5 NHL stories, including Braden Holtby stars on Broadway
The Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings picked up Game 2 wins, the Jack Adams Award nominees were announced, Grapes had his say and there were rumours of a Jet taking off to the KHL, all on Day 20 of the Stanley Cup playoffs and all in your top five stories:
1. Braden Holtby captured first star honours as his Capitals evened their series with the Rangers in Game 2. Holtby was a hot topic on Hockey Night In Canada: he and his parents appeared on Inside Hockey while Don Cherry chatted about the goalkeeper on Coach's Corner. Oh, he was also a co-star in today's caption contest.
2. The normally stingy St. Louis Blues are in an 0-2 series hole after giving up an uncharacteristic amount of chances to Los Angeles on Monday. The Kings cashed in five times, including this shorthanded beauty from Anze Kopitar.
3. The finalists for the Jack Adams Award were announced on Monday, but if it was given to the coach with the most interesting year, John Tortorella would win it hands down, as shown by our breakdown of his 2011-12 season highlights.
4. Off-ice problems? What off-ice problems? The Phoenix Coyotes are up 2-0 in their Western Conference semifinal series against the Nashville Predators and this success has (albeit momentarily) taken the spotlight off where the team will be located next year, and placed it squarely on where they are heading in the playoffs.
5. Speaking of off-ice problems, the agent for Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov was busy quashing rumours that his client would be heading to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia next season. The agent blamed "reprinted rumours from a Russian newspaper."