The 2022 NHL Awards show was last night – the league and the Lightning hosted it at the Amalie Arena – and I really had no idea this was happening until all the awards announcements started on Twitter. If you wanted to watch it but were relying on us to let you know, I apologize. But Google is also free.
Anyway, Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final is tonight. It turns out to be good. And to echo many of you from yesterday’s comments, it’s probably a good bet that whoever wins tonight will keep winning the Cup: if Colorado wins, they have three chances to close it, but if Tampa Bay wins and gets 2-2, I can’t see Colorado take two of Andrei Vasilevskiy’s three games, stuck at the end of the series.
Much intrigue. Speaking of intrigue, look for a new Weird Islanders! today, with one of the strangest islanders I can remember.
News about the islanders
- Vézina’s vote breakdown (more on who won below) shows that Ilya Sorokin got some love, getting a vote for first place, for some reason, and finishing sixth. [Twitter]
- William Dufour scored when host Saint John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup opening match with a roll over. Dude, I really hope it becomes that rough diamond we need. [Islanders]
- Bob Nystrom was having a beer in a bar one night when his name appeared on the intercom. His father called to tell him that he had been drafted by the islanders. No more houses to frame! Tell her story of the draft of the day. [Islanders]
- This seems to be a nice touch. I wish I’d seen it live.
Press and elsewhere
- Auston Matthews won both the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award for his 60-goal season. With the awards ceremony in Tampa, he was more “distressed[y]”About not playing right now than anything else. [NHL]
- Cale Makar won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defender. In front of what was definitely a Tampa crowd (was there a crowd?), He said he hopes a Stanley Cup is right behind the Norris. [NHL]
- Sorokin may have finished sixth, but the winner of the Vézina Trophy never had any doubts: Igor Shesterkin, who finished third in the Hart vote and who had one of the best seasons ever as a goalkeeper, won the top prize by a clear margin. doorman. [NHL]
- The Calder Trophy went to Detroit Red Wings defender Moritz Seider. I have to hand it over to Steve Yzerman: Seider was one of the top ten picks everyone at the time called achieving, and here we are. Seider hopes this is just the beginning. [NHL]
- Lou Lamoriello will not win the Jim Gregory Award this year; the first GM prize, voted after the second round, will go to one of the three GMs of the semifinalists. [Sportsnet]
- The Dallas Stars have made it official: Peter DeBoer is their new coach. [Sportsnet]
- Dan Bylsma, Stanley Cup winning coach and former assistant coach of the Islanders, has been named inaugural coach of Seattle Kraken’s AHL affiliate, the Coachella Valley Firebirds. [NHL]
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has criticized Hockey Canada for its handling – or, more accurately, mismanagement – of the 2018 sexual assault by eight players on his U20 squad, and they don’t even know which eight players were charged. . [The Athletic]