Dustin Tokarski didn’t have much of a chance on this one.
The New York Rangers opened the scoring in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens on Carl Hagelin’s fifth goal of the post-season. And what a wild and odd sequence this turned out to be.
It started when P.K. Subban coughed up the puck and the New York blue line after the Canadiens won the faceoff. Hagelin broke in on a two-on-one rush, dished off to Martin St. Louis, who was somehow robbed by the left glove of Josh Gorges, who had gone sliding backwards into Tokarski.
The collision between Gorges and Tokarski rendered the Habs goalie almost useless in that situation, and Hagelin, showing off his baseball skills, knocked the puck out of mid-air and into the net. Odd. But this has been an eventful game already, with the first-period sequence that saw Daniel Carcillo tossed less than six minutes in.
The Habs, down 2-0 in the series, evened the score in the second period on a goal from Andrei Markov.
Jakub Voracek totally understands why nobody’s expecting much from the Philadelphia Flyers. When a team finishes 14 points out of the playoffs the year before, that’s typically going to be the case.
“We weren’t good enough last year, let’s face it,” Voracek told CSN Philly.
So, no, it doesn’t upset him that the Flyers aren’t considered among the Stanley Cup favorites.
That being said, “it makes you feel you want to prove them wrong.”
The Flyers get going tonight with a tough game against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. They also play Saturday in Florida against the Panthers, before a rematch with the Panthers Monday in Philadelphia.
“My biggest concern would be getting off to a good start,” GM Ron Hextall said. “That’s one thing that we need to do.”
That’s something they didn’t do last year. In fact, they won just once in their first six games. By the end of November, they were 8-12-3 and in a big hole — one that proved too deep to climb out of.
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The Arizona Coyotes might not be using John Scott‘s services after all.
The team waived him this afternoon, per Craig Morgan. It’s possible that the Coyotes are simply giving themselves options as Scott clearing would allow them to send him down quickly at any point until he plays in 10 games or 30 days pass. At the same time, any team looking for a gritty fourth-line forward or third-pairing defenseman might be tempted to claim him in light of his affordable $575K cap hit for the 2015-16 campaign.
Scott is an imposing presence on the ice at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, but he doesn’t bring much to the table other than his physical play and willingness to drop the gloves. In terms of offensive abilities, he’s among the least capable in the league. In fact, the four points he recorded last season with the San Jose Sharks represented a career-high for the 33-year-old.
Meanwhile, Dan Cleary went unclaimed on waivers, according to Bob McKenzie, setting the stage for him to be reassigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.