Sometimes there are stories that restore your faith in the human condition and make you feel better about the world we live in.
This is not one of those stories.
Yesterday, former head coach Pat Burns was laid to rest in Montreal following his death due to terminal lung cancer. Over 1,000 people turned out for his funeral to pay respects to the former policeman turned hockey icon. It turns out that some folks don’t know how to be respectful of those in mourning as it was reported today that Burns’ wife, Line, had her car broken into and had items that were set to be sold at auction to benefit Pat Burns’ charity stolen.
Montreal police say someone broke into the car belonging to his wife, Line, and stole a number of the Burns family’s valuable possessions.
The stolen items included 30 autographed hockey jerseys, jewelry, and the late coach’s wallet.
Every time you think you’ve heard one of the worst stories something else always comes along to top it. Montreal police are asking that whoever stole the items to return them and given that this went down in Montreal, I wouldn’t want to be the guy guilty of robbing the widow of such a highly respected man. Given that the jerseys in particular were set to be sold for charity makes this crime all the more disgusting.
Stealing a dead man’s wallet though? I don’t know how a person can live with themselves after doing such a thing. Here’s to hoping that swift justice can be enacted in Montreal. If you’re looking to help out, the Montreal Gazette has the people to get in contact with to help catch this person.
Police are asking anyone with information, or anyone who might spot the items on a classified ad website or in a pawn shop, to call their confidential Infocrime line at 514-393-1133.
The thief, or thieves, are also being encouraged to call the line, Lemieux added. They can set up a drop-off point for the items, and no questions will be asked.
Going “no questions asked” is a good way to make sure the person responsible can save their own neck and from being run out of town.
What a start.
This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might be headlined by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but as many have said in the lead-up to tonight’s opener, there is so much more to this second round matchup than that. Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 tonight could be offered up as Exhibit A.
This game had everything except big offensive showings from Crosby and Ovechkin. They had their moments, but in the end combined for just one assist.
What we got instead was a hat trick by T.J. Oshie that was completed with a game-winning goal that made it past the line by such a narrow margin that it warranted a video review:
This game also featured a sequence of three goals in 90 seconds and yet also some great saves by goaltenders Braden Holtby and Matt Murray. At the other end of the spectrum, there was a controversial hit by Tom Wilson that might lead to a suspension.
There was even some odd stuff. Like how Jay Beagle got a stick stuck in his equipment.
If this game sets the tone for the rest of the series, then we should be in for a closely contested, highlight filled affair.
— Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Ben Lovejoy accounted for the Penguins’ other markers.
— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky scored the game’s opening goal. It was his first marker of the 2016 playoffs.
— Washington outshot Pittsburgh 15-9 in the first period, but Pittsburgh ended up with a 45-35 edge.
— This is the first time in the 2016 playoffs that Braden Holtby has allowed more than two goals. He surrendered just five goals in six games to Philadelphia.
— Matt Murray suffered his first career postseason loss after winning three straight contests against the New York Rangers.
Tom Wilson has already found himself in a controversy for delivering a late, knee-on-knee hit to Penguins forward Conor Sheary in the third period of Game 1 Thursday night.
You can see that incident below:
Wilson spent two minutes in the sin bin earlier in the contest for crosschecking Evgeni Malkin, but there was no penalty on this play.
Fortunately Conor Sheary was able to stay in the game. The question now is if Wilson’s actions will lead to him being suspended prior to Game 2.
This isn’t Wilson’s first brush with controversy. He delivered a big hit to Brayden Schenn in 2013, but Wilson wasn’t suspended for that incident. Lubomir Visnovsky’s final campaign was cut short due to a check by Wilson that angered the New York Islanders. More recently, Nikita Zadorov was concussed by a crushing blow from the Capitals forward.
In 231 career regular season games, Wilson has 50 points and 486 penalty minutes.
Related: Wilson says ‘I’ve never been a dirty hitter’ after teams voice complaints
For the first 30 minutes of Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Washington it looked like goaltenders Matt Murray and Braden Holtby might outshine these star-studded offenses. Then the floodgates opened up, if only for a moment.
Washington already had a 1-0 lead going into the second frame courtesy of Andre Burakovsky‘s first marker of the 2016 playoffs, but Ben Lovejoy and Evgeni Malkin scored back-to-back goals within the span of 57 seconds midway through the second period to tilt the scale in Pittsburgh’s favor. That lead didn’t last for long though as Capitals forward T.J. Oshie got a breakaway opportunity and took full advantage of it.
In total, there were three goals scored in the span of just 90 seconds and you can see all of them below:
After that sequence, the 2-2 tie held for the remainder of the frame. However, Oshie was able to reassert Washington’s edge just 3:23 minutes into the third period.
Through 40 minutes of action in Game 1 of the second round series between Pittsburgh and Washington and we’ve already seen some big moments, along with a pretty unusual one.
Beagle ended up with a stick lodged into his visor towards the end of the second frame. He tried to get it out himself, but ended up having to go to the bench for assistance. You can see that below: