–Oilers forward Connor McDavid showed off his blazing speed throughout last weekend’s All-Star events in Los Angeles. Some players, like Tyler Seguin, couldn’t believe just how fast he was. “I don’t quite get how his first three steps, how he can separate from players so quickly with those first three steps. And even more impressive how he can do it almost quicker with the puck than without. He’s in his own world with that … That’s a different fast.” (Canadian Press)
–NHL players don’t easily forget the different battles they go through on the ice, but they’ve shown that they’re fully capable of forgiving their opponents if they bump into them during a social gathering or if they ever end up on the same team. ‘‘You have a hatred for some guys,’’ defenseman Brent Seabrook said. ‘‘But there’s a lot of guys you come across through the years that you hate playing against, then you meet them as a teammate or at a bar or at an All-Star Game or an Olympics or a world championship or a World Cup or whatever it may be, and you find out they’re pretty good guys.’’ (Chicago Sun-Times)
—Jay Beagle has always been known as a depth forward, but he’s shown that he’s fully capable of chipping in with some offense every so often. After countless hours of working on his play with the puck, Beagle is starting to prove that he can get his name on the score sheet too. (NHL.com)
—Nicklas Backstrom and Brad Marchand both put together three-point efforts during last night’s contest between the Bruins and Caps, but it was Washington that came out on top. You can watch the highlights of the game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
–Even when things appear to be going well for the Islanders, they aren’t. Despite the team playing solid hockey of late, most people are focusing on the fact that the Islanders could be looking for a new home (again). They appear to have three options: Stay at the Barclays Center, build a new arena or go back to the old Nassau Coliseum. No matter what they decide, one thing is clear, the fans are fed up of all this drama surrounding the Islanders. (New York Times)
–Here’s a feel-good story: 13 months after suffering a spinal cord injury on the ice, Denna Laing announced that she’s planning on participating in the upcoming Boston Marathon. ” Just to have that feeling to be competing again is pretty incredible and not something that you usually get just in everyday life. So it’s really exciting to be back, to have a goal like that.” (NHL.com)
–Sticking with that Caps-Bruins game. T.J. Oshie was so fired up after the warmup, that he nearly ran over head coach Barry Trotz in the hallway. Thankfully, Trotz saw him coming and backed out of the way at the last second: