No first-game jitters apparent for Nolan
If there were any jitters for Jordan Nolan in his Stanley Cup Finals debut on Wednesday, he certainly didn’t show them. Nolan played 11 minutes, 26 seconds, and made an outstanding play in the first period to win the puck behind the Devils’ net, then center it to Colin Fraser for the Kings’ first goal of Game 1. Beyond that, Nolan totaled four hits in the game and was fast to the puck in all situations.
Nolan is a 22-year-old rookie, but he could get plenty of advice and support from his father, Ted, who played and coached in the NHL and also won three championships as a junior-hockey coach. Jordan Nolan’s brother Brandon also had a seven-year pro career, including a six-game stint in the NHL. Darryl Sutter was asked about Nolan’s game…
SUTTER: “He gives us some size, gives us some speed. Last night was the most minutes he played in the playoffs. There’s nights where he’s played four or five shifts, four or five minutes, so — keep him clear on his role and play it. Right now we’re relatively healthy and there’s competition to play. He plays well, he stays in the lineup.’’