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Three Things We Learned In Week 19 Of The NHL Season

Seattle Kraken broadcasters made more history, the Oilers pulled off a unique coaching feat, and Igor Shesterkin nearly scored. Avry Lewis-McDougal looks back at the week that was.

The shortest month of the year is winding down, but there was more than enough to keep track of over the past week. Let's get started:

The Kraken made history once again 

The NHL's newest franchise has been one of the leaders of diversity, and this past weekend was further proof.

The Seattle Kraken's usual television play-by-play voice John Forslund had to miss the team's game in Winnipeg due to his TNT duties. The change of plans meant that Everett Fitzhugh, the radio play-by-play voice, would jump onto the ROOT Sports broadcast to join analyst J.T. Brown.

That marked the first time in league history a team would have an all-black television broadcast team for a game.  

In their first season with the Kraken, they've both been receiving high praise for their work and Thursday was no different. Here's hoping that there are more chances for Fitzhugh and Brown to do another broadcast together. 

Two coaches going 5-0 to start has never happened in the NHL

Coaching changes happen every year in every sport, but how often do the prior coach and the new hire start their season with five wins in a row? 

In the NHL? Never. 

Dave Tippett and Jay Woodcroft both managed to do so to start their runs in Edmonton, becoming the first duo to do so in NHL history. 

The last major sports team to accomplish this? The 1942 Chicago Bears. The circumstances for the Bears saw the head coach and owner George Halas lead his team to a 5-0 record before leaving to serve in World War II. Co-coaches Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos would lead the Bears the rest of the way to an 11-0 record.

The most impressive part of this? Those who looked into finding the information of one of the most obscure occurrences in all of sports. 

Igor Shesterkin went goal hunting

Pekka Rinne was the last goaltender to score on a shot back in 2019-20. Igor Shesterkin came inches away from being the first Rangers goalie to pull it off in their win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

The attempt was a bit risky as it came with over a minute to go in a one-goal game but he had full support from head coach Gerard Gallant. 

Who doesn't love netminders getting in on the scoring? Hopefully, he gets another chance before too long.


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