Each NHL division had one playoff game last night, and ProSports.net will deliver a short recap of this interesting night.
The most entertaining event took place in Nashville, where home Predators edged out Carolina Hurricanes, 5-4, but only after double overtimes. Matt Duchene netted with 5:06 left of the OT to cut the Hurricanes’ lead in the Central division’s first-round playoff series to 2-1.
The game was back and forth for both teams, who fiercely exchanged hits, putting up a spectacle in Tennessee.
Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, Vincent Trocheck, and Brett Pesce all scored for the guests, noting that Aho assisted his teammates twice as well.
As for Nashville, Ryan Ellis also had a goal, and two assists, Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, and Michael Granlund all scored. Juuse Saros ah 52 saves, for the Predators, being the most important piece of the puzzle for the hosts in this event.
Meanwhile, in the East division, Boston Bruins dismantled the Washington Capitals, 4-1, and need just one more victory to progress to the next stage, as they lead 3-1 in the series.
The furious opening of the third period was the key moment for the Bruin’s victory, with the hosts scoring twice inside 34 seconds to take a 3-0 lead. David Pastrnak and after him, Charlie Coyle delivered those hits, knocking out the guests from DC. Brad Marchand and Matt Grzelcyk added one goal each for the hosts, while on the other side, the legendary Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals.
The Canadian derby in the North division saw the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers minimally, 1-0. It was the second in a row for the Jets, who now lead 2-0 in the series and have the chance to sweep the rivals, which practically nobody expected.
The game-winner came in the overtime, as Paul Stastny hit the back of Mike Smith’s net at 4:06 of the OT. Still, the hero of this event was Connor Hellebuyck, who closed all the paths to his goal with 38 saves last night. Hellebuyck allowed just one goal in 71 shots over the first two contests of the series.
And finally, in the West division, the Colorado Avalanche demolished the 2019 Stanley Cup winners, St. Louis Blues, 5-1. With this break, they are one win away from the conference semis, leading 3-0 in the series.
Ryan Graves netted a goal with two assists; Alex Newhook, Tyson Jost, Brandon Saad, and JT Compher also delivered for the guests. Tyler Bozak was the sole scorer for the Blues.