Winnipeg advances with a blowout win
First, we can address the one that will take no time to talk about really as my opinion and thoughts on this are exactly how this series went. The Jets pump the Wild for a 5-0 win and advance to the second round. As they await the Predators(who should have been there after last night) or the Avalanche. The Jets came out FLYING, scoring four goals in the first period, eventually sending Devan Dubynk out of his crease. The first shot of the game went in for Winnipeg, off a Jacob Trouba wrister above the faceoff circle, one Dubynk should have had. As Trouba’s shot barely left the ice and snuck under Dubynk’s pad. 4 and a half minutes later Bryan Little scores on a ridiculous deflection from a Dustin Byfuglien point shot, 2-0. Six minutes later Brandon Tanev scores on a Wild turnover, shot through the defenseman’s legs, 3-0. One Dubynk should have too probably. 49 seconds later, another deflection this time from Joel Arimia and the Jets win in just one period of hockey. Mark Scheifele buried the lone goal in the third, 32 seconds in on the power play. Jets advance and they are ROLLING. The Jets scored 16 goals in five games. This is going to be interesting to see who they play.
Flyers stay alive off a late third-period goal
The Flyers stay alive off a Sean Couturier late third-period goal. A game that was back and forth for the most part, and left Penguins fans on the edge of their seat, turned out to be a Flyers win, heading back to Philly. It all started with a Claude Giroux from Jakub Voracek goal in the first, something we did not see all series, finally comes. Giroux was just fed with a beauty pass and sent it home off a one-tee shot, goal. Flyers up 1-0. The second period was filled with action as the Penguins scored twice and Flyers scored once. The Penguins tied the game up with a Bryan Rust wraparound goal(something we have seen too often this series), tie game 1-1. After the goal, a little scrum ensued, by Derek Brassard taunting Robert Hagg, all good fun and something we love to see during this time of year. Penguins next goal came off a Crosby feed to Guentzel who just fires it home from about the faceoff dot, one Neuvirth should have had probably but it is now 2-1 Pens. The Flyers game-tying goal came off the stick of veteran Valtteri Filppula on the penalty kill, nothing less. Filppula just gets down low, crashes the net and bangs it home for a tie game at two. The game would remain tied at two for the rest of the second and third until about 1:31 left in the third, the Penguins have trouble chipping the puck out lands on Couturier stick, shot from just inside the blue line, sneaks past Matt Murray for a 3-2 Flyers lead. The goal did change directions on Murray after it hit off Brian Dumoulin’s leg, but hey a bounce is a bounce and the Flyers buried an empty-netter and now head back to Philly for another chance to stay alive.
Hamburglar STEALS the night
Holy sh*t, people, Andrew Hammond has not played in a playoff game in three years and that was his first start in 100 games or something. Either way the guy has been a third string/back up since his hamurglar days in Ottawa came to an end. And look at what he does here, comes into one of the toughest barns to play at and makes 44 saves on 45 shots to keep Colorado alive for a 2-1 win and now head back to Colorado to hopefully force a game seven. Who else but Hammond had a night? Yup, you guessed it, Nathan MacKinnon, the kid is a freak. Anyways well touch on it later. But the Predators opened the scoring in the third period with 9:46 to go after a borderline no goal call due to Nick Bonino scoring from the puck hitting his skate. The officials did get together and it was a good goal, Nashville 1-0. 4 and a half minutes later, the MacKinnon shows comes to town to give Colorado some hope as they tie the game at one. The goalscorer was Landeskog but literally, my 85-year-old grandmother could have scored this goal. MacKinnon made Norris trophy finalist PK Subban look like a fish out of after waiting him out, holding onto the puck, drawing all the attention to him, faking the shot, for a pass to Landeskog in front for a tap-in goal, tie game 1-1. The Avalanche would score with just 1:28 left to play JT Compher catches the Subban down low, out come the Avalanche on the rush, Compher shot low blocker, Andrighetto buries the rebound, just like that the Avalanche don’t give up and now stay alive with a 2-1 win.
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