Ah folks, Penguins 6, Predators 0. Pekka Rinne can be quite the sieve. Luckily, you can't lose a single game more than once, so hopefully Pittsburgh's scoring luck has run out for the rest of the year. There may be only one hockey game left in the season - there are a maximum of two left. The season is winding down, friends. And from there, we hit the offseason.
So like my grandpa used to say when he loaded his kids into the car: "Get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on."
We had more great Why I'm a Fan of the Islanders entries submitted last night and will be front-paging them throughout the day. Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories. Enjoy them for all times here.
- Doug Weight is putting an emphasis on preparation, having written down numerous ideas to take into the season and having interviewed a dozen candidates for assistant coaching positions before his two (and soon to be three) hires. And Greg Cronin is staying, but fortunately for us, it doesn't appear he's running the defense. [Newsday]
- Remember how the Isles changed their ECHL affiliate to the Worcester Railers in Worcester, MA? You don't?! Well, anyway, they've broken ties with the then-Missouri Mavericks (now going by the Kansas City Mavericks) and the Calgary Flames have picked up those ties. Kansas City is probably closer to Western Canada than the Adirondack Region.
- Alan Quine fills out his NHLPA Player Q&A, and is evidently a fan of Britney Spears. I mean, "Toxic" was a good song, Alan can back me up on that.
- Darryl Belfry, the skills coach that improved the skating of one John Tavares, is co-hosting a hockey camp in the Vancouver area and The Province caught up with him beforehand. [The Province]
Other Hockey Fun Stuff
- The CEO of the Predators ripped the "schmuck" Dan Kingerski in the Pittsburgh media for his conspiracy theory regarding piped crowd noise in Nashville. [Puck Daddy]
- Expansion is probably going to force the Wild to choose among Mathew Dumba, Jonas Brodin, and Marco Scandella. We feel your pain, Minnesota. [Star Tribune]
- Marc Bergevin appears to be dragging his feet in hiring a new AHL coach. [HEOTP]
- Former Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment president and one-time Isles adviser Tim Leiweke will get the NHL to Seattle if he has to die trying. [Yahoo! Canada]
- Focusing on the important issues: it would seem that EA Sports' NHL 18 uses the wrong Leafs player chewing on their mouthguard. Alert the deputies. [PPP]
- And, awesome news: in something of a throwback to the Summit Series in the 1970s, the NWHL will host the Russian National Women's Ice Hockey Team for 6 games this October in their own Summit Series. Team Russia will play two games each against the New York Riveters, Connecticut Whale, and Boston Pride as part of a two-week training visit leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.