Connor McDavid is not really concerned about reaching 100 points in shortened season
Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid has been on an absolute heater for the majority of the NHL’s 56-game season, and is on the verge of doing something that hasn’t been done since the mid-90’s.
McDavid currently leads the league with 87 points through 49 games (29 goals and 58 assists). He needs just 13 points in the final seven games to become the first player since 1995/96 season to reach 100 points through 56 regular season games.
Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Mario Lemieux (116) and Jaromir Jagr (104) were the last to accomplish such a feat during that campaign. And with how the NHL game is played today, it felt like a near impossibility to see that ever happen again. But Connor McDavid is a once-in-a-generation type player. If anybody can do it, he will be the one.
He is currently averaged a whopping 1.78 points a game on the season, and will need to average 1.86 the rest of the way to reach the plateau. However, McDavid doesn’t appear to be too phased about all the buzz surrounding his on-ice performance.
“Personally, I want to continue to play good hockey…Our group wants to continue to play good hockey. We want to go into the Playoffs on a good note.” said McDavid.
“Personally, it’s a number. Obviously, it would be kind of different to be able to do it in a shortened season. I’m not going to change anything. I’m just going to keep playing my game, and if I get there, I get there. And if not, whatever.”
Five of the team’s final seven games are against the lowly Vancouver Canucks, who recently came back from a long COVID-19 related break and will need nothing short of a miracle to make the playoffs. If McDavid has any shot at reaching 100 points, he will need to take full advantage of facing a team that doesn’t have a lot left in the tank.
Should Cale Makar’s goal have counted? A closer look at the controversial rule that allowed it to happen
In case you missed it, the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers exploded for 14 goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final last night.
Colorado ended up winning the game 8-6 and taking a 1-0 series lead, but it didn’t happen without controversy.
One of the goals still being talked about was Cale Makar’s late first period goal that appeared to be an easy offside goal but was surprisingly not overturned after being reviewed by the head office in New York.
A lot of fans were left wondering why it was a good goal when another attacking player CLEARLY crossed the blue line before the puck. In most scenarios this would be the case, but according to rule 83.3, this was one of the exceptions. The video below explains it:
Do you agree with the call? If you do, do you think the league should make changes to this controversial rule? Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Canadiens officially name Martin St. Louis the 32nd head coach in franchise history, sign him to three-year extension
The Montreal Canadiens believe in Martin St. Louis’ ability behind the bench, and are keeping him there for the foreseeable future.
The team has officially removed the interim tag from his role, and named him the 32nd head coach in franchise history. The two sides have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2024/25 campaign
“We are happy to officially appoint Martin as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Montreal general manager Kent Hughes.
“Martin is a proven leader, a great communicator with a deep understanding of and passion for the game of hockey. His arrival brought a renewed energy to our group, and we look forward to him returning behind the bench to continue guiding our team for the foreseeable future.”
The 45-year old, who played in 1134 NHL games as a player from 1998-2015, took over as Habs’ bench boss after replacing Dominique Ducharme on February 9.
During his tenure last season, he led the last place Canadiens to a combined 14-19-4 record to finish off the 2021/22 campaign. Prior to that, the Canadiens were an abysmal 8-30-7.
WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead
The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.
Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.
They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!
After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.
The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.