Three games were extended on Saturday. The other was a physical battle that resulted in a potentially costly drama and suspension.
Here's a recap of last night's action (check out the reruns of every playoff match on ESPN +), and what to watch for today, in Sunday's edition of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily:
Go from the front: the games of last night | Three stars
Game of the night | Games today | Social position of the day
About last night …
Game 2: Washington Capitals 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3 (OT). The Capitals lead the series 2-0. Brooks Orpik won the game in overtime after an intense afternoon. Washington seemed particularly dominant at the start of the match, even though he let the canes come back. Carolina had some positive points: goalkeeper Petr Mrazek showed resilience, overcoming a chaotic departure. Sebastian Aho scored for the first time in a month. And when the Canes returned to Carolina, they were greeted by a group of fans who were walking down the street to cheer them on. North Carolina is ready for its first playoff game in the NHL in ten years.
We have the best fans!
Thank you for your warm welcome, Caniacs iac pic.twitter.com/tThgXeUAf1
– Hurricanes in Carolina (@NHLCanes) April 14, 2019
Game 2: Nashville Predators 2, Dallas Stars 1 (OT). Series tied 1-1. It was not technically a game the Predators had to win, but it was exactly the same, especially after three consecutive home playoff games (going back to last year's second round series against the Winnipeg Jets) ). Rocco Grimaldi was a late addition to the formation and capitalized, scoring his first goal in the playoffs. Tyler Seguin's thread to Jamie Benn for Dallas's only goal was a beauty. Ben Bishop (40 stops) was great, but my, oh my, the Stars power game could use some juice; the Stars went 0-on-6 with the benefit of the man.
Game 2: Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1. Series tied 1-1. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins in the opening game. For the second game, it was just the opposite. Boston had an almost perfect first half. In fact, from the moment Rob Gronkowski insisted waved the Bruins' flag to raise the crowdThis game has never been in doubt. The Maple Leafs can be proud of stealing a match in Beantown, but they are now shorthanded. Nazem Kadri will probably be missing a few games with a suspension for the counter-control of Jake DeBrusk. Mike Babcock says that he would probably play William Nylander or Patrick Marleau at the center of the third line if that happens.
Brad Marchand scored the first goal for the Bruins to go up 2-0, then Patrice Bergeron's power play goal in the third sealed the contract at 4-1.
Game 2: Colorado Avalanche 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT). Series tied 1-1. Calgary was a big favorite in this series, but Colorado stole a game in the first set thanks to goals scored by J. T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon. Calgary must feel encouraged by its guardians. The story for the Flames entering the playoffs? They form a complete team with a firepower offensive that could be undone by its uncertainty within the net. So much for that. Mike Smith plays like in 2012, allowing only three goals in total in the first two games.
Overtime edition hero!
1. Craig Smith, RW, Nashville Predators. In a very important match for the Predators – who lost Game 1 at home – Smith was found in the right position at the right time and sealed it. He gets bonus points for the celly:
– GIF NHL (@NHLGIF) April 14, 2019
2. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado Avalanche. In 2017-18, MacKinnon left the Avs in series almost alone. This season, center # 1 has received a little more help. But on Saturday night, the 23-year-old reminded us why he is still the most valuable player on the team.
3. Brooks Orpik, D, Washington Capitals. The 38-year-old defender was bought last summer. His ice time has been reduced by almost four minutes per game this season. He has scored only 18 goals in over 1,000 regular season games. This makes Orpik a most unlikely hero – for everyone except the Caps. "Orpy is a secret weapon," said Alex Ovechkin. "Whenever he's on the ice, when he fires a shot, it's still dangerous."
Brooks Orpik finds the back of the net to lead the Capitals to a thrilling 4-3 OT win over the Hurricanes.
Game of the night
John Carlson had the game on his stick in the last second! AND MRAZEK IS STOPPING. pic.twitter.com/BcuQFtbmEW
– Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 13, 2019
This game almost did not go into overtime.
Dud of the night
Note to young hockey players: It is not good to lose the puck in front of your net. It's not particularly good when your goalkeeper looks in the other direction. That's exactly what William Nylander did in the second period, preparing Danton Heinen for one of the easiest goals that he could ever score.
Danton Heinen charges William Nylander.
3-0 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/qKpq2Ljr7K
– Conor Ryan (@ ConorRyan_93) April 14, 2019
What's on the calendar
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 3, Noon ET. New York leads the series 2-0.
Although the committee has been a goaltender for most of the season, the playoffs belonged to Robin Lehner, who became a fan favorite because of its accessibility and humility (as well as its vulnerability to drug addiction). and mental health problems). . With a save percentage equal to .948 and an average of 1.93 goals allowed twice, Lehner should have the lead in match 3. The Penguins, meanwhile, are frustrated. They expect more from their first line in particular, which has been blocked so far.
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Tampa Bay Lightning at the Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 3, 7 pm ET. Columbus leads the series 2-0.
The team that tied the record for wins in the regular season (62) lost their first two games and will now be without the league's first scorer, Nikita Kucherov, for the third game. Not great, Bob. Maybe Tampa Bay will use Kucherov's suspension as a rallying point. Columbus clicks at the right time and pulls a ton of his rentals, including Matt Duchene, who scored one goal and three assists in Game 2. Reminder: The Blue Jackets were also up 2-0 on the Capitals in the first round the season last. Washington won the series and, well, you know the rest.
Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues match 3 at 7:30 pm ET. St. Louis leads the series 2-0.
Something is wrong with Connor Hellebuyck (.897% backup and 3.08 GAA points in two games), but the Jets remain faithful to their goalkeeper as the series moves to St. Louis. But what about these bruises? Rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington seems barely scared. The usual suspects from St. Louis, like Ryan O'Reilly, show up, but the Blues also get a lineup of unlikely sources, like Oskar Sundqvist, who scored two goals on Friday. St. Louis is excited at the idea of a counter-programming of the Winnipeg White Out. Get ready for the blue rally towels.
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights, 3rd game, 10am. AND. Series tied 1-1.
This series is getting tough – and we're not just talking about Logan Couture's citation of choice after the second game. Goaltending was fragile all season for the Sharks, which was revealed in the second game. seven shots. The Sharks will return to Jones for the third game. The Golden Knights took far too many penalties in the second game (11), but shone at the PK. Marc-André Fleury looks stuck.
Kadri has been seen offering an in-person audition with the NHL Players' Security Department after receiving a five-minute major and game misconduct for his thorough counter-check of DeBrusk. An in-person hearing means that the league may suspend Kadri for more than five games.
This would be Kadri's second playoff suspension in as many years; Exactly one year ago (also in a series against the Bruins), Kadri was banned from three games for boarding Tommy Wingels.
"It's up to the league to decide, to be honest, I have no comment to make," DeBrusk said after the match. "I did a series of tests, I just hope that they will be negative.All is blurry, to be honest.From my memories, it was high.I'm I felt it in my face. "
Social position of the day
– Joe Mazur (@ joemazurabc11) April 13, 2019
Talk about bad omens.
"I do not see any contact with the head.For example, Ferls has never been suspended, so he does not strike like that.It's frustrating, they said it was a hit in the head when I do not see it as a blow to the head. [officials] are going to get together, someone better to see him at least this way. I do not want to get into the game, but … there was a hard blow earlier in the match against one of our guys. So, I think we should just let them play, that is what I would like to see. "- The coach of Canes, Rod Brind's Love, in a refreshing interview in the game with NBC, explaining why he had not agreed with the expulsion of Micheal Ferland success in the center of Nic Dowd capitals.