Latest Stanley Cup Final reports, Rick MacLeish passes away and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau won’t receive supplemental discipline for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins winger Bryan Rust. The NHL’s department of player safety ruled “Marleau does not ‘pick’ the head, elevate or extend. Head contact is with Marleau’s back.” Rust is currently day-to-day with an “upper-body injury”. Meanwhile, the Penguins have found playing with a lead to be a problem in the 2016 playoffs.
THE MERCURY NEWS: For the Sharks to win Game 2 and tie the Stanley Cup Final, they need forward Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns to take more shots than they did in Game One. Meanwhile, Sharks defenseman Justin Braun will play in Game 2 tonight and then take a leave of absence to attend to family matters. Braun’s father-in-law is former NHL forward Tom Lysiak, who died of leukemia on Monday night. He’s expected to attend the Sharks practice on Friday.
THE SCORE: Ratings for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final were down 36 percent from last year, marking the lowest since the opening game between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils in 2012. One reason was Game 7 of the NBA series between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma Thunder took place at the same time, stealing away Bay Area viewers.
THE PROVINCE: Hockey Night in Punjabi has become a viral sensation during the NHL playoffs.
STLTODAY.COM: After re-signing a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues, head coach Ken Hitchcock said the 2016-17 season will be his last in the NHL.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The prospect of Randy Carlyle returning for a second stint as head coach of the Anaheim Ducks appears a possibility.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins forward Alex Khokhlachev has signed with KHL team SKA St. Petersburg.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers Alumni Association yesterday confirmed former Flyers star Rick MacLeish passed away on Monday night at age 66. MacLeish had been battling meningitis and kidney and liver problems. He was the first player in Flyers history to score 50 goals (1972-73), helped the club win two Stanley Cups and finished his career with 349 goals and 759 points in 846 regular-season NHL games, along with 54 goals and 107 points in 114 playoff games. He skated for over 11 seasons with the Flyers, as well as stops with the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to MacLeish’s friends and family. He was one of the Flyers all-time greats.