Of course, the Pittsburgh Penguins had more injuries, and of course at least one of those injuries will extend into next season. After the injury bug chewed on the Penguins this season, it came back for dessert after the season. There is more on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, Boston is ready to put away the Carolina Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals could be swept away by the New York Islanders, and the Penguins trade rumors have started in Toronto.
Our boys and girls at Boston Hockey Now are some of the most connected folks in hockey. From scouts to GMs, they’ve got a Rolodex which rivals anyone. Monday, BHN broke news about Tuukka Rask, while maintaining his privacy. There’s more to the story than simply Rask missing his family. (Boston Hockey Now)
National Hockey Now
The secrecy of hockey is often a detriment. If Boston had been more forthcoming, Rask’s privacy could have been protected, but fans would not have been left to wonder or criticize. The same goes for Evgeni Malkin’s injury. Overbearing secrecy hurts hockey (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Speaking of Malkin, he had elbow surgery. The Penguins report he’ll be sidelined for a month (PHN)
And for our subscribers, a very popular story. The pieces of the puzzle were in front of us, but were too obvious. The Penguins had the missing ingredient, but gave it away (PHN+)
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The Boston Bruins are up 3-1 on Carolina. The Storm Surge is quiet, and Boston is doing it without David Pastrnak, too. Five takeaways: (Boston Hockey Now)
New York Islanders fans are getting Cup fever. After head coach Barry Trotz praised their social media support, things went to the next level. Literally (NYI Hockey Now).
We’re really hoping our man in the NHL hub, Rob Simpson, can get a few pictures of this!
The Colorado Avalanche made filet of the Coyotes on Monday night. That series looks to be OVER (Colorado Hockey Now)
Penguins Trade Rumors
The Toronto Maple Leafs are restless. A fourth straight opening round loss as the crosshairs on goalie Freddie Andersen. Matt Murray has been floated as a replacement, but Luke Fox of Sportsnet examines if Toronto would be happy with that change (Sportsnet)
The Toronto Star asks what is wrong with the Maples Leafs and if trading William Nylander will be necessary (Toronto Star)
Columnist Steve Simmons says the Pittsburgh Penguins have kicked tires on Kasperi Kapanen, too (Toronto Sun)