It’s time for another game. It’s fun to have sports back...right?
Analyzing the game Nick Suzuki had, including how he used deception and then speed and power to beat Matt Murray for a goal. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
It’s no secret that for the Canadiens to hang with the Penguins it means Carey Price is going to have to stand on his head. So far, so good for Montreal through one game. [EOTP]
Mike Sullivan cited the Habs’ going low-to-high to generate two of the goals, a look here at how MTL was able to get their defensemen involved in the offense. [EOTP]
Sullivan also publicly defended Jack Johnson and Justin Schultz, which isn’t surprising. He’s not going to say “yeah these guys stink and they’re killing us!” even if he’s thinking it. [Tribune Review]
The so-called Super Genius debates several lineup changes for the Pens for Game 2. [Trib - Mark Madden]
Rossi also looks at Matt Murray and Johnson as far as what could come next. [The Athletic - $]
Jared McCann on Sunday: ‘We know what we did wrong. It was some little things. We felt like we controlled most of the game, to be honest with you. We had our chances... Practice was good. We worked on things that we kind of messed up on and we’re going to move forward with it.” [Twitter - video press conference]
Sullivan also reported everyone practiced on Sunday, it went well and then predictably declined any comment on any potential lineup changes.
Great look at life inside the bubble where players are adjusting to a whole different set of timing as they go about their routines. [Penguins.com]
And around the league...
It’s a one game suspension for Drake Caggiula (CHI) after a high hit on Tyler Ennis. [Second City Hockey]
But the Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Dominik Kubalik line has Chicago’s hearts all a twitter after the trio ripped up Edmonton. [SCH]
Pekka Rinne’s streak of 89 straight postseason starts for Nashville came to an end yesterday. [NHL.com]
Also not starting, Marc-Andre Fleury. Vegas has named Robin Lehner the team’s starter for their first round robin game. [Sportsnet]
Speaking of old friends, Phil Kessel chipped in two assists in Arizona’s 4-3 win over Nashville yesterday. [AZ Central]
Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk and Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice have different views on Tkachuk taking out Mark Scheifele on Saturday. Tkachuk is certainly no stranger to controversy. [Sportsnet]
Carter Hart makes 34 saves in Philly’s round robin 4-1 win over Boston. [Broad Street Hockey]
Caps defenseman John Carlson, who was injured last week, has not been ruled out for today’s Washington round robin opener. [NHL.com]
A list of chirps heard in Edmonton on day 1. Too bad this feature wasn’t from Toronto. [The Athletic - $]