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NHL Playoffs Daily: Leafs, Habs finally ready to fight

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t played since May 14th Montreal Canadiens I haven’t played since May 12th. But now that the North Division regular season has finally come to an end, it’s finally time for these rivals to hit the ice for Game 1 of their highly anticipated streak.

Tonight also brings crucial Game 3s to the Pittsburgh penguins– –New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights– –Minnesota Wild Series and the Florida panthers I hope to get back on track in the Battle of Florida against them Tampa Bay Lightning.

Check out the ESPN NHL Playoffs Daily to catch up on each post-season day until the Stanley Cup hits out in July.

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Games on Thursday

Game 3:: Florida panthers at the Tampa Bay Lightning | 6:30 in the evening. (Flash lead 2-0)

Sergei Bobrovsky Game 1 started. Chris Driedger Game 2 started. The panthers fell 0-2. So turn to option # 3, rookie Spencer Knightin game 3? Probably not, as expected, Driedger could get the crease against the lightning bolt again. But what if Florida loses again? It must be knighthood.

Game 3:: Pittsburgh penguins at the New York Islanders | 7 p.m. (draw 1-1)

Islanders are returning to Nassau Coliseum to play in front of around 7,200 fans in the final days of the old barn before moving A new building in Belmont Park for the next season. “It just makes me excited to come to the Coli. That’s the biggest thing. It was nice to play in front of fans again. I think we can do a little more for our next game and it will be fun and loud in there and hopefully we can we start like them, “he said Scott Mayfield. The big question: Will Evgeni Malkin Fancy the penguins playing in front of this crowd?

Game 1:: Montreal Canadiens at the Toronto Maple Leafs | 19:30 o’clock

For the first time in 42 years, these two Original Six franchises will compete in the playoffs. “Like Yankees-Red Sox in a way. A lot of history in this league over the past 100 years,” he said Auston Matthews of the leaves. (Well, it’s like the 1999 Yankees-Red Sox, at least.) The Leafs were 7-2-1 against Montreal in the regular season, averaging 3.40 goals per game and giving up an average of 2.50 goals per game. Series preview.

Game 3:: Vegas Golden Knights at the Minnesota Wild | 9:30 p.m. (draw 1-1)

The savages need more of their two great offensive players. Kevin Fiala and rookie sensation Kirill Kaprizov. They both had some dangerous chances but couldn’t score a point in the series. Fiala has 10 shots on goal. Kaprizov has five. The good news: Minnesota had the second highest home average for the regular season (3.61). The bad news: The Golden Knights had the best street defense (2.21 goals per game) in the NHL.


Because of last night

Boston Bruins 3, Washington Capitals 2 (2OT) (Bruins lead 2-1)

Ilya Samsonov returned to the capital for the first time since May 1 after spending time on the NHL’s absence list related to COVID-19. He played well and stopped capitals to double the overtime at 40. But this miscommunication with the defense attorney Justin Schultz that led to Craig SmithThe goal of winning Game 3 at 5:48 a.m. of the second additional session sent the Washington captain rightly Alex Ovechkin into a tirade at the bank.

“He did a great job for us tonight. If he hadn’t been upside down, we probably wouldn’t have gotten to this point. I think he should know that, but that’s definitely what we’re going to talk about,” he told Capitals John Carlson. Complete summary.

Carolina Hurricanes 3, Nashville Predators 0 (sticks lead 2-0)

The fans sang “Ned!” for rookie goalie Alex Nedeljkovicwhose 32-save shutout gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead over the Predators in their series. Sebastian Aho scored twice for Carolina. “It starts with the hot goalkeeper,” said Aho. “They have the confidence to put pressure on their players. We know if they play a game, ‘Ned’ will save us.” The Predators couldn’t benefit from a strong game Juuse Saroswho made 28 parades. But since Nashville goes 0v7 in the power game and 0v10 in the series, he doesn’t get any offensive support. defender Jaccob Slavin missed the game with a lower body injury for Carolina. Complete summary.

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Sebastian Aho scores the first two goals of the Hurricanes’ 3-0 win in Game 2 against the Predators.

Winnipeg Jets 4, Edmonton Oilers 1 (Jets lead 1-0)

The jets were understaffed, lacking offensive stars Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois. They faced an Edmonton team, which they defeated seven out of nine games in the regular season, and an Oilers star Connor McDavidwho had 22 points against the Jets this season. So of course they shut down McDavid and get an excellent 32 save performance from Connor Hellebuyck and get a goal of Dominic Toninato at 9:14 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and lead them to a stunning Game 1 win. “It’s playoff hockey, it’s tight,” said Oilers coach Dave Tippett. “You have a break on the winning goal and the referee hits the first goal without conceding. That’s how things go.” Complete summary.

Colorado avalanche 6, St. Louis Blues 3 (Avs lead 2-0)

Nathan MacKinnon did a hat trick and added an assist along the way Joonas Donskoi had two goals and one assist in the Avalanche’s 6-3 win over the Blues. But the game was more interesting than the end result. The routine of the blues was interrupted by a series of false positive COVID-19 tests from a US-based laboratoryThis forced the players into isolation until their tests were negative. But that meant goalkeeper Jordan Binnington had no practice time before the game. Then, in the third period, the game was turned upside down, as Nazem Kadri from Colorado was ejected for a blow on the head of the blues defender Justin Faulk. Brayden Schenn scored during the five-minute major penalty to reduce the lead to 3-2, but that was as close as the Blues would get. “We have to find a way to defend better. It was just too easy for them,” said the Blues Center Ryan O’Reilly. The Blues also lost defenders Robert Bortuzzo on a Colorado elbow Tyson Jost. Complete summary.

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Nathan MacKinnon scored a hat trick when Colorado doubled St. Louis 6-3.


Three stars of the night

1. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets

There was a lot of pressure on him to carry the Jets in Game 1 as they were understaffed and he made 32 saves to lead them to victory. “We think he’s the best goalkeeper in the league. It gives us a lot of confidence,” said the captain Blake Wheeler. “It’s his birthday, he’s getting a little older so you have to start pissing him off about his age.” Well done, oldtimer (Hellebuyck turned 28 on Wednesday).

2. Nathan MacKinnon, F, Colorado avalanche

The Avalanche star now leads the postseason with seven points, including five goals in ten shots. MacKinnon’s playoff hat trick was the fourth in Avalanche history.

3. Alex Nedeljkovic, G, Carolina Hurricanes

Ned made 10 of his 32 saves on penalties, which was the real key in Game 2 as the Predators had seven power games. “All the guys in the PK did a great job. The # 1 star was probably Ned. He was a stallion tonight,” said defender Brady Skjei. “To have a good PK your goalkeeper has to play well. He was phenomenal tonight.”


Expected suspension of the day

Colorado center Nazem Kadri has already been banned from the NHL five times – including twice in the playoffs, in consecutive seasons for the Maple Leafs – and it’s hard to fathom that this was a success Justin Faulk won’t lead to his sixth.

“It’s a very dangerous hit. It has to be a suspension,” said O’Reilly. “He’s a repeat offender. It’s totally inappropriate. It’s horrible to see.”


quote of the Day

“Did we see the same game?”

– Predators manager John Hynes after receiving questions criticizing his team’s efforts.


end of the day

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Taylor Hall is able to bring the puck into the net in front of the goal with impressive skill.

Taylor Hall with the impressive spin move to score another playoff goal for the Bruins.

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