The Columbus Blue Jackets followed their surprise in the first game with a solid victory over the highly favored Tampa Bay Lightning, one of three series that went to 2-0 on Friday night. The one who was tied up was deliciously controversial.
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About last night …
Game 2: Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (The Jackets lead, 2-0). Coach Jon Cooper did not get the better of his success after Lightning, one of the best regular-season teams in NHL history, lost the first two games of his series against the Blue Jackets . "It's a five-alarm fire," he said.
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It was also an embarrassing result at home. Cam Atkinson and Zach Werenski took a 2-0 lead in the first period, both assisted by Matt Duchene (3-0), who scored a goal in the second period. The Lightning reduced the lead in the fifth minute of the third period, but Riley Nash's goal at 9:06 was at the limit. Sergei Bobrovsky, qualified goaltender for the playoffs? He has allowed a goal in his last five periods. Andrei Vasilevskiy, potential winner of the Vezina Trophy this season? He has allocated nine goals and has a .830 efficiency percentage. Tampa is in trouble. The only glimmer of hope? Columbus went 2-0 in Washington last year on the road. But these games were not so unbalanced.
Game 2: New York Islanders 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Islanders Main Series, 2-0). In the first game, the Islanders neutralized the Penguins. In the second game, their coach Barry Trotz won the game tied with other teams during this successful season: With a fantastic goalkeeper and a timely offensive. Robin Lehner made 32 saves, including 15 in the third period. Also in the third period: Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored less than four minutes apart to break the score 1-1. It was a brutal physical match, but the Islanders won the war of wear to lead 2-0. They also closed Sidney Crosby, leaving the star of the aimless Penguins in the series.
Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey each scored in the third period as the Islanders beat the Penguins 3-1 and took a 2-0 lead.
Game 2: St. Louis Blues 4, Winnipeg Jets 3 (Blues in the lead, 2-0). Rookie star goalie Jordan Binnington dropped Ryan O 'Reilly's goal in the third period and made the deal with 15 saves in the final period. Oskar Sundqvist scored two goals for St. Louis, helping to counter a goal and a pass for Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele, as well as another goal from Patrik Laine for Winnipeg. The Blues are 11-2 in the playoffs when they lead 2-0 in the playoffs, but they lost two of the last three in which they were in that position. "You have to win four games to win a series," said Wheeler. "I've never met a team that has won two playoffs, so it's okay."
Game 2: Vegas Golden Knights 5, San Jose Sharks 3 (tied series 1-1). It was a wild, and not without controversy. The Knights scored three goals in 6:11 of the first period, chasing goaltender Martin Jones. The Sharks responded with three goals in 2 minutes and 9 seconds to tie 3-3 in the first intermission. Then, to start the second game, it appeared that Brent Burns had scored the decisive goal for the Sharks … but this was refused because the officials felt that Logan Couture of San Jose had interfered with the goalkeeper Marc-André Fleury from Vegas, hitting him near the top of the fold as the puck flew into the net. They went one step further and gave Couture two minutes of minor intervention for Couture, which eliminated any possibility for the Sharks to use a coach's challenge for the match. Mark Stone scored his third of the playoffs in the power play that ensued to give the advantage to Vegas, and they made that decisive turn towards victory.
"This one call is a decisive blow in the game, and it's devastating for our group – it's a shame," said coach Pete DeBoer. (Also devastating: San Jose scored a 1: 8 advantage on the power play and gave up two shorthanded goals.)
After six goals in the first period, Mark Stone put the Golden Knights for good in third to help them defeat the 5-3 Sharks.
1. Matt Duchene, C, Columbus Blue Jackets. The 28-year-old center has played 727 regular-season games since entering the NHL at the age of 19 in 2009. Still, the second game against the Lightning was only the 10th match of his playoff career. He had not scored a goal in the playoffs before his second period countdown to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead. He finished with one goal and three assists. Given the pressure he's undergoing – playoffs, the total investment in him at the trading deadline, the impending free agency this summer – the performance has been exhilarating.
