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

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Tampa shuts the Bruins down in Boston and San Jose sends it back to Vegas for a best of 3.

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

TAMPA BAY 4 BOSTON 1 (Lightning lead series 2-1)

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 of 29 Boston shots, and 2 goals by Onderj Palat in the first 4 minutes of the game were enough for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they cruised to a 4-1 win and their first lead of the series. Anthony Cirelli and Steven Stamkos added goals for Tampa while Patrice Bergeron on the PP was the only Bruin to beat Vasilevskiy. Penalties were an issue for the Bruins once again, and they should probably consider themselves thankful that Tampa’s PP has been sputtering, going just 1 for 8 last night. You’re going to see a lot of Bruins complaining and lobbying for calls heading into Game 4, but when you see that Brad Marchand, who was given a 10 minute misconduct in the last minute of the game is one of those screaming the loudest, it leaves you searching for the world’s tiniest violin to accompany his histrionics.

SAN JOSE 4 VEGAS 0 (Series tied 2-2)

A pretty nice response by the Sharks after dropping a disappointing OT loss in Game 3, as Martin Jones stopped all 34 Golden Knights shots for a 4-0 win, tying that series a 2 games a piece. Many were forecasting doom for the Sharks after Game 3. Marcus Sorensen’s late first period goal stood up as the winner, and they got insurance from Joonas Donskoi, Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski.

WASHINGTON @ PITTSBURGH 7:00 EDT/4:00 PDT (SN) (Capitals lead series 2-1)

This series was looking like it was heading Washington’s way, but with Tom Wilson now suspended until a possible Game 7, will this allow Pittsburgh to tie things up tonight? Washington’s already got their own injury woes, and like him or not, Wilson’s been a good fit in the Caps top 6. And while it’s good to be upset with Caps fans and others for their unflinching defence of Wilson (some of it echoes the reactions of gun nuts after a mass shooting when people call for gun control), the Penguins are hardly the ones with moral ground to stand upon.

Not comparing incidents in the least, but let’s not make the Penguins, and especially Sidney Crosby (who’s been accused of some pretty shitty behaviour in the past) out to be angels or something. This one’s gonna get ugly tonight, guaranteed.

NASHVILLE @ WINNIPEG 9:30 EDT/6:30 PDT (CBC)

The Winnipeg Jets put on the best comeback of the 2018 Playoffs in Game 3, and the test for them tonight is to keep their focus in order to send this series back to Nashville and an elimination match for Game 5. One of these goalies is going to need to step up in this series. Pekka Rinne’s been fine at 5 on 5 but the Jets are eating him alive when it’s not. Connor Hellebuyck has let in 10 goals in 3 games, but after a stellar performance in Game 1 has looked shaky to say the least. Mathieu Perreault will return to the Jets lineup tonight, while there should be no changes with the Preds. Nashville’s not panicking yet, but we’ll see how that changes should this series go back to Tennessee with the Jets holding a 3-1 lead.