Three video games went to additional time Saturday. The opposite was a bodily battle that introduced drama and a probably expensive suspension.
Here is a recap of final evening’s motion (try replays of each playoff sport on ESPN+), and what to look at for as we speak, in Sunday’s version of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Each day:
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Play of the evening | At this time’s video games | Social put up of the day
About final evening …
Recreation 2: Washington Capitals Four, Carolina Hurricanes Three (OT). Capitals lead sequence 2-Zero. A day stuffed with momentum swings concluded with Brooks Orpik netting the additional time winner. Washington regarded particularly dominant to start the sport, although it let the Canes crawl again in it. There have been some positives for Carolina: Goalie Petr Mrazek confirmed resilience, overcoming a shaky begin. Sebastian Aho scored for the primary time in a month. And when the Canes landed again in Carolina, they had been greeted by a bunch of followers who had been lining the road to cheer them on. North Carolina is prepared for its first NHL playoff sport in a decade.
We have now the BEST FANS!
Thanks for the nice and cozy welcome again house, Caniacs �� pic.twitter.com/tThgXeUAf1
– Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 14, 2019
Recreation 2: Nashville Predators 2, Dallas Stars 1 (OT). Sequence tied 1-1. It wasn’t technically a sport the Predators needed to win, however it certain felt prefer it — particularly after dropping three straight house playoff video games (courting again to final 12 months’s second-round sequence towards the Winnipeg Jets). Rocco Grimaldi was a late add to the lineup and capitalized, scoring his first profession playoff aim. Tyler Seguin’s feed to Jamie Benn for Dallas’ lone aim was a magnificence. Ben Bishop (40 saves) was superior, however my, oh my, the Stars’ energy play might use some juice; the Stars went Zero-for-6 with the person benefit.
Recreation 2: Boston Bruins Four, Toronto Maple Leafs 1. Sequence tied 1-1. The Toronto Maple Leafs completely outplayed the Boston Bruins in Recreation 1. For Recreation 2, it was the exact opposite. Boston had a near-perfect first interval. In actual fact, from the second Rob Gronkowski emphatically waved the Bruins flag to rev up the crowd, this sport by no means felt unsure. The Maple Leafs can be ok with stealing one sport in Beantown, however now they’re short-handed. Nazem Kadri is probably going out for a number of video games with a suspension for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk. Mike Babcock says he’d probably play William Nylander or Patrick Marleau at third-line heart if that involves cross.
Brad Marchand scores within the first to place the Bruins up 2-Zero, then Patrice Bergeron’s energy play aim within the third seals the deal at Four-1.
Recreation 2: Colorado Avalanche Three, Calgary Flames 2 (OT). Sequence tied 1-1. Calgary was a giant favourite on this sequence, however Colorado stole a sport within the opening set due to well timed objectives by J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon. Calgary should really feel inspired by its goaltending. The narrative for the Flames coming into the playoffs? They seem to be a full group with a firepower offense which may get undone by its uncertainty in internet. A lot for that. Mike Smith is enjoying prefer it’s 2012, permitting solely three objectives mixed within the first two video games.
Additional time hero version!
1. Craig Smith, RW, Nashville Predators. In a vital sport for the Predators — who misplaced Recreation 1 at house — Smith discovered himself in the correct place on the proper time and sealed it. He will get bonus factors for the celly:
– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 14, 2019
2. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado Avalanche. In 2017-18, MacKinnon willed the Avs to the playoffs practically all by himself. This season, the No. 1 heart has gotten a bit extra assist. However on Saturday evening, the 23-year-old reminded us why he is nonetheless the group MVP.
Three. Brooks Orpik, D, Washington Capitals. The 38-year-old defenseman was purchased out final summer time. His ice time was down practically 4 minutes per sport this season. He has scored simply 18 objectives in his 1,000-plus regular-season video games. That makes Orpik a impossible hero — for everybody besides the Caps. “Orpy is a secret weapon,” Alex Ovechkin stated. “Any time he is on the ice, when he takes a shot, it is all the time harmful.”
Brooks Orpik finds the again of the online to guide the Capitals to an exciting Four-Three win in OT towards the Hurricanes.
