Devon Toes and Avalanche are one win away from the Cup

The Colorado Avalanche is one win away from winning the Stanley Cup. It also means that they are one win away from preventing the Tampa Bay Lightning with a three-stroke. And the overtime winner is surrounded by controversy over a call that took advantage of Lightning last year. It couldn’t be more perfect.

Nothing’s going on up front here, but hey, it’s the Stanley Cup Final. What did you expect?

islanders bit

  • This week Chris Simon has been cranky, and he joins Dan and one of Mike’s old friends, Eric Needle, to discuss “incidents” of Simon’s tenure in the Islands. [LHH]
  • Shannon Hogan hosted the Talkin’ Isles podcast. She discussed her swimming career, how she got into broadcasting, her first season with islanders, and the hardships of working during the pandemic.

  • On This Day (Lester) in Islands History: Islanders have made Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson in back-to-back picks (2018); Lou Lamoriello won his second consecutive Jim Gregory Award (2021).

Stanley Cup Final

  • So, Nazim Qadri left the second round with his thumb broken, underwent surgery, and returned in the fourth match of the cup final, and scored the winner in the extra match. I mean come. These scriptwriters get lazy. [NHL]
  • No, but actually this is probably one of the best stories I’ve seen in a long time. It is a dream come true for any player. Just ask my destiny. No one knew it was there at first. [Sportsnet]
  • John Cooper called the loss “heartbreaking,” but his team won’t give up yet. [NHL]
  • The reason it was “heartbreaking” was that the avalanche had at least six players on the ice when Kadri scored a goal. But as this article points out, just last year, Lightning was on the lucky end of a similar position for too many guys, noting there were seven men on the ice when Tampa scored in Game Two last year. shit happens. Treat. [Sportsnet]
  • But it takes a hero’s heart to win three games in a row – two on the road – after a loss like that. [ESPN]
  • Stephen Stamkos is heading towards the all-time greats among the NHL captains. [The Athletic]

in another place

  • In something somewhat startling, the Florida Panthers decided not to remove the temporary mark from Andrew Brunet and instead hired Paul Morris. [NHL]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Megan Hunter to assistant GM, making her the fourth woman to hold the position in the NHL. This title will also be held by the island’s old son, Mark Eaton.
  • Time to step into the scam: the NHL and NHLPA partner with the NFT platform. [ESPN]
  • This really warms my heart, not in a mean-spirited way like watching less-favorite teams lose, but in a sober, real way: Kyle Okposo, after his impressive season, has taken on a veteran leadership role with his youth team and is likely to be named captain of the Buffalo Sabers. [The Athletic]

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