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Even Blue Jackets are taken aback by fan’s weird Zach Werenski tribute shirt


Is it us, or is this postseason already a great one for weird-but-wonderful fan displays?

Think about it, we’re completing the first week of action and there’s already been:

That’s quite the start, and there are almost certainly more amusing and impressive examples of fans going the extra mile. If you want to up the level of bizarre, though, well … feast your eyes on this guy, who baffled even the sardonic Columbus Blue Jackets feed.

… Goodness.

In case you can’t tell, that’s a tribute to Zach Werenski‘s wounds from Game 3 of Penguins – Blue Jackets, when he posted this selfie.

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So, are we going to see an arms war in fan shirts now? Some of us … wouldn’t complain.

Here’s an update on his face:

Vegas Golden Knights roster reveal will happen at NHL Awards on June 21

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The NHL announced that the Vegas Golden Knights will announce their 30 selections from the expansion draft on June 21, adding a considerable dash of pizzazz to the 2017 NHL Awards.

(Will there still be skits?)

To review, the protected players and available players lists are expected to be revealed on June 18, giving Hockey Twitter/message boards a few days to put together hypothetical situations in respective mad science labs.

It will be a glorious, chaotic time. Perhaps the celebrity host will get to make especially awkward jokes? (Crosses fingers for Norm.)

Anyway, the league also revealed when the award nominees will be announced:

Wednesday, April 19
Selke Trophy (forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)

Thursday, April 20
Calder Trophy (top rookie)

Friday, April 21
Norris Trophy (top defenseman)

Saturday, April 22
Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)

Sunday, April 23
Lady Byng Trophy (player best combining sportsmanship and ability)

Monday, April 24
Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)

Tuesday, April 25
NHL Foundation Player Award (community service)

Wednesday, April 26
Jack Adams Award (top head coach)

Thursday, April 27
Mark Messier Leadership Award

Monday, May 1
Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team)

Tuesday, May 2
Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the Players)

Fun times will be had.

Yes, Rangers give Buchnevich (and Holden) a chance in Game 4


It wouldn’t be a New York Rangers postseason game without fans being a bit upset about Alain Vigneault’s lineup decisions. They’re even more reliable than Henrik Lundqvist in net.

Still, some of the louder complaints are muted heading into Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens, though it remains to be seen if it will be to the extent to quiet complaints.

As discussedĀ earlier, the Rangers will indeed play PavelĀ Buchnevich tonight, with Nick Holden also drawing into the lineup. Tanner Glass‘ shocking game-winning goal could only carry him so far, so he’s out (along with Kevin Klein on defense).

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Perhaps this will give the Rangers a shot in the arm and/or better chance of gaining more puck possession against the Habs tonight? Perhaps.

But that doesn’t mean Vigneault gets an A+ from every fan.

WATCH LIVE: Game 4 for Habs-Rangers, Penguins-Blue Jackets, Oilers-Sharks


Who would have thought that only three teams would finish 2016-17 with more points than the Columbus Blue Jackets?

Even considering the might of the Pittsburgh Penguins, did many expect them to have a shot at sweeping the Blue Jackets after such a strong season?

The playoffs are exhilarating and fun, but they can also be cruel. We’ll see if there are any new swerves on Tuesday, as the Blue Jackets fight elimination while two other series either end up tied at 2-2 or with 3-1 advantages.

Hereā€™s everything you need to know to watch:

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Network: NBCSN (Stream online here)

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Network: CNBC (Stream online here)

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

Time: 10:00 p.m. ET

Network: NBCSN (Stream online here)

Kassian wins it for Oilers, who shut out Sharks again


The venue changed, but the larger points stayed the same between the Sharks and Oilers from Game 2 to Game 3 … shockingly so.

To start, Cam Talbot shut out San Jose for the second straight game, making 23 saves as Edmonton won 1-0, taking a 2-1 series lead on Sunday. Considering that Talbot only needed 16 stops for a shutout in Game 2, it’s obvious that offense has been halted in this series (even with Joe Thornton back for the Sharks).

Wait … allow a correction: offense is drying up for everyoneĀ not named Zack Kassian.

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The former first-rounderĀ and former reclamation project now has two consecutive game-winning goals. He was a regular threat against the Sharks, too, creating turnovers and applying his mixture of size and skill in impressive (rarely seen) ways.

He’s already inspiring comparisons to the Oilers’ “most recent” unlikely hero before him: Fernando Pisani (yet, it’s been a while for Edmonton):

More than a few people griped that Kassian beat Jones five-hole (“again!”).

Of course, that goal would be far less regrettable if the Sharks had been able to score since the overtime-winner from Game 1.

It’s been an extremely tight couple of games between the two teams, so coming out on top twice in a row has to be really heartening for an Oilers team that came into the playoffs with legitimate questions about their defense.

Now the Sharks must push through their bumps and bruises to find a way to create more offense.

… And, dare we say, find a way to contain that Kassian kid?