What You Missed From Day Five Of The Stanley Cup Qualifiers

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Some late magic happened across the NHL happened on Thursday as two teams won their games late in regulation and more must-see action occurred. Missed anything? Catch up on all of the day’s action below.

The New York Islanders failed to close out the Florida Panthers, falling 3-2 in Game 3. Center Erik Haula opened the scoring for the Panthers from the left circle after forward Evgenii Dadonov forced a rebound off of Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov 4:02 into the second on the power-play. Center Jean-Gabriel Pageau tied it for the Islanders, going five-hole on Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the right circle after forward Anthony Beauvillier fed him from behind the net with 3:34 left in the middle frame. The Panthers struck twice in the first 2:48 of the second with forward Mike Hoffman rocketing one glove-side after a three-way passing play on the power-play. Center Brian Boyle extended the lead to 3-1 with a blistering wrister to the crux of the arm of Varlamov from the slot. Forward Brock Nelson got the Islanders within one with 1:27 left, but the Panthers would hang on. Varlamov made 18 saves while Bobrovsky pitched 19.

Despite outshooting the Arizona Coyotes 12-0 to start Game 3, the Nashville Predators trailed after center Christian Dvorak deflected defenseman’s Niklas Hjalmarsson 5:09 into the first to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead. Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson tied it with a snipe to the blocker-side of Kuemper from the right circle 7:31 into the second. Forward Conor Garland gave the Coyotes the lead 7:08 into the third on a toe-drag and snipe from the slot after getting it from the wall by center Derek Stepan. Forward Taylor Hall extended that lead to 3-1, potting the rebound off of forward Phil Kessel’s initial shot from the left dot with 4:22 to go. Forward Carl Soderberg added an empty netter to salt the 4-1 victory for Arizona, who can advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win in Game 4 on Friday (2:30 PM ET, NHL Network). Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves while Predators goaltender Juusse Saros pitched 24. Game 4 is set for Friday at 2:30 PM ET (NBCSN).

The Tampa Bay Lightning are now in sole possession in first place in the Eastern Conference standings after their 3-2 against the Boston Bruins, who are in fourth with an 0-2-0 record after winning the Presidents’ Trophy during the regular season. In the midst of a goalmouth scramble, Lightning center Brayden Point slid the puck past goaltender Tuukka Rask to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead 7:33 in. Forward Alex Killorn redirected defenseman Victor Hedman’s shot at the side of the goal on the power-play to make it 2-0. Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy cut the Lightning lead in half on a bomb from out high off of a faceoff with 3:17 to go in the second. After forward Chris Wagner tied it 1:47 into the third, Lightning forward Tyler Johnson jumped on forward Yanni Gourde’s initial shot in front of Rask to give the Lightning the 3-2 lead, which would be the final. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy posted 25 saves while Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 32. The Lightning face the Philadelphia Flyers in their final round-robin tournament game on Sunday while the Bruins take on the Washington Capitals in theirs.

The Colorado Avalanche shut the Dallas Stars out by a score of 4-0 to improve to 2-0-0 in the round-robin tournament. The Stars are now 0-2-0. Defenseman Cale Makar slapped one from up top after getting fed from the right dot by forward Gabriel Landeskog on the power-play 3:19 into the game. Forward Joonas Donskoi gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead redirecting defenseman Sam Girard’s point shot off the draw on the power-play with 4:31 left in the first. The Avalanche added two more and would go on to win. Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz made 24 saves while Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin pitched 33.

Canadiens captain Shea Weber entered the zone, drove to the net, and followed up his own shot to make it 1-0 Montreal 4:57 into the game. Penguins forwards Patric Hornqvist and Jason Zucker struck down low on the power-play 59 seconds apart to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead in the first. After center Teddy Blueger jammed home a rebound after a big stop by Canadiens goaltender Carey Price with the left pad 6:35 into the second, Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin deflected a shot to the top corner in front at 10:13 and forward Paul Byron scored on a wraparound to tie it with 4:10 left in the second. Defenseman Jeff Petry gave the Canadiens the 4-3 lead with a top-shelf shot from a ridiculous angle on the power-play 5:33 into the third. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 27 saves while Price made 30.

9:15 into the game, defenseman Olli Maatta’s point shot went in blocker-side on Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. 27 seconds later, Oilers center Leon Draisaitl got the puck right in front of the net and buried it past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford’s glove. Captain Jonathan Toews poked home a loose puck in a goalmouth scramble to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead with five seconds left in the first. Draisaitl slammed the rebound off of defenseman Matthew Benning’s initial shot with Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford down and out 4:07 into the second. Captain Connor McDavid followed up his own rebound down low on the power-play to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead with eight minutes left in the period. Defenseman Matthew Highmore tied it on a bomb from the right circle after getting fed from up top by defenseman Slater Koekkoekk. Defenseman Connor Murphy gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead with 1:16 left after getting a cross-ice feed from defenseman Duncan Keith. Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear tipped it past goaltender Mikko Koskinen. Crawford made 24 saves while Koskinen made 21 saves.

Three Stars Of The Day

  • Weber (MTL) – one goal, three points, +2 rating, five shots, two blocked shots, 23:55 TOI
  • Kuemper (ARI) – 39 saves on 40 shots, including two-for-two shorthanded
  • Draisaitl (EDM) – two goals, three points, six shots, 24:25 TOI

Thursday’s Schedule

  • Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild, Game 3 (2:30 PM ET, NHL Network) – series tied 1-1
  • Capitals (0-0-1) at Flyers (1-0-0), round robin (4 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington, NBCSN)
  • Vegas Golden Knights (1-0-0) at St. Louis Blues (0-1-0), round robin (6:30 PM ET, NHL Network)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 3 (8 PM ET, NBCSN) – series tied 1-1
  • Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets, Game 4 (10:30 PM ET, CNBC), Flames lead series 2-1

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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