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Dan’s Daily: Avs Win Awesome Game 1, Going Goalie Shopping

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Nathan MacKinnon scores, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade talk

It was pond hockey brilliance. Vintage 1980s playoff hockey. For those of you who aren’t old enough to remember the salad days of the 1980s when Mario and Wayne ruled, you got a peek on Tuesday night as Nathan MacKinnon, and Connor McDavid led their teams on the firewagon. One goalie pulled, and one goalie was injured. The Colorado Avalanche eventually won 8-6. The Pittsburgh Penguins may go (backup) goalie shopping, a top center is off the NHL trade block, and don’t expect the big St. Louis Blues names on the trade block, either.

Confession: After a long bike ride home from northern PA, I settled in for Game 1, poured myself an iced tea, and passed out before the second period. I mean slumped over in my recliner, out cold. I’ll watch the shortened version this AM. I hope you enjoyed it. I woke up to a dozen text messages from our Colorado reporters and hockey friends. Each text included more !!! than the last.

So, let’s get to the hockey…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Goalie shopping. Is Casey DeSmith going to be the Penguins’ backup next season? Dave Molinari tackled that question and looked at alternatives. Pittsburgh Penguins offseason.

NHL Trade, Playoffs & National Hockey Now

Colorado: Darcy Kuemper was injured in Game 1. Full story — Colorado Avalanche series news.

8-6 is a fantastic game. NHL, take note. We don’t need headshots that would have wowed Don Cherry’s Rock ’em Sock ’em Volume 7. We need hockey. Here are the takeaways and analysis from the glorious Colorado Avalanche Game 1 win.

NHL.com: Perhaps this is one name to remove from the NHL trade block–and I had him tentatively circled as a name to watch if Evgeni Malkin leaves the Penguins–Mark Scheifele is expected to remain with the Winnipeg Jets.

NHL.com: More negative NHL trade talk. The St. Louis Blues want their core to remain together.

Montreal: Kent Hughes would like to know what’s up, but it will be a while longer before Carey Price can give the Montreal Canadiens an answer.

Boston: The Bruins need a second-line center. Heck, maybe a first-liner. David Pastrnak is doing his due diligence and trying to recruit David Krejci back to the Boston Bruins.

Washington: OK, here’s a question you’re going to answer in a much different way… The Pittsburgh Penguins arch rival is hurting. How do the Washington Capitals make up for injured Tom Wilson?

I can’t wait to see these responses below (Keep it between the lines). And…GO!

Detroit: Our boys in Detroit have developed an excellent offseason series: Roll Call. They look at individual players, strengths, weaknesses and determine their future with the team. I love it and will be stealing it. Jakub Vrana roll call–Detroit Red Wings analysis.

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Wasnt
2 months ago

That game was incredible. Hate to say it but Pens would’ve got embarrassed by either one of those teams. Their speed make teams in the East look like they play in mud.
Go AVS!!

Bob
Bob
2 months ago

Hope Tampa gets in the final to face one of them. Would hate to see New York’s dirty play against either of their superstars to try and win the Cup instead of playing Hockey.

Wasnt
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I hear ya but there’s a side of me that would like to see if McdDavid could face the Rangers and getting pounded then see how he’d handle it and would the refs all the sudden step in.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
2 months ago

It was a fun game to watch, but neither of those starting goalies are among the league’s best. If the Lightning are in the finals, I don’t see that type of game happening much with Vasilevsky in net.

William Nichols
William Nichols
2 months ago

Saw Avs/Oilers at the sports bar. Great game.

I still refuse to watch any game involving the Rangers. I’d rather see hockey than Tonya Harding wanna-be’s.

Last edited 2 months ago by William Nichols
Pete
Pete
2 months ago

With the goon wilson and the POS punk marchand out, the start to next season is shaping up GREAT!

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