Three games went to overtime on Saturday. The other was a physical battle that brought drama and a potentially costly suspension.
Here is a summary of the action from the previous night (see the replays of each playoff game on ESPN +), and what to see today, in the Sunday edition of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily:
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About last night …
Game 2: Washington Capitals 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3 (OT). The capitals lead the series 2-0. One afternoon full of momentum changes ended with Brooks Orpik scoring the winner of overtime. Washington seemed especially dominant to start the game, although he allowed the Canes to return to him. There were some positive aspects for Carolina: goalkeeper Petr Mrazek showed resistance, overcoming an unstable start. Sebastian Aho scored for the first time in a month. And when the Canes landed in Carolina, they were greeted by a group of fans who lined the street to cheer them up. North Carolina is ready for its first NHL playoff game in a decade.
We have the best fans!
Thanks for the warm welcome back home, Caniacs pic.twitter.com/tThgXeUAf1
– Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 14, 2019
Game 2: Nashville Predators 2, Dallas Stars 1 (OT). Series tied 1-1. Technically it was not a game the Predators had to win, but it sure did, especially after losing three consecutive home playoff games (which go back to the series of last year's second round against the Winnipeg Jets). Rocco Grimaldi was a late addition to the lineup and capitalized, scoring his first playoff goal of his career. The feeding of Tyler Seguin to Jamie Benn for the sole goal of Dallas was a beauty. Ben Bishop (40 saves) was amazing, but me, oh my, the power game of the Stars could use some juice; The stars were 0-by-6 with the advantage of man.
Game 2: Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1. Series tied 1-1. The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins completely in Game 1. For Game 2, it was just the opposite. Boston had an almost perfect first period. In fact, from the moment Rob Gronkowski emphatically the Bruins flag waved to accelerate the crowd, this game was never felt in doubt. Maple Leafs may feel good about stealing a game in Beantown, but now they have little use. It is likely that Nazem Kadri goes out to play a few games with a suspension by the cross control of Jake DeBrusk. Mike Babbad says he would probably play against William Nylander or Patrick Marleau at the center of the third line if that happens.
Brad Marchand scores in the first to put the Bruins up 2-0, then Patrice Bergeron's power play goal in the third seals the deal with 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 the timely objectives of J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon. Calgary must feel encouraged by its objectives. The narrative for the flames entering the playoffs? They are a complete team with a firepower offensive that could be undone by their uncertainty in the network. Too much for that. Mike Smith is playing as if it were 2012, allowing only three combined goals in the first two games.
Hero edition in overtime!
1. Craig Smith, RW, Nashville Predators. In a very important game for the Predators, who lost Game 1 at home, Smith found himself in the right position at the right time and sealed it. Get bonus points for the Celly:
– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 14, 2019
2. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado Avalanche. In 2017-2018, MacKinnon brought the Avs to the playoffs almost by themselves. This season, the center N ° 1 has received a little more help. But on Saturday night, the 23-year-old reminded us why he is still the team's MVP.
3. Brooks Orpik, D, Washington Capitals. The 38-year-old defender was bought last summer. His ice time was reduced by almost four minutes per game this season. He has scored only 18 goals in his more than 1,000 regular-season games. That makes Orpik the most unlikely hero, for all but the Caps. "Orpy is a secret weapon," said Alex Ovechkin. "Every time he's on the ice, when he takes a shot, it's always dangerous."
Brooks Orpik finds the back of the net to take the capitals into an exciting 4-3 victory in OT against the hurricanes.
Game of the night
John Carlson had the game in his suit in the second final! AND MRAZEK DOES THE STOP. pic.twitter.com/BcuQFtbmEW
– Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 13, 2019
This game almost did not go to overtime.
Dud of the night
Note for young hockey players: Fumbling the puck in front of your network is not great. It is not especially good when your goalkeeper is looking in the other direction. That's what William Nylander did in the second period, setting up Danton Heinen for one of the easiest goals he has scored.
Danton Heinen makes William Nylander pay.
3-0 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/qKpq2Ljr7K
– Conor Ryan (@ ConorRyan_93) April 14, 2019
What's in the schedule
Islanders of New York at Pittsburgh Penguins, game 3, ET midday. New York leads the series 2-0.
Although he was a goalkeeper by committee for most of the season, the playoffs have belonged to Robin Lehner, who has become a fan favorite because of his accessibility and humility (as well as the vulnerability of being open about substance abuse in the past and difficulties with mental health). With a save percentage of .948 and an average of 1.93 goals against through two starts, Lehner should get cleared in Game 3. Meanwhile, the Penguins are frustrated. They expect more of their first line especially, which has been blocked so far.
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Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets, game 3, 7 p.m. ET Colón leads the series 2-0.
The team that equaled the record of wins in the regular season (62) lost its first two games and will now be without the best scorer in the league, Nikita Kucherov, for Game 3. It's not great, Bob. Perhaps Tampa Bay will use the Kucherov suspension as a meeting point. Columbus is clicking at the right time and is drawing a ton of his rents, especially Matt Duchene, who scored a goal and three badists in Game 2. Chip reminder: The Blue Jackets also won 2-0 in 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 San Luis leads the series 2-0.
Something is not quite right with Connor Hellebuyck (save percentage of .897 and 3.08 GAA in two games) but the Jets are still with their goalkeeper as the series moves to St. Louis. But what about those Blues? Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington just seems baffled. The usual San Luis suspects, such as Ryan O & # 39; Reilly, are appearing, but the Blues also get production from unlikely sources, such as Oskar Sundqvist, who scored two goals on Friday. St. Louis is excited about some contraprogramming for Winnipeg & # 39; s White Out. Get ready for the blue rally towels.
Sharks of St. Joseph in Vegas Golden Knights, game 3, 10 p.m. ET Series tied 1-1.
This series is getting annoying, and we're not talking about just the appointment chosen by Logan Couture after Game 2. Goaltending has been unstable all season for the Sharks, and that was exposed in Game 2 when Martin Jones was thrown after allowing three goals in seven shots The Sharks will return to Jones for Game 3. The Golden Knights got too many penalties in Game 2 (11) but they shone in the PK. Marc-Andre Fleury seems locked up.
From the news bulletin
Kadri was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL player security department after he received a five-minute degree and misconduct in the game because of his high cross-control over DeBrusk. An in-person hearing means that the league has the ability to suspend Kadri for more than five games.
This would be the second post-season suspension of Kadri in so many years; Exactly one year ago (also in a series against the Bruins) Kadri was banned three games for tackling Tommy Wingels.
"It's up to the league to decide, to be honest, I have no comments," said DeBrusk after the game. "I did a series of tests, I just hope they come back negative, it's all a blur, to be honest, as far as I remember, it was high, I felt it in my face."
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– Joe Mazur (@ joemazurabc11) April 13, 2019
Talk about bad omens.
"I do not see any contact with the head, like, Ferls has never been suspended, so he does not hit like that, that's the frustrating part of what they said was a blow to the head when I do not see it as a blow." to the head. Yes Four [officials] They will meet, someone better than at least see it that way. I do not want to enter the reffing, but … there was a blow to the head at the beginning of the game in one of our guys. So I think we should let them play, that's what I'd like to see. "- Canes coach, Rod Brind & Amour, in a candid interview at the NBC game, explaining why he disagreed the expulsion of Micheal Ferland after his high blow in the center of capitals Nic Dowd.