So maybe, just maybe, we should feel a little better about the Bruins showing in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins bowed out in six games in the first round to the Ottawa Senators as we all remember and they even had the built-in excuse that they were missing three of their top-four defensemen for pretty much the balance of the series once Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and Brandon Carlo went out with an assortment of injuries. That doesn’t even count the surgeries that Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask succumbed to after the season and the fact that David Krejci was a banged-up ghost in the series as well. But the Bruins played Ottawa tough and might have even been able to pull off the upset if
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Nashville Predators are still stunned by the loss of top scorer Ryan Johansen to a season-ending thigh injury after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. In the franchise's first public comments about losing Johansen, Peter Laviolette declined to give any details about the top-line center's apparently serious injury when the coach spoke before Game 5 against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Nashville and Anaheim split the series' first four games.
Throughout the offseason, we'll ask questions about the Flyers to our resident hockey analysts and see what they have to say. Going End to End today are CSNPhilly.com producers/reporters Tom Dougherty, Jordan Hall and Greg Paone. The question: What does the No. 2 pick mean for Mike Vecchione? Dougherty The Flyers' leap to No. 2 is bad news for Vecchione, the Hobey Baker finalist who signed here as a college free agent March 31. Vecchione chose the Flyers over signing elsewhere because of the opportunity to play right away, and the team's future at forward was not as promising as its blue line. That changed on April 29, when the Flyers were awarded the No. 2 pick in the draft lottery. The Flyers