Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having been thoroughly entertained by the great product that the NHL and NBC Sports put on last night for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Good stuff, everybody.
*Don Cherry didn’t enjoy the bad breath and Listerine drama from PK Subban drawing in Sidney Crosby during the Stanley Cup Final, and thinks those kind of antics are going to end up ticking off Crosby more than anything else. I don’t know. I think it’s really starting to bother the best hockey player in the world and Subban has been exactly the kind of personality that the NHL has badly needed on their biggest stage. The Stanley Cup Final setting was made for PK and his undeniable style.
*Justin Bieber came under fire for wearing some Pittsburgh Penguins gear, so he did what every Millenial does these days…he took to Twitter to defend himself and gave us a look into his dizzying powers of logic and reason.
*As referenced above, it was a great show on NBC Sports last night with Charles Barkley and Carrie Underwood serving as intermission guests and the Round Mound of Rebound openly rooting for an alligator to eat Jeremy Roenick. It was fun to watch and NBC gets the kudos for embracing the star power of the series. As it turns out, Nashville is a phenomenal setting for a signature NHL event. Maybe the league should consider moving their NHL Awards to Music City on a permanent basis rather than Vegas. Just a thought.
*Subban’s act may be wearing thin on hockey purists and the Penguins as well, but it’s all part of the successful game plan if the Predators end up winning the Cup.
*Pekka Rinne has rebounded nicely for the Predators, and the Finnish hockey commentators rewarded us with this amazing call of his series of saves in Game 4.
*Interesting, Darren Dreger says there is a “slight chance” that Penguins D-man Kris Letang could return in the series for Pittsburgh, which would be a huge boost.
*What a stone cold pro this gent in Nashville is while doing his sports report with a couple of over-amorous Predators fans full on making out behind him.
*For something completely different: Frank Deford was one of those sports journalism giants that you marveled at when I was a kid. He was one of the first to do the video essays that so many make attempts at these days. It was a big loss when he passed and that loss was felt across all sports, including pro wrestling.