NHL Playoffs: Big Ben is hurt. Again. Big surprise.

  • Ben Bishop is injured. Again. A 100 m.p.h. slapper off the collarbone likely snapped that bone. They guy needs to be wrapped in bubble wrap. At least Anton Khudobin was lights out this season.
  • Tomas Hertl is something else. A lot of fantasy owners missed his breakout because of the three-hour time difference. Not anymore.

  • John Tortorella guaranteed a Game 7 back in Boston and then unceremoniously left the press conference. The old Torts is back. Awesome.
  • Artemi Panarin needs to be a lot better. The Bread Man had not one, but two massive brain farts Saturday that led to odd-man rushes. Both ended up in the back of the Jackets’ net because he didn’t work hard enough on the back check. The second one lost the game. I want to believe he’ll learn from it.
  • Brad Marchand might be a jerk, but he’s a fine, fine hockey player. His third-period Saturday was amazing.
  • Roope Hintz is one of the breakout players of the postseason. But he struggled Sunday. Struggles aside, this is real. I just don’t think he’s another John Druce.
  • Can you imagine how good the Blues would be if Vladimir Tarasenko actually showed up?