NHL Daily – Avs Dominate, Caps Hurting

NHL News and Notes from Saturday, June 18th, 2022

News

  • The Washington Capitals announced a pair of surgeries that were done their players.
    • Forward Nicklas Backstrom underwent resurfacing surgery on his left hip.
      • The surgery was performed at the ANCA Clinic in Belgium.
      • Backstrom has begun rehabilitation and will have a lengthy recovery process that will keep him out indefinitely.

    • The Caps also announced that defenseman Alexander Alexeyev had surgery on his left shoulder.
      • Alexeyev underwent a surgical labral repair on the shoulder, and is expected to miss 4-5 months.

Game Recaps

  • Tampa Bay Lightning v. Colorado Avalanche – 8p ET – Game 2
    • After two days off the Colorado Avalanche would look to build off of their momentum at home as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. In the first period it would be an early powerplay that would get the Avs on the board as Valeri Nichushkin would score less than three minutes into the game to give the Avs the 1-0 lead. Then later in the period Josh Manson and Andre Burakovsky would score to grow the Avs lead to three. In the second period Nichushkin would net his second of the game while Darren Helm would score to give the Avalanche the commanding five goal lead over the Bolts. Then in the third period Cale Makar would make his presence known as he would score a shorthanded goal two minutes into the period, and then a powerplay goal at the midway point of the period to give the Avalanche the dominating 7-0 victory over the Lightning to take the 2-0 series lead as the Stanley Cup Final now shifts over to Tampa Bay for Game 3 on Monday night.
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Today’s Games

  • None

Noteworthy in Hockey

  • Insider Trading: Trotz likely to make decision by July 1; Petry next to move for Montreal? (TSN)
  • Backstrom’s future with Capitals uncertain after hip resurfacing surgery (NHL.com)
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