Down two goals, facing elimination, and an uphill climb against a clearly superior team, the cockroaches of the NHL survived again. The New York Islanders were outplayed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Survived against the Boston Bruins. Wednesday night, they rallied to force a Game 7 against the best team in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning, for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. Also in the Daily, we opine about a potential Pittsburgh Penguins trade target, and the Chicago Blackhawks are dealing with growing fallout over an alleged coverup of sexual harassment or assaults.
Seriously, the New York Islanders are like Jason Voorhies or Michael Myers. They can’t be killed. Just when you think the movie is over and the heroes are safe…BAM!
We’ll start with the Penguins trade potentials discussion.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: When I heard Mathew Tkachuk might want out of Calgary, the next question was–How can the Pittsburgh Penguins get him? Here are the story and the possible Penguins trade scenarios.
NYI: I don’t know–does the Pittsburgh Penguins Round One loss look a little better now? The New York Islanders rallied from a two-goal deficit to win Game 6 in OT and force Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Unbelievable.
It was one more signature moment for the crumbling Nassau Coliseum.
Of course, the game was marred by a HUGE missed call as Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield teed up former Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov for a wicked cross-check in the first period. Kucherov was injured and did not return. No penalty was called.
Vegas: Marc-Andre Fleury or Robin Lehner? So, who starts in goal for Game 6?
Sportsnet: What Montreal has taught us about the North Division and playoff success.
TSN: This is a serious story that isn’t getting a lot of sunlight. I’m not sure how much you want to know or where it fits. About 10 years ago, a couple or more Chicago Blackhawks players were allegedly harassed or sexually assaulted by their video coach. The Blackhawks later fired the coach but swept it under the rug by not calling the police.
A couple of players are suing. TSN’s Rick Westhead is leading the story coverage, and a source gave him even more damning information on the coverup.
NHL Trade Talk and National Hockey Now network:
San Jose: Are the San Jose Sharks trying to trade Evander Kane? Could they get fair value back?
Detroit: More NHL trade talk–Could the Detroit Red Wings trade for a goalie?
Philly: Will the Seattle Kraken take a shot with a ghost, Flyers d-man Shayne Gostisbehere?
Boston: Patrice Bergeron won the Mark Messier leadership award.
Colorado: Gabriel Landeskog could be exposed in the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft?! And how that could be a good thing.
Washington: Who stays? Who gets exposed? Maybe, who goes? Vitek Vanecek or Ilya Samsonov–the Washington Capitals goalie situation