How quickly fortune can change in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After impressing the entire hockey world with a team that, as recently as yesterday morning widely received plaudits for it’s brilliance in design and coaching and ‘toughness’, the much-hyped New York Islanders blew up spectacularly last night, losing 8-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning who now have a 3-2 series lead.
The Islanders fumbled it so badly they even let Luke Schenn score a goal against them, and that was on Ilya Sorokin because Semyon Varlamov was pulled in the first period after letting in three goals.
Perhaps assembling a team that relies on Leo Komarov as a top-six winger to face the Lightning isn’t actually a sign of GM brilliance, but of arrogance?
Eventually, frustration set in and the and the Islanders lost their tempers.
Rutta's hurting after Barzal cross checks him in the face. A major is called, the play is reviewed, and the final decision is a five minute major + a game misconduct for cross-checking. pic.twitter.com/9HgKmhczJz— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 22, 2021
That mess all further devolved into this bigger mess at the end of the game.
The Habs are back down in Vegas tonight to play the Knights at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Do you want to see Jack Campbell’s cats? I want to see Jack Campbell’s cats. I will have to figure out how Cameo works.
jack campbell doesn’t need cameo money but he just really wants to show off his cats pic.twitter.com/FVgdmKDjaE— mitch marney (@marnylandersen) June 22, 2021
JT Brown retires from NHL, joins Seattle Kraken broadcast - Miami Herald
Off the ice, Brown has supported the “Black Girl Hockey Club” that works to make hockey more inclusive for Black women and girls, and has used his presence as a Twitch streamer to raise funds for the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” campaign.
Wild assistant GM Tom Kurvers dies after battle with lung cancer - Hockey Wilderness
The Minnesota hockey legend was 58 years old.
Petry to reunite with father at Game 5 with Canadiens - NHL
Dan, a former Major League Baseball pitcher was declared free of symptoms after a 10-day quarantine that started Christmas Eve, but has not seen his son in person since then.
NHL officials losing the plot as missed penalties pile up - Sportsnet
Folks, we have lost the plot on National Hockey League refereeing. When the best referees in the league perform like they have this spring, there is a problem.