PITTSBURGH 5 PHILADELPHIA 1 (Penguins lead series 2-1)
In Game 2 the Flyers did an outstanding job shutting Sidney Crosby out of the narrative. They seemed to forget that’s something you need to do like, every game. Crosby had a goal and 3 assists as the Penguins cruised to a 5-1 win to retake the lead in the series. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, and Kris Letang added two helpers. Matt Murray made 26 saves, rebounding from that not so good effort on Friday. The Penguins tied an NHL record for the two fastest goals in playoff history, as Malkin and Brian Dumolin scored 5 seconds apart.
Game 4 goes Wednesday in Philly.
MINNESOTA 6 WINNIPEG 2 (Jets lead series 2-1)
The Wild erupted with 4 goals in a crazy 2nd period as they got back into this series after dropping the first two games on the road. The Wild scored twice on the PP in the 1st, including Zach Parise’s 3rd of the playoffs. Matt Dumba’s goal early in the 3rd stood up as the winner. Shortly after Dumba scored, Tyler Myers got the Jets back to within one, but the Wild pumped another 3 past Connor Hellebuyck, who was pulled and replaced at the start of the 3rd by Steve Mason. Myers suffered a scary injury that looked, well... strange.
There’s not really a good look at what happened except for a crazy long distance shot. And that long distance shot makes it look Marcus Foligno punches the back of Myers’ knee as he’s going down. Crazy. No one would actually do that, right? I don’t think anyone would, but then again who thought a player would deliberately stuff their fingers into an opponents’ mouth?
COLUMBUS 5 WASHINGTON 4 OT (Blue Jackets lead series 2-0)
There’s not a lot of NHL franchises Canucks fans can look at and go “Damn... glad that’s not us”, but the Washington Capitals might be one of them. The Caps needed Alex Ovechkin to show up and he did, scoring 2 PPG’s to give them a 3-1 lead in the 3rd, but as we’ve seen annually from Washington, they found a way to blow it. Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson (with his 2nd of the game) and Zach Werenski scored before the end of the period to give Columbus a 4-3 lead. The Caps were able to send it to OT thanks to another player that needed to make an appearance, as TJ Oshie tied the game at 4. In OT Sergei Bobrovsky was stellar, giving the Jackets the time they needed to get to Braden Holtby, as Werenski capped off a 3 point night setting up Matt Calvert for the OT winner. The series now shifts to Columbus and if this Caps team fails again, you know there has to be serious changes coming. There was a scary moment in this game as linesman Steve Barton was injured.
He suffered a dislocated kneecap and torn quadracep, which will require surgery. Barton was taken off the ice on a stretcher recently after a collision with Connor McDavid.
VEGAS 3 LOS ANGELES 2 (Golden Knights lead series 3-0)
Look, it’s not like no one at all picked Vegas to win this series, but is there anyone who seriously had the Kings getting swept? Absolute insanity. The Kings started out strong after enduring a 5 minute barrage from the Golden Knights to open the game, getting their first lead of the series on a goal from Alex Iafallo. That lead held til the 3rd when Cody Eakin tied it, and then goals 21 seconds apart from James Neal and William Karlsson gave them the lead. Anze Kopitar got his first of the playoffs late, but it wasn’t enough as Vegas can now move onto the 2nd round with a win Tuesday. And yes, they set another record as they became the first team in NHL history to win it’s first 3 playoff games. Absolutely shocking as a team with 11 Stanley Cup ring bearers have been unable to stay with this team. If not for Jonathan Quick this one would be an absolute laugher.