The NHL provided two physical games for our viewing enjoyment on Tuesday night. One series is now tied; the other has Edmonton in control. Colorado can send the Blues to the golf course tonight. The Avs take a 3-1 series lead into a home game at 7 PM CT on TNT. That’s the only game of the night thanks to the Lightning making quick work of the Panthers.
• The NHL Draft Combine is the first big offseason date on the calendar for the Blackhawks. Wondering what else is coming that fans need to circle? We’ve got your offseason checklist.
The 2022-2023 NHL Offseason: Dates, Deadlines, and When to Expect Action from the Blackhawkshttps://t.co/4z9kKE10iv
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) May 25, 2022
• USA Hockey advanced to the quarterfinals of the IIHF World Championship with a win from Sweden yesterday. Thus far, Seth Jones has one goal and three assists in seven games as the captain for the US squad. Sam Lafferty has contributed one goal and one assist in the tournament.
Quarterfinal matchup is set! #MensWorlds
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) May 24, 2022
• After the bad blood that ended the last game, you knew the Rangers-Hurricanes game had a chance to get physical at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Defenseman Jacob Trouba was unsurprisingly the deliverer of the hit on Max Domi. The only penalties on the play were a fighting major to Trouba while Carolina’s Steven Lorentz received an instigator, a fighting major and a 10-minute misconduct. Thoughts?
• The Rangers went on to win the game 4-1. Their first goal came from Frank Vatrano on the power play they received from the fight. That series is tied at two games each and headed back to Carolina, where the Canes haven’t lost a playoff game — yet.
• The late game got weird. Edmonton sprinted to a three-goal lead in the first period, but Calgary climbed all the way back to tie the game on one of the weirdest goals you’ll ever see. Rasmus Andersson threw a puck the length of the ice — 132 feet, officially — and it snuck past Mike Smith for the tying goal.
Rewatching this, Andersson is going BACKWARD in his own zone as he shoots this puck. https://t.co/osNUhoHob5
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 25, 2022
• Unfortunately for the Flames, Edmonton had the last laugh. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored less than six minutes later to give the Oilers the lead and Evander Kane scored a power play goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation to make the final score 5-3. The Oilers now have a 3-1 lead in the series.
• Sometimes when the world hates a free agent signing, the front office knows better. Congrats to DeMar DeRozan!
Worst signing of the offseason, right?
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) May 25, 2022