NEW YORK — More storylines came from the Pittsburgh Penguins triple OT win than any game I’ve covered, except Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Never before has a backup goalie come into a double-overtime period, let alone won the game. Louis Domingue did. We have full Penguins coverage, including an update on Casey DeSmith. The Philadelphia Flyers fired their coach, the Vegas Golden Knights could be next, and the Vancouver Canucks won’t fire Bruce Boudreau, but he may stick around long.
The Capitals upset the Florida Panthers, the Calgary Flames flexed, and a pigeon “marked” me while walking to the arena. I’m told that’s good luck for me and good business for the dry cleaner down the block.
Also, pizza for every meal is not good for the physique, so I switched to street vendor hot dogs.
Here we go…full Penguins coverage:
From Dave Molinari–the thrilling game recap. Triple OT win for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren nearly knocked out Rickard Rakell with an illegal hit. Officials reviewed it and reduced it to a minor penalty. (What the?!). Rakell had to be helped off the ice. Jake Guentzel was also injured on the play when Rangers d-man Adam Fox ran him. Watch the hit on Rickard Rakell.
Rakell wasn’t the only injury. Head coach Mike Sullivan gave an update on Casey DeSmith.
…Okay, here’s an odd “I told you so.” Remember when I said I believed Domingue would factor into the Penguins season in a special way, that I just had a gut feeling something was going to break his way?
Domingue stopped all 17 shots and cracked up the media, too. “It was crazy…that’s my life. That’s hockey.” Get the postgame video and complete story. Louis Domingue played the hero.
Whew. That game was a blast to watch. The New York crowd was a joy. Also, best national anthem since Chicago Stadium. When the camera panned to the police and firefighters, the place went bonkers. That was so very cool.
PHN+: The FULL Penguins report card. They changed their thinking. The new tactic opened the game, and they cracked Igor Shesterkin. Full Penguins analysis and player grades from Game One. Pittsburgh Penguins report card.
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NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Washington: They were down 2-1 in the third. They rallied for a huge 4-2 win. The veteran Washington Capitals showed the Panthers how it’s done.
However, Tom Wilson was injured.
Florida: They lost Game One, but it’s been a remarkable turnaround in Sunrise. The guy being credited with the culture shift is…Patric Hornqvist.
Philly: No more Mike Yeo behind the Flyers bench. The Flyers fired Yeo. Cam Atkinson may have indirectly campaigned for John Tortorella to bring some “F You” to their game. Philadelphia Flyers upheaval.
Vegas: There’s not much happiness in the desert. Cleanout day may have been the last we see of several Golden Knights, including head coach Pete DeBoer, whose future is admittedly uncertain. Vegas Golden Knights cleanout.
Vancouver: Jim Rutherford is holding his cards. Bruce Boudreau will be back as the coach…but give it a few more days. Vancouver Canucks mystery.
Calgary: Big win for Calgary. They are my pick–if anyone can beat Colorado, it’s Calgary. They suffocated the Dallas Stars, 1-0. Calgary Flames domination.
Boston: The Carolina Hurricanes outclassed the Bruins in Game 1. Head coach Bruce Cassidy will stick with Linus Ullmark in the net, but he shuffled his lineup to deal with the speed and talent of Carolina. Boston Bruins in trouble.