The Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway. Lots of storylines are unfolding before our eyes. Here is the top hockey news of the day for Monday, April 15th from the weekend that was. Today’s stories include Nazem Kadri’s cross check, Blue Jackets up 3-0 on Tampa Bay, Islanders completely dominating Pittsburgh, Mark Stone records hat trick, Jets back in the series, Cale Makar signs with Colorado, Controversy in the Women’s World, Predators lose two key players, Thornton to have a hearing, and Alain Vigneault named new head coach
Top Hockey News for Monday, April 15th
Toronto’s Nazem Kadri cross checked Jake DeBrusk in the head and will face a lengthy suspension.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the brink of elimination as Columbus grabs a stranglehold on the series.
Under Barry Trotz’s coaching style, the New York Islanders are dominating the Pittsburgh Penguins as they lead 3-0.
George McPhee deserves a lot of credit for bringing Mark Stone to Vegas. Thanks to Stone’s hat trick along with the play of his line mates, Vegas grabs a 2-1 series lead.
After finishing his career with UMass, Cale Makar signed with the Avalanche and will make his playoff debut Monday night.
In one of the more wilder Women’s Worlds history, Team USA wins their fifth goal medal in controversial fashion.
The Predators will be without two keys players as Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle will be out of the lineup for a couple of weeks.
Joe Thornton will have a hearing with the NHL for his hit on Vegas forward Tomas Nosek.
Flyers have gotten their man as the team announced Alain Vigneault will be the next head coach.