June 3, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Monday, June 3

By Jesse Connolly

Former Rangers captain Mark Messier is among the candidates to take over as head coach on Broadway. (Getty Images)

Today on NEHJ

We’ll have a look at Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the B’s and Pens.

Good reads

David Krejci’s staking a claim to be among the NHL’s elite with his superb postseason numbers, writes NHL.com’s Shawn P. Roarke.

Jonathan Quick’s (Hamden, Conn.) streak of allowing less than three goals in an NHL record 34-straight games is caput, as the Kings fell by a score of 4-2 to Chicago in Game 2 and now trail two games to none in the series.

Mark Messier is “expected to compete” for the vacant head coaching position for the New York Rangers.

Quick hits

Tomas Vokoun was the first goalie off the ice for Pittsburgh, meaning it’s assumed he’ll start Game 2 – potentially ending speculation that Dan Bylsma may turn back to Marc-Andre Fleury.

History lesson

On this day in 2004, the last time an NHL game was held on June 3, the Flames defeated the Lightning in overtime by a score of 3-2 to take a 3-2 series lead in the Cup finals. Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for Calgary, while leading the team with 30:54 of ice time. Andrew Ference was right behind at 30:05 and was plus-1.

Entirely off-topic

Thunder and lightning scared the hell out of the Yankees and Red Sox Sunday night.

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