The Stanley Cup champions from 2018 (Washington Capitals) and 2019 (St. Louis Blues) are each in an 0-2 gap after Friday. The crew that received in 2016 and 2017 (Pittsburgh Penguins) has already been eradicated. It positive appears like there’s going to be some new blood successful this summer season. We additionally obtained our eighth straight day of extra time hockey. It is onerous to complain when the drama is that this good.
Saturday’s slate consists of two collection tied at 1-1, and two others the place one crew is hoping to keep away from falling down 0-3.
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Sport 3: No. four Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes (Tied 1-1) | 12 p.m.
Tuukka Rask will get the beginning for Boston on Saturday — his third recreation in 4 days. Rask additionally made information this week for feedback evaluating the empty area ambiance to exhibition video games; that obtained everybody up in arms for about 24 hours. The large query for the Bruins: Is David Pastrnak accessible? Bruce Cassidy mentioned Pastrnak did not skate Friday. “He might nonetheless probably play tomorrow,” Cassidy mentioned. “However with the 12 o’clock recreation, there isn’t any actual alternative to check it in a morning skate like your typical [night] recreation. We’ll make that analysis within the morning.” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour in all probability will not (or should not) problem one other name anytime quickly; he is already 0-for-2 within the collection.
Sport 3: No. 2 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 11 Arizona Coyotes (COL leads 2-0) | Three p.m.
Simply 24 hours after a tough-fought Sport 2, these groups are at it once more. One participant not dreading the quick turnaround: Nathan MacKinnon. When requested by a reporter on Friday whether or not he was apprehensive about being drained Saturday, the Avs star quipped: “No. It is why I win health testing yearly. I will be buzzing.” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet was proud of his crew’s response after a lackluster Sport 1, saying he believes his crew will go down swinging. He additionally has to like that they’d extra photographs within the second interval (15) than they did in all of Sport 1.
We’re getting to the point of the bubble where Jon Cooper is showing up at news conferences in Aerosmith T-shirts because, as he said, he’s running out of clean clothes. His team ran out of a little steam following the epic five-overtime game, as they recorded 37 shots against Joonas Korpisalo but not too many quality scoring chances. It’s tough to get past Korpisalo, who had a save percentage of .956 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and improved it to .962 since. Sounds like it’s going to be the Korpisalo show for a while. With Elvis Merzlikins still unfit to play, the Blue Jackets have called another goaltender (Veini Vehvilainen) into action as the understudy.
Game 3: No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 12 Chicago Blackhawks (VGS lead 2-0) | 8 p.m.
Vegas has Chicago backed into a 0-2 hole, and Robin Lehner (whom the Blackhawks traded away in February) has yet to lose a game since becoming a Golden Knight. But with back-to-back games coming up, Lehner is likely to sit one, giving Marc-Andre Fleury a chance to make his quarterfinal-round debut. Max Pacioretty and Tomas Nosek are both iffy, meaning Vegas might have to look to its spare forwards in Game 3. In Chicago, rookie Adam Boqvist was scratched for Game 2, but it sounds like he’ll draw back into the lineup Saturday. This playoff tourney is all about getting the young Blackhawks experience. “We’re hoping Boqy, with a day of rest, can come back, potentially, with another level for us,” coach Jeremy Colliton said.
About last night…
Colorado Avalanche 3, Arizona Coyotes 2 (COL leads 1-0)
After his team mustered just 14 shots on goal in Game 1, Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet was not happy with his team, lamenting it’s “Darcy, Darcy, Darcy [Kuemper] and that’s it.” Arizona showed up in Game 2. “We were in their face today,” Tocchet said. “We had a good game, we could’ve won that hockey game. That’s more of our style. You’ve got to go down swinging.” The third goal was just elusive. Nathan MacKinnon scored a beauty to get the Avs up early, and Andre Burakovsky scored the game winner. But let’s note that Nazem Kadri has posted a point on all four of the game-winning goals scored by the Avalanche this postseason. Full recap
Nazem Kadri’s shot attempt goes off a Coyotes defenseman’s skate and right to Andre Burakovsky, who breaks a tie in the third period for the Avalanche.
