of the day. Three of the games, including Columbus-Toronto, went to overtime. The Arizona Coyotes eliminated the Nashville Predators with an overtime winner from Brad Richardson, and Christopher Tanev lifted the Vancouver Canucks over the Minnesota Wild just 11 seconds into the extra frame to end a high scoring back-and-forth game. The other two games on the schedule involved teams with aging three-time Stanley Cup-winning stars and both No. 12 seeds knocking out the No. 5 seeds. In the West, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane led the underdog Chicago Blackhawks past the high-powered Edmonton Oilers. Over in the East, the Montreal Canadiens, who had the lowest points percentage of the 24-teams in the bubbles, eliminated Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had the most points of any team entering the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Relive all of the action of the thrilling Game 4s below. Friday's Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule:
- Game 4: Islanders 5, Panthers 1 | Islanders win series, 3-1
- Game 4: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT) | Coyotes win series, 3-1
- Game 4: Canadiens 2, Penguins 0 | Canadiens win series, 3-1
- Game 4: Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2 | Blackhawks win series, 3-1
- Game 4: Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT) | Series tied, 2-2
- Game 4: Canucks 5, Wild 4 (OT) | Canucks win Series, 3-1
NHL return to play: Stanley Cup playoffs qualifying round schedule released; Toronto, Edmonton are hub cities - CBS Sports
Take a look at when the 24 playoff teams will play
Playoff hockey is starting to feel a little more real after the NHL and NHLPA ratified the return-to-play plan, the schedule was released and the hub cities were officially announced on Friday. The NHL season was paused four months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic and will return by heading straight into the playoffs with a 24-team format. The NHL released the schedule for the qualifying rounds, which includes round-robin and best-of-five series. The league plans to crown a champion by the first week in October, with the playoffs beginning Aug. 1. In the first 10-day span of hockey returning, there is the potential for 52 games to be played. Take a look at the qualifying round schedule: Games will be played behind closed doors and will take place in two hub cities, Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Toronto will be the Eastern Conference's hub city, and Edmonton will hold the Western Conference. The Conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will be played in Edmonton. The Oilers and Maple Leafs tweeted out graphics after the news became "officially official." The NHL's official public relations Twitter account also released a video breaking down how the return will work, what safety protocols have been added and a breakdown of the schedule as we move forward in the return-to-play plan. Players are committing to leave their families for up to six weeks and agreed to stay within the city "bubble." Since the season came to a halt, the NHL has slowly and steadily worked on a health and safety plan in order to return, but return with a low risk for the players, coaches and all present for games.
Former CHL major junior hockey players outline disturbing hazing allegations in class-action lawsuit - CBS Sports
The abuse allegedly happened when the players were teenagers in the CHL
Two former Canadian junior hockey players have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League -- the umbrella organization that oversees the three major junior hockey leagues in Canada. The Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are also named in the lawsuit that alleges the two players were put through some incredibly disturbing hazing rituals while in junior hockey. The suit was filed Thursday in a Toronto court. The lawsuit states the Daniel Carcillo and Garrett Taylor were 15 and 17 years old, respectively, when they were "routinely victims to hazing, bullying, physical and verbal harassment, physical assault, sexual harassment, and sexual assault." This all took place in the early 2000s. The specific details of the allegations can be found in a report by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News. As a whole, Carcillo and Taylor's lawsuit alleges harrowing experiences of being forced to sexually assault teammates, consume the saliva, urine, and other bodily excretions of their teammates, and perform often humiliating sexual acts that included animals and irritants and toxic liquids. Carcillo's portion of the lawsuit alleges that nothing was done to protect the rookies who were subjected to this hazing and that it was done with the knowledge of coach Jeff Perry and GM Terry Doran on the Sarnia Sting. The experience allegedly "left (Carcillo) permanently traumatized. He suffered severe mental health issues which were not present before the abuse he endured. He continues to suffer from these mental health issues to this day." Carcillo spent four seasons with the Sarnia Sting and Mississauga IceDogs of the OHL before beginning a decade-long career in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13. Taylor played two seasons for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western League. His pro career lasted just 10 games.