It was a sparse news day in the hockey world Monday at least until the defensive defenseman whose cross-check took out Evgeni Malkin was the unexpected hero for the St. Louis Blues. Boston Bruins fans are having a blast turning the tables on the social media darling Carolina Hurricanes, who made an uncharacteristic social media mistake. The final four NHL teams are on the cheap, and we examined if the Pittsburgh Penguins came out ahead after they traded Carl Hagelin.
For those who didn’t stay up to watch the hockey game, Robert Bortuzzo who nearly broke Malkin on March 16, was the St. Louis hero (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
“We’re Not Going Away” is the Blues message. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
I’m surprised how little Blues coverage is available. San Jose is the sixth team in the market and sometimes not even that, but we’re having trouble finding a lot of analysis of the series. Feel free to recommend a good Blues source.
Carolina made a rare social media mistake after Game 2. The team Twitter account showed a picture of the second Carolina goal which was gifted as goalie Tuukka Rask made a ghastly giveaway after Boston achieved a six-goal lead. Boston fans had a good bit of fun with the Jerks (Boston Hockey Now)
Carolina juggled their lines Monday. They’re also hoping some home cooking changes their fortunes. Otherwise, they’re toast. (Boston Hockey Now)
Team Canada needed a late goal to beat Slovakia at the Worlds. Wow. (Sportsnet)
Team USA beat Finland in OT. USA! USA! (Sportsnet)
Penguins trade grade: Are the Penguins better off after their trade tree went from Carl Hagelin to Tanner Pearson to Erik Gudbranson? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Later this morning, Pittsburgh Hockey Now will publish a look at the mistake which shaped their 2018-19 season. And no matter how loudly bloggers want to scream, it wasn’t Jack Johnson.