Against seemingly insurmountable conditions throughout the incessant pandemic, Canada's athletes navigated restrictions and kept up with the rest of the world by training in basements and backyards, hockey rinks and garages — they not only endured, they thrived.
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has passed away at the age of 24, the team has confirmed.
In a team statement, the Blue Jackets said he died as a result of a tragic fall resulting in a head injury on July 4.
“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time,” Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson said. “Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten.”
The Montreal Canadiens have found their winning recipe and have improved on it since Game 5 of their comeback series win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 1, and it can carry them further than they’ve been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2014.
On a night when Nikita Kucherov assisted on both Lightning power-play goals to climb back into a game the hosts trailed 2-0, Sebastian Aho refused to be outdone, scoring once and setting up two others in a crucial 3-2 Hurricanes win.
The Winnipeg Jets are going to be without Mark Scheifele for the next four games after the NHL Department of Player Safety announced its ruling on Thursday. That’s a massive blow to a team that already lost Dylan DeMelo and Paul Stastny.