GM 2: CAR 2 – NYI 1 Curtis McElhinney stopped all 17 shots in relief of an injured Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes have taken the first two games in Brooklyn, opening up a 2-0 series over the New York Islanders . Injuries keep piling up for the Hurricanes, this time losing Mrazek in the second period and their underdog story continues, now two wins away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hurricanes burned the Caps in round 1 with third period scoring and today was the same story vs the Isles. Entering the third down 1-0, Warren Foegele scored 17 seconds into the period and Nino Niederreiter scored 48 seconds later. Carolina has held the Islanders to just two goals thus far in the series. The Islanders scored 7 goals in two homes games vs the Penguins in Round 1.
Matt Duchene scored a power play goal at 3:42 of the second overtime to deliver a 3-2 Blue Jackets win over the Boston Bruins to even up the series at 1-1. Back-to-back overtime’s, Columbus – Boston has had just about everything through two games Physical play, nastiness, and great goaltending on both sides in what’s setting up as an highly entertaining series. The Blue Jackets stars came to play in Game 2. Artemi Panarin was sensational with 2 goals and dominated play throughout, especially his play with the puck along the wall. He seemed a step ahead of the Bruins all night. Sergei Bobrovsky was a rock in goal and enough can’t be said about how Seth Jones is dominating games right now. What a player he’s evolved into.
Game 1 goes to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan Staal scored 4:04 into overtime to lift the Hurricanes to a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders. Staal with 4 goals in the postseason, including goals in three straight games, has had a resurgence in the postseason for the Hurricanes who have won five of their last six. Netminder Petr Mrazek posted a 31-save shutout for the Canes.
TIOPS INSIDE BUZZ — Rumblings, Musings, Opinions– 1. The Washington Capitals were ousted in Round 1 Wednesday night on a Brock McGinn double overtime goal as an unpredictable 2019 postseason continued. The NHL has always wanted parity with this playoff alignment and they got it this season with all no division winners advancing past Round 1. Washington’s rein comes to an end and as good as a story the Hurricanes are, the NHL loses a great Round 2 storyline of Trotz vs the Capitals. This was just a strange series for the Capitals. To go up 2-0 in the series followed by laying an egg in Games 3 and 4, to then deliver what looked like a knockout punch in Game 5 where it appeared after fives games they were finally taking the Hurricanes seriously, only to drop games 6 and 7 as Carolina roared back to win four ofRead More »
Jordan Staal tied the game in the 3rd period and Brock McGinn scored in double overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win in Game 7, advancing to Round 2. The resilient Canes just never went away in winning four of the final five games in the series. Most stunning with tonight’s result was Washington blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the game 7 as this marks the first time since 1967 that no division winner advanced past Round 1
Latest NHL BUZZ TIOPS HEADLINES SERIES STOLEN FROM VGK BUYER BEWARE FOR ERIK KARLSSON CRITISCISM WARRANTED TOWARDS MIKE BABCOCK A CAPITALS REPEAT? PREDATORS TO EYE TOP-FLIGHT CENTER FOR SUBBAN 1. A series stolen from the Vegas Golden Knights in the craziest finish you’ll see. Vegas is up 3-0 with 10:47 remaining in the third period and cruising to a Game 7 win until the San Jose Sharks scored four power play goals on a five-minute major that should have never been assessed. The NHL embarrassed itself after Joe Pavelski had to unfortunately be helped off the SAP Center ice after hitting his head on the ice. Similar to how the league suspends players, the refs reacted to an injury not the actual play. Things in real-time can always be difficult, but the NHL just looks awful here in that since Pavelski was injured on what was just a freak accident,Read More »
The Vegas Golden Knights outshot the San Jose Sharks 59-29, including a 119-69 edge in shot attempts, but a Tomas Hertl shorthanded goal in double overtime has forced a Game 7 in a riveting series between the Sharks and Golden Knights. San Jose’s 2-1 win saw Martin Jones stand on his head with a 58 save performance. It’s a missed opportunity for the Golden Knights on home ice who are the superior team as the shifts back to San Jose for Game 7 Tuesday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers on Monday named Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history. After Joel Quenneville turned down an opportunity to go to Philadelphia, the Flyers coaching search under GM Chuck Fletcher centered on Vigneault and pretty much no one else over the last week. Dan Bylsma was never a consideration from Fletcher, league sources say, and the financial commitment to Vigneault is significant, 5 years – $25 million. The hiring of Vigneault is a clear signal from Fletcher and the Flyers brass that the Ron Hextall days of being in the player development business are over. Vigneault, a Jack Adams Award winner who has won the Presidents Trophy twice in stints with VAN and NYR, has had great success in coaching veteran teams with Stanley Cup potential, but one of the major knocks of Vigneault in New York is he had little interest in developing youngerRead More »
The Florida Panthers announced this morning the team has fired head coach Bob Boughner after just two seasons behind the bench. “We didn’t meet expectations this season and share responsibility for that fact,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said in a released statement. Florida’s next coaching search is expected to lean more towards an established high profile veteran coach. Allain Vigneault is expected to be near the top of the Panthers wishlist, same with Joel Quenneville. Former Penguins and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was the runner-up for the job two years ago and is also expected to get a look again for the job. There are now six coaching vacancies: Florida, Anaheim, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Ottawa.
Penguins’ fans will have a close eye on Caps-Isles tonight. An Islanders regulation loss and a Pittsburgh win will result in the Penguins clinching second place in the Metropolitan Division. Washington, though, won’t be doing Pittsburgh any favors. Alex Ovechkin will play but with nothing at skate, the Capitals will rest Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and John Carlson tonight.