Nelson on Thursday agreed to terms on a six-year contract through the 2024-25 season. Nelson scored 25 goals and set career highs with 28 assists and 53 points last season to help the Islanders make the playoffs.
The Boston Bruins have watched the Red Sox win two World Series since their last Stanley Cup title. The Patriots have won the Super Bowl three times since Zdeno Chara brought the Cup back in 2011. In Boston lately, that’s quite a championship drought. The Bruins are hoping to end it with a victory over the St. Louis Blues for the NHL title.
New team president John Davidson is taking the reins of a rare rebuilding project for the New York Rangers. Davidson helped turn things around for the Blues and Blue Jackets and is now in charge of trying to win the first Stanley Cup for New York since 1994. The former Rangers goaltender and broadcaster is ready for that challenge but won’t rush the process.
The San Jose Sharks had all the ingredients in place for an elusive first championship once star defenseman Erik Karlsson arrived in September. Two thrilling Game 7 wins made it seem like this could be the year. But with Karlsson and other key players banged up, the Sharks were in for more disappointment with a season-ending loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference final to St. Louis.
The Bruins and Blues will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, a rematch of the 1970 series that ended with Bobby Orr’s famous goal and leaping celebration. Boston has been in the final three times in the past nine seasons, but this is St. Louis’ first trip in 49 years. Unlike that series, this will be much more evenly matched.
David Perron had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win and the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Tyler Bozak also scored for St. Louis, which will face the Boston Bruins for the championship. Ryan O’Reilly had three assists, and Binnington stopped 25 shots.
The Boston Bruins will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night to stay sharp during their 10-day wait for the Stanley Cup Final to start. Coach Bruce Cassidy says he asked for advice from other teams with long layoffs, including the New England Patriots. Cassidy said he’ll make sure everyone knows the most important thing is not to get hurt. The Cup Final starts on Monday in Boston against the St. Louis Blues.
Jaden Schwartz scores three times to help St. Louis beat the San Jose Sharks 5-0 in Game 5 of the Western Conference final, moving the Blues to the brink of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century. Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot, and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves.
Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to set a franchise record with his 10th playoff win this postseason and the St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece. Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Blues, giving Binnington all the scoring he needed. Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks.
John Davidson has been hired as president of the New York Rangers hours after leaving his post with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Davidson rejoined the organization he was synonymous with as a goaltender and a longtime broadcaster and will try to turn the Rangers back into a contender. He leaves the Blue Jackets in a much better position than they were in when he took over as president of hockey operations seven years ago.
The Boston Bruins have earned a break before their biggest series in a few years. The Bruins have a few extra days to heal up before making their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years. After sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes from the Eastern Conference final, they can sit back, let their bumps and bruises heal, and watch the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues beat each other up a few more times.
Tuukka Rask posted his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Boston Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes out of the Eastern Conference final, winning 4-0 to reach their third Stanley Cup Final in nine years. Rask made 24 saves in his second straight series-clinching shutout. Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter.
The San Jose Sharks have had their fair share of puck luck during their playoff run. The latest example came on Erik Karlsson’s game-winning goal in overtime that gave San Jose a 2-1 series lead over St. Louis. Officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier right before the goal. The Sharks say they have had calls go against them, too. Game 4 is Friday night in St. Louis.
Fellow coaches expect Ralph Krueger to thrive and adjust to changing times in his NHL return with the Buffalo Sabres. Coaches who have worked closely with Krueger say his meticulous attention to detail and passion for hockey will help him in his first full-time North American coaching job since 2013. But there might also be some growing pains along the way for the former Southampton FC chairman.
The Nashville Predators have agreed to a new 30-year lease deal that will help keep the franchise in Music City through 2049. The Predators announced the agreement at a Metro Nashville Sports Authority meeting. The Tennessean reports that the Predators also plan to spend $350 million in renovations over the next 20 years with the first phase scheduled for 2021.
Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell has signed a $34.8 million, six-year contract. Lindell had a plus-14 rating and a team-high 161 blocked shots during the regular season. The Stars made it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs before a Game 7 loss at St. Louis. He has 24 goals and 53 assists with 412 blocked shots in 239 career games over four seasons.
Erik Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier, and the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final. Meier used his right hand to knock a loose puck toward the front of the net. Gustav Nyquist then passed it over to Karlsson, who beat Jordan Binnington for his second goal of the game.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been dominant in net in guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup Final. Rask is allowing 1.5 goals per game during the Bruins’ six-game winning streak. Rask had 20 saves in the first period of Game 3 against Carolina to help Boston handle an early surge and beat the Hurricanes 2-1 for a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Rask says he’s just trying to “be focused and give us a chance.”
The home of the St. Louis Blues could receive $70 million of state subsidies over two decades to help pay for renovations. Legislation given final approval Wednesday by Missouri lawmakers authorizes state funding for the Enterprise Center starting in the 2022 fiscal year. It also renews $3 million of annual subsidies for the stadiums used by the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals to continue for an additional 10 years.
Paying the bills, going out to dinner and cutting the grass can fall by the wayside for NHL players on long playoff runs. With so much focus on hockey, everything on the outside is forgotten about this time of year. Mike Rupp won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003. He says he ended up with a bunch of late payments from unpaid bills after the playoffs.
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