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• The Golden Knights’ blue line really showed its value in Game 1. [Sin Bin Vegas]
• On the Islanders’ Game 2 defeat: “Forced and unforced, there were just too many errors, too many lagging details. Again, though, did you expect the Lightning to abdicate?” [NY Post]
• “Kucherov didn’t score a goal, didn’t throw a meaningful punch, didn’t block a shot in the Lightning’s 4-2 victory over the Islanders in Game 2. All he did was rescue Tampa Bay on a night when the season briefly felt as if it might have been in peril.” [Tampa Bay Times]
• One man who knows what kind of coach Gerard Gallant is? Jaromir Jagr: “One of the other things I really like about the way he coaches is that he doesn’t change lines that often. He doesn’t mix up things just to do something.” [NY Post]
• What the Bruins do this summer will dictate whether they attempt to make another Stanley Cup run or move towards a transition phase. [NBC Sports Boston]
• A look at the Toronto Six’s Mark Joslin, the NWHL’s first Black head coach. [NHL.com]
• There are plenty of options for Penguins GM Ron Hextall to go and find cap space on his roster. [Pensburgh]