The time for talk was finally over. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was a decisive win for the Boston Bruins. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman dropped a mini-bombshell on video review during his “State of the NHL” address. Bettman also touched on topics from Olympic participation to labor negotiations. More on that later. Let’s take a look at the news that made headlines on Tuesday, May 28th.
You can call it a comeback as the Bruins rally from a 2-0 deficit to win Game 1 over St. Louis by a final score of 4-2. (Boston Hockey Now)
Commissioner Gary Bettman acknowledged there have been some mistakes made in the playoffs by the officials. but those officials are still the best in the world. The NHL will look to expand video review (NHL.com)
It will be known as the trade that wasn’t. According to Mike Russo of the Athletic, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel, who has been the center of trade talks, vetoed a trade to the Minnesota Wild, which involved Jason Zucker. (The Athletic)
What a year it has been for Finnish Hockey. For the third time in the international hockey calendar, Finland walked away with the top prize. Not to mention Finland’s women’s team picked up a silver medal at the Women’s Worlds. In the Gold Medal Game of the IIHF Men’s World Championships, Finland defeated Canada by a score of 3-1. For top draft pick Kaapo Kakko, he has now won World Junior Gold, U18 Gold, and Men’s World Championship Gold all at the age of 19 (NHL)
The wait will be finally over as the Edmonton Oilers will announce their new head coach on Tuesday. The man pegged as the head coach from the start as Dave Tippett will be named the next head coach. (Edmonton Sun)
A video has surfaced of Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov in a hotel room with a substance that appeared to be cocaine on the table. The NHL has no comment on the video, but league officials have seen it. Kuznetsov denies he took any drugs. The question will be what will happen to Kuznetsov once the investigation is over (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
David Backes faces his former team for the right to win the Stanley Cup, but that is not the only storyline of interest as the Stanley Cup Final gets underway. (Boston Hockey Now.)