Stanley Cup Stories: Torres barred, Marchand lifts Bruins
L.A. Kings take 2-0 series lead over Sharks
Raffi Torres's rap sheet got a little longer, the Boston Bruins continued their overtime magic and the Los Angeles Kings took a 2-0 series lead over San Jose. All that and more in Thursday's Stanley Cup Stories.
1. Raffi Torres has become well acquainted with the NHL's head of discipline Brendan Shanahan. On Thursday, the San Jose Sharks winger was suspended for the remainder of his team's series against the Los Angeles Kings for a blow he delivered in Game 1 on L.A.'s Jarret Stoll. Fans and athletes alike debated the legality of the hit on Twitter, some jumping to Torres's defence while others arguing against him. His San Jose teammates could have used the agitating forward, after they blew a late one-goal, losing 4-3 as the Kings are now ahead 2-0 in their series.
2. The Boston Bruins have been the Cardiac Kids of sudden-death overtime these playoffs, beating the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday in Game 1 on the strength of Brad Marchand's winner, his first goal of these Stanley Cup playoffs. New York's luck ran out in the series opener, Jay Greenberg writes. Boston is now 3-0 in overtime contests this post-season, including their series-clinching comeback win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk had a rough night, after taking a big hit from behind at the hands of New York's Taylor Pyatt in the second period. Should he face any supplemental discipline for the play?
3. The Pittsburgh Penguins have opened up a 1-0 series lead over the Ottawa Senators and appear to be marching along just fine. CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby says it's in large part because of the efforts of former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who's looking more and more comfortable with his Pittsburgh teammates. Catch Game 2 on Hockey Night in Canada Friday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).