We had two games scheduled last night, both series openers of the conference semi-finals. In addition, the Washington Capital announced the firing of head coach Todd Reirdan, and we have some injury updates.
Bruins vs Lightning | Bruins lead best-of-7 series 1-0
Charlie Coyle got the Bruins on the board late in the 1st period and David Pastrnak scored the lone goal in the 2nd period. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd. Brad Marchand added to the lead to make it 3-0 early in the 3rd period. However, Victor Hedman scored 2 goals to get the Bolts to within one. But that was as close as they’d come. The Bruins take Game 1 by a score of 3-2. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday at 7pm ET.
Canucks vs Golden Knights | Golden Knights lead best-of-7 series 1-0
Jonathan Marschessault got the goal scoring barrage started midway through the 1st period. As a result, the Knights jump out to a 1-0 lead after one. Smith, Stone, and Tuch added to the lead in the 2nd period making it 4-0. In the 3rd, Max Pacioretty would add to the Knights lead with his 2nd of the playoffs; making it 5-0. The Knights served the Canucks a beating and take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:45pm ET.
Caps Fire Todd Reirden
After only two seasons behind the bench, the Capitals have parted ways with head coach Todd Reirden. GM Brian MacLellan said “We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary.” The Caps made the playoffs both seasons under Reirden, however were eliminated from the first round both times.
Who Takes Over In Washington?
With the Caps now in search of a head coach, Bruce Boudreau, who was rumored to have been considering a move to Toronto as an assistant coach, may now find a more attractive position in a return with the Capitals. Having started his coaching career in Washington in 2007-08, Boudreau won the Jack Adams and led the team to four straight playoff births; including a President’s Trophy win in 2009-10. Another option for the Caps might be Gerard Gallant. Most notably remembered for being left waiting for a taxi after getting the boot from Florida, Gallant was released by Vegas this past season! At the time of his firing, he had a 24-19-6 record. Other possibilities are Peter Laviolette, John Stevens, and former Leafs bench-boss – Mike Babcock.
The Colorado Avalanche announced that Grubauer will not play in Game 2 after injuring himself in Game 1. There is no time-frame at this time for his return. As such, Pavel Francouz will come to Grubauer’s aid again as he did back in February when Grubauer sustained a similar injury in the Stadium Series game against LA.
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko flew back to St. Louis last week to have his shoulder re-evaluated and no further updates have been given since. It doesn’t look good for the Blues, as they are also without Alex Steen who is currently listed as day-to-day (unfit to play).
Tampa Bay continues to move forward without captain Steven Stamkos who has yet to play since the league returned to play after the pause. As of yesterday, head coach John Cooper said there is no further update on Stamkos’ status as he continues to rehabilitate a lower-body issue prior to the pause.
Highlight of the Night
We go back to the Canucks vs Knights game where a bizarre incident between Vancouver’s Antoine Roussel and Ryan Reeves led to Roussel getting a 10-minute misconduct… for… hugging? I’m not sure what the intent was here by the referee – but I guess with the Knights up 4-0 he figured it would be best to let things cool down.