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Evan’s NHL Daily: Matthew On A Hat Trick Roll, ESPN Rant



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The NHL really enjoys making life harder on themselves, and their fans. Friday night’s broadcast of the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals is just one example of that.

Meanwhile, Auston Matthews can’t be stopped, as he dropped another hat trick on Saturday night.

With the Colorado Avalanche, we analyzed the Devon Toews extension a little deeper, and the team pulled out a come-from-behind victory against the San Jose Sharks.

All that and more in this Sunday edition of Evan’s Daily.

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The Devon Toews extension may age better than you think.

Gabriel Landeskog is out and about in Canada as he rehabs his injury, and he made an appearance in his old OHL barn Friday night.

It took 49 shots, but the Colorado Avalanche were finally able to solve Mackenzie Blackwood, coming from behind to win 2-1 in a shootout.

Today, we’ll have Plus/Minus and another rendition of the Turning Point. It’s the final day to use the “evan10” code, so use it while you can for a yearly subscription.


There were only two games in the NHL on Friday night, but none of them were worthy of National TV…despite ESPN having the broadcast for one.

The matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals isn’t what it used to be, but people still want to watch it, especially local fans. Unfortunately, ESPN made it an online-only game, with exclusive rights, so a large portion of the fanbases could not even watch it. Dan at PGH went off on ESPN, and I felt it was worthy of a read.

Kingerski Rant: ESPN Screwing Fans, Shame on NHL for Allowing It

Around The NHL

Auston Matthews cannot be stopped right now. The star American center opened the season with a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens, and he added another one on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild. He’s only the fifth player in NHL history to open the season with back-to-back hat tricks.

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Another Central Division team was taken out by an Eastern squad, as the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators.

Hear from Mackenzie Blackwood after he nearly beat the Avalanche all by himself.

Down some of their best defensemen, the Florida Panthers need some time to gel.

Alex Debrincat is starting strong in Detroit, and J.T. Compher scored his first goal for the Red Wings.

Connor Bedard is fun, but it will be a long season for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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