Stanley Cup Playoffs – R1 G4 – Wednesday

The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals have an extra day off, playing their Game 4 on Thursday, meaning there were just three games on Wednesday night.


How things stood after Game 3:

➜ Toronto Maple Leafs lead the Boston Bruins 2-1

➜ Dallas Stars trail the Nashville Predators 2-1

➜ The Colorado Avalanche lead the Calgary Flames 2-1



Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs


Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists to aid the Boston Bruins to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs to tie their First Round series 2-2.

David Pastrnak scored twice, Charlie McAvoy, Zdeno Chara and Joakim Nordstrom (emptynetter) also found the back of the net, and Tuukka Rask made 38 saves for the visitors.

Auston Matthews scored twice, Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves for the Leafs, who trailed 2-0 and 5-2.

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Up Next:

Leafs v Bruins – Friday, April 19 (7pmNBCSN)



Nashville Predators v Dallas Stars


Rookie Roope Hintz scored his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals, helping the Dallas Stars defeat the Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 4, tying their series 2-2.

Alexander Radulov, Mats Zuccarello and Andrew Cogliano also scored, John Klingberg had three assist, Esa Lindell had two, and Ben Bishop made 34 saves for Dallas. 

Roman Josi scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on eight shots before being pulled at 13:45 of the first period. Juuse Saros made 20 saves in relief.

It was the second shortest playoff start of Rinne‘s NHL career; he was pulled after 10:31 in Game 7 of the second round last season after allowing two goals on seven shots in a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. 

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Up Next:

Stars v Predators – Saturday, April 20 (3pmNBC)



Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche

2-3 (OT)

Mikko Rantanen scored 10:23 into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round. The Avs now lead the series 3-1.

It was Rantanen who scored the equalizer, when 2-1 down, on the power play by redirecting Nathan MacKinnon‘s pass with 2:50 remaining. 

Rantanen (3g, 3a) and MacKinnon (3g, 2a) each have a three-game point streak, with the latter spending a career-high 28:49 on the ice in Game 4.

J.T. Compher also scored for Colorado, who have a 3-1 lead in a playoff series for the first time since the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals, in which they defeated the Dallas Stars in five games.

Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for hosts, none bigger than against Mikael Backlund 2:35 into overtime. The Flames center took a point-blank shot from the right of the crease, and whilst sprawled on the ice, Grubauer lifted his left pad to stop the puck. He called it a “desperation save.”

Elias Lindholm and Derek Ryan scored their first playoff goals for Calgary, who have scored at least one power-play goal in each of the first four games and are 5-of-19 in the series, compared to the Avalanche’s 3-of-20.

Mike Smith made 49 saves on the night for the Flames, and has made 99 saves in the past two games.

There have been six overtime games in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs;; including two in this series, each won by Colorado.

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Up Next:

Avalanche v Flames – Friday, April 19 (10pmNBCSN)



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