Sylvie Marsolais is one of the artists behind Sylabrush, a company that airbrushes goalie masks. Sylabrush is behind the designs on both Andrei Vasalevskiy’s and Connor Ingram’s masks. Marsolais posted on her Instagram this morning that their studio in Quebec City has been flooded and will need to be rebuilt.
Those wishing to help them rebuild can donate to a Go Fund Me campaign.
-Our yearly player grades marched on yesterday with TampaCuse tweener Jan Rutta.
With so much in flux on the Lightning blue line, he’s another one of the moving parts. Along with Anton Stralman, Dan Girardi, and Braydon Coburn, Rutta will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The difference is that he’ll obviously be less expensive. With the Lightning needing to add at least two defenders this offseason, don’t be surprised if he’s an option to be re-signed.
-Is your mama a Tampa Bay Lightning fan? Mother’s Day is coming up, you know. Treat her right!
Mother's Day is less than two weeks away! Let me surprise the mom in your life with one of my surprise flower deliveries. Includes flowers, Mother's Day card, @AckermanJewels gift card & @ThunderBugTBL plush doll. Book your delivery now!!! >:) https://t.co/JeAUocYEiF pic.twitter.com/VxtVj88Pvd— ThunderBug (@ThunderBugTBL) April 30, 2019
-Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli took some time to discuss his part in the upcoming IIHF Worlds.
"Whenever you have the opportunity to represent your country, it's pretty cool."@acirelli22 will be repping @hockeycanada in the upcoming #IIHFWorlds! pic.twitter.com/GFY5tUcWuo— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 30, 2019
-I wrote a meditation on hockey, the hockey community, grief, and love yesterday.
For many of us—fans, players, coaches, and staff—grief is at least a little bit involved in the end of every season because it’s gone. We’ve lost it, and there’s no possible way it can or will come back.
-One of the things I mentioned in that editorial was the Crunch’s series of sad media day exit interviews. A bunch more were posted yesterday.
First up, head coach Ben Groulx struggles to make sense of it all:
“I really liked the fact that everyone bought in, we had a good chemistry on the team and those young guys, their progression was phenomenal and I’m very proud of that."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 30, 2019
Ben Groulx summarizes the 2018-19 season, the importance of specialty teams and team personnel. pic.twitter.com/QhVGXBI2tI
-Lightning prospect Alex Barré-Boulet is most proud of the way the team worked all season:
“I’m pretty happy with my season, but now it’s behind me. I’ve got to work harder to have a better season next year."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 30, 2019
Alex Barré-Boulet looks back on his record-setting first pro season in his exit day interview. pic.twitter.com/o3tqESjC5d
-Defenseman Nolan Valleau has a lot of pride in winning the North Division championship with the Crunch, and is happy with the chance he got with Syracuse.
“I was happy that I got the chance and could step in and help these guys win some games."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 30, 2019
Nolan Valleau comments on spending the season with the #SyrCrunch, the team battling for the North Division title and being part of a close team. pic.twitter.com/V0q7VLWy5M
-Rookie Boris Katchouk felt like the team stuck together and had some great depth that propelled them forward:
“From junior to here, the guys are much smarter, much stronger. I think the pace was much quicker, so you had to think quicker. I just tried to have fun with it.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 30, 2019
Boris Katchouk on his first pro season, how he improved as a player and looking ahead to next year. pic.twitter.com/4YBARbXtbi
-Defenseman Hubert Labrie admired the way the team built on their rough start and was able to pull out a great regular season:
“We had a tight group of guys, that’s why we played good hockey."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 30, 2019
Hubert Labrie reflects on this team, being a veteran presence and playing for this fan base. pic.twitter.com/SWjraq63bN
-Forward Daniel Walcott truly feels Syracuse is a second home, and it certainly sounds like the pending unrestricted free agent wants to be back:
“I’m one of those guys that just loves to be the center of attention and the jokester. I got to be less serious than usual because I wasn’t playing as much."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 30, 2019
Daniel Walcott on being a presence in the room all season, his challenging year and calling Syracuse a second home. pic.twitter.com/Oh94PjlUra
-Many members of this close Crunch team will be at Cory Conacher’s golf tournament this summer. Here’s the info:
Join us on Tuesday, July 23 at our 3rd annual Cory Conacher Flame of Hope Charity Golf Tournament in Hamilton,ON. If you are interested in sponsoring our event, please contact Sarah Snider at 905-540-2515 or firstname.lastname@example.org | Get your ticket at https://t.co/wDBhjKW8d6 pic.twitter.com/fDVaKkCkRR— Diabetes Canada (@DiabetesCanada) April 29, 2019
-Conacher has one year left on his contract with the Lightning. He talked about what he sees for himself next season in an article published yesterday.
