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In the National Hockey League, goalie interference reviews are considered especially heinous. In the Toronto Bubble, the dedicated officials who perform these reviews are part of an elite squad known as the “upstairs” referee unit. These are their stories.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

2020 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Rodion Amirov (F) | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: The Russian should be taken off the board in the 10-20 range.

Life Lessons from the Nashville Predators’ 2019-20 Season | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Ann takes a look at what we can learn from this iteration of the Nashville Predators.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Boston Bruins Win Playoff Opener in Double Overtime | NBC Boston
Fresh off of Tuesday’s 5OT thriller between Tampa and Columbus, the NHL decided to open up play with another extra-long affair yesterday as the Bruins outlasted the Canes in double overtime.

Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour fined $25K for criticizing officials after Game 1 loss | ESPN
So there was a big goalie interference snafu yesterday in that Canes/Bruins game. Just take a look.

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said officials wouldn’t clarify what they had called on the ice after a Bruins goal, so he “had to flip a coin” on whether to challenge the hand pass or goaltender interference. He picked wrong, and boy was he not happy. The coach would later tell reporters, “This is why the league’s a joke in my opinion. That one is a crime scene.”

I’m definitely going to start calling everyday inconveniences a crime scene going forward. “What do you mean the ice cream machine is broken? This is a CRIME SCENE!”

Brind’Amour had plenty more to say, so I’ll just paste Sara Civian’s thread with the quotes here.

*Colorful language warning*

Islanders Erupt In Third Period, Defeat Capitals In Game 1 | CBS New York
After going down by two early on, the Islanders rallied hard, scoring four unanswered goals and taking Game 1.

Avalanche blank Coyotes in Game 1 | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
For 53 minutes Darcy Kuemper looked like the same unbeatable goaltender that foiled the Preds in the qualifying round. Then the wheels promptly fell off in about 90 seconds.

Carter Hart, Joel Farabee lead Philadelphia Flyers past Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 | TSN
Something, something, CAHTAH HART.

Behind the scenes with a 2020 NHL playoff soundboard operator | ESPN
There are no fans in the arenas. Instead, someone is hitting lots of buttons to simulate the sound of a crowd in the building. If you’re curious how that works, this is the article for you.

Penguins part ways with assistant coaches Gonchar, Martin, Recchi | Sportsnet
The gutting of Mike Sullivan’s bench has begun.

NHLPA’s Don Fehr says ‘so far so good’ on no positive tests in league | ESPN

“So far so good. That’s about all we can say, and we keep our fingers crossed and knock on wood, and throw salt over our shoulders and whatever else we can think will help.”

UH-OH. You spilled the salt.

Milan Lucic has turned back the clock with the Calgary Flames | The Hockey News
The power forward had been struggling in recent years, but the 2020 post-season has seen a rebirth for the veteran. Don’t look now, but Lucic is a point-per-gamer for Calgary.

Jets’ Little pondering future, but not ready to retire after scary injury | Sportsnet
Bryan Little isn’t ready to say goodbye to the sport he loves, at least not yet.