The Flyers needed overtime to
stay alive in their series against the Bruins in Game 4, but they would
need just one goal and and a solid overall effort to send the series
back to Philadelphia for a Game 6. Ville Leino played perhaps his best
game of the playoffs, opening the scoring in the first period for the
Flyers before being the catalyst on Scott Hartnell’s goal in the second
Leino’s effort on the shift that led up to Hartnell’s
goal, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead, was incredibly important for his
team after Brian Boucher left with what appeared to be a fairly serious
knee injury just four minutes into the second period. The goal kept the
momentum going for Philadelphia, as Michael Leighton stopped all 14
shots he faced in relief. Simon Gagne, who returned earlier than expected from a broken toe, scored the final two goals of the game and now has three tallies in his two games back.
Boucher has temporarily been diagnosed
with a knee sprain, although further testing will occur tomorrow after
the swelling goes down. I’m anticipating a MRI, one that might reveal a
fairly serious injury. The way Boucher’s leg was twisted underneath him,
and his immediate reaction, things aren’t looking good for the
goaltender that has played so admirably for the Flyers in the
The Bruins, meanwhile, played with zero emotion until
they were staring up at a 4-0 deficit and the home crowd showed even
less enthusiasm in getting their team back in the game. I didn’t see
this, but some reports from those at the game stated that Bruins fans
were throwing beer in the third period, as the Flyers dominated play.
The Bruins finally came alive late in the game yet in the wrong ways,
taking several bad penalties that negated any comeback they hoped to
The series now heads back to Philadelphia for an all
important Game 6, where the Flyers will draw upon what is sure to be an
electric crowd as they hope to secure the comeback.
Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp
It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.
Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.
Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.
The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.
Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.