There were 5 games on top last night, with 4 teams having their backs against the wall as they faced elimination! After all was said and done – 3 of the 4 teams are out of the first round and are headed home.
Blue Jackets vs Lightning | Lightning win best-of-7 series 4-1
The Lightning got off the the start they wanted, taking a 2-0 lead early in the 1st; with goals by Tyler Johnson and Blake Coleman a minute apart. However, Nick Foligno got the Jackets on the board at 11:51 with his 2nd of the playoffs. The Jackets continued to press with an onslaught of shots in the 2nd period. The out-shot the Bolts by a lopsided 24-8 total. They would also add 2 more goals by Kevin Stenlund and Alexander Wennberg; taking a 3-2 lead into the 3rd period. In the 3rd period, Columbus went ahead 4-2 on a goal by Bjorkstrand. However, the Bolts would strike back with goals by Shattenkirk and Cirelli to tie it up at 4 and force. Yet another OT. In over time, Braydon Point would end the series at 5:12, allowing the Lightning to advance to the next round with a big 5-4 win!
Hurricanes vs Bruins | Bruins win best-of-7 series 4-1
The Canes scored first to get the lead in the 1st period. However, the Bruins would tie it late in the 2nd period on a goal byh David Krejci and then Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins the lead late in the period with 4 seconds on the clock to make it 2-1. That’s all the Bruins would need to win this won and take the series.
Coyotes vs Avalanche | Avalanche win best-of-7 series 4-1
Nazem Kadri led the goal scoring parade with 2 goals in the first as the Avs took a 3-0 lead into the 2nd period. MacKinnon would lead the team with 2 of his own in the 2nd period giving Colorado a comfy 6-0 lead going into the 3rd period. Darcy Kuemper who deserved a better outcome was pulled after allowing 6 goals on 30 shots. Clayton Keller would score the pity goal for the Coyotoes early in the 3rd and J.T. Compher would make it 7-1 late in the game as the Avalanche sent the Coyotes packing.
Canadiens vs Flyers | Flyers lead best-of-7 series 3-2
Joel Armia got the Habs on the board early in the 1st period with his 2nd of the post season. In the 2nd period Jakub Voracek would shock the Canadiens with 2 goals in a four-minute span to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead, but Montreal knowing they were in a win or go home position, came back with 2 quick goals of their own by Joel Armia and Brendan Gallagher to regain the lead going into the 3rd. Joel Farabee tied things up in the 3rd on the power play only to have the lead re-claimed by the Habs on a goal by rookie Nick Suzuki 22 seconds later. With the Flyer net empty, Phillip Danault scored the empty-netter to keep the Canadiens playoff hopes alive. Game 6 is scheduled for Friday at 7pm ET..
Canucks vs Blues | Canucks lead best-of-7 series 3-2
Tyler Motte put the Canucks on the board with a beautiful short-handed goal, however, the Blues would get 2 goals in less than 4 minutes to give them a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. St. Louis appeared to be in control with Zach Sanford giving them a 3-1 lead in the 2nd. As we’ve seen numerous times already – a 3-1 lead is the word lead to have. J.T. Miller, Jake Virtanen, and Tyler Motte would score 3 goals in under 7 minutes to give the Canucks a 4-3 lead heading into the 3rd. The 3rd period was much quieter than the first two, and this game ended in Vancouver’s favor. Game 6 is scheduled for for Friday night at 9:45pm ET.
During the 2nd period of the Vancouver/St. Louis game, Alex Edler left the game after sustaining a laceration to his right here from the skate of Jordan Kyrou. Edler skated himself off the ice while holding his hand to his ear appearing to be in obvious pain from the incident.
Hightlights of the Night
Vancouver’s Tyler Motte scored an absolute beauty of a short-handed goal to open the scoring after turning Alex Pietrangelo inside out.
Nazem Kadri had another 2-goal game as the Avs beat the Coyotes 7-1 for the 2nd game in a row!
Back to the Lightning vs Blue Jackets where Brayden Point was the OT hero for Tampa Bay again!
This was definitely worth the mention… all I have to say is good old John Tortorella.
Who Plays Today?
Only 2 games scheduled today – both of which could potentially be series-ending for the Capitals and the Flames.