The San Jose Sharks not only scored four power-play goals against Vegas and Marc-Andre Fleury, but they also scored four power-play goals in the third period and all on the same major penalty. It was a wild one. Toronto couldn’t get the equalizer after a couple of mistakes in the first period, so a couple of very talented teams joined other talented teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning on the sidelines.
All of my Stanley Cup favorites lost in Round One. The NHL playoffs. One more Game 7 to go tonight. The upstart Carolina Hurricanes are in Washington.
Jonathan Marchessault was not a fan of the five-minute major called against Vegas, which had a 3-0 lead in the middle of the third period. Not a fan at all. He said the refs “stole” Game 7 and a few other things (ESPN)
Here’s the full highlight package for those (like me) who didn’t make it to the finish line (NBC Sports)
Boston was better than Toronto but had to hang through the second period. Stop me if you’ve heard this scenario before–a couple of Toronto mistakes put them in a hole. Despite a hard charge in the second period, they couldn’t get there and then a one-on-four charge sealed their fate.
The temperature around Mike Babcock is getting warm, and Jake Gardiner’s turnovers again haunted Toronto. Mitch Marner explained, “It’s the same sh*tty feeling.” (Yahoo Sports)
I know a lot of Penguins fans don’t like John Tortorella, but you really should. There isn’t a more trustworthy head coach or a guy who cares more about his players. Tortorella’s resurgence in Columbus has been part of his coaching evolution. He used to issue large binders and CDs with detailed instruction (I’ve seen them). Now… he lets his players play. CBJ draws Boston next. (NHL.com)
David Pastrnak trolled Justin Bieber. Ok, that’s a pretty good use of Twitter (NESN)
The Calgary Flames dissection and autopsy has begun. I know some of you are James Neal fans. He really didn’t have a good year but is getting some points for owning it, but he didn’t get many points on the ice (Sportsnet)
Penguins GM Jim Rutheford isn’t wrong about his defense or the Penguins speed (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Best way to get ready for Game 7?
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— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) April 24, 2019