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The Toronto Maple Leafs signed goaltender Mark Owuya to a two-year entry level contract on Thursday. Owuya, a 21-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden, played 32 games this season for Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League posting a 2.18 goals against average and a league best .927 goals against average.
General manager Dean Lombardi sees progress in the Los Angeles Kings’ back-to-back playoff berths. He also sees a danger of stagnation after their season again ended in the first round.
There will not be a LeBron James-style countdown to July 1, and there certainly will not be an hour-long television show devoted to its conclusion, but once again, there is a singular focus of free agency at Madison Square Garden.
It was a dramatic ending that could prove to be just the beginning for the Vancouver Canucks. Alex Burrows scored his second goal of the night at 5:22 of overtime to give the Canucks a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their NHL playoff series Tuesday night. It was an emotional win for a Canuck team that heard whispers of doubt after watching a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final disappear. In beating the Blackhawks, Vancouver finally exorcised a demon that had haunted them the past two seasons.
Two nights of rest didn’t do anything to ease Bob Murray’s mind after the Ducks’ season ended Sunday night. It only got him more agitated. “Today, I woke up a little more (upset) than yesterday,” he said.