The Jets didn’t skate away victorious Monday night, but the game itself meant more to Winnipeg than most would expect. The passion of the fans was displayed on a national stage and in such a way that it showed the NHL just what it was missing. More
Once the Edmonton Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft lottery, it didn't take long for pundits to begin speculating over the effect this would have upon the club's off-season plans. With the Oilers all but certain to select Erie Otters wunderkind Connor McDavid first overall, GM Craig MacTavish will have some intriguing options to work with to address his other roster needs.
For the second time in their first three first-round series games against Minnesota, the Blues came out with a flat effort and a loss. They're now just two defeats away from another first-round exit – and big changes in the off-season.
The MTS Centre crowd was as loud as anyone could have expected, but with a quick deflection in overtime, Rickard Rakell made the Winnipeg Jets faithful eerily silent. With the overtime victory, the Anaheim Ducks took a 3-0 series lead on the Jets and can lock up the series win Wednesday night.
Veteran agitator Steve Ott is well-known for pushing the envelope, but Monday in Game 3 of St. Louis' first-round series against Minnesota, he was a little extra zealous, first clashing with Wild rookie Matt Dumba on the bench, then taking on Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon on the same play late in the game.
The Penguins haven't laid down and waived a white flag in their first-round series against the New York Rangers, but even if the injury-ravaged Pens were at full strength, they'd be hard-pressed to beat the mighty Blueshirts. This Pittsburgh team needs balance and depth – and to get that, they'll need changes.
Winnipeg hockey fans had waited 19 long years to see their own NHL team score a playoff goal at home, and when Lee Stempniak buried a tally midway through the first frame, the MTS Centre exploded with one of the loudest cheers you'll ever hear.
It seems odd a player would intentionally fire the puck wide of their opponents' net, but Monday in Game 4 of the Penguins/Rangers series, Blueshirts defenseman Marc Staal shot it off the end boards on a ricochet play that worked perfectly: with a goal by teammate Chris Kreider.
Sure, Buffalo would've preferred to win the draft lottery and take Connor McDavid. But Jack Eichel is an amazing building block for a franchise with an already-loaded farm system.
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