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2018 NHL Playoffs Round 2- Game 3 Open Thread May 1/18

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After dropping the 2nd game on the road, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg hope home ice can put them back in the lead.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

VEGAS 4 SAN JOSE 3 (OT) (Vegas leads series 2-1)

The San Jose Sharks battled back from a two-goal deficit to force OT, only to lose when William Karlsson scored to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win and 2-1 series lead last night. The Golden Knights exploded for 3 goals in just over 5 minutes in the 2nd, including this sick pass from Karlsson to Reilly Smith for the easy tap-in.

And the OT winner was alright, I guess...

TAMPA BAY 4 BOSTON 2 (Series tied 1-1)

Braden Point had himself a game last night, with a goal and 3 assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win, tying that series at one game a piece. The significant thing here, is that to this point, whenever members of Boston’s top line earned points, they’d won that game. Their only losses had come when Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak had been held off the score sheet. Tonight Marchand set up goals by Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy, and while Bergeron and Pastrnak had one assist each. Tampa’s total shot attempts were 54, compared to 38 for the Bruins. Another factor? The Bruins were unable to capitalize on 6 PP opportunities, including two 5 on 3’s. Tampa was 1 for 6 on the man advantage.

WASHINGTON @ PITTSBURGH 7:30 EDT/4:30 PDT (SN)

The Penguins look to battle back coming off a tough game 2 loss in Washington on Sunday. They could be getting Evgeni Malkin back tonight. Malkin was practicing again this morning in normal rushes and by all accounts looks good to go. Also practicing was Brian Domoulin, who left Game 2 after a hit to the head from Washington’s Tom Wilson. Wilson received no supplementary discipline on the hit. This series has been as nasty as the officiating has been atrocious, but the Pens would do well to keep their emotions in check and not give the Caps PP opportunities. The Caps meanwhile will have TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov in the lineup. Both suffered hand injuries in Game 2.

NASHVILLE @ WINNIPEG 8:00 EDT/5:00 PDT (CBC/SN360)

Bang up job by the NHL scheduling crew again. Winnipeg is looking to tighten things up defensively after dropping Game 2 in OT, and while Mathieu Perreault and Dmitry Kulikov are skating for the Jets, it looks like they’re going to go with the same lineup from Game 2, including Matt Hendricks, who was probably the worst player on the ice Sunday. They’ve had some guys who have been fairly quiet so far: Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers, and they’ll need them to step up and provide that overwhelming Jets attack that has served them well this season. The big difference between Games 1 and 2 was in Game 2 the Preds did a much better job of penetrating the Jets D and getting in front of Connor Hellebuyck, and they’ll look to continue that tonight.