(TORONTO, ON) — It was an unexpected start to a game between heated rivals. The Pittsburgh Penguins and intra-state nemesis Philadelphia Flyers shared the blue lines on Tuesday afternoon in the first exhibition game of the NHL return to play. The teams shuffled among each other, every other body, along the blue lines for the national anthems in a show of unity for social justice. Also, Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is in limbo, the rivalry games continue today and more from the Penguins game against Philadelphia.
“A lot has happened since we played our last game,” Sidney Crosby said. “Both teams felt it was important to show unity with what’s gone on.”
If you missed the anthems, here is the moment (Sportsnet)
Montreal and Toronto did the same
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan called the Penguins 3-2 OT loss the Flyers, “sloppy.” It was, but the quality did improve as the game progressed. Here are the full analysis and report card (PHN+)
*The BIG story in Pittsburgh Penguins land today: Multiple team sources told PHN that Tristan Jarry could start Game 1. He impressed a few influential decision-makers in camp (Pittsburgh Hockey How)
I may have downplayed the story with the headline. I didn’t want to be too far over my skis, but it’s a big deal.
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One story I’ve enjoyed watching is the American kid Nick Robertson take the Toronto camp by storm. He looked good in the exhibition against the Montreal Canadiens, on Tuesday night, too (Sportsnet)
The Vegas Golden Knights are leaving goalie Marc-Andre Fleury twisting in the wind. They haven’t yet named a starter and won’t do so until AFTER the Qualifying Round (NHL.com)
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Anton Stralman is set to be a key figure in Florida (Florida Hockey Now)
That’s going to be a pivotal Qualifying Round series. Can the Panthers talent overcome the New York Islanders structure and grit?
It is Islanders and Rangers on the ice today. That should be fun. Fish sticks and Lady Liberty. Here’s the full preview (NYI Hockey Now)
Inside the Colorado Avalanche Bubble Life (Colorado Hockey Now)
NHL leading goal scorer David Pastrnak was busted stepping out on quarantine during training camp. Pasta accepted responsibility, but also dropped the line, “I dont think I did anything wrong.” OK then — here’s the full story (Boston Hockey Now)
Martin Jones had a rough year. Our Sheng Peng found the Top 5 San Jose Sharks Goalies who bounced back (San Jose Hockey Now)