For the first time since the start of the postseason last month, there are no playoff games tonight. The Western Conference finalists are getting a rest before their series starts on Saturday, while the Eastern Conference finalists played last night with Boston beating Carolina 5-2. There is hockey being played across the pond though, so let’s split our attention between the NHL and Worlds below.
Boston takes Game 1!
— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) May 10, 2019
The Boston Bruins turned it on in the third period to knock off the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night. The Bruins scored two goals on the power play in the span of 30 seconds, and that was the difference.
Steven Kampfer’s left all alone to snipe it home early. 🔥
— theScore (@theScore) May 10, 2019
The decision to have little used veteran Steven Kampfer fill in for Charlie McAvoy last night was an inspired one. Kampfer scored his first playoff goal in just his second playoff game, and that could earn him a spot in the lineup in future games.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 10, 2019
Kaapo Kakko is projected to be the No. 2 pick in the NHL Draft next month, and he scored a fantastic goal to open the scoring for his native Finland against Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championships. Finland went on to win this match 3-1.
So #HockeyTwitter, we're pretty curious – what type of team names do you like best? 🤔
Tell us what you like plus answer even more questions on our new Fan Site → https://t.co/nBVCHtpAoD
— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) May 10, 2019
It’s still two years until Seattle’s NHL team plays its first game, but the ownership group has been making some news. They are letting fans vote on the team’s logo, colors, and nickname, and it’s looking very likely that Seattle will have a unique nickname. I’m partial to the Seattle Kraken.
Sharks-Blues schedule pic.twitter.com/E8vzKs2I4e
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) May 9, 2019
San Jose and St. Louis get their series started tomorrow in a rematch of the 2016 Western Conference Final. The Sharks beat the Blues 4-2 to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs three years ago, and St. Louis is out to return the favor.
- Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Bruins strike first on Hurricanes | ESPN
- U-M alum Steven Kampfer scores 1st NHL playoff goal filling in for suspended player | M Live
- Projected high draft pick Kakko leads Finland to win over Canada | TSN
- Web portal launched by Seattle’s NHL team lets fans weigh in on name, uniform colors and even their goal celebration sounds | Seattle Times
- Blues, Sharks no strangers in playoffs | NHL