The United States had a lead late in the third again. In a Groundhog Day like scenario, the Americans then lost that lead–and fell in overtime. After rolling through tournament play, the US hit a wall against both Germany and Latvia. It also spoiled another terrific effort from Rocco Grimaldi, who potted two goals in the loss. Canada would take the gold while the Germans skated away with the silver.
Down to the Memorial Cup and Game 6 with Vegas and Dallas
The Thunderbirds play again tonight for their second Memorial Cup while the Western Conference Finals resume for Vegas and Dallas. It’s getting to that point in the season where the hockey ceases and it’s a slow crawl to the NHL Draft. Dallas has secured the last two games after falling into a 3-0 hole. Is the pressure all on Vegas now heading back to Dallas? Vegas Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski writes that tonight is about sending a message for the Golden Knights, who do not want to allow Dallas even a whiff of confidence.
Blackhawks In Case You Missed It
- The war-time consigliere is a well known phrase from The Godfather. Though it’s a different comparison, it’s what the Blackhawks needed to avoid where they are now–and possibly found in Kyle Davidson.
- Lukas Reichel is ready for a full time role with the Blackhawks
Hockey Now Network
Boston: Some coaching, GM rumors around the league. Boston Bruins
Buffalo: Sabres sign Ryan Johnson to entry-level deal. Buffalo Sabres
Calgary: MacKenzie Weegar gets hockey gold. Calgary Flames
Detroit: Pius Suter had a quietly effective season. Will the Detroit Red Wings re-sign him?
Florida: Never mind the concern that too much rest is a bad thing before the next series. The Florida Panthers are just fine with it.
Montreal: The Canadiens have a decision to make on Samuel Montembeault
Philadelphia: No, the Philadelphia Flyers should be trading their best asset in Carter Hart.
Pittsburgh: What’s the outsider’s view on the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ GM situation?
San Jose: Did the San Jose Sharks give up on Adin Hill too soon?