But I’m not dead yet. Sidney Crosby and the old lions are roaring in the NHL playoffs, delaying torch-passing or ascending young stars on the big stage. The Pittsburgh Penguins lead their series 2-1, as does Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. The Boston Bruins are tied 2-2 with the Carolina Hurricanes. The old guard was supposed to be wiped out quickly but are teaching a few lessons instead. There’s early NHL trade talk with some big names, including Erik Karlsson and Mark Schiefele.
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NHL News & National Hockey Now
Washington Hockey Now: The old lions. Washington has a 2-1 lead on the President’s Trophy-winning Florida Panthers. Guess who is leading the way with some GOAT-ness? Alex Ovechkin.
Despite some speculation and rumor, Tom Wilson is still day-to-day for the Washington Capitals.
Florida Hockey Now: They are down, but not out. The Florida Panthers need a turnaround right now.
Boston Hockey Now: Guess who is making a pest of himself, driving Tony DeAngelo nuts, and has gotten the Bruins back in the Round One series against the Carolina Hurricanes? Brad Marchand. It also appeared he had some political chatter for DeAngelo–It looked like Marchand called DeAngelo “a racist” and then confirmed it with the linesman. Take a look. Boston Bruins chirping.
Calgary: The Flames were a sexy pick to unseat Colorado and win the West. In Alberta, things aren’t going so well as the Dallas Stars have smothered Johnny Gaudreau and taken a 2-1 series lead. Penalties are haunting the Calgary Flames.
Now some NHL trade speculation and chatter…
Sportsnet Video: According to Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek, Mark Schiefele has not requested a trade out of Winnipeg, but NHL trade winds are blowing in San Jose where the Sharks are open to dealing Erik Karlsson or Brent Burns. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ divisional rival, the New Jersey Devils may be circling Kevin Fiala.
Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers have a pretty good young goalie. Now they may have two after signing a young Russian goalie who could push Carter Hart? Philadelphia Flyers offseason…
Montreal Hockey Now: The NHL Draft Lottery is Tuesday. The playoffs could affect acquired Canadiens picks. In the meantime, are the Montreal Canadiens tipping their hand?