Montreal Canadiens 5, Philadelphia Flyers 0 (Tied 1-1)
With coach Claude Julien at home resting after undergoing a heart procedure, Kirk Mueller assumed head coaching duties. He shuffled the lines up a bit and Montreal looked creative and fast on offense. Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (a breakout star this summer) both scored twice. The Flyers simply came out flat, and Carter Hart had very little help before being pulled in the second (at 4-0). But Alain Vigneault wasn’t too pleased that Muller put his No. 1 power play on the ice late in the game: “We had embarrassed ourselves enough. I’m not sure we needed to be embarrassed more.” Vigneault said he’ll be sure to point that out to his players. It’s funny that he’s concerned about the Canadiens’ (typically lackluster) power play of all things, but, hey, it did score in back-to-back games. 2021 is crazy! Full recap.
Vancouver Canucks 4, St. Louis Blues 3 (OT) (VAN leads 2-0)
The Blues have yet to win a game this summer, and need to channel some energy from last year’s team, which went 9-2 in the postseason following a loss. “Is it frustrating? Yeah, sure. But I don’t really care about what people say outside of our locker room,” Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. “We had a lot of noise last year, and look what we did. It’s a new year, obviously. We don’t want to keep dwelling on last year, but the core of this group went through that together. We know how to bounce back from these things.” Jordan Binnington gave up four goals on 25 shots (.840 save percentage), which is not ideal. The Canucks’ offense is clicking. Since being shut out by Minnesota in Game 1 of the qualifying round, Vancouver has 21 goals in its last five games. Full recap.
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New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 2 (NYI leads 2-0)
Alex Ovechkin scored his first two goals for the Caps this summer — including a goal less than a minute into the game — but he’ll probably be haunted by a miss in the third. The Caps were doomed by penalties and turnovers, as well as the Isles going on a three-goal outburst in the span of 3:58 in the second period. Washington is hopeful Nicklas Backstrom (concussion protocol) can come back for Game 3, but we’ll have to stay tuned. The Isles have dominated Washington in this series at even strength, recording 24 high-danger shot attempts compared to Washington’s 10, per Natural Stat Trick. Full recap.
Calgary Flames2, Dallas Stars 0 (CGY lead 2-1)
There was definitely a drop-off in intensity level after the two teams played their second game in as many days. Mikael Backlund scored a shorthanded goal to open the scoring in the second period — the second straight game the Flames scored a shortie. It was a frustrating turn for the Stars, who dominated the period (a 33-6 advantage in shot attempts, per Natural Stat Trick) but had nothing to show for it. In fact, Dallas outplayed Calgary for all three periods, making Friday’s loss extra frustrating. The Flames played the game without Matthew Tkachuk, but Flames coach Geoff Ward said he is hopeful the winger can return for Game 4. Full recap.
Bo Horvat, F, Vancouver Canucks
The captain scored two goals on Friday, including the overtime winner, to give the Canucks a win. The latter was Horvat’s fifth goal of the postseason, which ties him with Connor McDavid for the most this summer.
Bo Horvat’s game-winning goal 5:55 into overtime gives the Canucks a convincing 2-0 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues.
Cam Talbot, G, Calgary Flames
The 33-year-old got the nod in net and made the most of it, recording a 35-save shutout — his second shutout of the postseason and fourth playoff shutout of his career — to help his team to a 2-1 series lead.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, F, Montreal Canadiens
At 20 years, 39 days, Kotkaniemi is the second-youngest Canadiens player to record a multi-goal game in the playoffs. He trails only Henri Richard, who, at 20 years and 27 days, scored twice in Game 7 of the 1956 semifinals against the Rangers.
Random pregame ritual of the day
Just going to leave this here.
Jordan Martinook’s pregame ritual is yelling at Andrei Svechnikov. ??
— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) August 14, 2021
Whiff of the day
John Klingberg would love a do-over.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 15, 2021
Quote of the day
“Usually while you hear feedback like that, the crew has normally misplaced.” — Vegas coach Peter DeBoer, throwing some shade at Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, who mentioned the crowdless video games have the depth of an exhibition recreation.