Play of the evening
John Carlson had the sport on his stick within the closing second! AND MRAZEK MAKES THE STOP. pic.twitter.com/BcuQFtbmEW
– Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 13, 2019
This sport nearly did not go to additional time.
Dud of the evening
Notice to younger hockey gamers: Fumbling the puck in entrance of your internet isn’t nice. It is particularly not nice when your goalie is trying within the different route. That is simply what William Nylander did within the second interval, organising Danton Heinen for one of many best objectives he’ll ever rating.
Danton Heinen makes William Nylander pay.
Three-Zero Bruins. pic.twitter.com/qKpq2Ljr7K
– Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 14, 2019
What’s on the schedule
New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, Recreation Three, midday ET. New York leads sequence 2-Zero.
Although it was goaltender by committee for many of the season, the playoffs have belonged to Robin Lehner, who has change into a fan favourite due to his accessibility and humility (in addition to vulnerability in being open about previous substance abuse and struggles with psychological well being). With a .948 save proportion and 1.93 goals-against common by way of two begins, Lehner ought to get the nod in Recreation Three. The Penguins, in the meantime, are pissed off. They count on extra from their first line particularly, which has been stymied thus far.
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Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 3, 7 p.m. ET. Columbus leads series 2-0.
The team that matched the regular-season record for wins (62) lost its first two games and now will be without the league’s leading scorer, Nikita Kucherov, for Game 3. Not great, Bob. Perhaps Tampa Bay will use Kucherov’s suspension as a rallying point. Columbus is clicking at the right time and getting a ton out of its rentals, notably Matt Duchene, who had a goal and three assists in Game 2. Token reminder that the Blue Jackets were also up 2-0 on the Capitals in the first round last season. Washington went on to win the series and, well, you know the rest.
Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues, Game 3, 7:30 p.m. ET. St. Louis leads series 2-0.
Something doesn’t look quite right with Connor Hellebuyck (.897 save percentage and 3.08 GAA through two games) but the Jets are sticking with their goaltender as the series shifts to St. Louis. But how about those Blues? Rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington barely looks fazed. St. Louis’ usual suspects, like Ryan O’Reilly, are showing up, but the Blues are also getting production from unlikely sources, like Oskar Sundqvist, who scored two goals Friday. St. Louis is excited for some counterprogramming to Winnipeg’s White Out. Get ready for blue rally towels.
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights, Game 3, 10 p.m. ET. Series tied 1-1.
This series is getting testy — and we’re not just talking about Logan Couture’s choice quote after Game 2. Goaltending has been shaky all season for the Sharks, and that was exposed in Game 2 as Martin Jones was yanked after allowing three goals on seven shots. The Sharks will go back to Jones for Game 3. The Golden Knights took far too many penalties in Game 2 (11) but shined on the PK. Marc-Andre Fleury looks locked in.
Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety after he received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his high cross-check on DeBrusk. An in-person hearing means the league has the ability to suspend Kadri for more than five games.
This would be Kadri’s second postseason suspension in as many years; exactly a year ago (also in a series against the Bruins) Kadri was banned three games for boarding Tommy Wingels.
“It’s up to the league to decide, to be honest. I got no comment,” DeBrusk said after the game. “I did a series of tests. I’m just hoping they come back negative. It’s all kind of a blur, to be honest. From what I remember, it was high. I felt it in my face.”
Social post of the day
– Joe Mazur (@joemazurabc11) April 13, 2019
Speak about unhealthy omens.
“I do not see head contact. Like, Ferls has by no means been suspended, so he does not hit like that. That is the irritating half is that they stated it was successful to the pinnacle once I do not see it as successful to the pinnacle. If 4 [officials] are going to get collectively, somebody higher no less than see it that approach. I do not need to get into the reffing, however … there was successful to the pinnacle earlier within the sport on one in all our guys. So I believe we should always simply allow them to play, that is what I would wish to see.” — Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour, in a refreshingly candid in-game interview with NBC, explaining why he disagreed with Micheal Ferland’s ejection following his excessive hit on Capitals heart Nic Dowd.