“It’d be nice to play with them (the Lightning prospects) again, hopefully in the NHL instead of down here. But if I am at any point down here again, I’m ready to do the same thing and lead them in the right way and hopefully continue to win and go a little farther than we did this year,’’ Conacher said. “Syracuse always has a team that competes hard and plays hard. If I’m here next year, I’m sure I’ll be a part of a team that’s good and winning games. That’s how this organization puts together the farm team. If we can build off and learn from what happened this year and basically just look yourself in the mirror in the summer and be ready to go for next year, and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.’’
The Columbus Blue Jackets took a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins last night with a 2-1 win behind stellar goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky. Stanley Cup of Chowder has the recap.
Sigh. I’m having a hard time figuring out how I feel about this game. The Bruins weren’t terrible, Columbus wasn’t great. It came down to a bounce here, a post there. The frustrating thing is that the Bruins were the better team for the majority of the first period, and then completely fell apart on that Jenner goal. It just can’t happen, from the defense back to the goalie. The early lead allows Columbus to sit back and essentially play prevent defense. With a goalie as good as Bobrovsky in the opposing net, that’s not a winning formula.
In the late game, the Sharks also took a 2-1 lead over the Colorado Avalanche powered by a hat trick from Logan Couture. Head over to Fear the Fin for a game summary.
After a series tying game where the Avalanche’s stars took centre stage, tonight the Sharks responded thanks to a dominant performance from one of their own big names; Logan Couture.
Couture’s hat trick performance, which included the game winner with seven minutes remaining, led the Sharks to a 4-2 victory in Game 3, and whether they reach the promised land or not, it will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest playoff performances in Sharks history.
-As Justin Dowling chases his NHL dream with the Dallas Stars, his pups are becoming minor celebrities. (pay-walled)
-The newest episode of Six Degrees of Mike McKenna is out! This week, Mike sat down with goalie equipment representative Todd Brown.
NEW PODCAST— 6 Degrees with Mike McKenna (@6DegreesMM) April 30, 2019
Todd Brown, one of the most experienced and respected goalie equipment representatives in the game, joins the pod. Hear about Hasek's unique specs & Belfour throwing pucks at midnight! #6DMM
Listen on Google Play ⬇️https://t.co/xLKyqwFuNU
-The New York Rangers made a move yesterday, acquiring Adam Fox:
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the Blueshirts’ own second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. pic.twitter.com/wU7O07EOXx— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 30, 2019
-Speaking of the Rangers, their prospect Olof Lindbom will play for Mora IK in Allsvenskan next season.
The Rangers selected the 6-foot-2 Swedish goaltender with the 39th overall pick of the 2018 Draft. He was the first goaltender taken off the board. Before the draft, he was the fifth-ranked European goaltending prospect by NHL Central Scouting.
In Mora, Lindbom will be working with goaltending coach (and assistant general manager) Peter Iversen who has played a role in developing NHL goaltenders Linus Ullmark and Marcus Hogberg.
-Bray Ketchum is the new general manager of the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL.
.@Riveters alumna Bray Ketchum (@bdk27) is the new general manager of the @CTWhale_NWHL. Ketchum is a CT native and played her college hockey in Yale. #NWHL pic.twitter.com/9rYkHV7ShT— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) April 30, 2019
-Speaking of women’s hockey, the dust still hasn’t really settled on the sudden disbanding of the CWHL. Ailish Forfar penned a story for Yahoo Sports Canada about it all.
When the CWHL announced they would discontinue operations in late March, it was a result of their business model becoming economically unsustainable. As players, we believed we had a successful league and that the future was brighter than ever for women’s hockey. We had fans at every game, we had our highest broadcast numbers to date and we were trending up on every social platform. All of this didn’t change the fact that in the end, the league had no money left to sustain another season.