Fleury Records Fourth Shutout of Postseason; Golden Knights March On

You know it is going to be your night when the opposing team misses golden opportunities early and shots cling off the crossbar. Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves and it was his fourth shutout of the postseason to lift Vegas to a 3-0 victory in Game 6 on the road against the San Jose Sharks. Vegas wins series 4-2 and they are advancing to the Western Conference Finals in their inaugural season.

Jonathan Marchessault scored for the Golden Knights in the second period. Later on in the period, Nate Schmidt took a shot and supposedly it just hit the crossbar. However, the horn sounded and they reviewed the play. Schmidt’s shot went in and out of the top part of the net and the puck fully crossed the line and they ruled it a good goal.

Cody Eakin scored an empty-net goal with 1:51 remaining in regulation for Vegas. Martin Jones played well for the San Jose Sharks and he made 30 saves.

The Sharks season concludes and the Vegas Golden Knights will either face the Winnipeg Jets or the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Finals. Game 1 of that series will be later this week.

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Lightning Strike Bruins from Playoffs

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in four seasons with a win on Sunday Afternoon in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. J.T. Miller scored the game-winning power-play goal with six minutes remaining in the second-period and Tampa Bay won Game 5, 3-1 over Boston. Tampa Bay wins series 4-1.

David Krejci scored a power-play goal with 48 seconds remaining in the first-period for the Bruins. Brayden Point tied the game at one later in the second-period for the Lightning.

Anton Stralman scored an empty-net goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation for Tampa Bay from his own defensive zone. Andrei Vasilevskiy shut the door for the Tampa Bay Lightning once again with 27 saves. Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for the Boston Bruins.

The Boston Bruins season concludes and they will have an interesting offseason ahead. The Tampa Bay Lightning will host either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Washington Capitals in the conference finals and Game 1 will be sometime this week.

Capitals Explode for Four Goals in Third Period, Put Penguins on Brink

The Washington Capitals were 20 minutes away from being down 3-2 in a best-of-seven series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, until they erupted for four goals in the third-period, including Jakub Vrana’s game-winning goal on a pass from Alex Ovechkin with 4:38 remaining in regulation and it lifted the Capitals to a 6-3 win in Game 5 over the Penguins. Washington leads this series 3-2.

Jamie Oleksiak scored 2:23 into the game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. John Carlson scored a power-play goal for the Washington Capitals with 1:38 remaining in the first period. Brett Connolly scored 33 seconds later for the Capitals.

Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist scored power-play goals in the second-period for the Penguins.

Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game for the Capitals 52 seconds into the third period. With a 4-3 lead in the third, T.J. Oshie scored an empty-net goal with 1:31 remaining for Washington. Lars Eller scored an empty-net goal with six seconds remaining for the Capitals.

Braden Holtby made 36 saves for the Washington Capitals. He made big saves in the third period. Matt Murray made 26 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Washington Capitals have a chance to dethrone the champion and advance to the conference finals for the first time since the 1997-1998 season when they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the brink of elimination for the first time since the conference finals last season against the Ottawa Senators. The Capitals are also looking to write a different story this time around and Game 6 will be on Monday Night in Pittsburgh.

Penguins Even Series Against Capitals

The Washington Capitals were without winger Tom Wilson because he got suspended for three games after a dirty hit made on Zach Aston-Reese in Game 3. It affected the Capitals energy level in a big way and the Pittsburgh Penguins won Game 4, 3-1. The series is tied at two.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray took a puck to the collarbone early in the second-period on a shot by Dmitry Orlov. Murray stayed in the game and he made 20 saves. Will see how he reacts tomorrow to it.

Jake Guentzel scored in the second-period for the Penguins. T.J. Oshie tied the game on the power play later in the second for the Capitals on a nice pass from Nicklas Backstrom.

Later in the second period, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a power play and there was a mad scramble in front of the net and Evgeni Malkin took a shot and no one had no idea if the puck went in the net or not. They reviewed the play and Braden Holtby attempted to make a blocker save, but the blocker and puck were over the white line and it was ruled a good goal.

This happened to be the game-winner in the second-period with 2:29 remaining. The goal was credited to Evgeni Malkin.

