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A Few Hockey Notes Before Summer Arrives

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Since trailing the Maple Leafs 3-1 in the opening round, the Montreal Canadiens have won nine Stanley Cup playoff games, lost one. That is beyond remarkable and impressive. This doesn’t happen often, a team is stunningly hot: the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings started the playoffs 10-1 in 2012.

- In games the Habs have scored two goals or more, Conn Smythe contender Carey Price has a 9-0 record.

- Vegas is caught in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation with Marc-Andre Fleury, whose rather careless gaffe behind the net, cost the Knights Game 3 in Montreal. They now have to go back to Fleury in goal for Game 4 but can’t be comfortable making that call … A hockey friend of mine says: If you have to decide who your starting goalie is, then you don’t have a starting goalie.

- If you can challenge offside goals and goaltender interference, why can’t you challenge a goal where there are clearly too many men on the ice?

- Dougie Hamilton is 28 years old, a near all-star on defence, and looking to play for his fourth team in nine years. Something’s not happening here.

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It’s not that complicated re: Fleury:
He’s an extremely battle-tested star goalie who has proven
he has what it takes to win it all.
It’s not like we’re talking about Tristan Jarry who had no track record and looked shaky at least half the time.

I think what you expect is Fleury comes back twice as focused and determined and stands on his head. It’s rare a goalie of his experience and caliber makes a bad mistake and then is defined by it in following games. If Vegas plays Fleury and somehow he falters twice in a row, they still made the right call. He could have a weaker game four and still run off three in a row.

Re: Hamilton I don’t like this talk. Simmons is stirring up stuff with no real basis.
So what if Hamilton is a little different personality-wise? All he does is produce.
To me, whatever people in Boston and Calgary tried to slime him with (gasp - he likes going to museums? At a time when toxic hockey hazing culture is rightly under criticism, he didn’t take to the expected “humiliate the rookie as a bonding exercise”?
Both make me like him more. He also got flak for turning away from a big hit in the playoffs a couple years back. But I don’t remember him being criticized for that continually. He’s a star offensive defenseman. Not everyone is Shea Weber.
The issue to me is more two or three things: one, the expansion draft is looming. If he’s not re-signed Seattle gets the inside track to sign him. Two, it’s a flat cap league for now and Carolina has Slavin, Pesce, Skei, Bean. Three, Dundon is notorious for having his own inflexible idea of a player or coache’s value. He might like Hamilton a lot on his team but not for a long-tent extension at market rate.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/20/21 at 03:19 PM ET

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