The NHL postseason bubble is formally bonkers.
Friday featured three sequence upsets being accomplished, and a surprising late-game rally by the Toronto Maple Leafs towards the Columbus Blue Jackets that pushed their sequence to a fifth and ultimate recreation. On Saturday, we’ll discover out who the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks will face after their qualification spherical stunners, derailing the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers, respectively, within the No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchups.
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Saturday’s video games
Notice: All instances Japanese
Spherical robin: No. Three Vegas Golden Knights at No. 2 Colorado Avalanche | Three p.m.
The winner of this recreation additionally wins the No. 1 seed within the Western Convention and a first-round date with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Knights and Avs enter the sport having each gone 2-0-Zero to this point. “The upper the seed, the simpler path you get. That is the fact,” stated Vegas coach Pete DeBoer. “You get the lowest-ranked opponent, final change, typically you get the good thing about a house dressing room over the guests’ dressing room. Our group thinks it is necessary, and we have ready that method.”
Spherical robin: No. Four Philadelphia Flyers at No. 1 Tampa Bay Lightning | Eight p.m.
The No. 1 seed within the Japanese Convention is on the road right here, because the Lightning (2-0-0) and Flyers (2-0-0) battle for the possibility to tackle the Montreal Canadiens within the subsequent spherical. For the Flyers, a win would imply they may have basically jumped 11 factors within the standings, a.ok.a. the space between themselves and the top-seeded Boston Bruins when the common season was paused.
Query of the day: When will we see Steven Stamkos?
Lightning coach Jon Cooper was requested about injured star Steven Stamkos, who hasn’t performed within the exhibition or round-robin video games.
“I will save us any extra questions on Stammer. He is not going to be accessible [on Saturday],” Cooper stated. “Accidents are unpredictable. If there’s someone that’s working tougher than him in attempting to get again, I’ve not seen it. He is rehabbing. Our employees has been working with him every day. In conditions like this, you by no means know. To place all this to mattress: Do not ask any extra questions on Stamkos. When he is prepared to come back again, I will be the primary to inform you. However there isn’t any use in speculating anymore. As of proper now, he is out indefinitely, till he isn’t.”
Guess of the day
Flyers vs. Lightning, beneath 6 (-118, through DraftKings). I’ve shied away from wagering on the round-robin video games, as a result of it has been troublesome to inform how groups are approaching these video games. The Lightning are approaching this recreation as prep for the following spherical. Does that imply they will not play to win? No. However there’s additionally a greater probability they will attempt to handle their construction and refine their system, which has me pondering this recreation will not be a monitor meet. All 4 round-robin video games within the East and two of the 4 within the West have been beneath six.
About final night time…
New York Islanders 5, Florida Panthers 1 (NYI wins 3-1)
Anthony Beauvillier scored two targets and Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves for New York because the Panthers have been despatched packing in Sport 4. Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves for the Panthers, however made a misplay on the Islanders’ first purpose from a pointy angle from Beauvillier. “On the finish of the day it isn’t about saves, it is all about wins. Right now on the primary purpose, I let guys down. I might do a greater job on the primary purpose,” Bobrovsky stated. Full recap.
Arizona Coyotes 4, Nashville Predators 3 (OT) (ARI wins 3-1)
Brad Richardson’s purpose at 5:27 of additional time gave the Coyotes the sequence victory, eliminating the Predators in Sport Four of their qualification spherical sequence. That got here after Filip Forsberg tied the sport with goalie Juuse Saros pulled, with 32 seconds left in regulation. Arizona’s Darcy Kuemper was the star of the day, making 49 saves within the victory. “We could not get the additional purpose. It wasn’t for an absence of alternatives or effort. We simply could not clear up Kuemper,” stated Predators coach John Hynes, who was employed on Jan. 7 to jump-start their season. Full recap.
Montreal Canadiens 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (MTL wins 3-1)
The nightmare grew to become actuality for the Penguins: Carey Worth made 22 saves to close them out in Sport 4, as Montreal shocked Pittsburgh and eradicated them from the postseason. Worth confronted 133 photographs within the sequence and posted a .947 save share. Artturi Lehkonen scored with 4:11 remaining within the third interval, and Shea Weber added an empty netter. “Pay attention, it is a three-out-of-five. Something can occur,” captain Sidney Crosby stated. “We did some good issues. Did we do sufficient? No. Give them credit score. They performed very well and bought some massive performs all through the 4 video games.” Crosby had two targets and an help within the sequence. Evgeni Malkin had one help in 4 video games. Full recap.
