Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily – Lightning, Penguins pushed to the brink


Look, we all know what lots of you had been as much as final evening. Arya. Daenerys. Viserion. Winterfell.

In order a public service, here is what occurred within the NHL final evening (take a look at replays of each playoff recreation on ESPN+), and what to look at for tonight, within the newest version of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Day by day:

Soar forward: Final evening’s video games | Three Stars
Play of the evening | As we speak’s video games | Social publish of the day

About final evening…

Recreation Three: New York Islanders Four, Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Islanders lead collection, Three-Zero). The Islanders have a formulation for this collection, and it is a formulation that is pushed the Penguins to the brink of elimination. It begins with a method of play that is not profitable any magnificence contests, however is efficient; as Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan stated, “there’s not quite a lot of danger related to the Islanders.” That manifested in one more sterling defensive effort, as Robin Lehner stopped 25 photographs and Penguins star Sidney Crosby was held off the rating sheet for the third straight recreation (and was a minus-Three). It continues with maybe essentially the most opportunistic offense within the playoffs, crushing the momentum of the Penguins at each flip. To wit: The Penguins took a 1-Zero lead at 12:54 of the primary interval; by the 14:24 mark, the Islanders had objectives from Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson (62 seconds aside) to take a lead they would not relinquish. On Tuesday, they’re going to try to do to Crosby what no group within the NHL has accomplished to him: Sweep him within the first spherical.



Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson discover the online for New York on the way in which to the Islanders’ Four-1 victory.

Recreation Three: Columbus Blue Jackets Three, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Blue Jackets lead collection, Three-Zero). This is a fast historical past lesson about this collection. It is the primary time the Jackets have gained three video games in the identical postseason. It is the primary time the 2018-19 Lightning failed to attain a number of objectives in consecutive video games. It is the fifth time within the 100-plus years of NHL postseason competitors group that led the common season in factors discovered itself down Zero-Three in a first-round playoff collection, the final one being the 2012 Vancouver Canucks, who misplaced in 5 video games to the Los Angeles Kings. In truth, none of those earlier 4 groups rallied to win their collection. The Lightning had been with out Victor Hedman (injured), Nikita Kucherov (suspended) and Steven Stamkos’s offensive impression (invisible). They lastly seemed like themselves throughout a flurry of offensive possibilities within the third interval, however Sergei Bobrovsky handed the check with 30 saves. With one other power-play purpose, the Jackets at the moment are Four-for-Eight for the collection; the Lightning, who had the most effective energy play and kill within the common season, are Zero-for-5 and did not have a person benefit in Recreation Three.

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Game 3: Winnipeg Jets 6, St. Louis Blues 3 (Blues lead series, 2-1). The Jets relocated their offense in a must-win Game 3, scoring in bunches against rookie goalie Jordan Binnington (23 saves) and the Blues. Kevin Hayes, Patrik Laine (his third goal) and Kyle Connor scored in the second period just 4:01 apart to make it 3-1. After Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first of the playoffs to cut the lead, Brandon Tanev and Dustin Byfuglien scored goals 3:41 apart to all but put the game away. Kudos to Paul Maurice for his line tinkering, including a reunion of the TLC line of Tavev, Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp. Binnington, meanwhile, hadn’t given up more than four goals in a game this season until this tilt. All eyes will be on the rookie to see how he responds in Game 4.

Game 3: Vegas Golden Knights 6, San Jose Sharks 3 (Knights lead series, 2-1). The other day, coach Gerard Gallant was asked about his second line of Paul Stastny, Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. “When did you declare them our second line?” he asked, earning chuckles. Since Stone arrived at the trade deadline, few trios in the NHL have matched the firepower of this Vegas line, and they owned Game 3: Stone had a hat trick and two assists, Stastny had two goals and three assists and Pacioretty had a goal and an assist. The line gave the Knights a lead just 16 seconds into the game, and a 4-1 lead after two periods. Neither Marc-Andre Fleury nor Martin Jones put up good numbers in the game — a brutally physical affair between these newly minted rivals — but Jones followed being pulled in Game 2 with an .850 save percentage in Game 3. Not great.



