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09.06.2019 08:51
, just behind Chicagos Corey Crawford and Ottawas Craig Anderson who were at .950 (Pittsburghs Tomas Vo Antworten

Felipe Massa says he is an anticipating a special weekend as he prepares for his final home race at the Brazilian Grand Prix.The Brazilian -- who is retiring from Formula One at the end of this season, 15 years after joining Sauber in 2002 -- spoke of his fond memories of the grand prix in Thursdays drivers press conference. Massa said he will bow out of his final race at Interlagos with no regrets, having taken two victories at the circuit in 2006 and 2008, as well as a number of podium appearances.I think it will be a very special weekend for me, for my last home race, Massa explained. I remember I was in the grandstand watching and supporting Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, always dreaming to be here, and then I managed to get here and win two races here in Interlagos, getting a lot of times in the podiums, so its definitely a fantastic place for me.I will miss this race when I see these guys racing next year, I will miss to be here but I am so happy and proud for everything. I passed through these 15 years in Formula One, every people that I met, friends, drivers, the competition I had with these guys for quite a long time, so I will miss this place, some nice races around the world but also some friends.When asked what his fellow drivers are like to compete against, Massa replied: We are talking about the best drivers in the world. Everybody that gets here gets because of the talent, they are here because of talent, the competition is really high. I think I definitely learned a lot. I think it was an amazing life experience that I had.Its not easy to be an F1 driver I would say, but I had a fantastic time. I will always remember them as tough drivers on the track and I would say maybe the relationship in the last [few] years gets a little bit better outside of the track, which will be even better when all of us stop. I expect the best for them and support them.Massa insists he will not allow himself to be overcome with emotion during the race as Williams continues its close battle with Force India over fourth place in the constructors championship, but admits his final lap at Interlagos will be a special moment.When you are in the car you dont think about other things, you just think about what you want to do in the best way as you can. I would say the whole race I will be concentrated on my job, trying to get the best race possible and the best result for me and my team, Especially in this moment when its quite important in this fight with Force India.I think maybe when I finish the race, after the chequered flag, I think it will be very special. It will be a very amazing feeling to do the last lap in Interlagos of my career in F1 here. I think during the race just concentrating on everything I need to do but after maybe it will be quite different. 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Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons.On a night with two Game Sevens, the Bruins won in miraculous fashion and the Rangers pulled away comfortably. Scott Cullen has stats and notes from the last games in the first round of the NHL playoffs. BRUINS RALLY TO STUN MAPLE LEAFSIn a game that appeared to be well in hand, the Toronto Maple Leafs surrendered a three-goal lead in the third period - the rirst time a team has blown a three-goal lead in the third period of a Game Seven -- and ended up losing 5-4 in overtime to the Boston Bruins. The series-winning goal was scored by Patrice Bergeron, who came up big with the Bruins season on the line. Bergeron had one goal and no assists through the first six games of the series, but delivered two goals and an assist, a plus-3 rating and 16-for-22 (72.7%) on faceoffs in Game Seven. While Bergerons line struggled, the Bruins did get offence from the line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. The trio accounted for half of Bostons 22 goals in the series. Krejci recorded two assists in Game Seven, finishing the series with 13 points and a plus-9 rating. Lucic, who was dominant physical player at times, had a goal and an assist in Game Seven, and led Boston with seven hits. For the series, Lucic had nine points and a plus-9 rating. Horton, who scored Bostons second goal, giving them some reason to hope a comeback was even possible, ended the series with seven points and a plus-11 rating. It was understandable that Boston struggled in the deciding game, given that their defence corps was depleted by injuries. Andrew Ference missed the last two games of the series with injuries and Dennis Seidenberg played only 37 seconds in Game Seven before getting hurt. That left a lot of ice time for Zdeno Chara, who played 35:46 in the deciding game (raising his series average time on ice to 28:54 per game). Johnny Boychuk played 28:30 and Matt Bartkowski, an AHL call-up who played 6:40 when inserted into the lineup for Game Five, logged 24:51 and scored the games opening goal. Toronto built their lead on the strength of a couple Cody Franson goals. The defenceman also had a game-high eight hits, but he and defence partner Jake Gardiner finished minus-2 and were caught on the ice for a long shift leading up to the Bruins winning goal. While Toronto accomplished many things in this series, earning a measure of respect for being a tough out, RW Phil Kessel slayed the dragon of not scoring an even-strength goal against his former team. After a goal and an assist in Game Seven, Kessel finished the series with four goals, two assists and a plus-3 rating. Since the comparison must always be made, Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton combined for one assist in the series. C Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating in the season finale, though he played a modest 13:57. As great as Kadris season was, he struggled at times against the Bruins and his ice time was restricted, playing more than 15 minutes in a game only once in seven games. LW James van Riemsdyk notched two assists in Game Seven, wrapping up a productive series, in which he led the Leafs with seven points in seven games. Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski was a fascinating study. He took a ton of physical abuse in the series, not shying away from Chara and Boychuk and playing 19:12 per game. But he was minus-3 in Game Seven, and finished the series at minus-10. The crazy part is that advanced stats show Grabovski was relatively (compared to his teammates) strong in the possession game. Its just hard to notice with two assists and a minus-10 rating in seven games. The way the Maple Leafs lost, giving up two goals 31 seconds apart in the final ninety seconds to lose the lead, followed by the deciding goal in overtime, makes it challenging to see the positives. They were so close to having their ticket punched for the second round. But, in totality, the Leafs showed that they have the kind of skill to compete at a playoff level. Before sitting back in the third period, when they were outshot 17-6 by a swarming Bruins team, the Leafs had gone into the Bruinns building and outshot Boston 20-13, stifling them entirely.ddddddddddddThere is still much room for improvement on the defensive side of the puck, as Toronto allowed 39.0 shots per game to the Bruins, the most of any team in the playoffs this year but, for a team that hadnt seen the playoffs in nine years, the Maple Leafs made noticeable progress. Thats no guarantee that they are absolutely on the path to contending every year, but its more than Toronto has had to hang their helmets on in some time. As for the Bruins, they finished the season with a series of inconsistent efforts and only pushed back against Toronto at the last possible moment, when it appeared that Boston was on their way to blowing a 3-1 series lead. Now, the Bruins, hoping that their defence corps isnt completely decimated by injuries, prepare to face a similarly inconsistent New York Rangers team in the second round. Midway through the third period of Game Seven, that looked like a series the Bruins would be watching from the sidelines. RANGERS TAKE CARE OF CAPITALSFor the first time in the series, the road team emerged victorious as the New York Rangers earned a 5-0 win in Game Seven against the Washington Capitals. Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist recorded shutouts in Game Six and Seven, turning aside all 62 shots the Capitals sent his way in the last two games of the series. Lundqvist finished Round One with a .947 save percentage, just behind Chicagos Corey Crawford and Ottawas Craig Anderson who were at .950 (Pittsburghs Tomas Vokoun had a .957 SV% in two games). True to form, the Rangers blocked 27 shots in the deciding game, compared to the Capitals nine. For the series, however, Washington blocked 77 shots, most of any team in the playoffs, as the Rangers blocked 69 shots in the series. With Lundqvist on top of his game, the Rangers managed to shut down Alexander Ovechkin, holding the Capitals superstar winger to one goal and one assist in the series. Ovechkin recorded 30 shots on goal which, at 4.29 per game, which wasnt dramatically down from his regular season average of 4.58 per game, but he did manage just one shot on goal in Game Seven. Though he wasnt getting shots, Ovechkin tried to take over the game physically, registering 13 hits. He finished the first round with 34 hits, behind only Islanders LW Matt Martin (41), Rangers RW Ryan Callahan (35) and Maple Leafs D Dion Phaneuf (35). While Ovechkin was held in check, so too were the Rangers marquee performers. RW Rick Nash managed two assists in the series while C Brad Richards had one and was demoted to the fourth line due to his lack of production. So, when the big guns werent firing, the Blueshirts got the first goals of the playoffs from four players -- LW Taylor Pyatt, D Michael Del Zotto, Callahan and LW Mats Zuccarello, who had a team-leading five shots on goal and ended Round One with five points, second-best on the Rangers. The Rangers leading scorer was Derick Brassard, who added two more assists in Game Seven, giving him nine points, along with a plus-4 rating, for the series. While the Rangers supporting cast was coming up big, the Capitals had some players go through tough games. RW Eric Fehr and C Mike Ribeiro each took a minus-4 in the clinching game; RW Troy Brouwer and D Mike Green were minus-3. Green, C Mathieu Perreault and RW Joel Ward led the Capitals with four points in the series, just not enough to get the job done. Neither the Rangers nor the Capitals can feel elated about their overall play in the series, but the Rangers get to move on and see if they can build on this first-round win against the Bruins. In theory, it should be a good, competitive series, but thats only because, in theory, the Bruins and Rangers are supposed to be better than theyve shown for large portions of this season. One of them will get a chance to play in the Eastern Conference Final. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '

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