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April 17, 2018, 1:13 PM ET [3 Comments]
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What the hell is Gudas thinking during the practice drill that caused an injury to Flyers scoring star Sean Couturier on Tuesday?

Did he lose his train of thought? Did he not know where Couturier was on the ice? Why didn't Gudas turn his head and look for his teammate? Why was Gudas so slow to react to the pass being thrown to him by an off camera coach?

Too many questions. Not enough answers yet.

Watch as Gudas slowly reacts to Couturier. Gudas raises his skate and it collides with Couturier's right skate, causing the talented forward to go cart wheel airborne and land awkwardly in obvious pain.

What was Gudas thinking?

If I were Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, I would have implored Gudas months to stay away from my star players during practices. Pretend Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Nolan Patrick, Travis Konencny are fine china that are not to be touched. Got it?

Don't shake the money makers, Radko!

There is real panic in the streets of Philadelphia as the Flyers are very quiet about the Couturier injury.

Couturier was forced by Gudas to leave Flyers practice Tuesday morning. Flyers training staff members accompanied Couturier to the locker room. Couturier is seen limping profusely as he slowly made his way to the Flyers room.

Take a look at the video below to determine what Gudas was thinking:

The Flyers will host the Penguins for Game 4 on Wednesday night. The Pens lead the series two games to one.

If Couturier is forced to miss Game 4, it will be a potentially catastrophic loss. Couturier had a career season in 2017-18 scoring 31 goals and 45 assists. He was +34 and averaged 21:36 TOI per game during the regular season.

Couturier, 25, played in all 82 regular season games. Prior to this season, the eight-year veteran achieved career highs by scoring 39 points on two separate occasions.

Couturier is leading playoff scorer for the Flyers with his one goal and two assists in three playoff games. He's averaging 24:35 TOI and is winning 52.5% of his draws against the hard to handle, two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

Help wanted:

Head Coach. Calgary Flames.

Brad Treliving has seen enough. Glen Gulutzan was fired on Tuesday.

Gultzan's assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard were also canned.

Bad things happen when your team doesn't make the playoffs.

Gulutzan compiled an 82-68-14 record with the Flames the past two seasons.

The Flames made the postseason last season. Now, they await the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto on April 28.

Treliving deserves some of the blame as well for failing to add a top six scoring winger and a veteran goalie at the February 26 NHL trade deadline.

What goes up must come down, eh, Gulutzan?


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The San Jose Sharks built a snow man on top of the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Eight different Sharks players scored in an 8-1 beat down of the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference first round playoffs on Monday night. A four goal second period shot down the Ducks.

The Sharks are owners of a commanding three games to none lead in the first round series between hated Pacific Division rivals.The Sharks can eliminate the Ducks with a win on home ice Wednesday night. A first round sweep from the Western Conference playoffs could cost the jobs of Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle and some of his veteran players like Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry or Ryan Kesler.


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After the first three games of the series with Anaheim, the Sharks are the better team through and through.

San Jose's four-line, three D-pair attack, stellar goaltending is killing the Ducks.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones made a career high 45 saves in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jones has been brilliant in the first three games of the first round series against Anaheim. Jones is 3-0 and has allowed just three goals against on 101 shot attempts faced. Jones has a 1.00 GAA, .970 SV5 and had a shutout in Game 1.

Joonas Donskoi and Logan Couture each had a goal and two assists.

Evander Kane, Joe Pavelski, Timo Meier and Marcus Sorensen each scored a goal and added an assist in the Game 3 blowout of the Ducks.

The Sharks busted the game wide open in the second period by scoring four goals on Ducks starter John Gibson, who was pulled at the end of forty minutes of play.

Gibson allowed 5 goals on 24 shots faced, which equated to a .792 SV%. After eight periods of playoff action against San Jose in the first round, Gibson has allowed 11 goals against on 93 shots faced.

Gibson's 0-3 record, 4.18 GAA and .882 SV% are a huge problem for Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. I said last week that I would have started Ryan Miller in the first round of teh playoffs against San Jose. Miller was 12-6-6 this season. Were it not for Miller's strength in net, the Ducks might not have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ryan Miller took over Gibson's net at the beginning of the third period. Miller allowed three goals against on twelve shots faced in the final twnety minutes of play in Game 3.

San Jose is 4-1 all time in playoff series when it has taken a 3-0 lead, its only loss coming in the 2014 first round against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Ducks are 0-3 in series when they have lost the first three games.

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