Paul Stastny slaps in two goals during the Golden Knights’ 6-3 over the Sharks in Game 3.

Three Stars

1. Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights. His hat trick was the first of the 2019 playoffs, the first in Golden Knights’ postseason history and his first in the past 414 regular-season or postseason games. He was absolutely incredible, with his usual defensive panache (four takeaways) and his underrated playmaking (like his feed to set up Stastny’s goal) also grabbing the spotlight.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets. He didn’t have much action for about 40 minutes, but Bob was the difference in the third period when Tampa found its offense, stopping 16 of 17 shots. “We have a really good goalie. I thought he stood really big in those 10-12 minutes there when they cranked it up,” said coach John Tortorella.

3. Robin Lehner, New York Islanders. Like Bobrovsky, the beneficiary of the great defense being played in front of him, but he also did some heavy lifting in stopping all 18 shots he faced after the first period. One of the best stories of the postseason adds another chapter.

Play of the Night

Whereas we might usually showcase some show of offensive artistry, an athletic save or a unusual play on this area, the play of the evening needed to be the boiling over of the Evander Kane vs. Ryan Reaves feud in a late-game combat. Whereas Kane sought to point out the Sharks will not go down with out a combat, that vibe was counteracted by the T-Cellular Enviornment recreation operations crew taking part in “Child Shark (Do Do Do Do Do)” after it was over. Which was savage.

Dud of the Night time

Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby. With their groups in crucial Recreation Three battles, neither of those superstars posted a degree on Sunday, remaining Zero-for-the-playoffs. The Lightning wanted one thing from their captain with Nikita Kucherov suspended and Victor Hedman out with an damage, however he was a minus-2 with no photographs on purpose. Crosby had three photographs in purpose … and was a minus-Three within the Islanders’ win.

What’s on the schedule

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, Recreation Three, 7 p.m. ET. Collection tied, 1-1.

The Leafs ought to be taught the destiny of heart Nazem Kadri earlier than the sport, as he seems in individual earlier than the NHL Division of Participant Security to reply for his hit on Jake DeBrusk in Recreation 2. DeBrusk and defenseman Torey Krug are “each day” in line with the group.

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Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes, Game 3, 7 p.m. ET. Capitals lead 2-0.

The “Bunch of Jerks” return to Raleigh for the first playoff home game for the Hurricanes since May 26, 2009. To put that in perspective: Their last home game was played three days before Pixar’s “UP” debuted in theaters. It sounds like that despite two straight losses, coach Rod Brind’Amour intends to stick with goalie Petr Mrazek.

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars, Game 3, 9:30 p.m. ET. Series tied 1-1.

Craig Smith’s OT goal in Game 2 evened this series, in what coach Peter Laviolette called a more “complete” game for the Preds than Game 1. The Stars gave up 43 shots in Game 2, and only generated 23 for the game — including 14 at even strength. They need to make greater use of their opportunities.

Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche, Game 3, 10 p.m. ET. Series tied, 1-1.

UMass star Cale Makar quickly signed with the Avalanche after his college season ended; will we see the outstanding young defenseman in Game 3? The underdog Avs knotted the series in overtime in Game 2. The Flames are looking for a faster start and to “be the more desperate team” in Game 3, according to coach Bill Peters. He also feels that going on the road will be healthy for his younger players: “It might be a little easier for the younger players to go on the road and play and not worry about entertainment value,” he said.

Social post of the day

The Golden Knights did a really Vegas factor earlier than Recreation Three, having get married or renew their vows in entrance of the world. They promised to present one another, ahem, a “Fleury” of kisses.


“Actually, I believed I barely touched him. He got here proper again. It is simply a kind of performs. I believe my son hits me like that six instances a day, it is only a bizarre place he put himself in. That is all.” — San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton on his hit to the pinnacle of Tomas Nosek that earned him a two-minute minor for checking to the pinnacle. Might it earn one thing extra from the NHL Division of Participant Security? (By way of Sin Bin)


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