NHL News and Notes from Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
- The Pittsburgh Penguins announced a shakeup to their coaching staff as they will not be renewing assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin, and Mark Recchi for the 2020-21 season. The search for new assistant coaches for head coach Mike Sullivan has begun immediately.
- The NHL announced that they have fined Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour $25,000 for comments he said after their 4-3 double overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1.
- Brind’Amour has also been assessed a conditional $25,000 fine that will be collected if any inappropriate behavior were to take place through August 12th, 2021.
Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins – 11a EST Start Time
After being delayed for a total of 15 hours, the Bruins and Hurricanes finally got to drop the puck for Game 1 of their First Round series. This game featured a lot of back and forth as Joel Edmundson would open up the scoring for the Hurricanes, but moments later David Pastrnak would tie the game at one. In the second period Charlie Coyle would score to take the lead for Boston, but a shorthanded marker from Brock McGinn would tie the game back up. Then in the third period David Krejci would score to retake the lead for the Bruins, but Haydn Fleury would strike at the midway mark of the third to tie the game at three and send the game to overtime. After the first overtime went scoreless it would be a Patrice Bergeron tally 73 seconds into the second overtime period to give the Bruins the 4-3 victory and the 1-0 series lead.
Shaggy’s TXHT Recap – Bruins Take Game 1 in Double OT
New York Islanders v. Washington Capitals – 3p EST Start Time
After being delayed an hour by the Carolina/Boston game, the Capitals and Islanders would hit the ice for Game 1 of their series. After a scoreless first period the Capitals would strike first as TJ Oshie would score on the powerplay for the 1-0 lead, and then on another powerplay opportunity Oshie would net his second of the game to grow the Capitals lead to two. However, with 63 seconds left int he second Jordan Eberle would score to cut the Capitals lead back to one. However, once the third period began it would be all New York as Anders Lee, Josh Bailey (SHG), Anthony Beauvillier would score to give the Islanders the 4-2 victory and the 1-0 series lead.
Kassie’s TXHT Recap – Capitals Drop Game 1, Allow Four Unanswered by the Isles
Arizona Coyotes v. Colorado Avalanche – 530p EST Start Time
In Edmonton the Coyotes and Avalanche played a very tightly contested game as they began their first round series. We wouldn’t see a goal scored until 6:55 was left in regulation as Nazem Kadri would break the scoreless tie. Then in the following 83 seconds JT Compher and Mikko Rantanen would score for the Avalanche to bury the Coyotes 3-0 for the 1-0 series lead.
Russell’s TXHT Recap – Avalanche Bury Coyotes with Late Surge
Montreal Canadiens v. Philadelphia Flyers – 8p EST Start Time
For the final game in the Eastern Conference for the day the Flyers and Canadiens would start on time for their opening game of the first round. In the first period Ivan Provorov would rip a bullet on the powerplay to give the Flyers the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Shea Weber would release a bomb of his own while on the powerplay for the Canadiens to tie the game, but 16 seconds later Joel Farabee would strike to retake the lead for the Flyers and give the Flyers the 2-1 victory.
Aryan’s TXHT Recap – Flyers Hold Canadiens at Bay for Game 1 Victory
Vancouver Canucks v. St. Louis Blues – 1030p EST Start Time
For the final game of the day the St. Louis Blues would begin their Stanley Cup defense with their First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks. In the first period Bo Horvat would score for the Canucks to take the 1-0 lead, but David Perron would strike to tie the game at one. In the second period Elias Pettersson would strike on the powerplay for the Canucks, but Jaden Schwartz would get the Blues back in the game with his tally. Then in the third period the Canucks would topple the Blues as they would get goals from Troy Stetcher, Horvat, and JT Miller (PPG) to take the 5-2 victory, and the 1-0 series lead.
Vancouver v. St. Louis Game 1 Recap – Canucks 3 Goal Third Topples Blues
3p ET – Columbus v. Tampa Bay
530p ET – Chicago v. Vegas
8p ET – Carolina v. Boston
1030p ET – Calgary v. Dallas