The New York Islanders came up short in Game 3 as they now trail the Boston Bruins three games to one. Islanders Semyon Varlamov was strong all game but a gaffe in overtime erased all that. These stories and more in today’s daily links!
Brad Marchand scored 3:36 into the overtime period to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders in Game 3 at Nassau Coliseum. It capped a wild affair that saw the Islanders rally to tie the game late in the third to force the extra period. The Islanders now trail the best-of-seven-series 2-1 with Thursday’s loss. It’s the second time this postseason that the Islanders have trailed a series 2-1 after the first three games. (NYI Hockey Now)
Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov played pretty well in Game 3. But in overtime, he fell victim to a shot he has to stop. This is not the first or second time he has allowed a weak goal this postseason. Here are the takeaways from the loss. (NYI Hockey Now)
There were no hard feels from Scott Mayfield towards Jake DeBrusk for his cross-check in Game 2 between the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. DeBrusk was given a $5,000 fine by the NHL on Wednesday for the third-period play, which had not resulted in a penalty at the time. The Boston forward ended up cross-checking Mayfield in the head while the two were fighting for position in front of the Islanders net. (NYI Hockey Now)
Semyon Varlamov made save after save after save against the Bruins to give both the Islanders a chance and the amped-up crowd at Nassau Coliseum, expanded to a season-high 12,000 on Thursday night, more reasons to cheer. But now the Islanders’ path to the NHL semifinals has become significantly harder as Tuukka Rask upstaged Varlamov in overtime. (Newsday)
Playoff hockey always is about goalies, and this was no exception. On a night when Semyon Varlamov started and ended shaky but was brilliant in between, the Bruins got an even cleaner performance out of Tuukka Rask. (Newsday)
Brad Marchand scored at 3:36 of overtime, and the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. Marchand took a pass from Charlie McAvoy and scored with a wrist shot from a sharp angle close to the left boards to give the Bruins the lead in the best-of-7 series. (NHL)
Brad Marchand played hero in the Bruins Game 3 win with his overtime dagger. The defense and Tuukka Rask allowed for the team’s success. Here are the takeaways. (Boston Hockey Now)
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has been around or watched the Pittsburgh Penguins since Mario Lemieux’s playing days. The big guy has a Midas touch. Things seem to work out for Lemieux, and he seems to have an innate feel for hockey, whether it was a puck on his stick or a GM to hire.It appears Lemieux got it right, again. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The ping pong balls didn’t fall the Philadelphia Flyers’ way during Wednesday night’s NHL Draft Lottery. The Flyers didn’t move up or down, leaving them in the 14th slot. They’ll have the 13th overall pick due to the Arizona Coyotes being stripped of their first- and second-round picks this year. The Flyers have never selected a player with the 13th overall pick in franchise history. They could make franchise history (in a way) by using the pick. However, if that happens, Chuck Fletcher will have failed. (Philly Hockey Now)
Florida Panthers general manager Bill Zito embarks on his second season on the job in Sunrise with seemingly less work to do than he did when he first got here in September. One of his first projects upon taking over was trying to fix the ongoing problem of the team’s culture. Based on what we saw during the 2021 season, the Panthers took giant steps in rectifying that — and a number of players Zito brought in helped. (Florida Hockey Now)
After re-signing coach Jeff Blashill, the Red Wings still have a few details to iron out this summer. Here are Kevin Allen’s predictions about how those issues will shake out. (Detroit Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalance have won their first six straight playoff games. Their most recent one wasn’t pretty—and they probably shouldn’t have won it. But their netminder Phillip Grubauer found a way. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Should the San Jose Sharks trade back in this upcoming NHL Draft. The Locked On Sharks discussed this possibility and more in their latest episode. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Jordan Staal scored at 5:57 of overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at Amalie Arena on Thursday. With Carolina on a power play, Sebastian Aho curled into the high slot for a one-timer that deflected in short side off Staal, who was providing the screen. (NHL)
Mark Scheifele has been suspended four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety. The Winnipeg Jets center was disciplined Thursday for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans in a 5-3 loss in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at Winnipeg on Wednesday. (NHL)
Jake Evans is out indefinitely for the Montreal Canadiens because of a concussion. Evans was injured with 57 seconds remaining in a 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Second Round on Wednesday when he was checked by Jets center Mark Scheifele after wrapping the puck into an empty net. (NHL)
Petr Mrazek said he didn’t feel any pressure in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Second Round, his first start of the playoffs. The Carolina Hurricanes goalie showed his cool throughout, making 35 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday. (NHL)
Kirill Kaprizov has had contract talks with the Minnesota Wild, who are hoping to sign the forward to a long-term deal, general manager Bill Guerin said Thursday. “We love Kirill, I don’t think there’s any secret there, and what he’s brought to our team,” Guerin said. “We will do what we can to get a fair deal. (NHL)
Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice came to the defense of forward Mark Scheifele on Thursday, saying the center’s hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans was “heavy,” but “clean.” “For me, the feet are on the ice, the arms are tucked in and it’s a body contact,” he explained to reporters in the team’s off-day Zoom call. “That’s the way I see it.” (TSN)
From Auston Matthews down, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ core consistently underwhelms in the playoffs. The lack of scoring – perhaps more so in Toronto than anywhere else – erodes a massive competitive advantage, and greatly reduces the team’s margin for error. (TSN)
The New York Rangers and Swedish defenseman Nils Lundkvist have agreed to terms on an entry-level contract. Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury announced the deal with the 20-year-old first-round pick Thursday. (TSN)
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