It’s do or die time for a few Western Conference teams in the NHL playoffs, as the Wild and Kings have been pushed to the brink of elimination in both of their series.
Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar didn’t seem terribly happy that Cale Makar was suspended for Game Five, and can you blame him?
All that and more in this Wednesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
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The NHL announced the Cale Makar has been suspended for Game Five against the Kraken because of his late hit on Jared McCann. I didn’t like the hit, but I was surprised Makar was suspended, to be honest. Jared Bednar wasn’t in the mood to talk about it after the team landed at DIA on Tuesday. After my flight landed, I got over just in time for the quick press conference.
Bednar on the Makar suspension:“Disappointed, but I really don’t have any thoughts on it besides that.”
He said he was given no explanation from the refs last night on why it looked like no call wad made, then the major penalty, and then reduced to a minor penalty.
— Evan Rawal (@evanrawal) April 25, 2023
The hit wasn’t the only ugly part of the game. The Avalanche were outplayed from the drop of the puck and never found their footing. Quite frankly, the game could have been over a lot earlier if not for Alexandar Georgiev.
The Minnesota Wild were shut out by the Dallas Stars in Game Five of their series on Tuesday night. The game could not have started more poorly for the Wild, as Marcus Foligno was given a five-minute major for kneeing just a few minutes into the game. Is supplemental discipline now headed his way? What do you think?
It changed the ENTIRE complexion of the game.
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) April 26, 2023
With the series shifted back to Edmonton, the Oilers took it to the Kings in game five of their series, and are now just one win away from ending the Kings season for the second straight year. Zach Hyman scoring a goal off his face is a highlight.
— JayOnSC (@JayOnSC) April 26, 2023
The Islanders somehow managed to stay alive in their series, as they went into Carolina and took care of business to extend the series. The Hurricanes are running out of forwards at this point with all the injuries they’re dealing with.
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