The ‘Stanley Cup Quest’ Continues with Maroon as Tour Guide

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Nikolaj Ehlers goalie tapped Carey Award on the front of her sweater.

“Go win a cup,” the Winnipeg Jets forward said when the two met in the handshake line after Price’s Montreal Canadiens beat the Jets in a four-game sweep at the second round of the Stanley Cup among the top 7.

It was a sign of respect for the goalie as well as the hope of being knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the team that ultimately wins the Cup.

This opens the third episode of season six of “Quest for the Stanley Cup”, a seven-game unrestricted series, with increasingly high stakes for the remaining four teams in the playoffs.

The episode airs Friday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN + in the US and YouTube.com/NHL in Canada.

The Canadians are not the only ones to pass the second round. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in five games, the New York Islanders defeated the Boston Bruins in six, and the Vegas Golden Knights did the same against the Colorado Avalanche. That sets up two Stanley Cup semi-finals among the top seven, with Tampa Bay facing New York and Montreal facing Vegas.

From the ice, the episode moves to the Davis Islands, a section of Tampa, Fla., And a popular spot for Lightning players, and the forward’s home. Pat maroon, who shows off his French Bulldogs and recounts a tour of the neighborhood in a golf cart.

“Tampa is a big city,” he said. “It’s a fun place for me and the family. A lot of guys, a lot of players live on the Davis Islands. It’s a cool little community. Here you can just go by golf cart to your house. ‘a teammate, show up on their doorstep, even though they probably don’t want you there. “

Maroon is on his own quest to win the Cup three times in a row. He won with his hometown St. Louis Blues in 2019, then with the Lightning in 2020.

“There are a lot of guys in there who tasted it last year, and now they want more,” Maroon said.

This is evident when the episode returns to the ice, when the semi-finals begin and the mood and intensity ramps up even more, which is the case both between the Lightning and the Islanders and in Las Vegas. , where the Golden Knights begin their streak against the Canadiens. .

There the cameras move to Alex tuch‘s house, where his 6-month-old pup displays a decidedly laissez-faire attitude towards the Golden Knights forward’s attempts to play fetch. (Teddy, however, isn’t the latest addition to be featured in the episode, with the Lightning Center Blake colemanCarson, his 2-day-old daughter, will make an appearance later.)

Video: Quest For The Stanley Cup: Tuch plays fetch with a dog

Still, Tuch calls choosing to have Teddy “one of the best decisions of my life,” especially for how the dog – along with Tuch’s family and girlfriend – helped him get through the hardships. mental health issues of last year.

Now, however, he and the Golden Knights are in exactly the position they want to be. They have passed the Avalanche who won the Presidents’ Trophy and are about to play for the Cup. And with a 4-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1, the Golden Knights take it one step further. The teams are tied in the series after the Canadiens’ 3-2 win on Wednesday.

And that’s all Tuch wants.

“I don’t care how it goes,” Tuch said. “I just want to beat Montreal and then, whether it’s the Islanders or the Tampa Bay Lightning, I want to beat them and I want to win the Stanley Cup. I don’t care who scores. If (guardian) Marc-André Fleury wants to score every goal for us, I don’t care how it goes, but I just want to win the Stanley Cup. “

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