Thursday night’s three games gave us Game 4 between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes, and Game 5s between the St Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks.
As things stood after Game 3:
➜ Capitals lead 2-1
As things stood after Game 4:
➜ Jets and Blues drawn 2-2
➜ Vegas lead 3-1
Washington Capitals v Carolina Hurricanes
Petr Mrazek made 30 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 in Game 4 of their series, which is now tied 2-2.
Warren Foegele scored just 17 seconds into the affair, before Teuvo Teravainen scored the winner just before the end of the second period for his first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Foegele‘s goal was the fastest in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers NHL playoff history.
Carolina lost Jordan Martinook after the first period to a lower-body injury, after he went awkwardly into the end boards at 12:28 of the first, returned for two shifts toward the end of the opening period, before leaving.
Canes’ head coach, Rod Brind’Amour said the forward had aggravated a lower-body injury.
The good news was the record 19,202 crowd at PNC Arena got to see the return of defenseman Calvin de Haan, who was back in the line up after missing six games with an upper-body injury.
Alex Ovechkin scored, and Braden Holtby made 22 saves for the reigning champions. The captain’s goal was his 23rd on the power play in the playoffs, tying Joe Nieuwendyk and Brian Bellows for 24th in NHL history.
The Capitals will be without forward T.J Oshie for an undisclosed period after he was pushed into the boards by Foegele, who was penalized, with 5:08 remaining.
After the game head coach Tom Reirden said, “He will not be with out team for a while. He won’t be playing anytime soon.”
Canes v Capitals – Saturday, April 20 (8pm – NBC)
St Louis Blues v Winnipeg Jets
Jaden Schwartz broke a tie with 15 seconds remaining in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win on the night and a 3-2 series lead.
Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn also scored, and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the Blues.
Schwartz‘s goal was the second-latest game winner in regulation in Blues playoff history, trailing only Gino Cavallini (59:51) in Game 3 of the 1990 Norris Division Final). St. Louis also overcame trailing by multiple goals in the third period to win a playoff game for the seventh time in franchise history and the fourth time in regulation.
Meanwhile Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets, who had a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
Lowry set a Jets/Atlanta Thrashers record for the fastest goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when he scored 12 seconds into the first period. Jacob Trouba scored 31 seconds into Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild on April 20, 2018.
Jets v Blues – Saturday, April 20 (7pm – NBCSN)
Vegas Golden Knights v San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks avoided elimination with a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of their series, which San Jose trail 3-2.
Tomas Hertl scored two goals, Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, Barclay Goodrow and Logan Couture also scored, and Erik Karlsson had two assists for San Jose, who will be eliminated on Sunday if Vegas win on home ice.
Joe Thornton had an assist on Hertl‘s second, bringing him to within one of 100 playoff assists.
Martin Jones made 30 saves for the hosts, rebounding after he was pulled for the second time in three games when he allowed two goals on seven shots in the first period of their 5-0 Game 4 loss.
Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for the Knights, who lost for the first time when a chance to win a Stanley Cup series was up for grabs; they were 3-0 in their inaugural season in 2017/18.
The line of Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Mark Stone had zero points after combining for 28 (12g, 16a) in the first four games of the series.
Meanwhile the Golden Knights have scored at least one power play goal in each game of the series. They are 8-for-24 (33.3%).
Sharks v Knights – Sunday, April 21 (7pm – NBCSN)
How things stand now:
➜ Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals tied 2-2
➜ St. Louis Blues lead Winnipeg Jets 3-2
➜ Vegas Golden Knights lead San Jose Sharks 3-2
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