Good morning, friends. It’s been a while, and I’m late on this one, but well I’m here!
Islanders and NHL Combined Bits
Last night’s playoff scores. The Sharks stomped out the Ducks’ hopes by sweeping them, and the Pacific Division Final is set before any other first round series have been completed - though, after last night’s results, the Avalanche, the Wild, the Devils, and the Flyers are all on the brink.
- Josh Morrissey viciously cross-checked Eric Staal in the jaw and was suspended one playoff game for it. Much like the real Morrissey, his controversy is the only thing keeping him relevant. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Selke Trophy finalists were named last night, and none of them were Mikko Koivu, whom the stats folks claim was far and away the best defensive forward in the league this season. Honestly, I don’t know, nor care. When do the Calder nominees drop? [NHL]
- Michael Fornabaio offers his obituary to the Sound Tigers, who, like their big brother, acted like they were still in the hunt long after they weren’t. [CT Post]
- A couple Sound Tigers, Josh Holmstrom and Kellen Jones, are reinforcements to the one club within the Islanders organization actually in the playoffs, the Railers of the ECHL. [Telegram]
- The Canadiens organization fired AHL coach Sylvain Lefebvre after six seasons coaching their various AHL teams. [EOTP]
- This headline is “Why the Stanley Cup gets names removed every 13 years” and I was originally going to be snarky about it and say “well, uhhhh there’s not enough room?” but it’s actually a great article with a lot of history that wasn’t really known before. There was apparently quite the debate in the early 90s about how to handle the lack of space on the Cup, but Bryan Trottier helped settle it. [Sportsnet]
- And finally, “El Diablo, Dios Mio, El Diablo!” Patrick Warburton -errr David Puddy made an appearance at the Devils game last night, wearing both facepaint and a big D on his chest to support the team, reviving one of the best Seinfeld episodes there ever was. [NHL | MSG]