The Stanley Cup final finally got underway last night...now we wait till Saturday for Game 2.
Those darn Avalanches and Lightnings sure led up to the hype though, with a game that had a lot: a 3-1 early Avalanche blitz, two goals in 49 seconds by the Lightning to tie it up at 3-3 in the second, a cagey third period, and an early OT winner for Colorado. The Lightning also survived a Pat Maroon puck-over-the-glass call at the end of regulation that spilled over to overtime.
The Lightning look a bit worn and not as fast as the Avalanche, of course, but they did a good job of getting in Colorado’s way and playing some Trotzy hockey when needed. Of course none of that matters if Andrei Vasilevskiy is not insane, but then that’s been the case throughout their championship reign.
- Kevin Kurz posted results of the Athletic’s Islanders fan survey, and at least to my eyes, there’s not a surprise in the bunch. Maybe that’s from logic, or from reading y’all’s opinions around here, but I think we know where everyone stands: The future is a mystery under Lane Lambert, whether Lou Lamoriello adjusts beyond that is an open question, and hopefully they don’t rely on two ancient blueliners again.
- After his record-setting season, Islanders prospect William Dufour won the QMJHL’s top player award. [QMJHL]
- Some top performers and trends from Game 1 of the Cup final. [NHL]
- These in-series player blogs always end up being really vanilla, but at least Nicholas Paul tried. Tough to put anything together right after an OT loss, I’m sure. [NHL]
- The expected hiring of John Tortorella in Philly is delightful for us and uninspiring for Flyers fans. [BSH]
- Can the Stars live without John Klingberg? [Defending Big D]
- Future Islander Johnny Gaudreau’s agent said there is “no truth” to a report that his client and the Flames have reached agreement on a long-term deal. [TSN]
- The annual State of the NHL presser: The league exceeded its pre-pandemic revenues this season and announced next season will begin Oct. 11. [NHL | Sportsnet]
- Gary Bettman also acted like the Coyotes situation is “not unprecedented,” in his special stretching-reality kind of way. [Sportsnet]