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2018 NHL Playoffs Round 1- Game 4 Open Thread Apr 19/18

The Leafs and Capitals look to build on big Game 3 wins and tie their series up 2-2.

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Just 2 games tonight, and both of them are in the East. We’ll preview those matches in a moment but first let’s recap last night’s action.

PITTSBURGH 5 PHILADELPHIA 0 (Penguins lead series 3-1)

It didn’t bode well for the Flyers when Sean Couturier went down with an injury after colliding with Radko Gudas during practice. And so last night’s result is hardly a shock. This is a Flyers team that simply can’t hang with the Penguins, and that’s unfortunate, because a revisit to that 2012 series would be so much fun. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Riley Sheehan scored for the Pens, and Matt Murray stopped 26 Flyers shots for the shutout. Game 5 goes Friday, and that should be the end of it.

NEW JERSEY 3 TAMPA BAY 1 (Lightning lead series 3-1)

Nikita Kucherov was a force in this one, scoring twice and laying out Sami Vatanen with a hit some think should have drawn the attention of DoPS as the Lightning defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1.

Now compare that hit with the one that earned Drew Doughty a one game suspension earlier in the playoffs.

Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, and JT Miller got the other Tampa goal. Game 5 is back in Tampa Saturday afternoon.

NASHVILLE 3 COLORADO 2 (Predators lead series 3-1)

This series is getting nasty, and there was a suspension handed down in this one as well, with Ryan Hartman getting dinged for one game after an illegal hit to the head of Colorado’s Carl Soderberg.

The Preds had a 3 goal lead heading into the final frame, and almost coughed it up as the Avalanche got goals from Gabriel Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot. The game also featured this incident with Hartman...

SAN JOSE 2 ANAHEIM 1 (Sharks win series 4-0)

Hahahahahahahahaha. Suck it, Kes. Now we just wait to see where he decides he can win a Cup and pressure the Ducks into trading him there. San Jose plays Vegas, no start date for that series yet.

TORONTO @ BOSTON- 7:00 EDT/ 4:00 PDT (CBC) (Bruins lead series 2-1)

The song remains the same for the Leafs as they look to replicate the efforts and results that earned them a victory in Game 3. That means they have to continue to shutdown the Bruins top line, and get another strong performance from Frederik Andersen. If they can do that, they’ll head back to Boston Saturday night with the series tied. The Leafs will be without Leo Komorov again, and the Bruins should get Matt Grzelcyk back tonight.

WASHINGTON @ COLUMBUS - 7:30 EDT/ 4:30 PDT (SN360) (Blue Jackets lead series 2-1)

The Caps somehow managed to squeek a victory out in this series, and the question now is, can their experience help them battle back against a Columbus team that’s in uncharted waters? One thing the Jackets need to do is score early and get their fans into it. That arena can get pretty damn loud, so use it to your advantage. They also need Sergei Bobrovsky to shut the door tonight. He’s been great, but with the Caps getting some confidence back after the OT win, he might just have to steal one for them and force the Caps into an elimination game on home ice.