The NHL playoffs graced us with two overtime thrillers on Thursday night. The Boston Bruins took a 2-1 series lead on Long Island, and the Carolina Hurricanes got their first win against the Lightning in Tampa Bay to make it a 2-1 series.
The Philadelphia Flyers landed the 13th pick in the NHL draft during Wednesday night’s draft lottery, and Mark Schefiele was suspended four games for his reckless hit.
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- Seth Jones may want out of Columbus. Should the Flyers be interested in the right-handed defenseman to fill their biggest need? (Philly Hockey Now)
- The Flyers are entering an offseason of change with the expansion draft looming. On top of that, a core shakeup could be in the cards after a disappointing season. We look at five Flyers that may have played their last game in orange and black. (Philly Hockey Now)
- Alain Vigneault was talkin’ ’bout ‘practice in his end-of-season press conference. He also touched on a variety of other topics including Canadian restrictions, wanting a “normal season,” and feeling like he let “everyone down” this season. (Philly Hockey Now)
- Chuck Fletcher will be at the helm in this crucial offseason. He talked about the Flyers’ need to improve. He said that he’ll need to “be creative” as the Flyers can “upgrade everywhere” this offseason. (Philly Hockey Now)
Around the NHL
Scheifele suspended four games for Jets for charging Evans – (NHL)
Mark Scheifele has been suspended four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The Winnipeg Jets center was disciplined Thursday for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans in a 5-3 loss in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at Winnipeg on Wednesday.
Mario Got it Right: Hextall Giving Penguins a Better Approach – (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has been around or watched the Pittsburgh Penguins since Mario Lemieux’s playing days. The big guy has a Midas touch. Things seem to work out for Lemieux, and he seems to have an innate feel for hockey, whether it was a puck on his stick or a GM to hire.
It appears Lemieux got it right, again.
Takeaways: Needing Key Save, Islanders Come Up Short in Game 3 at Coliseum – (NYI Hockey Now)
Momentum is a fickle thing in sports, and some will tell you it doesn’t exist. They might point to the New York Islanders’ Game 3 against the Boston Bruins as exhibit A.
After the Islanders tied the game in the final minutes of the third period, Boston scored the important one in overtime off Brad Marchand’s stick to give the road team a 2-1 win and a lead in the series.
Talking Points: Boston Bruins, Marchand Pull Things Out In OT – (Boston Hockey Now)
The Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders in Game 3 at a raucous Nassau Coliseum.
WHAT?! Golden Knights Waste Effort, Lose in OT; Trail 2-0 – (Vegas Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights needed a period to find their legs. Then, for 40 minutes, they bombarded the Colorado Avalanche with shots, hits and Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer made saves and coughed up rebounds.
It seemed like Golden Knights’ game.
Until Reilly Smith took a penalty just 45 seconds into OT and Mikko Rantanen (3) ripped a top-shelf wrister over Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for the OT game-winner Wednesday night at Ball Arena. The win delivered a commanding 2-0 series lead for the Avs as the series shifts to Las Vegas for Games 3 and 4, beginning Friday.
Scott Takes: In a game the Avs probably shouldn’t have won, Grubauer finds a way – (Colorado Hockey Now)
What defines a Stanley Cup-winning team isn’t their regular-season performance, and ask any of the other playoff teams if they care about your President’s Trophy. Cup contenders also aren’t defined by one game—win or lose—and you can’t expect to win 16 straight en route to lifting Lord Stanley.
But the Avs have won their first six straight. Their most recent one wasn’t pretty—and they probably shouldn’t have won it.
Predictions about how the Red Wings will tie up loose ends this summer – (Detroit Hockey Now)
After re-signing coach Jeff Blashill, the Red Wings still have a few details to iron out this summer.
Should Sharks Trade Back in Draft? – (San Jose Hockey Now)
Kyle, Erik, and JD react to the NHL Draft lottery and the San Jose Sharks ending up with the seventh pick. We discuss how the first seven picks might shake out and who could be available for the Sharks, we then discuss trading back and the strategy around that (15:00). We then look at Doug Wilson Jr.’s draft history and if the San Jose Sharks could end up reaching on a prospect (19:30). Finally, who do we want the Sharks to draft (26:00)?
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