Ramblings: Maurice Hired In Florida; Colorado/Tampa Bay Game 4; Kubalik, Kopitar, Boeser, and More – June 23

Michael Clifford

2022-06-23

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Paul Maurice was hired as the head coach of the Florida Panthers, replacing interim head coach Andrew Brunette. Alex MacLean wrote about this from a fantasy perspective yesterday.

My only real thought is why Florida would do this. If people want to say they were out-coached in the playoffs, I wouldn't argue. But it's not as if Maurice has a lengthy résumé of deep playoff runs in Winnipeg. It will be interesting to see the pace Florida plays with next season, considering how good they were in 2021-22.   

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Despite some questions as to whether Darcy Kuemper might start in Game 4 after being shelled in Game 3, he proved to be the difference for Colorado early in the game. The Avalanche were swarmed by Tampa Bay's relentless forecheck which led to turnovers, and some good chances for the Lightning.

With the game tied 1-1 in the second period, Victor Hedman made a play we've been looking for all series, and scored a beautiful goal to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead:

Despite the Lightning heavily carrying the play through 40 mi