It was the biggest news item in the hockey world on Wednesday: Steve Stamkos officially ruled out of the 2014 Winter Olympics due to the broken tibia he suffered in November.
Sidney Crosby, who was projected to play in the middle on Canada’s top line with Stamkos on the right side, spoke following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ win over the Buffalo Sabres about what transpired earlier in the day with his fellow Canadian.
“We all figured that if there’s anyone who’s going to find a way to get back, it’d be him,” said Crosby, as per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Crosby added: “It’s probably more difficult for him than anyone else. We feel for him, but we obviously have to move forward.”
Within minutes of the Stamkos announcement, the debate about who should replace the prolific scorer on Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team suddenly began. Of course, you can have your say, by taking the ProHockeyTalk Poll: Who should replace Stamkos on Team Canada?
According to ESPN and TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, Team Canada’s executive director Steve Yzerman will announce a replacement player “within 48 hours.”
The Nashville Predators hope to get back in their series now that the San Jose Sharks are visiting “Smashville.” Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars and Blues jostle for a 2-1 lead in St. Louis.
You can keep up with Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders (which is in progress) right here and on NBCSN.
Game 3 of Sharks – Predators is on USA Network and can be streamed via the link below.
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Finally, Game 3 of Stars – Blues airs on NBCSN. Keep an eye out for notes if there’s overlap with Bolts – Isles (which would bump it temporarily to NHL Network), but either way, you can stream the action below.
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Jonathan Drouin‘s strong playoff play has been a big story for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but his health is in question after taking a huge hit on Tuesday.
As you can see from the video above, Drouin was shaken up by an enormous check from New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey. It’s believed that Drouin went to “The Quiet Room” to see if he suffered a concussion; PHT will pass along whatever information becomes available.
(NHL teams aren’t exactly forthcoming with this information.)
The Islanders actually ended up with a power play from the fallout, as Hickey’s hit didn’t earn a penalty. The general reaction is that it wasn’t a dirty hit, yet some might disagree with that sentiment.
Update: Drouin didn’t come out during the beginning of the third period. He did, however, return midway through the final frame.
The NHL named the three finalists for the 2016 Foundation Player Award on Tuesday: Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano, New York Islanders forward Matt Martin and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
The awarded is handed to “an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
The winner gets to hand $25K to the charity of his choice.
You know a playoff series is starting to rev up when teams can’t even peacefully share an ice surface during warm-ups.
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to draw a red line in the sand between each other before Game 3, with the two sides exchanging a couple bumps and mean looks.
It’s … honestly a pretty amusing spectacle.
You can watch it all in the video above. Perhaps this GIF will fuel a meme or two:
Brian Boyle downplayed the exchange(s):