Jake Guentzel scored an empty-net power-play goal with 58 seconds remaining in regulation. T.J. Oshie and Kris Letang got into a fight at the other end of the ice after the goal.

Braden Holtby played well again for the Capitals and he made 21 saves. Game 5 will be on Saturday Night in Washington D.C.

Jets Erupt for Seven against Predators

It seemed as if Game 3 was going to be a long night for the Winnipeg Jets after trailing 3-0 in the first period. They didn’t feel sorry for themselves as they outscored the Nashville Predators 7-1 in the final two periods and the Jets won Game 3, 7-4. Winnipeg leads this series 2-1.

Mike Fisher, P.K. Subban ( power play), and Austin Watson scored in the first-period for Nashville. Paul Stastny, Dustin Byfuglien (twice), and Jacob Trouba scored for Winnipeg in the second period.

Filip Forsberg tied the game at four for the Predators with 12:20 remaining in regulation. Blake Wheeler scored the game-winning power-play goal with 4:59 remaining in regulation for the Jets. Wheeler scored an empty-net goal with 51 seconds remaining and Brandon Tanev scored an empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining.

Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets. Pekka Rinne made 38 saves for the Predators. Game 4 will be on Thursday Night in Winnipeg.

Ovechkin’s Game-Winner Sinks Penguins

The Washington Capitals forced a turnover in the Pittsburgh Penguins zone and it created a two-on-one opportunity for the Capitals, and Nicklas Backstrom passed it to Alex Ovechkin and Ovechkin hit the post but he stayed with the puck and swatted in the game-winning goal with 1:07 remaining in regulation to lift the Capitals to a 4-3 victory in Game 3 over the Penguins. Washington leads this series 2-1.

John Carlson scored a power-play goal 48 seconds into the second-period for Washington. Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist (power play) scored later in the second-period for Pittsburgh.

Midway through the second period, Tom Wilson had another controversial hit. He left his feet and hit Zach Aston-Reese in the head and he left the game bleeding. According to Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, Aston-Reese has a broken jaw that will require surgery and he also has a concussion. Here’s the video of the hit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DesV4FgSbsY

Will the NHL finally step in and decide to suspend him or will they let it go again?

Chandler Stephenson tied the game at two later in the second for the Capitals. Jake Guentzel made a beautiful pass to Sidney Crosby for a goal later in the second for the Penguins.

Matt Niskanen tied the game at three in the third for Washington and the rest was history. Braden Holtby made 19 saves for the Capitals and Matt Murray made 18 saves for the Penguins. Game 4 will be on Thursday Night in Pittsburgh.

Brayden Point Four Point Night Lifts Lightning over Bruins in Game 2

After having a rating of -5 in Game 1, Brayden Point bounced back with a goal and three assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-2 Game 2 win against the Boston Bruins. The series is tied at one.

Yanni Gourde scored a power-play goal for the Lightning in the first period. Tampa Bay killed off a key five-on-three power play in the period. Boston didn’t record a shot on goal until past the mid-way mark through the first period. They were once out shot 10-0 in the period. It looked like Boston was skating with cylinder blocks on their legs early in the game. Charlie McAvoy tied the game one for the Bruins with 1:30 remaining in the first period.

Tyler Johnson scored the lone goal for Tampa Bay in the second period. Ondrej Palat scored for the Lightning in the third period. Torey Krug scored for Boston on a bad angle shot with 4:02 remaining in regulation. Brayden Point scored an empty-net goal with 26 seconds remaining in regulation.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 18 saves for the Lightning. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves for the Bruins. Game 3 will be on Wednesday Night in Boston.

Will we See any lineup Changes for the Penguins in Game 3?

Evgeni Malkin (leg injury) and Carl Hagelin (upper-body injury) didn’t play in Game 2 for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals (4-1 Washington win).

Defenseman Brian Dumoulin left Game 2 after Tom Wilson hit him in the head in the second period. Dumoulin was at practice today for Pittsburgh and he was wearing a non-contact jersey. Despite suffering the hit, he was paired with Kris Letang at practice.

Evgeni Malkin was in a full-contact jersey at practice. Carl Hagelin started practice in a non-contact jersey and then for the penalty kill, he switched to a contact jersey. Hagelin was also wearing a full caged mask.

