Stano’s Daily: Overtime Again & Petersen’s Shutout
We’re getting a lot of free hockey during the conference finals.
On Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars went into overtime again, making it four out of four games that have needed extra hockey in the conference finals.
Vegas grabbed Game Two, giving them a 2-0 series lead over Dallas.
With the Florida Panthers up 2-0 in their series, it’s difficult not to imagine a Stanley Cup matchup between Vegas and Florida. And what a matchup that would be.
Alexander Barkov vs Jack Eichel, Matthew Tkachuk vs Mark Stone and two physical teams battling for the Cup. That would be a fantastic series.
Don’t count out the Stars or the Carolina Hurricanes though. Two bounces and they could be the ones up 2-0.
I see Dallas as the more likely team to come back right now, only because Sergie Bobrovsky feels unbeatable in net for Florida.
Cal Petersen Shutout:
Cal Petersen backstopped Team USA to a 9-0 victory on Sunday, earning his first shutout of this year’s World Championships and improving his record to 3-0.
It was against a weak France team and Petersen only saw 12 shots, so it’s not a massive achievement for Petersen. But, games like these might boost his confidence heading into next season.
Even the call to come and represent the USA after such a tough season could have a positive impact on Petersen. Something good after such a bad season overall.
Team USA has one more preliminary game to play, facing Sweden on Tuesday before the round-robin begins. I’d expect Casey DeSmith in net against Sweden and in the round-robins, but if DeSmith struggles Petersen could quickly get some game time.
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