My how the tables have turned for the New York Islanders crying foul with the officiating in their semifinal series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A missed too many men on the ice call in Tuesday night’s Game 2 led directly to a Tampa Bay Lightning goal in their convincing 4-2 win over the Isles, and after the game Islanders head coach Barry Trotz made certain to make mention of the incident. That was quite the turnaround for Trotz after he played the role of “respecting the referees” during the second round series against the Boston Bruins when a series of key calls went New York’s way.
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 16, 2021
Ah well, I guess if you live long enough you see the “saints: turn into “sinners” during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now on to the rest of the BHN Puck Links:
*As we’ve expected all along, it doesn’t appear that the Boston Bruins are going to be players in the Jack Eichel sweepstakes given all factors involved. (Kukla’s Korner)
*Speaking of the Boston Bruins, it’s about time that they fessed up about the disaster that was the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, and Cam Neely did just that during Tuesday’s zoom availability with the media. (Boston Hockey Now)
*And this is a fun little leftover from yesterday’s 10-year anniversary of the Stanley Cup win for the Black and Gold in 2011. That locker room was a fun place to be.
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 15, 2021
*Interesting piece from Sheng Peng where he talks with three NHL scouts about some upcoming NHL free agents, including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Krejci among others. (San Jose Hockey Now)
*Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau wins the best NHL assist for this season, and FOH (Friend of Haggs) George Richards has some of his best dishes this season. (Florida Hockey Now)
*Speaking of not interested, the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t expected to be interested in Dougie Hamilton as he becomes available to the highest bidder. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
*Cool story from FOH Kevin Kurz about a 1987 brawl between the Flyers and Canadiens that changed it all for the NHL. (The Athletic)
*Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog wants to make something work with the Avs on a contract as he’s looking at potential free agency next month. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*For something completely different: Can you believe that some people aren’t buying that a lobster diver was swallowed whole by a whale and survived to tell the tale? (Boston.com)