Everything You Need To Know And See From Day Three Of The Stanley Cup Qualifiers

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Day three of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers had all of it: a hat-trick, a big third-period comeback, a playoff shootout, players kneeling during the national anthems — you name it. If you missed any of the wild day, NoVa Caps has you covered. Check out our daily round-up below.

Results

The Carolina Hurricanes pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination with a 4-1 win in Game 2 at Scotiabank Arena. After forward Andrei Svechnikov sniped one past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s blocker from the left circle on the rush, Rangers forward Artemi Panarin finished off a pretty passing play from the right dot on a five-on-three man advantage later in the first. After Svechnikov gave the Hurricanes the lead back with a bomb off of a faceoff just 1:11 into the second, forward Jordan Martinook finished center Morgan Geekie’s pass in the crease to extend the lead to 3-1 1:11 later. Svechnikov completed the hat-trick, poking home a pass from center Sebastian Aho on a two-on-one rush with 5:58 left. Goaltender Petr Mrazek made 23 saves for the Hurricanes while Lundqvist pitched 30 for the Rangers. Game 3 is set for Tuesday at 8 PM ET (NBCSN).

For the second straight game, the Winnipeg Jets opened the scoring against the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of their qualifying round series. Forward Jansen Harkins wristed one glove-side on Flames goaltender Cam Talbot after getting an outlet pass from center Adam Lowry 7:18 into the game. After Jets center Kyle Lowry pounced on a rebound off of a save from a center Jack Roslovic shot up top, forward Elias Lindholm cut the lead in half with a snipe top shelf from the slot at 11:29. Then, forward Sam Bennett tied it on a wraparound six minutes later but the Jets would take the lead again on a power-play goal by forward Nikolaj Ehlers on a tip-in in front off of a point shot by defenseman Neal Pionk. They would go on to win the game, 3-2. Talbot made 23 saves for the Flames while Hellebuyck made 28 stops for the Jets.

The second-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning would take a 1-0 against the third-seeded Washington Capitals as both teams opened their round-robin tournaments on Monday when forward Nikita Kucherov scored on a shot to the upper corner at 12:53 of the first. Center Mitchell Stephens deflected a rolling puck into the back of the cage in front of goaltender Braden Holtby 7:48 into the second. The Capitals would answer at the end the second after a slow start with two goals in 2:08 with forward Richard Panik and center Evgeny Kuznetsov both finishing goals in the crease with Kuznetsov’s coming on the power-play. The game would go to a shootout after a scoreless third period, where the Capitals had a hard push, and overtime but the Lightning struck twice in the shootout on goals by center Brayden Point and Kucherov to take the win. Forward T.J. Oshie scored in the shootout for the Capitals. Holtby made 28 saves for the Capitals while Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31. The Lightning face the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (4 PM ET, NBCSN) while the Capitals take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in their next round-robin games.

The third-seeded Vegas Golden Knights defeated the fourth-seeded Dallas Stars by a score of 5-3 in each of the club’s first round-robin game. Golden Knights forward Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring by sliding one through the legs of Stars goaltender Ben Bishop down the wing after getting fed by center William Karlsson just 64 seconds into the game. In the second period, the Stars woke up as they scored three goals in the 4:52 and they swarmed the offensive zone during that time to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Golden Knights responded with three unanswered goals in the final 10:14 of the third period after forward Mark Stone went post and to the blocker side all alone, defenseman Nate Schmidt followed up forward Reilly Smith’s blocked attempt in the slot, and forward William Carrier finished a shot bounced off of the boards to give the Golden Knights the lead. Karlsson added an empty netter with 21 seconds left to seal the win. Bishop made 28 saves for Dallas while goaltender Robin Lehner made 24 for the Golden Knights, who outshot the Stars 16-6 in the final frame. The Stars clash with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (6:30 PM ET, NHL Network) while the Golden Knights face the St. Louis Blues on Thursday in each of their next round-robin games.

After dropping Game 1 of the series, the Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a fast start. Captain Sidney Crosby opened the scoring 4:25, going five-hole on goaltender Carey Price with a wrist shot on a semi-break after a no-look feed from forward Jake Guentzel on the other side. After forward Jason Zucker made it 2-0 on a two-on-one rush with forward Conor Sheary. He put the puck past Price, Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi cut the lead in half, pounding a rebound in front off of a shot from forward Arturri Lehkonen’s shot. Penguins forward Jake Guentzel sealed the deal with an empty netter. Price posted 35 saves while Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 26. Game 3 of the series is set for Wednesday at 8 PM ET (NBCSN).

