Here’s to another Tuesday. We have plenty to unpack following an exciting start of another week. Josh Anderson‘s two goals, including his OT winner, helped the Montreal Canadiens force Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. Now the Bolts have a chance to become the first team since Chicago in 2015 to clinch on home ice, while the Habs avoided the sweep.
In the world of D.C., Justin Schultz celebrates his 31st birthday as free agency and expansion draft uncertainty loom for the Washington Capitals.
Here are some more headlines from across the league.
- Forward Daniel Carr, who appeared in six games and registered one assist for the Capitals this past season, has signed a one-year deal with the Swiss Hockey League’s HC Lugano. Jon Sorensen has more on the contract. (NoVa Caps)
- Meanwhile, as the Stanley Cup Final continues, so does a tie to former Washington forward Jaromir Jagr. Ian Oland looks at the unique connection that No. 68 has had to the postseason over the last 41 years. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
- Alex Alexeyev had a promising season and saw a breakthrough during a busy 2020-21 season. His impressive play in the KHL and AHL last season helped him take a major step forward in his development, but is it enough to make him a dark horse for a roster spot? (Washington Hockey Now)
- Anderson has been talking the talk and walking the walk this postseason, and it was his overtime tally that saved Montreal’s season. Luke Fox dives deeper into his mentality and character and how he’s keeping the Canadiens’ playoff hopes alive both on and off the ice. (Sportsnet)
- As the Bolts head back to the bay for Game 5, Frank Pastor grades their Game 4 performance, from depth scoring to missed opportunities. (Tampa Bay Times)
- In Boston, concussions have plagued defenseman Brandon Carlo over the last few seasons; how does it impact his chance at an offer sheet? Jimmy Murphy takes a look at how the RFA’s injury history could impact his next deal with the Bruins. (Boston Hockey Now)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Anderson played the hero in Game 4, but let’s take a second to recognize Carey Price. He rebounded following a tough start to the series and managed to stay calm and collected under pressure in his first Stanley Cup Final elimination game — and on home ice. Price also stepped up to shut down point-blank, potential series-clinching tallies for Tampa, making 32 saves on 34 shots. Cole Caufield also deserves credit for the hustle and helper on Anderson’s winner.
- Doc Emrick’s goodbye to NHL on NBC brought tears to my eyes. Just seeing all the memories, goals, interviews, bloopers, saves, Cup-winning moments… it was truly something. It’s been an honor to have been able to be on this journey with them over the last two seasons. Stick taps to every analyst, editor, producer and employee who makes these games possible. Also, major shoutout to the Canadiens and Lightning for honoring late Columbus netminder Matiss Kivlenieks before puck drop.
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) July 6, 2021
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 6, 2021
- Four years ago today, the Capitals signed Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million extension. He would go on to help lead Washington to its first Stanley Cup before being dealt to Colorado along with Brooks Orpik for a second-round pick. He’s still with the Avalanche as their starting netminder and was also a Vezina finalist this past season.