Did you know the NHL is currently in Sweden? I found out Thursday afternoon during Avalanche practice, and managed to get home just in time to see Tim Stützle hit a game-winning home run.
With the Colorado Avalanche, Artturi Lehkonen’s dad gave a small update on what his son is currently dealing with, and it doesn’t sound great.
All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Looking back at the big win over the Ducks, including another hot start to the season for Logan O’Connor.
The penalty kill did their job early in the second period during an undisciplined penalty from Mikko Rantanen. (+)
Unfortunately, not great news for Artturi Lehkonen, who is currently in a neck brace according to his dad.
Jared Bednar reflected on what Pavel Francouz brought to the organization since coming over from Europe.
The Avalanche have one last practice before heading to Dallas for their big Saturday night matchup with the Stars.
Around The NHL
There are four NHL teams over in Sweden right now, and they’ll all play two games each. The first of those games happened on Thursday, and it was a bizarre one. The Senators got off to a 4-0 lead, but let the Red Wings get right back into it with four goals of their own. Then the third period was a penalty-fest, and yet, no more goals.
It looked like the teams were headed to a shootout in front of the Swedish fans, but Tim Stützle had other ideas.
STÜTZLE BEATS THE BUZZER IN OVERTIME OUT OF MID AIR pic.twitter.com/pfTUl2tElX
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) November 16, 2023
I know he’s wide open, so he had plenty of time to wind up, but it’s still one of the coolest goals I’ve seen in recent memory. I’m not quite sure what James Reimer was doing in net, as it looks like he’s terrified of the puck, but that’s an awesome way to end the first of four NHL games in Sweden.
National Hockey Now
The Pittsburgh Penguins failed to take advantage of the extremely shorthanded New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
For the first time all season, the San Jose Sharks scored more than three goals in a game. That also means they won…
The education of William Eklund (+)
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