With a 3-2 lead in the third period, the Pittsburgh Penguins made their path the Eastern Conference Final a whole lot tougher by committing three consecutive delay-of-game penalties for shooting the puck over the glass in a span of only 2:02.
While it isn't easy for any young player to establish themselves in the NHL, it's impossible to imagine how Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey has made it through his first few professional seasons while dealing with an unimaginable murder conspiracy involving his family.
In 2013 - the year Vey broke into the NHL - Linden's father, Curtis Vey, and co-accused Angela Nicholson were charged with conspiracy to murder their spouses, including Linden's mother Brigitte, in their hometown of Wakaw, Sask.
"It changes your life," Vey told The Province's Jason Botchford. "Your life is a certain way for so many years and all of a sudden, you wake up one day and it's totally different."
Vey admits it's difficult to play with that kind of situation weighing on his mind, but he doesn't want to use it as an excuse for any disappointing play in the past couple years.
"I'm not going to sit here and say it's part of the reason I've had two of the worst seasons of my career," the 24-year-old said.
After recording 24 points in 75 games in the 2014-15 campaign, Vey failed to make the team to start this season and was not called up until December.
"I didn't have a very good training camp," Vey admitted. "I thought it got better when I got called up. I think I started playing a little bit better."
Curtis Vey and Nicholson will begin trial May 24, and the Canucks forward plans to be with his family in Saskatchewan during the offseason to support his mother.
"Our family is going to do its best to find its way through it."
The 26-year-old restricted free agent, who produced in spite of head coach Dave Cameron this past season, was thought to be a trade candidate for the Ottawa Senators this offseason.
Until the hiring of new bench boss Guy Boucher, that is.
Boucher and Hoffman are quite familiar with one another after the coach guided Hoffman's junior team - the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs - from 2007-09. Time has passed and both have evolved, but Boucher still believes he can bring out a more complete game from Hoffman all these years later.
"I think Mike has shown great things in the NHL. He was in the All-Star Game. Let's focus on his strengths, the fact he's a game-breaker. He can shoot, score and change the game," Boucher told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen on Monday.
"Does he have things he can improve? Of course, but I'm so excited to be coaching him again. I know him. I know what to do with this guy and I know how to surround him ... I just know in the past we've had a great relationship. Yeah, I pushed him, but I pushed him with respect because I cared like I did with all the other players and it turned out to be something good."
Hoffman, 26, recorded 29 goals and 30 assists in 78 games this season, despite averaging only 17:33 per game.
There's still the issue of his new contract to work out, with talks reportedly set to intensify with a new coach in place. The hiring of Boucher, however, seems to bode well for the dynamic winger.
CHICAGO - The American Hockey League board of governors has granted conditional approval to the Arizona Coyotes to buy the Springfield Falcons and relocate the franchise to Tucson, Arizona.
The board unanimously approved the sale and move at ...
Thanks to a Game 5 win that pushed their second-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins to at least six games, Washington still has the chance to become the third Presidents' Trophy-winning club to come all the way back from a 3-1 series deficit.
Gerry Nelson is a huge Saskatoon Blades fan. He's also blind, so he relies on his 12-year-old son, Wyatt, to be his play-by-play man during games.
The NHL recently found out about Nelson's story and gave him the surprise of a lifetime as part of its "Day with the Cup" initiative. The result was a touching and emotional moment between father and son.