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The painful hit heard across the NHL


The GIST: The Buffalo Sabres finally won something. No, not a game; the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery. But, let’s get to some real hockey news.

June 03, 2021
Source: Montreal Canadiens/Twitter
Source: Montreal Canadiens/Twitter

 North Division: The Montreal Canadiens’ second-round Game 1 win ended on a sickening note when birthday boy Jake Evans took a dirty hit from Winnipeg Jet Mark Scheifele (pronounced SHY-flee) a split second after scoring the game’s final goal last night. Evans was brought to hospital, and Scheifele is hopefully headed for the Department of Player Safety.

  • Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs (and their fans) are still not over their first-round exit. And while rumors fly about who could be on the trading block this offseason, Auston Matthews is having none of it. Loyalty.

South of the border: In the only other game last night, the Colorado Avalanche doubled their lead in overtime with a 3–2 win in Game 2 over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Avalanche haven’t lost a game since May 5th, and if they keep scoring goals like this, we don’t expect that streak to end any time soon.

Game 3s start tonight, with the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders looking to break a tie, and the Carolina Hurricanes aiming for their first win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Catch all the action on Sportsnet, of course.