Lightning Round: Pavelski saves Dallas, becomes active leader in playoff goals

Lightning Round: Pavelski saves Dallas, becomes active leader in playoff goals
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Joe Pavelski saved the Dallas Stars for one more night, scoring the overtime winner in Game 4 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Pavelski, Stars top Golden Knights in OT in Game 4, avoid elimination
Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal at 3:18 of overtime, and the Dallas Stars extended the Western Conference Final with a 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

Being an elderly gentleman nearing the doors of death, it was a remarkable feat that Pavelski even got out of bed this morning.

Full credit on this fact, though. More playoff goals than Ovechkin, Crosby, and Malkin. That takes talent.

It looks like Jason Robertson is finally waking up in the playoffs, as he scored twice and held the vast majority of chances in the game. Alas, it might be too little, too late as the Stars will still be facing elimination on Saturday night.

The new NHLPA executive group is pushing their weight around and seeing how far they can take it. On one hand, it's important to have a strong union and one that will stand up for players in all areas. On the other hand, this is silly.

NHLPA reviewing Kyle Dubas’ relationship with agent for potential conflict of interest
The NHLPA prohibits certified agents from providing services to officers of NHL clubs, but Dubas’ agent is not NHLPA certified.

The story below goes into good detail on the "conflict of interest" opportunities that might have been possible, but points out there's no indication anything was even close to happening.

NHLPA investigating Kyle Dubas and his agent
The main issue surrounds a conflict that has plagued hockey for years, and has never had a satisfying solution provided by anyone.

The ECHL have announced the opening schedule for next season. The Solar Bears will play the Florida Everblades, who are currently in the playoff semifinals.

Solar Bears 2023-24 Home Opener is October 19 vs. Florida Everblades

The Champions Hockey League, an in-season tournament held between the winning/top club teams in Europe, have made some innovative changes to special teams for next season. I gotta say I like them all. To me, it looks like this will increase the desire to score shorthanded goals at the very least.

The Memorial Cup begins tonight in Kamloops (Game 1 at 9pm against Quebec). The Blazers will be wearing this commemorative jersey to honour veterans from all indigenous nations and communities.

Here's a preview of the tournament from Tony Ferrari at THN.

Sports are fun, they said.