Today in Hockey History: June 28

Today in Hockey History: June 28

June 28th, 2020 June 28 saw two huge trades go down that benefitted a pair of Original 6 franchises for years to come. Also, this date in 1994 was one of the busiest in recent memory with drafts, trades and coaching moves. Canadiens Change Their Future The first step in the Montreal Canadiens dominating the...
Today in Hockey History: June 27

Today in Hockey History: June 27

June 27th, 2020 A pair of National Hockey League Entry Drafts were held on this date, with both teams from the Sunshine State getting a crack at the top pick. Also, the NHL newest rival made a huge splash on this date in 1972. Lightning Strike First The 27 teams of the NHL got together in Buffalo, NY, on...

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June 8th, 2020
Panthers History

June 8 is mostly remembered for two things; plenty of Stanley Cup Final action and multiple coaching changes. Also, one of the most memorable Entry Drafts in National Hockey League history took place on this date. Stanley Cup Final Moments The Florida Panthers hosted their first-ever Stanley Cup Final game on June 8, 1996. Ray Sheppard caused thousands of plastic rats to rain down on the ice by scoring halfway through the first period, to tie the Colorado Avalanche at 1-1. Rob Niedermayer gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead two minutes later. The Avalanche got second-period goals from Mike Keane and Joe Sakic to lead them to a 3-2 victory and a 3-0 lead in the series. Sakic’s goal was his sixth game-winning goal of the 1996 postseason, a new NHL record. The Dallas Stars hosted the Buffalo Sabres, on June 8, 1999, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Brett Hull’s power-play goal opened the scoring midway through the first period. Stu Barnes and Wayne Primeau scored five...
June 2nd, 2020
NHL Entry Draft

Folks, it's draft season. I know the play-ins and playoffs will be starting soon, but it's also time to focus on the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. As boards are being finalized and we're inching closer to the lottery, it's crunch time for scouts and general managers, real and armchair. Related: THW's 2020 Draft Guide The Hockey Writers contributors banded together last week to do a 2020 NHL mock draft, organized by THW draft guru Josh Bell. We intended to do the first round only, but it was so fun and successful that we also did the second round... and the third... and the whole draft. Before we go any further, check out how it all went down: Related: THW 2020 Mock NHL Draft Round 1: Our Armchair GMs Make Their Picks Yours truly had the pleasure of picking for the Florida Panthers, who could use an infusion of young talent. Let's break down the picks. 14. Noel Gunler, RW/LW, Luleå HF For the first-round pick, I was always going to focus on picking the best player...
June 1st, 2020
New York Islanders

It will be a familiar opponent for the New York Islanders in this year's reconstructed NHL playoffs, as they are scheduled to take on the Florida Panthers in the play-in games. The winner of this series will await the seeding of the round-robin between each of the top four teams in the conference. Related: Islanders 'Ziggy' Palffy - Underappreciated IIHF Hall of Famer The Islanders, who finished seventh in the Eastern conference in point percentage, received the seventh seed. New York finished the shortened regular season with 80 points and a 35-23-10 record, two more points than the Panthers despite ending the season on a seven-game losing streak.  Islanders-Panthers Season Review These two teams met early in the season and often as they completed their season series with the Islanders winning all three games. Their first game was on Oct. 12 in what started a 10-game winning streak and 17-game point streak. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey scored goals before New York...
June 1st, 2020
Panthers History

June 1 has been a very busy day through the course of National Hockey League history. It has seen champions crowned, eras end, legendary arenas built and coaching changes to go along with the games on the ice. Championship Memories in Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Penguins won their second straight championship, on June 1, 1992, by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The win was the Penguins’ 11th straight of the postseason, tying a record the Blackhawks had set heading into the series with Pittsburgh. The Penguins held three separate one-goal leads in the first period thanks to goals by Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens and Mario Lemieux, but all three of those goals were answered by Dirk Graham. Rick Tocchet and Jeremey Roenick added goals in the second period. Larry Murphy and Ron Francis gave the Penguins a two-goal lead early in the third period. Roenick scored again with just under nine minutes left to play, but the Blackhawks could not...