NHL Playoffs Day by day 2021 – The Battle of Florida continues
The incredible hockey continued on the third day of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, including the fourth postseason overtime game and cup favorite Colorado Avalanche showing how dominant they are.
Tuesday brings the continuation of what is perhaps the best game of the playoffs between the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning in the very first Battle of Florida of the postseason.
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The games on Tuesday
First round, game 2: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins | 7:30 p.m. ET (Islands lead 1-0)
Evgeni Malkin, who missed Game 1, skated on Monday but didn’t take any rushes and didn’t have a power play time in practice. “It was just part of the process Geno went through. He’s obviously trying to get back for us as soon as possible,” said coach Mike Sullivan. Meanwhile, Islanders’ Kyle Palmieri has hit his regular season performance for New York with two goals in Game 1. “I know he probably applied some undue pressure [on himself] when he came to us, “said Islanders coach Barry Despite.
First Round, Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers | 8 p.m. ET (Blitzführung 1-0)
The Panthers played 5v5 well enough to hit the Blitz in Game 1. The penalty shootout was a different story; Blitz went in the power game 3 against 4. Florida will try to regroup after Brayden Point wins Game 1 1:14. “I know it sucks, but it happened. Now we have to concentrate on the next game. We had a good momentum in the game, but we have to learn to defend a little better. Otherwise, I liked our effort”, said Panthers star Aleksander Barkov.
First Round, Game 2: Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights | 10 p.m. ET (Wild Lead 1-0)
The Golden Knights exceeded their attempts to shoot and scoring chances in Game 1, but the Wild got away with a 1-0 win in extra time. “We have to limit our chances. I think we had some looks. Our power play had some scoring opportunities. I think we will be a little overwhelmed. These guys are good,” said Vegas winger Mark Stone. Will Marc-Andre Fleury get the start in Game 2 or will the Knights go with a goalkeeper rotation and start Robin Lehner?
Because of last night
Boston Bruins 4, Washington Capitals 3 (OT) (Series draw 1-1)
Brad Marchand’s goal 39 seconds after extra time equalized Boston’s streak with Washington. Taylor Hall’s 17:11 goal in the third half brought the game to OT after Garnet Hathaway’s second goal in the playoffs gave the Capitals the lead at the start of half. “We knew they’d come back offensively tonight with a little more bite and some of the things we shot a little in the foot with the execution,” said Capitals coach Peter Laviolette. Tuukka Rask scored 36 saves while Craig Anderson stopped 44 of 48 shots on his first start after the season since 2017. Complete summary
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Nashville Predators 2 (Canes lead 1-0)
Alex Nedeljkovic made 22 saves on his Stanley Cup playoff debut, becoming the first rookie goalkeeper to score a postseason win for the Hurricanes since Cam Ward in 2006 – which would later win more than some of them. The Predators stayed tough, collecting a goal from Erik Haula in the second half to make it 2-2 in the third half. But Nino Niederreiter put the canes in the lead forever at 2:26 of the third. Complete summary
Jordan Staal scores once in the second half to give the Hurricanes the lead and again in the third when the Hurricanes beat the Predators 5-2 in Game 1.
Colorado Avalanche 4, St. Louis Blues 1 (Avs lead 1-0)
The Avalanche have shown how dominant they can be when they score three goals in the third period – including two from Nathan MacKinnon – to win Game 1 against the Blues. St. Louis stayed tough for two spells thanks to strong goalkeeper Jordan Binnington. But Colorado had a 24-5 lead over the Blues in the third period and controlled the game with 49 shots at Binnington. Gabriel Landeskog had a Gordie Howe Hat trick in the win: a goal, an assist and a fight against Brayden Schenn. “I had the feeling that Schenn would run around a bit in the first phase,” said Landeskog. “I thought that would calm it down a bit and get the crowd going.” Complete summary
Gabriel Landeskog versus Brayden Schenn. Playoff hockey. pic.twitter.com/UVuL7JrcAX
– Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 18, 2021
Three stars of the night
1. Brad Marchand, F., Boston Bruins
Brad Marchand used Brad Marchand for the majority of Game 2 against the Capitals – one shot below the belt, one cut there – but he got through when it counted with an overtime goal. “Maybe that would have been a game in the past, he would have let it come to his own, and he wouldn’t have been an effective player, but he found his game and certainly a big part of the win with the overtime winner.” said coach Bruce Cassidy.
2. Nathan MacKinnon, F, Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche star scored two goals, including an emphatic Leer-Netter. MacKinnon had six shots on goal for the game and a total of ten shot attempts. It’s your turn, Connor.
Nathan MacKinnon scores a goal for the Avalanche vs. the Blues in the third period.
3. Jordan Staal, F., Carolina Hurricanes
Staal scored two goals in the Carolina win. “It’s exactly what he does, plays hard every night and every shift. You can count on him in any situation. That’s why he’s our leader,” said coach Rod Brind’Amour.
Provocation of the day
End of the game 1. Jordan Binnington wants to fight Philipp Grubauer. pic.twitter.com/H5SmdaBLul
– Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 18, 2021
Jordan Binnington, a struggling goalkeeper, tried to start something with Philipp Grubauer at the end of Game 1. “He can do what he wants. It won’t reach us, it won’t reach Grubi. It is what it is.” “said Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog.
quote of the Day
Never give up the game! Taylor Hall (@ hallsy09) ties it up for the @NHLBruins! #Stanley cup
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– NHL (@NHL) May 18, 2021
“It sure was a greasy target.”
– Taylor Hall on his third period record for the Bruins.
Sight of the day
Are you allowed to cry in the press compartment pic.twitter.com/3edGUaUVhs?
– Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) May 18, 2021
The Carolina Hurricanes had an announced crowd of 12,000 fans for Game 1 against the Predators. We’re not there yet, but we’re slowly coming back. And that sight and these sounds were sorely missed in the past year. Stay safe, everyone.