Devon Toews and the Avalanche are one win away from the Cup

The Colorado Avalanche are just one win away from winning the Stanley Cup. It also means they are one win away from stopping the Tampa Bay Lightning from threepeating. And the overtime winner is shrouded in controversy over a call that benefited the Lightning last year. It couldn’t be more perfect.

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

Islander Bits

  • Chris Simon was the Weird Islander this week, and Dan and Mike were joined by one of Mike’s longtime friends, Eric Needell, to discuss the “incidents” of Simon’s Isles tenure. [LHH]
  • Shannon Hogan made a guest appearance on the Talkin’ Isles podcast. She opened up about her swimming career, how she got into broadcasting, her first season with the Islanders and the difficulty of coping with the pandemic.

  • This (Yester)Day in Isles History: The Islanders Pick Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson in Back-to-Back Picks (2018); Lou Lamoriello wins his second consecutive Jim Gregory Award (2021).

Stanley Cup Final

  • So Nazem Kadri exits the second round with a broken thumb, undergoes surgery, comes back in game 4 of the cup final and meets the OT winner. I mean come on These screenwriters are getting lazy. [NHL]
  • No, but actually this is probably one of the best stories I’ve seen in a long time. A dream come true for every player; Just ask Kadri. And nobody knew at first that it was in there. [Sportsnet]
  • Jon Cooper described the loss as “heartbreaking” but his team are not giving up just yet. [NHL]
  • The reason it was “heartbreaking” was because the Avalanche had at least six players on the ice when Kadri scored. But as this article notes, just last year the Lightning found themselves on the happy end of a similar overman situation, indicating seven players were on the ice when Tampa scored in Game 2 last year. Shit happens; Deal with it. [Sportsnet]
  • But it takes the heart of a champion to win three games in a row after a loss like this – two away. [ESPN]
  • Steven Stamkos tends to be one of the greats among NHL captains. [The Athletic]


  • In a way, the Florida Panthers decided against taking the interim tag from Andrew Brunette and hired Paul Maurice instead. [NHL]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks promoted Meghan Hunter to assistant GM, making her the fourth woman to hold such a position in the NHL. Old islander Mark Eaton will also bear this title.
  • Time to get on the scam: The NHL and NHLPA have partnered with an NFT platform. [ESPN]
  • That really warms my heart, not in a sneaky glee kind of way like watching my least favorite teams lose, but in an actual and real way: Kyle Okposo has leadership as a veteran with his after his wonderful comeback Youth took over team and likely made captain of the Buffalo Sabers. [The Athletic]

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