With his name swirling in the rumor mill over the last couple of weeks, Nazem Kadri put all the distractions behind him to lead his Maple Leafs past the division leading Tampa Bay Lightning last night. Kadri scored the first two goals for the Leafs propelling them past the Lightning 3-2 for an important regulation win.
Last night Carey Price showed why many have him pegged as the starting goaltender for Team Canada when the Olympic tournament opens in a couple weeks. Price stopped 36 shots in a 3-0 shutout of the blazing hot Carolina Hurricanes. The win was a huge one for Price and the Canadiens as it ended their 4 game losing streak and may be what the team needs to turn their game around heading into the Olympic break.
“You get into this building, you’re in the Bronx, you’re in Yankee Stadium, a great venue, and it’s pretty amazing what the NHL has done with these events. I think when we get out there [Wednesday] night it will be all business. But [Tuesday] was a day for our guys to enjoy a good, spirited practice, lot of time with their families. It’s not every day you get to do that.”
The players aren’t the only ones who are excited to participate in outdoor hockey games at some of the most famous stadiums in the Unites States. Islanders coach Jack Capuano admitted he’s really looking forward to Wednesday night’s game against the Rangers. The Rangers will be playing their second game at the stadium in less then a week and should have a decided advantage over the young Islanders who may have a little trouble adapting to the conditions.