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• Lightning head coach Jon Cooper on the winning goal, which he hinted should have not been allowed due to a “too many men” penalty: “This one is going to sting much more than others, just because it was taking on … it was potentially … I don’t know … it’s hard for me. It’s going to be hard for me to speak. I’m going to have to speak. I’ll speak with you tomorrow,” he said. “You’re going to see what I mean when you see the winning goal. And my heart breaks for the players. Because we probably still should be playing.” [ESPN]
• Nazem Kadri returning and scoring the overtime winner was one for the storybooks. [Colorado Hockey Now]
• “Just when this team is counted out, they find a way to win. Can they do it one more time (well, three more times technically)? Why not? Yes, they’re down 3-1 in the series, but two of those losses came in overtime. Heck, last night they were a Nikita Kucherov shot off the post and a Brandon Hagel shot off the mask from winning the game. Despite Darcy Kuemper’s Patrick Roy impersonation in Game Four, the Lightning have the better goaltender. If you needed to win three in a row against a potent offense, isn’t Vasilevskiy the guy you want in net?” [Raw Charge]
• Pierre-Luc Dubois has told the Jets he plans to test free agency in 2024. Dubois is set to become an unrestricted free agent in two years. [Sportsnet]
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• If you missed it, Paul Maurice will be taking over from Andrew Brunette as head coach of the Panthers. Brunette could stay on as an assistant, if he wishes. [PHT]
• Stars GM Jim Nill says he will stay on for a few more years but a succession plan will be put in place. [Dallas Morning News]
• Really insightful read from Chris Peters focusing on all 32 NHL teams and their draft needs. [Daily Faceoff]
• “The National Hockey League will start its 2022-2023 season on Oct. 11, but modifications to the 5,000-seat arena where the Arizona Coyotes will be based won’t be finished until December.” [ABC15]
• Looking at the 2021-22 Sharks and what comes next for the franchise. [NBC Sports Edge]
• “Over eight years playing pro hockey, Riley Cote suffered countless blows to the head. Now he’s preaching the power of psilocybin to help treat the effects” [Rolling Stone]
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