The series featuring the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins is causing a lot of talk, despite only two games being played so far.
The famous four of seven began with an interminable duel requiring three periods of overtime, then there was the shortage of goalkeepers among the Think and finally, it is the time of use of the Quebecer Alexis Lafrenière which now holds the attention.
On Thursday night, the former Blueshirts’ first overall pick was the least-used player in Gerard Gallant’s entire roster. His measly ten minutes of usage time even positions him behind a certain Ryan Reaves.
“He played very little. I was listening to former National Hockey League (NHL) star Luc Robitaille earlier on NHL Network and he mentioned that you should not analyze the work of a player who is so little used. I believe that it does indeed apply to the Lafrenière file, ”explained Renaud Lavoie on the show. JiCFriday night.
“He gets involved by giving several checks and I find it a shame that he does not seem to have the confidence of his coach.”
“Everyone wishes him a lot of success and hopes that he performs at the height of his talent,” concluded the journalist about the former Rimouski Océanic color holder.
A growing casualty list
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said point guard Casey DeSmith went under the knife on Friday and will miss the rest of the playoffs.
“Yet when we analyze the sequence on which DeSmith is injured, it is only a simple innocuous movement. A few seconds later, the goalkeeper asked the officials to stop the game because of his discomfort”, still according to Lavoie.
« Earlier today I spoke to some Penguins executives and they were telling me that in a regular season game, this injury doesn’t happen. The fact that the team ended up in second overtime played a big role, Casey’s body was worn out.
The fleur-de-lis well represented
The misfortune of some is sometimes the happiness of others. The Think Proving deprived of their first two goalkeepers in Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith, Quebecers Louis Domingue and Alex D’Orio are promoted and are the goalkeepers who will have the difficult task of slowing down the New York Rangers.
“It’s a hot topic in Pittsburgh, as Domingue and D’Orio are the only two healthy, contracted goalies available to Mike Sullivan and his team. If one of the two is injured, what are we going to do, call the driver of the zamboniasked Renaud Lavoie.
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