NHL News and Notes from Saturday, August 1st, 2020
- With today’s action we also saw a touching tribute for those on the frontlines fighting the battle against COVID-19, and also witnessed a powerful speech from Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba who spoke on systemic racism in both society, and in the game of hockey. Dumba would take a knee during the US National Anthem with Malcolm Subban (CHI) and Darnell Nurse (EDM) stood by his side.
- With today’s Pittsburgh/Montreal game, it marked the first time since 1923 that a Stanley Cup Playoff game would feature two penalty shot attempts (Conor Sheary – 3rd Period and Jonathan Drouin – OT).
- The last game to feature two penalty shot attempts was the original Ottawa Senators v. the Edmonton Eskimos.
- The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that Chicago Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula will have a hearing for an Illegal Check to the Head of Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis during Game 1 of the Qualifying Round.
New York Rangers v. Carolina Hurricanes – 12p EST Start Time
To kick off the Qualifying Round the Hurricanes would not need too much time as 61seconds into the game Jaccob Slavin would rip a bomb past Henrik Lundqvist to take the 1-0 lead. Then in the final 40 minutes both teams would trade a pair of goals as Mika Zibanejad and Marc Staal (SHG) would score for the Rangers, but goals from Sebastian Aho (PPG) and Martin Necas would secure the Hurricanes the 3-2 victory and the 1-0 series lead.
Russell’s TXHT Recap – Hurricanes Storm the Rangers for Game 1 Victory
Chicago Blackhawks v. Edmonton Oilers – 3p EST Start Time
For the first game in the Western Conference the Oilers would strike early on the powerplay with Connor McDavid’s snipe tally, but it would be the Blackhawks responding with three straight goals from Dylan Strome, Jonathan Toews, and Brandon Saad before hitting the ten minute mark of the first period. Before the end of the first period Toews would net his second of the game for the 4-1 lead. In the second period Leon Draisaitl would strike on the powerplay for the Oilers, but back to back goals for the Dominik Kubalik to give the Blackhawks the commanding 6-2 lead. In the third period the Oilers would try to surge back into the game as James Neal (PPG) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would both score, but the Blackhawks would hold on to take the 6-4 victory and the 1-0 lead.
Florida Panthers v. New York Islanders – 4p EST Start Time
In the second game in the Toronto hub Jean-Gabriel Pageau would score the lone goal for the Islanders in the first period to take the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Anthony Beauvillier would strike early on the powerplay for the 2-0, however, to start the third period Jonathan Huberdeau would score 23 seconds into the period to get the Panthers onto the board, but a stellar performance by Semyon Varlamov would secure the Islanders the 2-1 victory.
Montreal Canadiens v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 8p EST Start Time
In the final Eastern Conference game in Toronto the Montreal Canadiens would get the first two goals of the game as Jesperi Kotkaniemi (1st period) and Nick Suzuki (2nd period) to take the 2-0 lead, but the Penguins would strike as both Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust (PPG) would both score to tie the game at two before the end of the second period. After a scoreless third period the game would go to overtime it would be Jeff Petry to be the hero for the Canadiens as they defeat the Penguins 3-2 and take the 1-0 series lead.
Winnipeg Jets v. Calgary Flames – 1030p EST Start Time
In the Edmonton hub for the final game of the day, the Winnipeg Jets would lose top center Mark Scheifele to a lower body injury early in the first period, but a fight between Blake Wheeler and Matthew Tkachuk would fire up the Jets as Andrew Copp would strike to give them the 1-0 lead. In the second period the Flames would heat up as Johnny Gaudreau (PPG), Tobias Rieder, and Mikael Backlund (PPG) would score to take the 3-1 lead into the second intermission. In the third period Andrew Mangiapane would score late in the period to secure the 4-1 victory, and the 1-0 series lead for the Flames.
2p ET – Arizona v. Nashville (Game 1)
3p ET – Philadelphia v. Boston (Round Robin)
630p ET – St. Louis v. Colorado (Round Robin)
8p ET – Columbus v. Toronto (Game 1)
1030p ET – Minnesota v. Vancouver (Game 1)