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State. Of. Hockey. Minnesota connections score 15 points Saturday

State of Hockey? State of Hockey.

If you tuned into Saturday's NHL playoff games for even a moment, chances are you saw some familiar faces in the spotlight. Scan the score sheets from Ottawa's 6-5 victory over the Rangers and Pittsburgh's 6-2 romp over Washington and the names are hard to ignore.

The final tally? Nine goals and six assists for players with Minnesotans or Gophers connections. Here's the rundown:

Jake Guentzel (Hill-Murray) and Phil Kessel (Gophers): two goals and an assist each

Brady Skjei (Lakeville; Gophers): two goals

Matt Cullen (Moorhead; St. Cloud State): goal, assist

Derek Stepan (Hastings): goal

Matt Niskanen (Virginia; UMD): goal

Ryan McDonagh (Cretin-Derham Hall): two assists

T.J. Oshie (Warroad): assist

And former Gophers' standout Nate Schmidt nearly added another, hitting the pipe for Washington late in the third period.

It helped that 19 goals were scored in the two games. But, hey, score one for Minnesotans tonight. Actually, score plenty.

Here's some highlights.

Newest Vikings: Video highlights and social media (Rounds 6 and 7)

Here's a look at video and social media information for players drafted by the Vikings in Rounds 6 and 7 of the NFL draft.

Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

Twitter: @Bucky757

Instagram: @bucky757

Stacy Coley, WR, Miami

Instagram: @stacy_king3

Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern

Twitter: @IfeadiOdenigbo

Instagram: @ifeadiodenigbo

Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State

Twitter: @elee_doubleace

Instagram: @eleedoubleaces

Jack Tocho, cornerback, North Carolina State

Twitter: @MojoTocho