David Johnston

Governor General: “If you want to fight, go in a boxing ring”


Add the Governor General of Canada to the list of those decrying the violence we’ve seen in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

“When our kids see this beautiful game where the idea is to injure someone, or to escalate the level of conflict every time the play stops, it’s just not the way we raise our children,” David Johnston told the Canadian Press.

Johnston, 70, played hockey at Harvard, where he was the captain of the varsity team.

He also suffered three concussions as a teenager from playing hockey and football.

To be clear, Johnston doesn’t want to remove the physical elements of the game, just the fighting and unnecessary violence.

“[Hockey’s] rough in the right sense. It’s fast and there are collisions,” he said. “Hockey is not a violent game. … It has no place for fighting. If you want to fight, go in a boxing ring.”

If you’re wondering, the governor general is the queen’s representative.

The queen has yet to comment on the NHL playoffs.

Though apparently she’s a big Kings fan.

I’ll show my way out.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: