It’s now 1-1 in the quest for the cup.
On Monday evening, the Tampa Bay Lightning took advantage of a penalty-filled start to Game 2 for the Dallas Stars, clinching a 3-2 victory over Dallas to tie up the Stanley Cup Final series at one game apiece.
It was a lethal opening for Dallas, who allowed three quick goals all in the first period and never fully recovered.
"We've taken way too many throughout the playoffs... That's where they won the game." — Mattias Janmark— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) September 22, 2020
Now, the two teams will have Tuesday to regroup — but they’re back at it on Wednesday night, looking to see which team will pull ahead in the series en route to the biggest prize in the game. [Defending Big D]
Speaking of the Stars, though, if you subscribe to The Athletic there’s a story worth reading out of Dallas. General assignment writer Saad Yousuf spoke to 21 past teammates and coaches of goaltender Anton Khudobin to learn more about the mesmerizing, entertaining playoff hero:
Out of the playoff bubble, the NHL announced the winners for five major awards on Monday — and naturally, it sparked plenty of discussion:
For the Hart Trophy, Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl managed to nab the honors (he’ll also take home the Ted Lindsay award, voted on by players to determine the most outstanding player during the regular season). Draisaitl was given plenty of recognition for being the league’s Art Ross winner as the scoring lead during the pandemic-shortened season — but was left off of one ballot entirely because of some defensive inconsistencies in his game and was debated over due to his quality of linemates (namely Connor McDavid) compared to his competition. Here, we took a brief look at how Draisaitl’s honors might have shown some snubbing by voters regarding Nathan MacKinnon. [Mile High Hockey]
Even without a Hart for MacKinnon, though, the Avalanche didn’t walk away from Thursday empty-handed. Cale Makar nabbed the Rookie of the Year honors, snagging the Calder Trophy over fellow defender Quinn Hughes. [Mile High Hockey]
In classic Cale Makar fashion, he had plenty of insightful words on what his win meant over Hughes — and how he and the fellow blue liner were compared all season long:
Asked Calder winner Cale Makar for his thoughts on the public obsession with comparing him and Quinn Hughes. He gave a thoughtful answer: pic.twitter.com/kw61Rn5HPz— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) September 22, 2020
In a big moment for Switzerland and Nashville, Roman Josi took home the first Norris Trophy for the Predators — and the first major NHL award for a player of Swiss nationality.
Finally, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck earned his first Vezina Trophy, beating out Tuukka Rask and Andrei Vasilevskiy as the league’s best goaltender voted by NHL GM’s:
After Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy, he quickly thanked Jets goalie coach Wade Flaherty, agent Ray Petkau, trainer Adam Francilia and long-time mentor and friend Joe Clark. We talked to him about influence of Francilia and Petkau in particular at @NET360goalie camp: pic.twitter.com/f06vCKXqn4— InGoal Magazine (@InGoalMedia) September 21, 2020
Off the ice — but still in hockey! — Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler has been trying to raise awareness and promote mask-wearing in Manitoba, hoping to help the Canadian province slow what has been a steady uptick in covid-19 cases over the last month:
Finally, outside of hockey (but still in Canada!) the Emmy’s were on two nights ago. And while plenty of deserving shows earned some great awards, perhaps the best thing seen all night was Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek sweeping the comedy category. It took home seven total awards, sweeping all four major categories — best lead actor, best lead actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress — for comedy while also picking up best directing, best writing, and best comedy series overall. It was the first time a Canadian show had swept all the major categories in either a comedy or a drama, set a record for the number of Emmys won by a comedy series in a single season, and saw writer-director Dan Levy tie the record for the number of Emmys won in a single season (four; he took home the best comedy with the rest of the cast and crew, the best supporting actor, and both best writing and directing).
If you haven’t watched it yet, a historic Emmy season is a pretty good reason to dive in — but also, if you’re looking for a show that might change the world little by little, this is a good place to start: