A lot of the spotlight for the Boston Bruins during these Stanley Cup playoffs has been shining on defenseman Charlie McAvoy, and rightfully so given his dominant performance. In a breakdown of the postseason to this point, ESPN.com singled out McAvoy as the most noteworthy observation related to the Black and Gold in these playoffs along with other general observations like the Toronto Maple Leafs breakdown and the absolute machine that the Tampa Bay Lightning are at this point.
Clearly, the Worldwide Leader isn’t the only one on the McAvoy hype train, however, as we said our piece about the B’s No. 1 defenseman’s masterful play in the postseason last weekend. He’s the lead candidate for the Conn Smythe on the Boston Bruins at this early point in the postseason, and undoubtedly McAvoy will be one of the guys pulling the B’s rope in a massive Game 3 on Long Island Thursday night.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Could the Detroit Red Wings be a sleeper in the Seth Jones sweepstakes as it feels like the Columbus Blue Jackets have no choice but to trade him? FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen seems to think so. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*All signs are pointing forward Craig Smith (lower body) returning for Game 3 tonight at Nassau Coliseum. (Boston Hockey Now)
*The fourth line is getting the job done again for the Islanders in the second round with Casey Cizikas scoring a big overtime goal in Game 2. (NYI Hockey Now)
*Speaking of the disappointing Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have no answers for their first round loss. That is a big part of the problem. (TSN)
*So what are the Buffalo Sabres going to do now that they’ve been awarded the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft? (Buffalo News)
*Nasty business from Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele, who cleaned out Jake Evans on an empty net goal that clinched Game 1 for the Canadiens. Scheifele is facing a suspension with a phone hearing with NHL Player Safety, but it sounds like he won’t be suspended for the balance of the playoff series.
Nasty business from Scheifele https://t.co/fRIxtU4neA
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 3, 2021
*For something completely different: An enlightening conversation with the key cast and creators behind “Falcon & the Winter Soldier.” (THR)