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While Dan is jet hopping today, you’re stuck with me. It’s feeling like 1993 for the Montreal Canadiens and for the Pittsburgh Penguins? Well, it’s feeling like goalie Tristan Jarry is going to get another shot to make next season feel more like 2009, 2016, and 2017.

PHN: As for the Pittsburgh Penguins, unless the John Gibson speculation from earlier in the season comes to fruition or Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall can sign a proven goalie like Tuukka Rask – if he hits the free-agent market – you can throw away that rumor that the Penguins were actually thinking of exposing goalie Tristan Jarry. Or Evgeni Malkin. A team source confirmed to PHN on Monday…(read more)

Sportsnet: For the first time since they won their last Stanley Cup in 1993, the Canadiens have won seven in a row. After sweeping the Winnipeg Jets with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 of the North Division Final, Les Boys’ in the Bleu, Blanc, Rouge, are heading to the semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs just two weeks after they fell down 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round.

Canadiens winger Tyler Toffoli took a beautiful cross-crease pass from rookie winger Cole Caufield to score the overtime winner 1:39 into the extra frame.

“We’re proud. We worked extremely hard,” Montreal Canadiens center Philip Danault said. “Everybody is playing their best hockey at the same time. It’s great to see. We’re happy, but we aren’t satisfied. We want to keep winning. We’re having the time of our lives right now.”

So is the city of Montreal, which is just starting to reopen from COVID restrictions and is abuzz over that and their beloved Montreal Canadiens. Ole! Ole! Ole!

 

 

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The AHL will be back up and running at full strength and playing for the Calder Cup again next season.

Colorado: After calling out his team’s effort in the last two games, Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar changed his tune on Monday and expressed confidence that his team can get it done and force a Game 7 with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Boston: After his team was the recipient of some soft calls (again) in the Boston Bruins Game 5 loss to the New York Islanders, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy absolutely went nuclear on the referees

Sound familiar? I know Dan pointed out similar in the Pittsburgh Penguins Round One series. The Bruins must now win Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum to force a Game 7 back in Boston.

NYI: They just keep winning. The Islanders took advantage of those aforementioned questionable calls and went 3-for-4 on the powerplay.

Detroit: Red Wings fans obviously want to get back to the glory days in Mowtown ASAP but at least they find the rebuild tolerable–for now.

San Jose: It was a rough season for the San Jose Sharks but at least forward Mario Ferraro got some Gold out of another losing season in San Jose. Ferraro was part of the Canadian squad that took home gold from the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

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Katz
Katz
1 month ago

Here’s something I believe I am not alone in understanding;

Sullivan told Burke he did not play Reaves because of line-mates? Well if that was true wouldn’t it have been much easier to trade Carter Rowney or Tom Kuhnhackl that move Reaves in a complicated 3 way getting Brassard and losing picks and entering quicksand they still haven’t exited?

Sullivan’s reply doesn’t ring true.

Please see your own column

https://pittsburghhockeynow.com/reaves-trade-failing/

How about some hard questions. 3 First Round exits in embarrassing ways demand a forensic analysis Who will do a long form analysis?

Last edited 1 month ago by Katz
Cal
Cal
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

I loved it when Reaves was here. Sully didnt utilize him enough so he could be effective. I was so disapponted when he was traded for the extremely overrated Brassard, the team had immediately lost some of its swagger after he was traded away in the games I watched.

Dan Kingerski
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Cal

I didn’t realize it until I covered Vegas this week–Reaves doesn’t play more than 10 minutes in Vegas, and that’s only when they have a comfy lead

Katz
Katz
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Yes but isn’t that vs Colorado. If Vegas was playing Washington or the Islanders I believe that would change

Katz
Katz
1 month ago
Reply to  Cal

Pittsburgh sent defenseman Ian Cole, goalie Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 third-round selection to the Sens. It also traded forward Ryan Reaves and the Vancouver Canucks’ 2018 fourth-round draft pick to Vegas.

That’s what was given up for Brassard all because Sullivan didn’t have the right line mates for Reaves?

Make sense Dan??

penguins1stroundexits
penguins1stroundexits
1 month ago
Reply to  Cal

weak argument of reaves and his minutes he is on team as a deterrent if and when teams want to put the flex on. Just having him sit on the bench he has value. Pens totally blew it shipping him off right before post season and wilson has beat up the pens ever since. Hoping Hex brings back some size, good with skill type player like a toned down matt cooke

Last edited 1 month ago by penguins1stroundexits
Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
1 month ago

Montreal & the Islanders may have been better than anybody thought, so the Pens losing to them in the 1st rounds wasn’t that the Pens were that bad, but maybe those teams were that good.

Katz
Katz
1 month ago
Reply to  Crazyhorse87

And how about last year? And the year before? Don’t take solace in that it’s only a way to rationalize failure.

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

If winning 3 cups in the salary cap era is a failure, being the only team so far to win twice in a row, you just can’t win em’ all. In the end, 30 other teams fail as well, some teams don’t even make the play-offs. The officiating, goaltending, coaching, injuries, bad luck or some teams just have their numbers, it’s part of the sport, is that rational enough for you?

Uros
Uros
1 month ago

I think there was an error in the article. The Avalanche can’t force game 7 while playing game 5.

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

The Islanders are far better than people give them credit for. But we are so screwed moving forward. We just aren’t good enough and I don’t see the avenue to get there unless Poulin shines. Here’s my main issue. I loved Pascal Dupuis. One of the best 3rd liners in the league. But he wasn’t a top line winger. And it’s no coincidence the Pens didn’t win any cups with him there. I love Bryan Rust as well. Love the guy. But, rinse and repeat. The funny thing is, guys like Burke and other execs from other teams all talk… Read more »

Jason C
1 month ago

You watch the islanders will play the Avs or the knights almost guarantee they will get swept in the series it will show how weak the Canadian division was. No way habs win and move on.

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