The NHL stiffed Canada with extended break in Maple Leafs, Panthers series before Game 3 https://t.co/uCQpbXod97
– The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) May 3, 2023
Paul Maurice’s team really seemed to take off in Game 5 of the series against the Bruins, considering that since then, it’s been five straight wins in nine days for the Panthers.
The series is far from over, however, as we head to Sunrise for games 3 and 4, with game 3 taking place tonight… ah no it’s tomorrow on a Sunday night????
Weird situation, isn’t it?
Indeed, it’s pretty special to leave two days between game number 2 and game number 3, especially by skipping a Saturday night, a sacred field hockey event in Canada, especially for the Leafs and the Habs.
It’s even more bizarre when you realize that game number 3 was originally scheduled for tonight, Saturday May 6.
However, as reported by Renaud Lavoie yesterday morning during his “Passeport LNH” segment on BPM Sports with Jean-Charles Lajoie, the Panthers pushed hard with the NHL to move the game to Sunday night.
Because of today’s Miami Heat game?
So that’s not a valid or logical reason.
Heat fans clearly weren’t going to drive 50 kilometers from Miami to Sunrise to get to the Panthers game after the Heat game.
One wonders whether there is a valid reason for this, or whether it’s simply favoritism on the part of the NHL towards the clearly tired Florida Panthers.
Because those five games in nine nights clearly wore out the Panthers’ players, and it showed especially in Game 2 of the series.
The Panthers weren’t lucky, but let’s just say they had to work hard to get the win, and their goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky was a big help.
The series between the @FlaPanthers and the @MapleLeafs won’t resume until Sunday. “These two days off are huge for us,” explained Paul Maurice. I’m not playing, I’m not blocking shots, and this morning, I’m tired” #rds
– Luc Gelinas (@LucGelinasRDS) May 5, 2023
In short, not only is this barely concealed NHL favoritism towards the Panthers, it’s also a lack of respect for Canadian broadcasters.
There will be no “Hockey Night in Canada” for Leafs fans.
Yes, there’s the Oilers game tonight, but Edmonton is nowhere near Toronto in terms of the field hockey market.
But shouldn’t the NHL be rewarding loyal Canadian broadcasters and listeners?
It’s a tough league, according to Renaud Lavoie and JiC, especially considering that an Oilers game has already been moved from Friday to Saturday.
“A perpetual circus.” – Jean-Charles Lajoie on the NHL
In short, let’s see what impact this schedule change will have for both teams.
It’s also worth noting that game number 4 won’t take place on Tuesday, as would normally be the case, but on Wednesday.
On the move
– Not to be missed tonight.
Big night on @RDSca live from Saputo Stadium.
🧱 @pbernier10 at the Wall of Fame.
⚪️ 3rd straight shutout in #MLS (4th overall)?
💪 3rd straight win in #MLS (4th overall)?
💥 3rd straight game with a goal for Choinière?
– Olivier Brett (@Olivier_Brett) May 6, 2023
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«C’est comme si tu lui avais planté un couteau en plein cœur.»
Quel rôle la défaite des Remparts contre Shawinigan de l’an dernier joue-t-elle dans leurs succès actuels?
Retour en arrière : https://t.co/3VBToRhF6h
— Mikaël Lalancette (@MikLalancette) May 6, 2023
– Profile of a lesser-known prospect.
– Toutsurlehockey.com (@Toutsurlehockey) May 6, 2023
– Nice win for the Padres.
The outfielder hit two long balls against Clayton Kershaw in a 5-2 win for his team. https://t.co/stnJGs61ii
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) May 6, 2023
– A deserved nomination nonetheless.