PITTSBURGH — Barry Trotz had questions when he took over the New York Islanders last summer. About the defence. About the goaltending. About where the scoring would come from if star John Tavares bailed in free agency.
TORONTO — The Scotiabank Arena crowd cheered encouragement at Kyle Lowry when he stepped up to the free-throw line to score what would be his first points of these NBA playoffs. Some 40 minutes later, they celebrated the point guard with a standing ovation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.
LOS ANGELES — Todd McLellan was hired as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, taking over a two-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise that slumped to the NHL's second-worst record this season.