NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap: Penguins move on, Predators shutout Colorado for the series win

Guentzel 4-goal game lifts Penguins past Philly for the series win

This game seemed to be an overtime type game, anything could happen. Tie game going into the third period, and just like that 30 seconds in the Penguins win the game and move onto face either the Capitals or Blue Jackets. Here is a little breakdown though. The game started with a Sean Couturier goal early in the first, immediately answered by Sidney Crosby and Carl Hagelin back to back to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Late in the first, Andrew MacDonald blows one by Matt Murray to tie the game at two heading into the first. Quick off-topic note, the Flyers Sean Couturier played the whole game with a torn MCL, which he suffered during practice after game two. He not only had the first goal of this game but he added two later in the game and ended the night with 5 points. On a torn MCL. Anyways, the second would start the same way a goal by Couturier off a beautiful breakaway goal to give the Flyers the lead and some hope. 12 minutes later Sean Laughton scored to make it 4-2 and what seemed like a Flyers win heading into the third. Patrick Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel added two late third period goals to tie the game four. Guentzel finished the night with 4 goals and 1 assist, first 5-point game for the playoff wonder. From the drop of the puck, the third was all Penguins as they scored three goals within 12 minutes to make it 7-4. The sixth goal came off a controversy trip call that led to a Penguins goal. But if you watch the playback, Couturier definitely embellished the play a little bit and jumped to make it seem way worse. Immediately fans started screaming “refs you suck” and after the game, I saw a tweet saying “refs miss blatant trip call, Pens go up 6-4.” Blatantly not a trip, sure, relax people it was not even close to a trip. Either way, they were losing this game. The Flyers would chip in one more to finish Couturiers hat trick late in the third but would not be able to sustain any more pressure. The Penguins close out the series with an 8-5 win and end it in six games for the series win. The Penguins 12th straight series win. Now they rest and wait for Columbus and Washington to kill each other.

Predators blank Colorado for the series win 

After an eventful game five and Andrew Hammond stealing the show in Nashville, the Avalanche forced a game six and headed back to Colorado for hopefully a game seven. Well, it was clear the Predators had other plans as they blanked the Avs 5-0 and shut all headlines for the day down. As Andrew Hammond looked a bit shaky and the Predators dominated from start to finish. The game started with a Mattias Ekholm snapshot from Colton Sissons pass 7 minutes in and 4 minutes later the Predators added another one off Auston Watson’s stick for his fourth of the playoffs and a Preds 2-0 lead. From there on it was all Predators as they scored two more in the second and one in the third. They outshot the Avs 37 to 22 and one thing we have not seen all playoffs was a team take no penalties in which the Predators did here and it worked out for them for sure. This game did start to get a little chippy after the whistles later in the third as Colorado was clearly frustrated and not happy with how the game was going. Well, now the match-up we have all been waiting for and a matchup that should probably be the Stanley Cup matchup but is impossible for that happen. Anyways, Winnipeg vs Nashville for the second round and only one team can move closer to their chances to hoist Lord Stanley.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap: Wild ADVANCE, Hamburglar steals the night, Flyers head back to Philly

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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