Another night and another three Stanley Cup Playoff games. Would we have three tied series by the end of the night or would three teams be two wins away from moving on to the next round?
Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders
Goaltending was the story in this game as both Tristan Jarry and Semyon Varlamov stood on their heads and made it difficult for both teams offenses. It looked like it was possibly going to be a long night for Varlamov as he allowed a weak goal to Bryan Rust just three minutes in. Then only ten minutes later Jeff Carter would give the Penguins a 2-0 lead that they would take into the break. After that Varlamov settled in and ended the night stopping 43 of the 45 shots he faced. Josh Bailey would get the only Islanders goal in the second period but Jarry would shut it down after that securing the 2-1 Penguins victory to even the series up.
Series Tied 1-1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers
The bad blood between these two teams continued as we had another physical battle between the Lightning and Panthers. The big story coming into this game was the benching of Sergei Bobrovsky in favor of Chris Driedger. Bob wasn’t horrible in game one but Joel Quinnville made the switch. Tampa jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Stamkos and Palat. Mason Marchment would get the Panthers within one in the second period but Tampa was able to hold on for the win and Yanni Gourde would add an empty netter to secure a 3-1 victory.
Tampa Leads Series 2-0
Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights
The final game of the night saw the Minnesota Wild try and continue their underdog story by taking a 2-0 lead over the Golden Knights. It started well for them as Matt Dumba got the scoring started in the 2nd period only to be counter by a Jonathan Marchessault goal just 18 seconds later. It took Vegas four periods to get their first goal of the series which is just wild(no pun intended). Alex Tuch would add another second period goal to give the Knights a 2-1 lead and then would add a late third period goal to secure the 3-1 win for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 of the 35 Wild shots he faced.
Series Tied 1-1
We have four games on the schedule for tonight including the start of our first North Division series between the Jets and Oilers. On top of that we have a pair of game two’s between the Preds and Canes as well as the Blues and Avalanche. We also have game three between the Capitals and Bruins so it’ll be another great night of playoff hockey.