So far, the Vancouver Canucks are frustrating the Colorado Avalanche as Cory Schneider maintains a 1-0 lead despite a 27-13 shot disparity. Obviously, this game has significant Western Conference implications, but it might ultimately be remembered most for Canucks scorer David Booth serving up some knuckle sandwiches to Mark Olver:
(Stupid note: if you jumble up the letters in his last name, Olver spells “lover.” One might point out that’s further proof why he’s not a “fighter,” so to speak.)
After taking some time to get used to Vancouver and get over some injuries, Booth has found a solid niche with 15 goals and 28 points in 50 games (and change) as a Canucks forward. That being said, he carried a five-game scoreless streak into Wednesday, so perhaps this fight will do more than make him a minor Internet celebrity tonight.
After establishing himself in the Swedish league, Anton Lindholm will head to North America.
The Colorado Avalanche announced that they have signed the 21-year-old defenseman to a three-year, entry-level contract. They selected Lindholm in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
More of a defensive defenseman, Lindholm only registered four assists in 30 Swedish league games with Skelleftea AIK in 2015-16, but he also had a team-high 85 hits despite missing a chunk of the season due to injury. During the playoffs he helped his team reach the SHL Finals by leading them in both hits and blocked shots.
That was his second full campaign with Skelleftea AIK. The next step for Lindholm will likely be for him to continue his development in the AHL.
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Hot take: the Pittsburgh Penguins probably won’t deal with a goalie controversy going into Game 7.
(Ugh, that’s a failed hot take … you can’t use “probably” in those things, right?)
Matt Murray was fantastic at times during Game 6, much like his counterpart in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s net in a 5-2 win. Granted, there were some tense moments during the Bolts’ late-game push:
Much has been made about experience, especially from those calling for Marc-Andre Fleury earlier in this series. It’s telling that the praise Murray draws sure sounds like what you’d expect from a “veteran.”
“He has a calming influence,” Sullivan said. “He doesn’t get rattled. If he lets a goal in, he just continues to compete. That’s usually an attribute that usually takes years to acquire that, and to have it at such a young age is impressive.”
Thanks in part to Murray’s efforts in Game 6, he’ll get a chance to prove his resolve in something new: a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final.
Matt Murray is third in expansion era to win 10 playoff games before hitting the mark in his regular-season career: pic.twitter.com/jiFvIA6QDg