USA Hockey Advances, Trouba’s Big Hit, Oilers Take Control, and Other Blackhawks Notes

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.

•   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.

•   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?

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•   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.

•   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!

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Tab Bamford has been writing about the Chicago Blackhawks for almost two decades. He joined Bleacher Nation as the lead Blackhawks writer in May 2022. Tab is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and is the author of two books about the Blackhawks: "100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" (Triumph Books) and "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter/X/Instagram/Threads at @The1Tab

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