With most of its offseason business conducted already, and training camps not opening until mid-September, August is the redheaded stepchild of months when it comes to the NHL.
Team executives squeeze in some vacation time after largely filling out their rosters in July with trades and free agent signings, the players train away from the spotlight in their various hometowns and, well, there’s just not a lot hockey news taking place.
However, that does not mean there aren’t important storylines to follow and decisions to be made in, this, the quietest of all hockey months.
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Remember that elusive three-goal lead we talked about? Yeah.
The Leafs overcame a 3-1 series deficit and were on their way to wrapping up the series, thanks to a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
Limited Olivier Vernon Jersey The Bruins responded with three goals of their own, two of which came without goalie Tuukka Rask in favor of the extra attacker. Patrice Bergeron scored in overtime to shred all of Toronto’s hopes in one of the worst collapses you’ll ever see.
The final score can be deceiving sometimes, and this game is no exception.
Although the No. 8 Canadiens defeated the No. 1 Caps, they were outshot 42-16, outhit 27-13 and trailed 34-31 in faceoff wins. Their win is largely due to goalie Jaroslav Halak, who had 42 saves. Halak’d even has its own entry in Urban Dictionary.
The game wasn’t without controvery, either. Maxim Lapierre crashed into Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov, pushing the puck into the net. No goal was called, and neither was there a penalty.