When Tony Granato was a Detroit Red Wings assistant coach, people talked all of the time about what an incredibly nice person he was.
But when Tony Granato played, he was like a Tasmanian Devil, whirling around the ice, throwing big checks and scoring big goals. His efforts were rewarded last night when he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Tony Granato is brother to Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato and Buffalo Sabres coach Don Granato. His brother-in-law is Ray Ferraro.
Around the NHL
New York: The Islanders’ struggles continue. Thursday night, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by blowing a third period lead and losing with 12 seconds remaining. As a result, the Islanders sit last in the Metropolitan Division, 12 points out of a playoff spot.
Washington: No. 1 center Evgeny Kuznetsov left Washington Capitals practice Thursday with a lower-body injury.
Boston: Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark withstood a 41-shot Edmonton Oilers barrage for a 3-2 win.
Detroit: The Red Wings can’t win on the road. Hence, they were hammered by the St. Louis Blues 6-2.
Also, long-time farm hand Brian Lashoff is back up with the parent club because Gustav Lindstrom is injured and Marc Staal is on the COVID list.
Montreal: Fleury! Fleury! Check out the video as the Montreal fans provided our second awesome fan moment this week. Montreal fans roared for their native son as Fleury won his 500th NHL game. Video and complete story.
Pittsburgh: The Penguins sale has been approved by the NHL Board of Governors. It was unanimous.
Plus, forward Jason Zucker missed practice again. Another maintenance day? Hockey Now’s Shelly Anderson was at the rink.
Vegas: Love for Marc-Andre Fleury, hate for Robin Lehner. Fleury is a tough act to follow. Lehner was pulled from Vegas’s comeback win over Dallas, and fans cheered head coach Pete DeBoer giving him the hook.