Pens Win East, Torts Gone in Columbus, McDavid Hits 100


It should be the last day of the regular season. Instead, multiple teams remain pending as the NHL races take place to end the COVID games over the next 10 days. Even so, the news was quick and furious on Saturday as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the East Division for the first time in six seasons. John Tortorella is done in Columbus, Marc Bergevin is hanging by a thread in Montreal and Connor McDavid has hit the ridiculous and remarkable 100 point milestone.

PHN posted way too many stories on Saturday. I hope you could keep up! The highlights:

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Penguins WIN the East Division, Seeds 3-4 are still unclear.

PHN +: The Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabers 1-0, their second 1-0 victory in two weeks. Maxime Lagace has stopped all 29 shots but some cleanup remains to be done. Get the penguin testimonial and the surprisingly bad grades on top, but those Good grades below as well as Xs and Os.

Later in the morning, PHN + will have the weekly off-the-record column. Believe me when I tell you it’s juicy. We actually had to remove some quotes because they were so emotionally charged that we felt our sources would regret them or inadvertently take themselves out. You can read between the lines. I made sure of that.

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NHL News and National Hockey Now:

Philly Hockey Now: The Philadelphia Flyers pushed the Washington Capitals to OT, giving the Penguins the title of division. Thanks, Philly, who then smothered a 1-0 lead with less than losing in OT one minute before the end, 2-1.

Penguin historian Bob Grove had the best line on twitter: “You know it’s a good night for pens fans when the flyers help the pens AND then choke.”

The Athletic: Aaron Portzline reports that John Tortorella notified the Columbus Blue Jackets about this It’s finished in Columbus after this season.

The story is free, and interestingly, former WBS Penguins head coach who has been named deputy coach of Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Vellucci, is on the list of potential substitutes. However, Rick Tocchet should be high on their list if Ron Francis and Seattle Kraken don’t catch him on Day 1 of his eligibility.

Sportsnet: Wow, Connor McDavid. The guy was four points out of 100. In front of a national television audience McDavid hit 100 in just 53 games.

McDavid will need to improve his leadership game but he could join the all-time greats like Sidney Crosby did. I know penguin fans hate reading this, but McDavid is so gifted. Shall we start the countdown to his LA trade? I’m joking, I’m joking

Hockey Night in Canada: Elliotte Friedman reports that the owners of Montreal Canadiens and Marc-Bergevin are talking about the future. Will Bergevin stay? Are you going to extend it? Conversations are on the way to determine his future.

Bergevin’s Achilles heel was a trainer. Too many old school defensive coaches for his young, talented squad. But unfortunately the coach has to be French. Just ask Randy Cunneyworth. But that at least reduces the overhaul so that Michel Therrien doesn’t start with the same team for the third time.

Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins had a chance to take second place. They choked too in a “confusing” 5-4 loss to NYR.

NYI: The New York Islanders – like the opponents of the Penguins Round One – (finally) found an insult 5-1 on Saturday Suppression of the New Jersey Devils.

Colorado: Nathan MacKinnon missed his second straight game for the Colorado Avalanche.

Florida: Florida Panthers 2017 first round selection (10th overall round) Owen Tippet finally gets a chance. After a season in the taxi squad he is crack the lineup down the track.

And last but not least (especially for potential hockey enthusiasts and fantasy hockey players looking for an edge):

San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks will miss the playoffs again, but the kids are showing signs of take over sooner rather than later.