It was Super Bowl Sunday in the sporting world, meaning literally nothing happened in any of the other sports, including the NHL. Louis Domingue and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night without Brayden Point in the lineup, but beyond that, there was nothing to talk about aside from football. I’m not bitter, I love to see Tom Brady win. Again. (:
Louis Domingue matched the @TBLightning franchise record for the longest win streak by a netminder, joining John Grahame (2005-06) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (2017-18). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/RMyz7vlix6— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 3, 2019
Keeping with the football theme, here’s who the Bolts picked to win the Heisman or the Dean Lombardi medal whatever they got at the end of that really boring game.
I did find one piece of Lightning news; Nikita Kucherov broke the franchise record for fastest player to 80 points. He also broke the record for most points by game 52. It goes both ways. Math!
In alumni news, Martin St. Louis is having tonnes of fun with his kids teams. God bless Canada and their ability to care a little less about the Super Bowl.
I get ask all the time if I miss the game and I say no because I’m around it so much still. Watching this reminds me how much I miss the locker room and the camaraderie. It truly was my favorite part of being a hockey player. Thank you HOCKEY! @MFYHAHockey @NHL @usahockey pic.twitter.com/i6cpxMthKJ— Martin St.Louis (@mstlouis_26) February 3, 2019
I got nothing from the prospects, other than this tweet from the Syracuse Crunch owner. Once again, football!
Who scored the first half hat trick for the Patriots?— Howard Dolgon (@HowardDolgon) February 4, 2019
Across the SBN family, there were some banger tweets about the football game. Here are some highlights:
It would be a shame to see another great championship game decided in a shootout, but that’s probably the only way this snooze fest will end #SBLIII— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) February 4, 2019
Maybe they should take the redline out to spice up the offense in the Super Bowl— University of Boston at Sweden (@diebytheblade) February 4, 2019
The LA Kings have scored more this weekend than the LA Rams, that’s saying something on many levels. #SBLIII— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) February 4, 2019
Wow, Jets in Atlanta.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) February 3, 2019
They don't do that in hockey
Before those tweets, the NHL got in three quick games:
So this was a blowout. The Bruins nearly doubled up the Caps in shot attempts, especially up close, where the Caps were excluded with ease. The Caps’ offense reminded me most of their game against the Islanders from a couple weeks ago: nearly nonexistent. The Bruins are a great defensive team — maybe the best in the East — but this was a pitiful effort by the home team.
Coming off a heart-breaking 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers yesterday, which saw Edmonton blow two separate 2 goal leads and give up 4 powerplay goals (for the first time since October 2010), the Oilers were in Montreal to take on the Habs. Big news for the Oilers, Klefbom is not playing once again for the Edmonton Oilers. He travelled with the team for the games against the Flyers and Canadiens, but alas wasn’t ready to go.
That went just as the Flames drew it up: go to Carolina and have every ex-Hurricane contribute to the scoring with the exception of one goal. To be fair, every Carolina goal today had Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland’s fingerprints on it as well, but in the end the Flames had one more in the score column and walked away 4-3 winners.
And lastly, we had one minor-league trade. One half of the trade involved a team I cover extensively over at PPP, and a player I also covered back in junior hockey, so I had some thoughts. [Pension Plan Puppets]
On the surface, this appears to be a good trade. The Marlies traded a left-handed defenseman — whom they have a surplus in — for a left winger of the same age. The Marlies lost two LWs over the past week; Carl Grundstrom went to LA in the Jake Muzzin trade, and Mason Marchment is out with a broken collarbone suffered on Friday night. But looking more closely, I think this is a loss.
Highlight of the Night: Thunderbug being awesome.