Friday’s top NHL player
Yes, the Lightning had seeded on the line, and they succeeded in wrestling the third Atlantic Division seed away from the Bruins. Personally, I wouldn’t have played Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherovor Andrey Vasilevsky here. Not with all the mileage on these top players, and the injuries they’ve navigated.
But a lot of NHL teams stubbornly trotted out key players despite minimal gains, including some with literally nothing to gain on Friday. Aside from a few savvy teams like the Panthers, a lot of teams shrugged their shoulders and played most/all of their workhorses anyway.
At least this allowed Steven Stamkos to keep his absolutely absurd hot streak going.
Stamkos is now on an absolutely absurd nine-game multipoint streak after collecting a hat trick during the Friday NHL games. Over those nine games, Stamkos:
- Generating four points twice.
- Collected three points on four occasions.
- Settled (ho hum) for two points three times.
Ludicrous, ludicrous stuff. That hat trick helped Stamkos cross the 40-goal barrier. He ended the season with 42 goals and 106 points in 81 games (his first-ever 100+ point season).
There were some other standout NHL performances on Friday, including a Cole Caufield hat trick, but Steven Stamkos took the cake on what was essentially the last night of the season.
(The Kraken and Jets play a make-up game on Sunday. No one emailed me back about calling it “The Irrelevant Bowl.”)
Friday NHL Highlights
Watch highlights from that stunning Coyotes comeback against the Predators.
Here’s Steven Stamkos notching that hat trick.
— NHL (@NHL) April 30, 2022
Is this a sign that Zdeno Chara will withdraw? It at least looked that way.
🤝 with 3️⃣3️⃣
A beautiful moment for Chara. pic.twitter.com/BTJ1ENrIbC
— Bally Sports Sun: Lightning (@BallyLightning) April 30, 2022
Every Flyers player hugs Keith Yandle coming off the ice. Kevin Hayes, of course, gives him the final hug. pic.twitter.com/0S8GJYGnwS
— Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) April 30, 2022
Along with Stamkos, Cole Caufield also produced a hat trick, the first of the young winger’s career.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 30, 2022
Pretty cool for Canadian fans to break out a “Guy! Guy! Guy!” chant in honor of Guy Lafleur after Montreal scored a 10th goal.
GUY, GUY, GUY 🗣
— NHL (@NHL) April 30, 2022
Malcolm Subbananthem singer, is just a delight.
MALCOLM SUBBAN JUST CRUSHED THE US NATIONAL ANTHEM! 🤭
The reactions are priceless. pic.twitter.com/cYEOfE7bdw
— NHL (@NHL) April 29, 2022
Holy smokes, Dryden Hunt.
Thursday NHL Takeaways
All eight NHL series matchups for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Stunningly, the Predators squandered a 4-0 lead (which they notched less than seven minutes into the game) and lost to the lowly Coyotes 5-4 in regulation. The Coyotes almost spoiled things for the Starsthen they helped them move up to the higher wild-card.
Click here for a quick look at all eight NHL playoff series matchups in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but here are the nuts & bolts.
• Atlantic Division bracket
Florida Panthers (ATL 1) vs. Washington Capitals (toilet 2)
Toronto Maple Leafs (ATL 2)vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (ATL 3)
• Metropolitan Division bracket
Carolina Hurricanes (MET1) vs. Boston Bruins (toilet 1)
New York Rangers (MET2)vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (MET3)
• Central Division bracket
Colorado Avalanche (CEN 1) vs. Nashville Predators (toilet 2)
minnesota wild (CEN 2) vs. St.Louis Blues (CEN 3)
• Pacific Division bracket
Calgary Flames (PAC 1) vs. Dallas Stars (toilet 1)
Edmonton Oilers (PAC 2) vs. Los Angeles Kings (PAC 3)
Want to plan, say, your next two weeks? Head here for the schedule for the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
NHLPA will search for Don Fehr successor
Boy, the NHLPA really loves their “Friday night news dumps,” huh? Here’s the lowdown on the search for Fehr’s replacement.
Ducks bless us with one more regular season “EBUG”
There’s technically one game left this regular season
The existence of Sunday’s Jets – Kraken game is odd and funny
If you’re desperate to watch two teams go through the motions this weekend, the Jets and Kraken face off on Sunday. People might think you’re a little odd, but so what? A game’s a game.
Friday NHL scores
Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3
Sabers 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)
Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 2
Canadians 10, Panthers 2
Red Wings 5, Devils 3
Rangers 3, Capitals 2
Senators 4, Flyers 2
Lightning 6, Islanders 4
Golden Knights 7, Blues 4
Wild 4, Avalanche 1
Jets 3, Flames 1
Stars 4, Ducks 2
Oilers 3, Canucks 2 (SO)
Kraken 3, Sharks 0
Coyotes 5, Predators 4