Chris Johnston is in his 14th season covering the NHL and fifth for Sportsnet. His career began with The Canadian Press and has covered 10 Stanley Cup finals and two Olympics. He is a frequent contributor to Sportsnet's TV and radio platforms and a regular guest on the "Puck Talks" speaking series.
'It’s time': Hurricanes' Brind’Amour calls for expanded video review
Rod Brind’Amour doesn’t just think it’s time for the NHL to expand video review. The Carolina Hurricanes head coach believes the league should have done it long before a Stanley Cup playoffs that have included a number of controversial missed calls.
Hurricanes likely turning to McElhinney after Bruins prey on Mrazek
With their season essentially hanging in the balance, you have to believe the Carolina Hurricanes are turning to Curtis McElhinney. Down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final after being shelled for two games by the Boston Bruins, they need to change something.
Regret lingers for Staal after Game 1 mistake plays role in Hurricanes' loss
You don’t carve out a career like the one Staal’s had or enjoy a spring like the one he’s putting together for Carolina without sweating the small stuff. And, in hockey, it’s all small stuff. But you also can’t expect to have any success while playing with a clouded mind or any hint of indecision.
Hurricanes lose grip on Game 1 as Bruins capitalize on power play
The Carolina Hurricanes were in a position of control with a lead on the road and 20 minutes to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the Boston Bruins on Monday until a disastrous six-minute stretch in the third period derailed an otherwise encouraging night.