After a quiet Monday, with only the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues playing, Tuesday gave us two games – The Boston Bruins travelled to Columbus and the Colorado Avalanche hosted the San Jose Sharks.
Both series were tied at 1-1 heading into Tuesday night’s meetings.
Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets
Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series.
Boone Jenner and Matt Duchene scored for the hosts, who went 1-for-3 on the power play.
Duchene has five goals in the playoffs, including the second overtime winner that gave Columbus a 3-2 victory in Game 2 at Boston on Saturday.
Jake DeBrusk scored and Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins, who outshot their opponents 37-34.
The visitors’ goal came with 40 seconds left in the second period after DeBrusk had stuffed the shot in at the left post. It was originally a no goal call on the ice, but after video review it was determined the puck had crossed the line after the whistle on what was ruled to be a continuous play.
The Blue Jackets lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 in Columbus on Thursday.
Bruins v Blue Jackets – Thursday, May 2 (7:30pm – NBCSN)
San Jose Sharks v Colorado Avalanche
Logan Couture got his first Stanley Cup Playoffs hat trick for the San Jose Sharks, lifting them to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of their Western Conference Second Round series at Pepsi Center.
When asked about his hat trick postgame, Couture said, “I’d like to lie and say it doesn’t mean something, but it was special.”
The center, who leads the NHL with nine goals in the playoffs, completed the hat trick with an emptynetter 30 seconds from time to make it 4-2. He also has eight points (7g, 1a) in his last six games.
Timo Meier had a goal and two assists, Gustav Nyquist also had two assists, and Martin Jones made 25 saves for the Sharks, who were out hit 41 to 20.
Jones is 5-1 in his last six starts, allowing 14 goals, whilst Nyquist arrived in Denver the afternoon of the game, having flown in from Detroit to be with his wife, who gave birth to their first child, Charlotte Nyquist.
Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Nieto scored, and Phillip Grubauer made 27 saves for the Avalanche, who had won eight in succession at home.
MacKinnon has 12pts (5g, 7a) in a seven-game point streak. It’s the longest playoff streak by an Avalanche player since Peter Forsberg had a seven-game streak in 2004.
Game 4 is in Colorado on Thursday.
Sharks v Avalanche – Thursday, May 2 (10pm – NBCSN)
As things stand after Game 3:
➜ Blue Jackets lead series 2-1
➜ Avalanche trail series 2-1
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