Round 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs is slowly coming to an end. Dallas travel to St. Louis on Tuesday for Game 7, whilst Monday night saw the end of the Game 6s.
The Boston Bruins travelled to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets, and the Colorado Avalanche hosted the San Jose Sharks. Both visiting teams had the chance to win their series Monday night.
As things stood heading into Monday:
➜ Boston lead Columbus 3-2
➜ Colorado trail San Jose 3-2
Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuukka Rask made 39 saves, helping the Boston Bruins reach the Eastern Conference Final with a 3-0 victory in Columbus.
It was Rask‘s sixth Stanley Cup Playoff shutout.
David Krejci had a goal and an assist, and Marcus Johansson and David Backes also scored for Boston, who are in the Conference Final for the first time since 2013, when they lost the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for the Blue Jackets, who’ve never played a Game 7 and were eliminated at home for the fourth time in the five season they’ve qualified for the playoffs.
The hosts came close to scoring on multiple occasions, with Rask making five saves, including one off his mask, during their fourth power play early in the third. Zach Werenski also hit the left post in that time.
Columbus also hit the crossbar three time: Pierre-Luc Dubois in the first period, and Dean Kukan and Josh Anderson in the second.
After the game, Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said, “You’ve got to create your own luck, obviously it would have been nice to see at least one of those go in”. He added, “I think if one of those goes in it’s a whole different ballgame just because of the momentum you create of just getting one past him. We peppered him.”
Boston will host the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final.
Canes v Bruins – Thursday, May 9 (8pm –NBCSN)
San Jose Sharks v Colorado Avalanche
Gabriel Landeskog scored 2:32 into overtime, helping the Colorado Avalanche avoid elimination with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of their Western Conference Second Round series.
Landeskog chipped the puck in from the slot after Cale Makar managed to keep it in the Sharks zone at the right point, playing it toward the net.
The forward, who has three goals in 11 games in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, said, “Never had an OT goal in the playoffs before, so to do that on home ice, no doubt is very exciting,” he added, “And for me, as I said before, I haven’t been happy with my offensive output this time of year, I haven’t been dangerous enough, I haven’t been a threat enough, so it was nice to definitely get this one tonight, and hopefully we can build off of this for Wednesday.”
J.T. Compher had two goals and an assist, Tyson Jost also scored, and Phillip Grubauer made 19 saves for Colorado, who will play their first Game 7 since 2014, when they lost 5-4 in overtime to the Minnesota Wild in Round 1.
The Avalanche are 3-0 in overtime in the playoffs are are 4-6 in Game 7 since relocating from Quebec for the 1995/96 season.
San Jose came back from a goal down three times with Marc-Edouard Vlasic scoring twice, and Brent Burns adding another in the second period.
Vlasic, who’s second goal came with 2:28 left in the third period to tie the game and send it to overtime, has three goals in 11 games in the 2019 playoffs after scoring three in 72 in the regular season.
Martin Jones made 22 saves for San Jose, who were 5-1 since 2016 with a chance to clinch a playoff series.
The Sharks are 7-4 in past Game 7s, including a 5-4 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round this year. They will be hoping for the return of forward Joe Pavelski, who has missed six games with a head injury. He skated with the team before the game, but here is no timetable for his return. If it’s in Game 7 it could give them a huge boost.
The two teams have played each other in a Game 7 once, a 1-0 Avalanche win in the 2002 Western Conference Semifinals. They will play their second on Wednesday, May 8 (9pm ET)
Avalanche v Sharks – Wednesday, May 8 (9pm – NBCSN)
As things stand after Game 6:
➜ Boston win series against Columbus 4-2
➜ Colorado tie their series 3-3 with San Jose
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN