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Sheng’s Daily: When’s Last Time There Were Back-to-Back Games in Final?



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We caught up with Joel Kellman yesterday.

Kellman confirmed his desire to play in Allsvenskan this year to prepare for the next NHL season. He also revealed which former San Jose Sharks prospect pushed him toward signing with the teal last year.

Kellman Hopes to Play in Sweden This Year

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Elliotte Friedman said that San Jose has inquired about Darcy Kuemper. (Sportsnet)

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Around the NHL…

I wrote about how it was Chandler Stephenson’s turnover — and not Zach Whitecloud’s penalty — that doomed the Golden Knights in the Western Conference Finals:

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Luke Fox speaks with ex-Shark Manny Malhotra, who accepted an assistant coach position with the Maple Leafs. Malhotra was highly complimentary of his San Jose head coach Todd McLellan. (Sportsnet)

Frank Seravalli on 10 big contracts potentially on the move. (TSN)

The Dowlings are the only NHL family in the Edmonton bubble. (The Athletic)

Korean-American skills coach Alex Kim is helping to develop high-end players of color in California. (NHL)

If there is a Game Five in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, it will be just the second time in 65 years that there have been back-to-back games played in a Final.

In 2009, Pittsburgh and Detroit played Game One on May 30, then Game Two on May 31, both in Detroit. The Red Wings beat the Penguins 3-1 in both contests. Funny enough, Jim Nill was the Assistant General Manager of that Red Wings team.

Before that, the last time there were back-to-back games played in a Final was in 1955.

On April 9, the Canadiens beat the Red Wings 5-3 in Game Four in Montreal. The following night, the Red Wings topped the Canadiens 5-1 in Detroit.

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