The San Jose Sharks’ pre-Olympic schedule is completed, so those that aren’t going to Sochi will get some time off to rejuvenate before the final push.
Defenseman Dan Boyle needs the breather more than most. He’s been playing through a thumb injury that he sustained on Jan. 29, according to CSN Bay Area’s source. That didn’t stop Boyle from logging at least 21 minutes in four of his last five contests.
Boyle playing at something less than 100% is becoming a running theme this season. He admitted in mid-January that he came back from a concussion too soon. When he first returned from the head injury, he was still having a lot of trouble sleeping and his appetite was gone.
The 37-year-old is expected to be okay to play by the time the Sharks resume their schedule on Feb. 27.
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.
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: