Knowing Kevin Shattenkirk wasn’t in their long-term plans, the St. Louis Blues traded the talented defenseman and braced for the immediate blow to their playoff hopes. The Blues actually got better without him. When the Blues dealt the pending free agent at the trade deadline, they seemed to be creating a giant void on their blue line and gift-wrapping the NHL-best Washington Capitals with their deepest defense in a decade.
This Mike Sullivan said Monday that he is "hopeful" that injured forward Carl Hagelin could return at some point for the second round series against the Washington Capitals. "He’s getting closer, he skated today [before practice]. He skated yesterday on his own. He’s making progress. We’re hopeful we’re going to get him soon. It’s one of those injuries that’s going to be a day-to-day thing. I can’t say for sure, but certainly we’re hopeful." That could be empty playoff gamesmanship, or it could be legitimate. One never knows this time of year. However, optimists can always point out to the initial 4-6 week diagnosis for Hagelin at the time of his injury, and it's now been 6 weeks. Now obviously
The NHL postseason, always thrilling entertainment, has taken the suspense to another level with a record-breaking 18 overtime games in the first round. The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs went to overtime in their Game 6 matchup on Sunday to set the record. The Senators won that game, 3-2, to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.