Despite the fan acrimony that was caused by the lockout, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — who wasn’t exactly the most popular figure among fans before the league’s most recent work stoppage — will once again walk out on a red carpet this June to hand out the Stanley Cup to either the Chicago Blackhawks or Boston Bruins.
“Yes,” said Bettman today in Chicago when asked whether it would be business as usual this year.
And that’s all he said in response that question.
He was, however, extremely complimentary of NHL fans for the passion and dedication they showed in returning to rinks, as well as watching on TV, during the shortened regular season and playoffs.
He’s still going to get booed, isn’t he.
Penguins push Capitals to brink of elimination with OT win
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”