Pucks in Deep
The GIST: The NHL Conference Finals are well underway with the Boston Bruins up 2-0 over the Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks up 1-0 over the St. Louis Blues.
Must-see plays: You must watch Shark Timo Meier make easy work of the Blues defence on this beautiful goal and watch 24-year-old Bruin Connor Clifton score his first NHL (!!!) goal.
Meanwhile, across the pond: The men’s World Hockey Championship started last Friday in Slovakia. Canada got off to a very rough start by first losing John Tavares (Toronto Maple Leafs’ star) to an oblique injury and then losing to Finland 3–1 in their first game (sound familiar?).
Fortunately, they bounced back with an 8–0 win over Great Britain yesterday. Maybe the Brits were too distracted by the news of their royal baby?
Hold up. So the Worlds is on at the same time as the playoffs?: Yes. Weird, we know. The teams are comprised of players who didn’t make the playoffs, were booted from the playoffs or don’t play in the NHL. As a result, the Worlds aren’t considered that big of a deal.
What is cool is watching up-and-coming players who aren’t in the NHL yet but will be soon. Most notably, projected No. 1 and No. 2 NHL draft picks, American Jack Hughes and Finland’s Kaapo Kakko (pronounced KAP-OH KAH-COH), have been amazing. In two games, Kakko already has five goals, including a hat trick. You could say he has a nice Finn-ish.
Close but no cigar: After going up 2-0 over the Guelph Storm at the beginning of the OHL Championships, the Ottawa 67’s lost four straight games to lose the series. Heartbreaking.
The 67’s were the favourites going into this series, having won a record-setting 14 straight playoff games. Unfortunately for them, losing four straight games to miss what would have been their first Memorial Cup berth since 2005 is probably what Ottawa will remember most.