Greetings fellow hockey fans. Tonight, the Senators and Penguins resume their dance in Game 2 in Pittsburgh (8:00 p.m. on NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC and TVAS in Canada). The Pens look to avoid heading out on the road in a 2-0 hole.
- Yesterday was Mother's Day, so happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms out there. It was also the 24th anniversary of David Volek eliminating the vaunted Penguins from the '93 playoffs and sending the upstart Isles into the Wales Conference Championship. [LHH]
- Mathew Barzal's Seattle Thunderbirds won their first-ever WHL Championship last night, winning Game 6 in OT after erasing a two-goal deficit with under 6 minutes left in regulation. They will represent the WHL in the Memorial Cup, which begins this Friday in Windsor, ON.
- Watch highlights of the game here. Or, if you don't have that kind of time, here's the game-winner in overtime that stuns the crowd of Regina, SK (yeah that's right Canada, I know your abbreviations):
WHL Championship winning goal.#WinTheCup pic.twitter.com/3mKJxJ8btY— Seattle Thunderbirds (@SeattleTbirds) May 15, 2017
Around the Worlds
- On Saturday, Calvin de Haan and Team Canada were defeated in OT by Switzerland after the Swiss came back from two goals down in the third period. [IIHF]
- Also on Saturday, Germany defeated Italy 4-1, though not with the help of Thomas Greiss. Dennis Seidenberg had an assist and two minor penalties, also known as the Seidenberg Hat Trick. [IIHF]
- And yesterday, the USA put the hurtin' on Slovakia with a 6-1 final. Anders Lee had a power play goal and an assist. Also, I noticed that according to the IIHF's recap stats/lineups, Brock Nelson has been wearing an 'A' for Team USA, for all those who say he plays without heart. [IIHF]
- The IIHF World Championships Power Rankings has USA on top, and also has some fantastic one-liners and puns. Much more entertaining than your average clickbait power rankings.
Playoffs and Other Tales
- As stated above, the Sens lead the Pens going into tonight's matchup in the Rhyming Conference Final after beating Pittsburgh on Bobby Ryan's overtime winner. [Silver Seven]
- Last night, the Ducks evened up the series after taking an early lead away from the Predators. They return to action Tuesday night in Nashville. [Anaheim Calling]
- David Poile has been an NHL GM for a long time, and a fairly decent one, despite having never won anything. The Predators as they look today are as such due in large part to his risk-taking. [Sportsnet]
- Peter Laviolette is an ornery ol' bastard, but a beloved coach nonetheless. [The Tennessean]
- The look on his face at the end of Game 7 said it all: Alex Ovechkin thinks he needs to make some changes. [NHL.com]
- And finally, it was a very happy Mother's Day for Nicholle and Craig Anderson, as well as their sons, as they were able to spend the day together and be in the same place again. [Sportsnet]