You know how you’re going about your day and suddenly something on hockey twitter makes you pause and try your best not to lose your ****? Well. After excellent support from the Florida Panthers, who flew the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school hockey team to nationals on their own plane, MSD had a spotty record at the tournament. They lost to Regis Jesuit and Edina of Minnesota, and defeated Lake Central.
But an amazing moment came after their first loss.
Results from the Douglas High hockey team at the national tournament in Minnesota (team flew there via the Panthers and Swift Air): lost 7-1 to Regis Jesuit of Colorado, lost 13-3 to Edina of Minnesota, won 3-2 in OT over Lake Central of Indiana. #parkland #MSDStrong— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) March 25, 2018
After the match, Regis Jesuit presented the MSD hockey team with a banner expressing their support for the school, signed by the entire student body.
Our @RegisJesuitHS @RJHSHockey team presenting jersey & banner signed by our student body to MSD Hockey at Nationals. We stand with you #MSDSTRONG @AerieYearbook @EagleEyeMSD #copreps @aurorasports @9Preps @postpreps #AMDG @jesuitschools @PrincipalMSD pic.twitter.com/KR2aLDhgNT— RJ MEDIA (@RJ_Media) March 22, 2018
Watch to the very end.
Stoneman Douglas HS and Parkland, FL community have been through a lot over last 5 weeks. Today @Msdhockey played in #USAHNationals in Plymouth, MN. An inspiration to all and great sportsmanship by @RJHSHockey. @JDLauritsen story after basketball @WCCO #MoreThanAGame #MSDStrong pic.twitter.com/Z7mGM5Kcgq— Andrew Lovelette (@AndrewLovelette) March 23, 2018
They also presented the team with a special jersey — a Regis Jesuit jersey just for Stoneman Douglas, with the number “17” to honor the 17 dead. [More at 9 News]
Unlike the first two meetings between the Lightning and Devils, games in which both teams used their speed to generate lots of scoring chances, this contest was played much closer to the vest. Even though the Lightning lost the game, they had a pretty strong overall defensive performance. But the Devils also defended well - and ended up making one more offensive play than the Lightning in their 2-1 victory.
The @ArizonaCoyotes drafted @domingue35. They also gave up on him. Instead of being bitter heading into Monday's reunion, Domingue feels it was blessing in disguise, landing w #tblightning. "I'm very lucky to be here + I'm trying to make the most of it."— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) March 26, 2018
Craig’s list | Analysis of NHL playoff races. “Most likely scenario: Tampa Bay wins the division while Boston and Toronto meet in a 2-3 matchup. Florida has an excellent chance to grab a wild card. Since Feb. 1, the Panthers have more points (37) than any team but the Nashville Predators (41). The Panthers are 12-3-1 in their past 16 games.” [FanRagSports]
Hmmmm -- Despite tight standings, Bruins not focused on catching Tampa. “I don’t think a whole lot’s changed in the last two-three weeks. I seems like they’re right there, but they’re not. I think guys are mindful of it, but when the puck drops, no one’s thinking about that,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “It’s the game in front of you, play well, play our game. And yes, the (getting) healthy part is even more on my mind than Tampa. Guys are trickling back in, others are skating, so it looks like we’re progressing anyway.” [Boston Herald]
Another playoff preview: The 2018 Playoff Bound Tampa Bay Lightning. “If the Bruins would happen to leap over the Lightning at the end of the regular season, the Lightning would hold the two seed in the Atlantic and play the three seed in their division. If the Lightning keep the number one seed, they will play the wildcard team with the least amount of points in the first round.” [iSportWeb]
Stephens, Ingram Lift Crunch Over Comets. “For the Crunch and Comets, it felt like the playoffs came early. The two teams battled for 50 scoreless minutes before Mitchell Stephens crashed the net to put Syracuse on the board, as the Crunch topped the Utica Comets, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.” [Bolt Prospects]
An oddity that has developed this season for the #SyrCrunch: the team has five shutouts this year. The scores are 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, and 6-0. They've also done them in reverse order starting with the 6-0 shutout Dec. 9. It doesn't mean anything, but just a neat trend. https://t.co/Xp4urDM8RU— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) March 25, 2018
Team USA won the gold and Kendall Coyne is showing it off in Syracuse!