Devon Toews and Avalanche are within one cup win

The Colorado Avalanche are one win away from the Stanley Cup. That also means they are one win away from keeping the Tampa Bay Lightning from hitting three times. And the overtime winner is shrouded in controversy over a call the Lightning benefited from last year. It couldn’t be more perfect.

Nothing is happening here on the home front, but hey, it’s the Stanley Cup final. What did you expect?

Bit of the islanders

  • Chris Simon was the odd islander this week, and Dan and Mike were joined by one of Mike’s longtime friends, Eric Needell, to discuss the “incidents” of Simon’s Isles tenure. [LHH]
  • Shannon Hogan was a guest on the Talkin ‘Isles podcast. She talked about her swimming career, how she got into her broadcasts, her first season with the Islanders, and how difficult it is to deal with the pandemic.

  • This (yesterday) day in the history of the islands: the islanders select Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson in consecutive choices (2018); Lou Lamoriello wins his second consecutive Jim Gregory Award (2021).

Stanley Cup Final

  • So Nazem Kadri leaves the second round with a broken thumb, undergoes surgery, returns to Game 4 of the Cup final and scores the OT winner. I mean, let’s go. These writers are getting lazy. [NHL]
  • No, but actually this is probably one of the best stories I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a dream come true for any player; ask Kadri. And no one knew he was in the beginning. [Sportsnet]
  • Jon Cooper described the loss as “heartbreaking”, but his team isn’t giving up yet. [NHL]
  • The reason it was “heartbreaking” was that Avalanche had at least six players on the ice when Kadri scored. But as this article notes, just last year, the Lightning were on the lucky end of a similar situation of too many men, referring that there were seven guys on the ice when Tampa scored in Game 2 last year. Shit happens; face up to. [Sportsnet]
  • But it will take the heart of a champion to win three straight games, two away games, after such a defeat. [ESPN]
  • Steven Stamkos is on trend towards the all-time greats among NHL captains. [The Athletic]

Somewhere else

  • In something of a daze, the Florida Panthers decided not to take the interim tag off Andrew Brunette and hired Paul Maurice instead. [NHL]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Meghan Hunter to Assistant GM, making her the fourth woman to hold such a position in the NHL. Old islander Mark Eaton will also carry that title.
  • Time to get into the scam: NHL and NHLPA have partnered with an NFT platform. [ESPN]
  • This really warms my heart, not in a vile schadenfreude way like seeing my underdog teams lose, but in a real and genuine way: Kyle Okposo, after his wonderful rebound season, has taken on a veteran leadership role with the his young team and will likely be named captain of the Buffalo Sabers. [The Athletic]

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