The NHL is back, too. Two days after the NBA, the Big North American Hockey League relaunched its season on Saturday, when the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers put their skates on the Toronto ice, after four months of hiatus caused by the coronavirus.
In the empty vastness of the Scotiabank Arena (compensated by audience noises recorded on TV), there were from the first moments severe charges in the middle of the ice, a fight as the public likes them on this side- there from the Atlantic. And a goal for Carolina, superb, signed Jaccob Slavin after a short minute of play, a shot in the top corner of Henrik Lundqvist after a sumptuous cross pass from Teuvo Teravainen.
Dominators (37 shots on target at 26), the Hurricanes, 6th in the Eastern Conference, logically won (3-2) over Rangers (11th) slow at the start, authors of only four shots in the first third. Carolina takes a first step in this series of preliminary round of the play-offs to the best of five matches, an unusual format set up in this exceptional context.
No one knelt down during the hymns
We will therefore have mainly talked about sport during this first official post-confinement match. Unlike the NBA, no one knelt down during the two anthems, with the American and the Canadian played in honor of the host nation. It was announced after the preparation matches, also predictable in a League deemed more conservative and composed overwhelmingly of white players, even if the NHL has made efforts to show its solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Four other matches are on the program for this evening of recovery, New York Islanders – Florida and the prestigious poster Pittsburgh – Montreal in Toronto, Edmonton – Chicago and Calgary – Winnipeg in the second “bubble”, in Edmonton.