NHL News: Sidney Crosby wins a wild one in OT, Mike Babcock comeback, and more

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Sidney Crosby scores in OT (Photo by Justin K. Aller/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL action last night was sizzling hot as 4 of the 7 games last night were decided in OT. Two more games were decided by one goal in regulation, and only the Flyers (3-1) beat the Sabres (1-3) with a strong 3-0 performance.

NHL News: Sidney Crosby completes the comeback for Pittsburgh

The Penguins (2-2) were down 3-1 to the Capitals (2-0-2) after the first period. That’s when the Sidney Crosby show began and Pittsburgh completed the comeback by winning it in OT.

Crosby finished the game with a goal and two helpers. “We didn’t have it in the first period. After that, we responded,” Pens head coach Mike Sullivan said. “The special teams might have been the momentum swing that gave us a jolt and we were really good after that. But we can’t rely on that.”

Also last night Mackenzie Blackwood’s 47 save performance repelled the Rangers (1-2) for a 4-3 Devils (2-0-1) win. The Panthers (2-0) played a thriller against the Blackhawks (0-3-1) with a 5-4 OT win and the Jets (2-1) without Patrik Laine topped the Stuetzle-less Senators (1-1-1) 4-3 OT.

Rounding out the action, the Blue Jackets (1-2-1) fell to the Red Wings (2-2) in OT and the Avalanche (2-1) closed out the Kings (0-1-2) 3-2. Here’s all the goals from last night’s action.

NHL News: Will Michael Babcock coach again?

Mike Babcock is in the news again following a piece by Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic. He was fired from the Maple Leafs, but in the wake of that dismissal it came to light that his tactics were described as abusive by former players like Johan Franzen in Detroit and Mitch Marner in Toronto.

So will he ever coach again?

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he told Lebrun. “It’s got to be the right fit. But I’ve stayed busy. My interaction with NHL coaches has been spectacular. It’s unbelievable. And I’ve talked to a number of managers, so that’s been a lot of fun.”

“I don’t know what’s next?”

The 57 year-old Stanley Cup winning coach interviewed for the vacant Capitals job this summer. I’ll bet it won’t be long before he finds a job again.

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Mike Babcock coaching future? (NHLI)

Update on Hurricanes COVID situation

Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, and Jacob Slavin, and Teuvo Teravainen have all been added to the NHL COVID protocol list. That’s 5 players, including Jordan Staal who was added Saturday.