So yesterday brought the news of the much anticipated Nicklas Backstrom signing by the Caps. But #19 wasn't the only player signed by the organization, as fellow Swede and center Marcus Johansson was also signed to a three-year entry level deal. The 19-year old Johansson was a first round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and currently plays in his home country for Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League (SEL), the top professional league in Sweden. He recorded 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 42 games this season. Johansson will don number 90 when he sports the Washington red, white and blue. Welcome aboard Marcus!
And many fans of the Capitals, Penguins and now the down-trodden Boston Bruins with an epic Game 7 fail, are still shaking their heads in disbelief as we watch the Conference Finals. Game Two for both East and West will go down tonight and Montreal Canadiens fans are wondering if their hot streak had a collision with a fire hose after being squashed by the Flyers in Game One. But after being chased from the net, Habs players are confident that hot Halak (whose last name is now being used as a verb in hockey jargon - synonymous with "opening up a can of whoopass") are confident that their elite netminder will bounce back. He will certainly need to as the thugnasty Flyers might just get even more nasty with the possible return of Ian Laperriere to the bench. Things in that series are getting ugly on and off the ice. Check out this story about a veteran reporter for the Montreal Gazette who had his car vandalized by some of Philly's finest during Game One (stick tap to Kukla's Korner/NHL Fanhouse). Stay classy guys - actions like that give Canadiens' player Hal Gill proof in the pudding to back up his assessment of many Flyers fans. And while we're at it, some of you don't exactly look like Einstein shouting out anti-French Canadian slurs to opposing fans when two of your team's most prolific scorers hail from the province of Quebec - think Daniel Briere and Simone Gagne. That's right up there with some of the Canadiens fans booing the National Anthem while key Habs players Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez are proud products of the USA.
If you're not getting enough drama watching the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, apparently drama queen (and train wreck) Lindsay Lohan put on quite a show at a NYC nightclub recently, getting into an altercation with two New York Rangers (including Sean Avery - girlfriend must be on drugs). Here are the dirty details from the New York Post. And we thought Avery was a prima donna? Wonder if Rangers coach John Tortorella helped her out with any beverage tossing tips he acquired during last year's series against the Capitals?