Malkin replaced Carter Rowney in the top four lines at practice. Malkin was paired with Dominik Simon and Bryan Rust. Simon has been alright for the Penguins in the first two games of the series and would you consider replacing him with Daniel Sprong?

The answer is no because Mike Sullivan wants players who play a two-way game and Sprong struggles at that. That’s why Sprong played a lot at the AHL level. He scored 32 goals and recorded 33 assists in 65 games and Sprong had a plus/minus of 4. Sprong took warmups yesterday for the Pittsburgh and he played in eight NHL games with them earlier in the season. Sprong scored two goals and recorded one assist (plus/minus 2).

Carl Hagelin was rotating in and out with Zach Aston-Reese as a fourth line left winger with Riley Sheahan and Tom Kuhnhackl.

All signs point towards Evgeni Malkin playing in Game 3 on Tuesday Night in Pittsburgh. I thought he was going to play in Game 2, but Sullivan decided to hold him out. It will be huge if Malkin returns it will provide more depth to the offense because they are lacking it so far in this series and he is one of the best players in the NHL.

Carl Hagelin didn’t even travel to Washington with the team. He could play tomorrow and so could Brian Dumoulin.

Head coach Mike Sullivan said, “They’ll all be game-time decisions.” If Hagelin can’t play, it looks like Aston-Reese will play again. If Dumoulin can’t play, Matt Hunwick will play instead and Sullivan will have to juggle up the defensive pairings.

Fiala Buries Double OT Winner as Predators Even Series with Jets

The Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators continued to trade chance after chance in the first and second overtime. Kyle Turris passed it to Craig Smith and it created a two-on-one opportunity for the Nashville Predators and he passed it to Kevin Fiala and he tipped it home 5:37 into overtime as the Predators won Game 2, 5-4 in double overtime against the Jets. The series is tied at one.

Ryan Johansen scored 27 seconds into the game for Nashville. Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Schiefele (power play) scored for Winnipeg in the first period.

P.K. Subban (power play) and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Predators in the second period. Brandon Tainev scored for the Jets early in the third period. Ryan Johansen scored for Nashville later in the third. Mark Schiefele scored for Winnipeg with 1:05 remaining in regulation with an extra-attacker on the ice. The rest of the game was history.

Both goalies played well. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for the Jets. Pekka Rinne made 46 saves for the Predators. Game 3 will be on Tuesday Night in Winnipeg.

Capitals Even Series on Penguins

After blowing a 2-0 lead in Game 1, the Washington Capitals wanted to get a lead early and continue to attack. The Capitals got off to a flying start in Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and this time Washington won the game 4-1. The series is tied at one.

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal 1:26 into the game for the Washington Capitals after Patric Hornqvist failed to clear the zone and it landed right on Ovechkin’s stick. Jakub Vrana scored a power-play goal later in the first for the Capitals. Pittsburgh challenged the play for goalie interference and the goal was upheld.

Brett Connolly scored on a fast break 2:02 into the second-period for Washington. Later in the second-period, Tom Wilson elbowed Brian Dumoulin in the head and Alex Ovechkin also crunched him. Dumoulin left the game with a head injury and he did not return. Will see if the league disciplines Wilson or not.

Pittsburgh’s lone goal of the game was scored by Kris Letang in the second period. With around 11 minutes to go in regulation, Sidney Crosby attempted a wrap around shot and it seemed as if Patric Hornqvist scored a goal and it fully crossed the goal line.

After video review, the refs said it was no goal. You be the judge if it was a goal or not: https://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2018/04/29/watercooler-moment-game-two-puck-cross-line-patric-hornqvists-no-goal/

Nicklas Backstrom scored an empty-net goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation for the Capitals. Braden Holtby was a solid rock all game long for the Capitals. He made 32 saves. Matt Murray made 28 saves for the Penguins.

Andre Burakovsky missed his sixth consecutive game with an upper-body injury for Washington. Evgeni Malkin missed his third consecutive game with a leg injury for Pittsburgh. It seemed as if he was going to play in Game 2 after having a good practice on Saturday, but the Penguins felt like waiting another day to play him. Carl Hagelin missed his second straight game because of an upper-body injury. Game 3 will be on Tuesday Night in Pittsburgh.