Okay, so the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers played a preseason game last night in the Orlando Solar Bears arena. The final score was 3-2 for the Panthers, but that doesn’t much matter when you have a look at what happened in the third period. I’ll give you a spoiler and then share all the video I could find of all the fights from the night.
The Panthers and Lightning carried over some of those playoff ~vibes~ from the spring pic.twitter.com/HIJiZUbs6b— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 6, 2021
This all kicked off because Sam Bennett ran Andrei Vasilevskiy while the goalie was behind the net. The Lightning were naturally incensed and went after Bennett. The resulting brawls and cheap shots raged throughout the entire period until the two sides were separated after the final whistle. These clips won’t be in chronological order, but you don’t care. Here’s some fights.
Pat Maroon: “You run the goalie, you’re going to get answered to.” Said a lot of guys stuck up for Andrei Vasilevskiy. Maroon felt Boris Katchouk’s bout with Bennett went a long way in the room and “opened some eyes.” #tblightning— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 6, 2021
Corey Perry has been in the league fiddyleven years and out here THROWIN DOWN in the preseason pic.twitter.com/Pxa6t19wY5— James Carr II (@HBJaguar) October 6, 2021
Tampa Bay and Florida meet again on Thursday, on Saturday, and in the regular season on October 19th.
Micah from Hockey Viz has published this season’s Regular Season Preview. Take a look at how his model values the Lightning and where they fit within the standings. Micah’s stuff is great because it’s really easy to read, even if it’s sometimes hard to believe where the numbers come from. [Hockey Viz]
“Anti-Vax NHLer Got a Serious COVID Side Effect. Anti-Vaxxers Blame Vaccines Anyway.” [Vice]
“Latest Evander Kane Probe Centers Around Fake Vaccine Card” [Front Office Sports]
The much-anticipated Seattle Kraken SBN blog has been announced. Welcome our new child, Davy Jones Locker Room! [Davy Jones Locker Room]
Alex Galchenyuk signed a league minimum contract yesterday with the Arizona Coyotes. He had been offered a bigger deal from Toronto but turned it down (or waited too long and they signed Nick Ritchie instead). That was the only signing news of the day.
As we have noted multiple times, no chance Galchenyuk (or agent Pat Brisson) agrees to a PTO here (while turning down an offer from Toronto) without some assurance that he would have an opportunity. Per Darren's report, he now has that opportunity. https://t.co/pvOB1ck1l6— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) October 6, 2021
In non-signing signing news, the Ottawa Senators have yet to come to an agreement with their best player, Brady Tkachuk, on a new deal. They’re at a risk of falling below the salary cap floor (imagine that) and incurring a cash penalty.
Ian Mendes: Now's the time to hit the panic buttonhttps://t.co/ly2RFhC21x— TSN 1200 (@TSN1200) October 5, 2021
Two Victoriaville Tigres players have been formally charged with sexual assault and are now facing a QMJHL ban along with criminal charges.
TW: TVA is reporting that Victoriaville Tigers Nicolas Daigle and Massimo Siciliano (now 19, then 18) are being charged for allegedly sexual assault — and a recording of it — at a party at a hotel in Lac-Beauport on June 6. Daigle is also being charged with sharing the images. https://t.co/tOik3JIrFd— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) October 5, 2021
Robin Lehner published his press conference yesterday via the Golden Knights youtube account following his talks with the NHL and NHLPA.
“Retired players don’t get change because they go in with the ax right away… I’m not looking to bring anything down. I’m not looking to talk about this in a public manner any more. I’m looking to bring about change.”— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) October 5, 2021
Lehner says he believes NHL is sincere in also wanting change. https://t.co/MUiQrVFPZY