Marco Scandella, Ilya Bryzgalov, Paul Stastny

WATCH LIVE: Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (Game 2)

Note: With Blue Jackets – Penguins in overtime, the TV coverage of Wild – Avs can be temporarily found at NHL Network. You can juggle both games with help from the live stream link in this post. Conversely, you can stream Columbus – Pittsburgh here.

The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs already boasts one playoff series in which the first two games went to overtime, so it’s not outrageous to wonder if the same will happen for the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. Their Game 2 airs on NBCSN and via the live stream link below.


As you may remember (Wild and Avs fans definitely remember), Paul Stastny scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to steal one for Colorado in Game 1. There are still those out there who wonder if the Avalanche are for real, so we’ll see if they can at least turn the volume down from critics with a win in Game 2 (or turn the dial the other way if Minnesota ties the series up).

Either way, if this postseason continues its current trends, it should be a lot of fun to watch.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.