Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad didn’t dazzle anyone with his third goal of the playoffs on Sunday, but putting himself in front of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick during a first period power-play, he was in a position to capitalize on teammate Nick Leddy’s shot.
It’s something Saad wants to do more of against Los Angeles in the Western Conference Final.
“I can get goals different types of ways, and I think getting to the net more, especially in the playoffs, is how they’re going to come,” Saad said, per the Chicago Tribune.
Getting guys in front of Quick is easier said than done and it’s a task made harder for Chicago as long as forward Andrew Shaw is on the sidelines.
“Shaw does a great job with that,” Saad acknowledged. “You see it every night. With him out especially, someone has to take that role.”
He’ll try to be that guy in Game 2 on Wednesday (8:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN).
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.
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 CSNNE.com’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.