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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.
— NHL (@NHL) August 5, 2020
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).
Toe drags are, um, BEAUTIFUL. #StanleyCup Qualifiers
— NHL (@NHL) August 5, 2020
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.
You know how Tyler does. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8qhUWnytjD
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) August 5, 2020
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.
— NHL (@NHL) August 5, 2020
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.
— NHL (@NHL) August 6, 2020
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.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 6, 2020
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
- 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