Pandemic first: Canadiens, Leafs fight in Game 6 ahead of Canadian fans
At the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens game on Saturday night, there are fans in the building for the first time in Canada since March 2020. It’s not a solid building, but it’s a start for all Canadian hockey fans who have been forced to watch their favorite team for 14 months.
A question remains regarding the playoffs, however, as it is not immediately clear how the league will play out for a third round series between the winner of the North Division and a team based in the United States. We had talked about a possible downtown plan, with the Canadian team moving south of the border, but TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that a travel exemption is provided at one point, which would allow games to be played in the two original cities. As with everything these days, nothing can be taken for granted until it’s official, which Dreger repeats it hasn’t yet.
- The Minnesota Wild have some time to decompress and deal with any illnesses now that they’ve been eliminated from the playoffs, but at least one injured player will avoid surgery. Jonas Brodin suffered an AC joint injury to his left shoulder on Friday night, but according to Michael Russo of The Athletic, he will not need surgery.
- However, the Wild are focused on how they change the roster after a solid but ultimately unsuccessful first round against the Vegas Golden Knights. Zach Parise spoke to reporters, including Sarah McLellan of the Star-Tribune, but couldn’t quite explain what was to come to him after a difficult season. Parise found himself healthy in the playoffs, but he still has four years left on his 13-year, $ 98 million contract. “We’ll see where it goes. I do not know. I don’t know, ”Parise told McLellan. “We’ll have to figure that out next summer what’s going to happen, but I don’t really have an answer on that at the moment”