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (CHI wins 3-1)
Corey Crawford made 43 saves and was the Blackhawks’ finest penalty killer towards a potent Oilers energy play, serving to Chicago shock Edmonton with a 3-2 Sport Four win to get rid of the Oil. Dominik Kubalik scored the tie-breaking purpose at 8:30 of the third interval, assisted by Jonathan Toews. After being requested in regards to the strides they made this season, Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse stated, “on the finish of the day, you play this recreation to win a Stanley Cup. And we’re sitting right here after a qualifier not even within the playoffs, not even within the prime 16. So you possibly can discuss strides all you need. I do not assume anybody’s glad.” Full recap.
Brandon Saad, Matthew Highmore and Dominik Kubalik rating because the Blackhawks get rid of the Oilers 3-2.
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (OT) (Tied 2-2)
On Thursday, it was the Blue Jackets erasing a 3-Zero deficit to stun the Maple Leafs with an additional time win. On Friday, it was the Leafs doing the identical, as Auston Matthews’ power-play purpose at 13:10 of additional time gave them the 4-Three win in Sport 4. However the Leafs’ rally was downright miraculous: William Nylander and John Tavares scored 51 seconds aside, after which Zach Hyman tied it 3-Three with 23 seconds left within the third interval, and the entire targets got here with Frederik Andersen pulled for an additional attacker. “It is loopy the way in which that it labored out. We have got new life. We have been getting CPR there for a bit bit,” stated Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe. Sport 5 is Sunday night time. Full recap.
Vancouver Canucks 5, Minnesota Wild 4 (OT) (VAN wins 3-1)
Chris Tanev’s purpose simply 11 seconds into additional time gave the Canucks the 5-Four win and eradicated the Wild in Sport 4. The purpose tied for the second-earliest additional time purpose in NHL postseason historical past; the Islanders’ J.P. Parise scored at 11 seconds of additional time towards the Rangers in 1975, and the Canucks’ Alex Burrows scored at 11 seconds of additional time towards the Bruins in 2011. Montreal’s Brian Skrudland scored 9 seconds in towards Calgary in 1986. The Canucks rallied again from deficits thrice within the recreation, together with with Bo Horvat’s purpose at 14:14 of the third interval that tied the sport. It marks the primary time Vancouver has superior within the postseason since 2011, and their first look within the spherical of 16 since 2015. Full recap.
1. Darcy Kuemper, G, Arizona Coyotes
Kuemper has now confronted extra photographs (163) than any goalie within the postseason, and had a .933 save share within the sequence win over Nashville. “Darcy saved us in. That is the information. They have been peppering us. He allow us to get our legs beneath us,” stated Yotes coach Rick Tocchet, who watched Kuemper make 15 saves within the first interval. “I feel a number of the youthful guys have been a bit nervous. He had a hell of a sequence for us. A hell of a sequence.”
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2. Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs star assisted on their second and third targets of the third-period rally, and slammed dwelling the game-winner in additional time for the victory. He leads the Leafs with six factors in 4 video games.
3. Corey Crawford, G, Chicago Blackhawks
Final month, Crawford was quarantined at dwelling after testing constructive for COVID-19. There have been some questions on his standing for the postseason after his coaching was interrupted. However with 43 saves within the recreation, he performed his finest hockey in Sport 4. “It wasn’t one of the best state of affairs. I’d have appreciated a couple of extra weeks of follow. It’s what it’s. I am simply attempting to work laborious to be prepared. I felt method higher every recreation,” he stated.
Quote of the day
“I feel you could have that reply, Hedge.”
“Simply what you stated, Dave, I am not gonna clarify it.”
“Haven’t talked to the trainers.”
— The totality of Columbus coach John Tortorella’s press convention after the Jackets’ Sport Four loss, a media availability that lasted round 57 seconds.
Social submit of the day
THE OT HERO. pic.twitter.com/WlFkELdUQr
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) August 7, 2020
Extra time hero Brad Richardson will get a shower from the Coyotes.
Controversy of the day
Right here is the tripping name on Foligno…#CBJ pic.twitter.com/NPoSlSwJjI
— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) August 8, 2020
Nick Foligno was livid when he was whistled for tripping in additional time, resulting in the Maple Leafs’ game-winning purpose. Was it the appropriate name, or did Morgan Rielly work the ref?