Captain Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers got off to a flying start after a sluggish Game 1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The center scored 19 seconds in, tuning and shooting in front after getting a pass from up top by defenseman Darnell Nurse. At 4:05 of the first, McDavid got his second, backhanding one after bursting through on a breakaway. Forward Patrick Kane slammed forward Alex DeBrincat’s feed from behind the net at the front 5:01 later to cut the lead in half. Forward Tyler Ennis would shoot from out high and score just 1:44 into the second. After goals by defensemen Slater Koekkoek and Olli Maatta tied it for the Blackhawks, McDavid finished off the hat trick, sliding one through goaltender Corey Crawford’s wickets after circling the net. Forwards James Neal, who put the puck into an empty net after a goalie turnover from behind the Blackhawks net, and Alex Chiasson, who curled and dragged and then stuffed a rebound past Crawford, scored 30 seconds apart in the third to make it 6-3. Crawford made 29 saves for the Blackhawks while goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 23 saves for the Oilers in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff start. Game 3 at Rogers Place is set for 10:30 PM ET (NBCSN).

Three Stars Of The Day

  • Svechnikov – hat trick, three shots, 15:43 TOI
  • McDavid – hat trick, three shots, 11:50 TOI
  • Schmidt – one goal, primary assist on game-winner, five shots, 24:38 TOI

Signature Off-Ice Moments

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A Look Ahead To Tuesday

Florida Panthers at New York Islanders, Game 2 (12 PM ET, NBCSN) – The Panthers and Islanders tangle in Game 2 after the Islanders took Game 1 by a score of 2-1 in a tight game on Saturday. Both teams had 28 shots and it was overall a stingy performance by both teams. The Panthers made it interesting in the third period, cutting the Islanders’ lead in half just 23 seconds in but the Islanders were able to pressure them after that, outshooting them 10-5 in the third.

Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators, Game 2 (2:30 PM ET, NHL Network) – The Coyotes and Predators begin their set of back-to-backs against one another after Arizona took Game 1 by a score of 4-3. If you believe momentum carries from game to game, the Predators scored twice in the third after trailing 4-1 and outshot the Coyotes 33-23 over the final 40 minutes of Sunday’s series opener. The teams had five and six penalties, respectively, so look for both of them to preach discipline ahead of Game 2.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 2 (4 PM ET, NBCSN) – The Blue Jackets look to push the Maple Leafs to the brink of elimination after taking Game 1 by a score of 2-0 on Sunday in a tight chess match that didn’t see either team score until the third period. Both goaltenders had solid outings on Sunday as Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves in the win. Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen had a solid Game 1, turning aside 33 shots. Look for the Maple Leafs’ high-flying offense to rebound after getting shut out, so the Blue Jackets’ defense better be willing to shut the fort down again.

Flames at Jets, Game 3 (6:45 PM ET, NHL Network) – The Jets managed to knot the series at one game apiece without center Mark Schiefele or forward Patrik Laine on Monday to set the stage for a pivotal Game 3 on Tuesday. The Jets managed to start fast again but the Flames were able to tie it. This time, the Jets got it done late in the third. Will they get their stars back on Tuesday? We’ll have to wait and see as the returns of Laine and Schiefele would be a major boost.

Hurricanes at Rangers, Game 3 (8 PM ET, NBCSN) – The Hurricanes can clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth with a win on Tuesday night after a 4-1 win in Game 2 on Monday afternoon. With the Rangers on the brink of elimination, could they make a goaltending change ahead of Game 3? It’s not all on Henrik Lundqvist, but perhaps a momentum change would be beneficial for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin was unfit to play in the first two games, so we could see Alexandar Georgiev get shot. Svechnikov led the way for the Hurricanes on Monday and the Rangers must shut down Carolina’s top line in Game 3 if they want to remain in the bubble for much longer.

Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks, Game 2 (10:45 PM ET, USA) – The Wild look to take a 2-0 series lead after shocking many in Game 1 with a 3-0 shutout. Head coach Dean Evason’s decision of playing goaltender Alex Stalock paid off for the Wild as he turned aside all 28 Canucks shots in Game 1. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a solid Game 1 with two goals and three points. The storyline entering this one is whether the Wild can match the Canucks’ offensive guns, which are sure to show up to avoid being pushed to the brink of elimination.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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