The NHL knows one team that will be playing in the second round, as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets in five games on Thursday night. Rick Bowness made sure to let his best players know how he felt about their play to the media after the game.
Cale Makar spoke at the airport with the media about his suspension and return before the Avalanche took off for Seattle ahead of Game Six.
All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s Daily.
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Cale Makar met with the media before the team left for Seattle. He discussed his suspension. In addition, Jared Bednar talked about what the team has dealt with this season and why all the pressure is on his team.
While it doesn’t exactly clear up Valeri Nichushkin’s role in the situation, a police report was released with information about an intoxicated woman who was found in his hotel room while the team was in Seattle. She required transport to the hospital after she was found by team employees. There is no criminal investigation from this incident right now. He is still away from the team for “personal reasons.” The Avalanche did not comment when CHN reached out to them.
If you watched Game Five, you know as well as I do that there really wasn’t really anything positive about the game from an Avalanche perspective. Check out Plus/Minus here.
The Vegas Golden Knights are heading to the second round, as they beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Thursday to win the series in five games.
After the Jets were eliminated, Rick Bowness went off on his best players to the media. He kept it short, but he didn’t hesitate to rip into them. There have been issues with the culture in Winnipeg for a while and Paul Maurice leaving obviously didn’t change anything.
A clearly frustrated Rick Bowness went OFF in his post game press conference after the Jets 4-1 loss to Vegas.
— Connor Hrabchak (@ConnorHrabchak1) April 28, 2023
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs couldn’t close out their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Considering they haven’t won a round since 2004, it’s not exactly a big surprise.
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