If you stayed up long enough, you were witness to the sixth-longest game in NHL history. It was pretty close to going even longer, but Matthew Tkachuk was over it.
With the Colorado Avalanche, we talked about what replacing Gabriel Landeskog looks like, and also took a look at some under the radar unrestricted free agents Colorado might take a look at.
All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Gabriel Landeskog is irreplaceable, but the Avalanche now have some time to figure out the best possible way to replace him in the lineup in 2023-24. One player is unlikely to fill that role, so it may have to be done by committee. We also took a look at some under the radar free agents the Avalanche could take a peak at.
On a Finnish podcast, Artturi Lehkonen told quite the story about shadowing Connor McDavid for an entire game, and also told another story from when he was younger with Montreal. It’s a pretty funny listen for a guy who is very reserved in the Avalanche locker room.
Nathan MacKinnon and Andrew Cogliano took in Game Two of the Denver Nuggets/Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. MacKinnon took the opening shot of the game, and it didn’t go very well.
Nathan MacKinnon takes the first shot. Looks like he’s sticking with hockey – and that’s fine by us 😉 pic.twitter.com/0hyRZeZuYH
— Romi Bean (@Romi_Bean) May 19, 2023
After nearly seven periods, Matthew Tkachuk finally put an end to the sixth-longest NHL game ever, scoring on a great shot to give the Panthers the 1-0 series lead in the Conference Finals.
Matthew Tkachuk is not going to a fifth overtime. He scores the game-winner with less than 13 seconds left in 4OT and heads to the locker room pic.twitter.com/2hk7fhboQ1
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 19, 2023
Both goaltenders played out of their minds, with Sergei Bobrovsky stopping 63 shots on the evening. Game Two (although they technically played two games on Thursday) takes place on Saturday.
National Hockey Now
NHN: The Predators are staking their future on some late-round draft success.
CHN: Darryl Sutter may have been let go by the Flames, but Trevor Lewis told a story about the lighter side of the grumpy Sutter.
SJHN: The Sharks are hoping for a breakout from Mukhamadullin, who they acquired from New Jersey.
BHN: Some trade speculation surrounding the Bruins, who are expected to be active this summer. They’ll have to be with all their free agents.
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