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The Daily: Cooper Responds to Criticisms of Vasilevskiy by Red Wings Lalonde; Intoxicated Woman Found in Nichushkin’s Hotel Room

Cooper calls out Lalonde over his Vasilevskiy critique



Derek Lalonde, Red Wings coach
Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde is being accused of making up a story about Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

In his analyst’s role with Sportsnet during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Detroit Red Wings coach revealed that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilveskiy struggled to deal with point shots. Lalonde came upon this revelation while working as a Tampa Bay assistant coach.

Coming to the defense of his goaltender, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, Lalonde’s former boss, is accusing Lalonde of being inaccurate in his assessment of Vasilveskiy.

“I heard about it,” Cooper said of Lalonde’s comments. “Listen, Sportsnet is paying him well to go give an opinion, so he has to make something up about that kind of stuff.

“He is there because he was an assistant coach on this team. He’s trying to offer insight and give the fans something. He should be doing that; it’s just making sure it’s accurate in what he is saying.”

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Boston: Injured forward David Krejci made the trek to Florida with the Boston Bruins and they aren’t ruling him out for Game 6.

Florida: The Florida Panthers made the trade to get forward Matthew Tkachuk looking for him to score big goals like his Game 5 overtime winner against Boston.

Vegas: Downing the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Thursday, the Vegas Golden Knights were also taking their first-round playoff series by a 4-1 count.

Colorado: Per multiple reports, an intoxicated woman was found in the Seattle hotel room of Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin on Saturday afternoon and required transport to hospital.

Los Angeles: Facing elimination, the Los Angeles Kings must make some adjustments prior to Game 6 against the Edmonton Oilers.

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Montreal: Defenseman Logan Mailloux, the 2021 first-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, is turning heads with his play for the London Knights in the OHL playoffs.

Calgary: Forward Andrew Mangiapane is expecting to be ready for Calgary Flames training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery.

San Jose: Former San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton looks to have found a new calling, starring in TV commercials.