2. Ryan O'Reilly, C, St. Louis Blues. Ryan O'Reilly may not have the fame of being a Hart Trophy finalist this year, which is a shame, as we recalled the second game of this series. O 'Reilly's goal at 3:46 of the third period gave the Blues a lead they would not give up.
At the start of the 3rd period, Ryan O'Reilly scored to give the Blues a 4-3 lead over the Jets and a 2-0 lead.
3. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Vegas Golden Knights. The last time Fleury scored four goals or more in four consecutive games, it was in February 2007. He entered the second game after conceding four spots in all three matches since returning from injury, and he seemed that he could do it again when the Sharks answered the question. The Knights 3-0 in the first period lead with three goals before the first intermission. But Fleury made 25 saves in the last two periods and 34 for the match, which calmed the Knights.
Game of the night
The Blue Jackets are inevitably plunged in Tampa pic.twitter.com/bOzFcReY03 – Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 13, 2019
Like a thunderclap, highlight real dunk at the end of a basketball game blowout. The Lightning stopped playing, so the Blue Jackets organized a passing clinic that ended with Duchene who fed Artemi Panarin for the goal.
Dud of the night
Nikita Kucherov ▶ ️ ▶ ️ ▶ ️ Markus Nutivaara#HfHits
Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov, NHL's top scorer in the regular season, has no point in the Lightning's two defeats against Columbus. They were waiting for it to have an impact … but probably not like that. Kucherov will lead Saturday at the NHL's Department of Safety after a hard blow by Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Kucherov was the victim of a foul play in the third period. Is a suspension for the third match the following?
On the agenda today
Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals, Game 2, at 3 pm ET. The Capitals lead 1-0.
The Capitals took the lead in the "Bunch of Jerks" after resisting a furious rally in the third period of the first game. Capitals for the first time this season? "We are here, we can play with them," said defender Jaccob Slavin.
Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators, Game 2, at 6 pm ET. The stars lead 1-0.
The Stars used outstanding performance by rookie defender Miro Heiskanen and a strong performance by Ben Bishop to win the first game. But most of the time, the Predators have simply missed out. "I think you know that when we're on the attack and on the guard, we play hockey well, we just lost a bit of concentration during the course of the game, that's all." said coach Peter Laviolette. "So it's not like we have to reinvent the wheel here."
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Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins Game 2 at 8 pm ET. The Leafs lead 1-0.
The Leafs had some advantages to consider in this series: their depth and forward speed, among others. That was visible in their first win, and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy thinks the best way to counter this is to not let them have the puck. "I think it's there that we have not been hard enough to be honest with you, I thank them, they won a lot of pucks, they ran away," he said. he declares. "They win it and bang, they're gone, it's there that they were better than us in the regions and converted." Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk is questionable for the game. if he can not go, the veteran David Backes draws in.
Colorado Avalanche at the Calgary Flames, Game 2, at 10:30 pm ET. The flames lead 1-0.
The most talked about goalie entering this series was Colorado Philipp Grubauer, who was eliminated in the playoffs. The most talked about goalkeeper after the first match? Mike Smith, the 37-year-old Flames goaltender, was spectacular in his first win and turned critics in the crowd into fans chanting "Smitty!" in his honour. "I've never heard of this before in my career," Smith said. "It gives you some confidence when you hear your name being sung."
Social position of the day
Winner 5-1 in the second game, Victor Hedman reminds Columbus that he was 2-0 last year against Washington pic.twitter.com/wBmJkX0k7Z – Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 13, 2019
Hey, when you're 0-2 against a huge outsider, you keep everything you can to hope. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has decided to stick to the fact that the Blue Jackets carried the attack 2-0 to Washington last season.
"I thought I had lost my testicle." – Logan Couture, center of the San Jose Sharks, after blocking a shot of Vegas striker, Cody Eakin, with the most sensitive areas.