Aside from possible nibbling from Andrew Shaw, Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final didn’t provide much in the way of controversy. There’s some grumbling in Game 2, though.
Update: The volume is likely to go down on the debate thanks to Jason Garrison’s goal, though. Here’s that 4-3 tally:
Jonathan Toews made a great play in the neutral zone (and then in the attacking zone) to set up Brent Seabrook for the 3-3 goal. Officials huddled a bit after it went in, but Ben Bishop’s pleas about interference fell on deaf ears.
Should the goal count? Judge for yourself:
At minimum, people believe that this is the latest argument for a coach’s challenge.
Some go the extra mile and say it shouldn’t have counted:
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Hulk Hogan believes that “Chicago’s in a whole bunch of trouble, brother.” (CSN Chicago)
Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging over the course of the Stanley Cup Final. (NHL.com)
Tyler Bertuzzi had an impressive run with AHL Grand Rapids. (The Detroit News)
The Islanders’ move to Brooklyn won’t be accompanied by a change in the team’s primary home and away jerseys. (Newsday)
In response to Lightning VP Bill Wickett banning out-of-state Blackhawks fans from Tampa Bay home games, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that fans from Tampa Bay are welcome to come to Chicago. (CSN Chicago)
Given that Los Angeles failed to make the playoffs, Kings GM Dean Lombardi feels that there’s an opportunity to make this summer about improving the players’ conditioning as opposed to the shorter offseasons Los Angeles has had in recent years, which had to focus on recovery. (NHL.com)
Gabryel Boudreau, who was a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, is among the players the Sharks opted to let go back into the draft pool. (CSN Bay Area)
The New York Rangers were one win away from back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Final. However, there will be no return trip this year.
They lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending a post-season that saw Henrik Lundqvist often as the backbone, their best player, on many nights. In the first round against Pittsburgh, each of the five games were decided by one goal, including three in a row by 2-1 decisions.
Against Washington, the Rangers managed to come back from a 3-1 series deficit. Again, every game decided by one goal.
It can be argued New York was flirting with an earlier exit, had it not been for timely goals, but mostly for the play of Lundqvist, who posted a .928 save percentage in the playoffs. The only goalie to play 10 or more games in this post-season and post a better save percentage was Braden Holtby.
Despite giving up two third-period goals — an Alex Killorn backhander through traffic and an Ondrej Palat wrist shot off the rush — Lundqvist was sharp. His collection of saves included a great glove stop on Jason Garrison, and a quick pad save on Tyler Johnson to keep it scoreless in the second period.
“I think we all expected him to do that; he’s a great goaltender,” said Johnson of Lundqvist to NHL.com.
“There’s no denying that. We knew we would just have to keep getting opportunities and we knew he was going to save a lot of those, so it was just a matter of time for us to get try to get more opportunities than he could save. Luckily, we were able to.”