Today’s an off day after the Los Angeles Kings took a 3-0 series lead last night, so instead we’re highlighting some of the headlines from around the hockey world:
A look back at Dan Bylsma, what he did for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and his fall since the start with the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Jonathan Quick’s shutout last night was the first one at Madison Square Garden in the Stanley Cup Final since 1972. The Kings also became the first team since 2004 to win a Stanley Cup Final game despite recording 15 or fewer shots. (NHL.com)
Mark Messier talks about his involvement in a nine-rink facility being built in the Bronx. (Puck Daddy)
Jeff Carter became the fourth player in Los Angeles Kings history to score at least 10 goals in a single postseason run. Of course, Marian Gaborik is also on that list. (LA Kings Insider)
St. John’s goalie Michael Hutchinson kicked out 49 shots to even the AHL Calder Cup Final against the Texas Stars at 1-1. (AHL.com)
One level below that, the Alaska Aces have swept the Cincinnati Cyclones to win the 2014 ECHL Kelly Cup championship. (ECHL.com)
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: