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THE ROUNDUP: Regicide, Caps Get Lucky In OT, Jets Earn The Split

The Vegas Golden Knights are into the 2nd round after sweeping the LA Kings just like we all predicted...

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings
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WINNIPEG 2 MINNESOTA 0 (Jets lead series 3-1)

Mark Scheifele scored in the first, and added an empty netter with 11 seconds left in the 3rd period to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-0 win and 3-1 series lead over the Minnesota Wild. The Jets can close out their first ever series win at home on Friday. Connor Hellebuyck rebounded from a sub-par performance in Game 3 with a 30 save shutout last night. The Wild, and especially coach Bruce Boudreau were not happy with a missed call on Josh Morrissey last night.

No word yet on whether Morrissey will hear from DoPS. And while I get that Boudreau is angry, and rightfully so, this is not the reason they lost the game last night.

Yes, the officiating has been bad so far, in numerous series. But that crosscheck didn’t keep your entire lineup from scoring.

WASHINGTON 3 COLUMBUS 2 OT (Blue Jackets lead series 2-1)

The Columbus Blue Jackets will have to try again to get their 1st playoff victory on home ice after a pinball point shot that went in of Lars Eller’s skate gave the Capitals the win in OT. Artemi Panarin was a force once again, setting up Pierre-Luc Dubois for a game tying goal in the 1st and adding one himself in the 3rd to send the game to OT. Human trashpile Tom Wilson and John Carlson scored the other Caps goals.

VEGAS 1 LOS ANGELES 0 (Golden Knights win series 4-0)

Everyone got this one wrong. I gotta give full credit to George McPhee, he really did a masterful job of taking the rules that were laid out and making the absolute most of them, putting together a team that wasn’t just going to be competitive, but that could literally contend for the Cup right out of the gate. He made a number of GM’s look absolutely foolish, and made others pay dearly for the players they left unexposed. The latest was Brayden McNabb, who scored the GWG against his former team. Also deserving a ton of credit is Marc-Andre Fluery. 3 GA in the series. 2 shutouts. He’s playing better now than he ever did in Pittsburgh, and he has 3 Cup rings. Can we talk about how great it is that it was LA who got swept by Vegas? If there’s a team and a fan base that needed to be knocked down a peg, it’s this one. Even their notorious Twitter account got dragged and as much as I have loathed the Vegas account, this was GLORIOUS. Screw them. Screw Doughty, Brown and Quick. Oh, and screw Wil Wheaton twice, once for each Sedin twin he never apologized to for the numerous times he called them ‘The Sisters’. Vegas now awaits the winner of the San Jose/Anaheim series (SPOILER ALERT: It’s gonna be San Jose).