NHL Daily – Heavy Hitting Thursday

NHL News and Notes from Thursday, May 6th, 2021


  • The NHL announced that they have fined the New York Rangers.
    • The Rangers were fined $250,000 for their statement on Tuesday night calling the dismissal of Department of Player Safety head George Parros.
  • Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen has been fined by the NHL for Diving.
    • Rantanen was fined $2000 for his second citation to Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment).
    • Rantanen was given a warning for a incident on March 23rd vs. Arizona.
    • Rantanen’s second citation came on April 30th against San Jose, which prompted the fine.
  • The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich.
    • Buchnevich was suspended one game for high sticking Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha on Wednesday night.
    • Per the CBA, Buchnevich will forfeit $28,017.24 in salary.

Game Recaps

  • Chicago Blackhawks v. Carolina Hurricanes – 7p ET
    • In Carolina the Hurricanes would host the Chicago Blackhawks, and in the first period Martin Necas would score a shorthanded tally to give the Canes the 1-0 lead. Then after a scoreless second period Riley Stillman would net his first career NHL goal to tie the game at one and send the game to overtime for the Blackhawks. In the extra frame Alex Debrincat would strike to give the Blackhawks the 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

  • New York Rangers v. Boston Bruins – 7p ET
    • In Boston the New York Rangers would shift their focus to the Bruins, and it would be all Boston as Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy would score in the first period to give the B’s the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Jake DeBrusk would score, and Brandon Carlo would strike in the third to give the Bruins the 4-0 victory over the Rangers.

  • New Jersey Devils v. New York Islanders – 7p ET
    • On Long Island the New York Islanders would host the New Jersey Devils, and in the first period Pavel Zacha would score to give the Devils the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Anthony Beauvillier would score for the Isles, but Michael McLeod would strike for the Devils to take the 2-1 victory.

  • Buffalo Sabres v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 7p ET
    • In Pittsburgh the Penguins would take on the Buffalo Sabres. In the first period Drake Caggiula would open the scoring for the Sabres, but a pair of goals from Jeff Carter would give the Pens the 2-1 lead. In the second period Caggiula would net his second of the game and Tage Thompson would score for the Sabres, but Carter’s third of the game along with goals from Brian Dumoulin and Jared McCann would give the Pens the 5-3 lead. Then in the third period Jeff Skinner would strike for the Sabres, but Carter’s fourth of the game, and goals from Sidney Crosby and Kasperi Kapanen would give the Penguins the 8-4 victory.

  • Montreal Canadiens v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
    • In Toronto the Maple Leafs would host the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period it would be all Leafs as they would get goals from Alex Galchenyuk, John Tavares, Pierre Engvall, and Mitch Marner to take the 4-0 lead. In the second period Cole Caufield would strike to get the Habs on the board. Then in the third period Artturi Lehkonen would strike for the Habs, but Auston Matthews 40th of the season would give the Leafs the 5-2 victory.

  • Vancouver Canucks v. Edmonton Oilers – 9p ET
    • In Edmonton the Oilers and Vancouver Canucks would do battle, and in the first period Leon Draisaitl and Jesse Puljujarvi would strike for the Oilers, but goals from Nils Hoglander, Jack Rathbone, Travis Hamonic, and Jayce Hawryluk would give the Canucks the 4-2 lead. In the second period Tyler Graovac would score to grow the Canucks lead to three. In the third, Edmonton comes within two when Draisaitl scores his second goal of the game but Vancouver responds when Brock Boeser seals the win as the Canucks get the 6-3 win over the Oilers.

Today’s Games

  • DAL v. TB – 7p ET
  • PHI v. WAS – 7p ET
  • DET v. CLB – 7p ET
  • ANA v. MIN – 8p ET
  • STL v. VGK – 10p ET
  • COL v. LA – 10p ET
  • ARI v. SJ – 10:30p ET

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