Puck Drop: Kendall Coyne Schofield Skates To History

Olympic champion Kendall Coyne Schofield delivered a couple of major blows to hockey’s glass ceiling over the past week.

On Friday, Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in the NHL’s All-Star Skills competition, where she participated in the Bridgestone Fastest Skater event alongside some of the most agile players in the league.

Coyne Schofield finished in seventh place out of eight competitors, coming in faster than Arizona’s Clayton Keller. Her finishing time (14.346 seconds) was, impressively, less than one second behind perennial champ Connor McDavid’s winning time (13.378).

In the wake of her performance and the fan enthusiasm that followed, NBCSN invited Coyne Schofield to join their broadcast team for Wednesday night’s Penguins/Lightning matchup. There, she joined Pierre McGuire, who proceeded to mansplain hockey to the Olympic champ/professional hockey player in the cringiest of displays.

“We’re paying you to be an analyst, not to be a fan tonight.” Insert massive eye roll here.

The cringe didn’t end there. When things got heated on the ice, McGuire continued to be awkwardly patronizing to his broadcast partner, who holds a masters degree in communications and—again—is an actual professional hockey player.

Pierre McGuire’s pro hockey credentials include highlights like not making the New Jersey Devils squad in 1984, and coaching the Hartford Whalers to a 23–37–7 record over six months in ’93/’94.

Can we just replace Pierre with Kendall? Please and thanks.

Injury Report

The All-Star break provided a much-needed respite for a lot of teams whose players have taken a beating this season.

Tuukka Rask is expected to be back in the crease when the Bruins take on the Flyers tonight in Boston. Rask suffered a concussion during Boston’s loss to the Rangers on January 19th but only missed one game due to the break in the NHL’s schedule.

Winnipeg star Dustin Byfuglien is expected to resume skating in practice sometime this week. The defenseman hasn’t taken the ice with his team since the end of December, though the Jets have managed an impressive 7-3 record in the absence of their number one blueliner.

The All-Star break wasn’t long enough for Taylor Hall. The reigning Hart Trophy winner, who is struggling to recover from a lower-body injury, skated on Sunday for the first time since December 23. Though Hall isn’t recovering as quickly as had been originally hoped, the Devils aren’t quite ready to shut his season down altogether. However, they also haven’t provided much of a timetable for a return, so time will tell whether Hall skates in an NHL game again this season.

Play of the Period: All-Star Edition

Steven Stamkos’ through-the-legs move wins this week’s Play of the Period. Check it out.

Media source: NHL.com, Sporting News

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