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Dan’s Daily Links: Game 7 Drama, Sharks Sink VGK, Fleury in OT



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)

RedBeard's Pittsburgh

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)

And below…Really?


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  1. Alex

    April 24, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Tell me if this is realistic?

    TOR gets: Letang and picks/prospects from Ari
    PIT gets: Nylander, Liljigren and picks/prospects from Ari (Nylander only put up 27 pts in a down year and was a third liner and makes a lil more than Kessel cost the pens so they wanna move his contract so they can sign other guys, Liljigren was almost part of the muzzin deal so they feel him+ part of Nylander for Tanger)
    ARI gets: Kessel and JJ (could help push them over the hump into the playoffs as both improve the team)
    Then another trade…
    CHI gets: Maatta
    OTT gets: a pick to eat Saad cap
    PIT gets: Saad ( he is a third liner making a lot and Chi would love a young dman as their d really struggled)
    Then pens sign someone like Gardiner in FA since TOR don’t sign him cause they have tanger now.


    Overall makes us younger and faster while giving malkin better all around players, we gain draft capital for the future and our defense gets a lil faster and better at the breakout, also Liljigren has a similar game to Letang/Schultz so if Gonchar can help with his defense he’d be a great player, possibly better than Letang in the future

    • Dan Kingerski

      April 24, 2019 at 11:20 am

      The one thing I can say about Saad is that he would NOT fit with the Penguins push to more physical, low play and hanging onto pucks. He would have been a great fit in 2016 version Pens, I don’t think so much now. I’ll give you this–Maatta would be a good fit with Chicago, but cap situations and ask will determine everything. Who saw Oleksiak being the oddman out in January? A lot can happen when other GMs make asks. For all we know, a team might want to protect the net with Johnson.

      • Alex

        April 24, 2019 at 11:52 am

        I think Saad can work well enough in that system but also add another good player to the left side. I think ARI would like JJ as a possible upgrade so they can flip one of their current guys or a guy they can flip right after. I also think replacing JJ and Maatta with someone like Gardiner really helps the defense in terms of speed and the breakout. Plus they keep guds to do what they wanted from JJ. I really like Maatta but I think Saad would add speed and skill to the forwards. I see this getting to a middle ground keeping some physical players but also getting back some of the speed and skill that won the cups. Plus we get significantly younger and add picks to use in future deals or to restock the bare cupboard.

      • Alex

        April 24, 2019 at 12:14 pm

        I mean I could see it possible that all we give is Tang and a third and get Nylander+Liljigren

      • Alex

        April 24, 2019 at 12:48 pm

        If a trade like this were to happen I’d like to see Guds-petterson start games against top lines to become a shutdown pair with the third or fourth line allowing dumo-schultz to play with malkin and the gardiner-liljigren with crosby’s unit. Saad would probably be a 45-60 pt guy in pitt imo, nylander probably a 65-80 and give us young guys and add depth.

    • Matt Luda

      April 24, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      If you’re gonna dump Kessel and Letang, which I’m in favor of, you gotta do a lot better than Saad (OTH), Nylander (o-ver-ra-ted) and Liljigren (limited upside).

      • Alex

        April 24, 2019 at 2:14 pm

        I see nylander as a player who can put up similar pt totals to kessel and saad as a good player to add to the teams skill and speed, liljigren in my mind has top defender potential i see maatta for saad as fair as long as we get some of saad’s salary eaten and i think nylander and liljigren plus a boat load of picks as fair comp for letang and kessel.

  2. RobertU

    April 24, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Glad I didn’t stay up to watch Vegas get jobbed like that. What an embarrassing way to end a great series.

  3. Matt Luda

    April 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    It made my season to see MAF gag on a 3-1 lead in Game 7. That’s precisely why I grew to dislike him so intensely when he was here. Cute smile, no stones.

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