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Our favourite photo of Bruce Boudreau this season that came during the team's January Covid outbreak.

The plot thickens in more ways than one for the Vancouver Canucks, coach Bruce Boudreau, and a number of teams looking for or thinking about a new head coach.

Boss man Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders gave Barry Trotz his walking papers last night or this morning. “Trotzie” led the Isles to two Stanley Cup conference finals over the last four years. Yes, this year was a disappointment.

The other tantalizing development is the Toronto Maple Leafs getting smoked in Game-4 of their opening round series with Tampa Bay and Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe taking all kinds of heat for some of his game decisions, including from the Hockey Night in Canada panel.

If they get bounced in the first round … again … it could open the only door Boudreau appears to have an interest in other than the Vancouver Canucks. More shortly …

The rest of this recap is courtesy of Jimmy Murphy, Montreal, Boston, National Hockey Now. I’m still a bit discombobulated from having my phone ripped off this weekend.

By the way, with the phone went a couple of remaining Vancouver Canucks practice videos I planned on posting to our youtube channel that fans really seem to enjoy. Sorry about that – no more for this season.

Anyway, thanks Murph’ …

Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes

The Boston Bruins are right back in their first round series with the Carolina Hurricanes after a 5-2 win in Game 4 on Sunday.

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand got under the skin of Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo in Game 4. (There’s a shocker for Vancouver Canucks fans.)

The Perfection Line of Marchand-Patrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak stepped up once again for the Boston Bruins in Game 4.

Marchand has put his Boston Bruins teammates on his shoulders for the last two games and is the main reason the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes are headed back to Raleigh for Game 5 tied at two games apiece.

Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy entered COVID Protocol just before warmups for Game 4.

Former Boston Bruins center David Krejci is headed to the World Championships again to play for Team Czechia.

National Hockey Now

Pitt: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen hasn’t scored in three games against the New York Rangers but he does appear to be climbing out of Mike Sullivan’s doghouse.

Philly: Philadelphia Flyers fans have apparently tuned out the Flyers.

Wash: Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is still day-to-day and questionable for Game 4 against the Washington Capitals.

Colorado: Up 3-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the Nashville Predators, should the Colorado Avalanche just sit injured starting goalie Darcy Kuemper?

San Jose: The San Jose Sharks are reportedly trying to unload the contracts for defensemen Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns on the NHL Trade Market.

Canada Hockey Now

Montreal: My partner-in-scribe at Montreal Hockey, Marco D’Amico brought up an interesting tid-bit about the second first round draft pick the Montreal Canadiens have in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Calgary: The Calgary Flames think part of the reason they’re down 2-1 in their series with the Dallas Stars is because they’re getting hosed by the referees. Cry me a river!

Also, the Flames are trying to pull a Tom Brady era New England Patriots and pretend they’re the underdog despite being the clear-cut favorites against the Dallas Stars.

NHL

Former Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is likely out for more than one game in the St. Louis Blues’ series with the Minnesota Wild.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander is baby soft!

(This is unreal – microcosm of how and why the Maple Leafs haven’t been able to win a playoff series and might not win this one – Simmer)

Enjoy the Hockey Action !!

VHN Managing Editor Rob Simpson has been covering the NHL for three decades on live TV, radio, and as a journalist. He worked his first ever game getting postgame sound as a teenager; it was Vancouver vs. Detroit.

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