On Friday Night, the St. Louis Blues evened their series with the San Jose Sharks after a 2-1 victory in Game 4 behind a masterful performance by goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Western Conference Final is turning into a heavyweight bout that has the feeling of going the distance. Saturday night May 18 is just the second time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there will be no hockey being played thanks to the Bruins sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Here is the news making headlines on Saturday May 18th:
All season long and into the playoffs, Binnington has shown his ability to bounce back from a loss. Friday night was no different as St. Louis made sure the series would go six games after a 2-1 victory in Game 4. Binnington put St. Louis on his back as he came up large especially late in Game 4 setting even more records for St. Louis. (The Sporting News)
The NHL released the Stanley Cup Final schedule Friday Night with Game 1 set to take place Memorial Day in Boston. (Boston Hockey Now)
Phil Kessel, the much maligned winger, of the Pittsburgh Penguins is making noise again this off-season. It is not for anything he has does off the ice. Kessel’s name tops TSN Frank Servalli’s Trade Bait Board as the Pittsburgh Penguins look to spice things up next season. (TSN)
Despite a tough end to their season at the hands of the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final, the Carolina Hurricanes future looks real bright after a long post-season run. (News and Observer)
Friday Afternoon the New York Rangers officially announced John Davidson’s return to the organization. Davidson will become New York’s new team President of Hockey Operations, a position vacated a day earlier by Jim Schoenfeld. (Newsday)
It appears the New York Rangers will make another move, this time on the coaching side of things. Lindy Ruff, who has been an assistant with the Rangers since 2017, and the organization will part ways as he was given permission to interview for the vacated Buffalo Sabres head coaching position, before Buffalo announced Ralph Kruger as the new coach. (ForeverBlueshirts)