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

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Tuesday’s action in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers was action-packed with a series sweep and two teams tied their best-of-five series as we get into the midst of the round. Did you miss anything? NoVa Caps has you covered:

The New York Islanders climbed just one win away from clinching a Stanley Cup Playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of their series despite trailing twice. Forwards Mike Hoffman and Aleksander Barkov (power-play) struck on wrist shots from the slot. Islanders forward Matt Martin tied it on a set-up from forward Tom Kuhnackl down low 6:12 into the second. After Barkov struck, defenseman Ryan Pulock (slapshot through the wickets of Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the dot on the power-play) and forward Jordan Eberle (wrister from the left dot after curling the puck around the Panthers’ defenders) struck in a span of 2:41 to give the Islanders the lead. Eberle poked home forward Anthony Beauvillier’s slot shot in the crease on the power-play to make it 4-2. Bobrovsky made 30 saves for the Panthers while Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 25. The Islanders can sweep the series in Game 3 on Wednesday (12 PM ET, NBCSN).

After dropping Game 1 by a score of 4-3, the Nashville Predators held off a fast start by the Arizona Coyotes. They led 2-0 after one on goals by center Nick Bonino (on a wicked shot from the right dot after getting the puck from behind the goal line) 7:50 into the first and center Ryan Johansen (poked the puck in after an error by Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper) 2:37 later. Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok made it 3-0 after following up his own shot after his initial attempt was blocked, and he got a pass from center Colton Sissons behind the net at 6:02 of the second. The Predators made it 4-0 with 6:11 left when forward Victor Arvidsson called his own number down the wing on the power-play after getting the puck. The Coyotes would score twice in nine seconds in the final minute to make it interesting, but 4-2 would be the final. Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper and Predators goaltender Juusse Saros each made 24 stops. Game 3 between the two teams is set for Wednesday at 2:30 PM ET on NHL Network.

After a scoreless period and a half to Game 2 in the Columbus Blue Jackets-Toronto Maple Leafs series, center Auston Matthews beat Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to the blocker side after driving to the net and getting a pass from forward Zach Hyman on a two-on-one with four minutes left in the second. Maple Leafs captain John Tavares went backhand to forehand on a breakaway to extend the lead to 2-0 4:56 into the third. Defenseman Morgan Reilly salted the victory with an empty-netter from center ice with 42.6 seconds left. Korpisalo made 37 saves, including 15 in the first period, in the loss while goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots for the Maple Leafs. Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 1:52 left after colliding with Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand and going into the boards. Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Thursday night at 8 PM ET.

The Calgary Flames blasted the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 6-2 in Game 3 of their qualifying round series on Tuesday. Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers sniped one through the five-hole on a breakaway after getting sprained by defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the defensive zone. Forward Elias Lindholm tied it just 18 seconds later, tipping defenseman Erik Gustafsson’s pass past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. Center Mikael Backlund gave the Flames the lead at 5:37 of the second with a wicked wrister from the left dot after getting a feed from behind the net. Flames forward Sean Monahan and Jets forward Andrew Copp would trade power-play goals for their teams before Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk shot one to the back of the net from the slot after a Jets turnover from behind the net. The Flames would score another two in the third to win 6-2, inching one win away from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Flames goaltender Cam Talbot made 33 saves while Hellebuyck stopped 26 shots that came his way. Game 4 from Rogers Place is set for Thursday at 10:30 PM ET.

The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their series by a score of 4-1 to sweep the series and advance to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After forward Chris Kreider opened the scoring for the Rangers just 12 seconds into the second on a breakaway where he fought off a Hurricanes defender and went backhand to forehand and left pad side on goaltender James Reimer, forward Teuvo Teravainen backhanded one to the lower-blocker side of Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin after getting a feed from forward Andrei Svechnikov 3:06 later. Forward Warren Foegele deflected former Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei’s point shot in front to give the Hurricanes the lead 5:07 into the third and center Sebastian Aho backhanded one upstairs on Shesterkin after picking up the puck on a turnover and deking past Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo to give the Hurricanes some breathing room with 9:34 left. Aho added an empty netter shorthanded with 30.7 seconds to go to send the Rangers home. Reimer made 27 saves while Shesterkin pitched 34 in both of their series debuts.

After forward Tanner Pearson opened the scoring in the Vancouver Canuck’s Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild just 24 seconds in, forward Luke Kunin tied it on the power-play just before the end of the first period. The Canucks would score the next three goals but Wild forward Kevin Fiala scored twice in the final 2:29 of regulation, including with nine seconds left. However, the Canucks would prevail by a score of 4-3. Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves in the win while Wild goaltender Alex Stalock pitched 24.

Three Stars

  • Fiala (MIN) – two goals, six shots, 18:23 TOI
  • Aho (CAR) – two goals, three points, five shots, 16:29 TOI
  • Eberle (NYI) – two goals, five shots, 16:12 TOI

Wednesday’s Schedule

  • Islanders at Panthers Game 3, 12 PM ET (NBCSN) – Islanders lead 2-0
  • Predators at Coyotes Game 3, 2:30 PM ET (NHL Network) – series tied 1-1
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0) at Boston Bruins (0-1-0), 4 PM ET (NBCSN) – round-robin
  • Colorado Avalanche (1-0-0) at Dallas Stars (0-1-0, 6:30 PM ET (NHL Network) – round-robin
  • Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens Game 3, 8 PM ET (NBCSN) – series tied 1-1
  • Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks Game 3, 10:30 PM ET (NBCSN) – series tied 1-1

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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