The Senators had Game 3 won in the first period last night, putting the Penguins in a 2-1 hole on the road. Tonight, the Ducks look to even their series on the road with the Predators, 8:00 p.m. NBCSN.
- A thorough and well-supported analysis of Islanders defensemen from the past season and going into next season from Arthur Staple, including fancy stats and expansion draft information. [Newsday]
- We are also in the midst of Stanley Cup Week: the dyansty Islanders Cup-clinching games all fell within the week of May 16-24 (because the Beatles said there can be "Eight Days a Week"). [Newsday]
- Former Isles goalie and current Isles goalie coach Mike Dunham shot a 70 at Newport Country Club to advance to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying. [NHL Video]
- Seattle Thunderbirds co-captain and WHL Playoffs MVP Mathew Barzal was excited to bring the Ed Chynoweth (father of former Islanders 13th overall pick in 1987 and later Islanders assistant coach Dean Chynoweth) Cup back to Kent, WA (and NOT Seattle) but he and his teammates know there is much more to be done with the Memorial Cup looming. [Kent Reporter]
- Third String Goalie's featured jersey is Bob Bourne's 1981-82 road jersey, and includes a nice summary of the events leading up to the Cup victories. [Third String Goalie]
- The 1979 Islanders are among the teams the Capitals can learn from in terms of rebounding from unmet expectations. [Down Goes Brown]
- Rick DiPietro's excellent Draft story, a night spent with currently-playing-in-the-playoffs Ron Hainsey. [MSG]
The Championship of the World
- There were no games yesterday, but the Quarterfinals begin today, with Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, and Team USA taking on Team Finland at 10:15 a.m. EST on NBCSN, Ilya Sorokin and Team Russia facing off against the Czech Republic at 10:15 a.m. EST on NHL Network, and Calvin de Haan and Team Canada playing Dennis Seidenberg and Thomas Greiss of Team Germany at 2:00 p.m. EST on NHL Network.
Rest of the Hockey Land
- The current iteration of the Chicago Blackhawks is unlikely to win more championships. What a pity. [Second City Hockey]
- Ralph Krueger, former Oilers and Team Europe coach and current chairman of Southampton FC, turned down two NHL coaching jobs to remain in the U.K. [Puck Daddy]
- The Leafs three sensational rookies - Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, and William Nylander - were fabulous puck thieves this past season, a common theme among elite players under Mike Babcock's watch. [PPP]
- And finally, players of color are helping their teams reach the Memorial Cup tournament. [Color of Hockey]