The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t had Patrick Kane since March 19 or Jonathan Toews since March 30, but both of the injured forward are still on track to be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“They’re ready to go,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Absolutely ready.”
Losing both of them to injuries might prove to be a blessing in disguise. After all, they should be well rested going into the playoffs. Then again, the Blackhawks would have probably preferred that they didn’t get quite this much time off as rust might emerge as a factor.
Chicago went on a four-game winning streak after Toews joined Kane on the sidelines, but the team finished the season with back-to-back losses against Washington and Nashville. The Blackhawks will play against St. Louis or Colorado in the first round.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.