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The Roundup- Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition: May 13/19

A rough day for the ‘Canes as the NHL shows its true colours once again.

Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins - Game Two Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images


I’m not sure who looks the worst in all this, honestly. I mean, the Carolina Hurricanes have come out with two pretty flat performances and it’s likely going to see them replacing Petr Mrazek with Curtis McElhinney in Game 3. It could be the media, who spend endless time talking about how rotten the Bruins are, especially Brad Marchand, yet when it comes time to cover them gush on about things like Marchand’s ‘discipline’. You have yesterday’s game officials who decided to one up other crews and their unwillingness to make calls that might impact a game allow a player to hook someone around the throat and then give a penalty to the person who was hooked. And of course, there’s the NHL’s DoPS who is going to be silent today, probably because their last stern warning to Marchand was about sucker punching someone and not hooking someone around the throat. It’s 2011 all over again.

Sure, it would help if the Hurricanes could stay in these games, and maybe any protests about how things just seem to be tilted yet again might carry more weight. I wouldn’t be too concerned about the ‘Canes just yet though. They got their asses handed to them in the first two games against Washington and we all know how that turned out. It’s just so tiring to see the same team never getting what they actually deserve, so much so that sometimes I wonder why I care so much about the game anymore.

Game 3 goes Tuesday in Raleigh.


Canada got things back on track with a convincing 8-0 win over Great Britain. Anthony Mantha had a big night, with 2 goals and 3 assists. They also got goals from Mathieu Joseph, a pair from Kyle Turris, Dylan Strome, Dante Fabbro, and Sean Couturier. Troy Stecher had an assist on the first Mantha goal, and Carter Hart stopped all 12 British shots he faced for the win. No word yet on whether Hart will get the start today against the host Slovakians, but with the low work load yesterday it wouldn’t be surprising to see Alain Vigneault turn to his young Philadelphia Flyers G for another look at what he’s got for next season in the NHL. As for Great Britain, they were always going to struggle with this game, but it should be looked at as a learning experience for them. I’m hopeful they can do enough to keep from getting relegated, and that their program will continue to grow.