Stanley Cup playoff buzz: Islanders can advance to second round
Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoff Buzz, a daily preview of the 2021 NHL Playoffs. There are three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday and there were two on Tuesday.
There are three games on the Stanley Cup playoff schedule on Wednesday:
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders (6:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG +, ATTSN-PT): The Islanders can advance to the Stanley Cup second round against the Boston Bruins with a win over the Penguins in Game 6. They lead best of 7 series 3-2 after a 3-2 double overtime win Monday. Ilya Sorokin made 48 saves, the most by a rookie Islanders goaltender in a Stanley Cup playoff game, and he’s won all three games for New York. Pittsburgh is led by a defenseman Kris Letang, who scored five points (one goal, four assists) in the series.
Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN360, TVAS2, BSSUN, BSFL): The Lightning are looking to reach the second round with a win in Game 6. The defending Stanley Cup champions failed in their first chance to advance when they lost 4-1 in Game 5 in Florida on Monday. Nikita Kucherov shares the series lead in goals with Brayden Point and Alex killorn (three each), and Kucherov scored nine points. Panthers forward Jonathan huberdeau scored 10 points (two goals, eight assists), a team record for a playoff series. Florida extended this one with help from the goalie Spencer knight, who made 36 saves on his NHL playoff debut.
Vegas Golden Knights at the Minnesota Wild (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, SN, BSN, BSWI +, ATTSN-RM): A victory in Game 6 brings the Golden Knights into the second round against the Colorado Avalanche. They failed in their first chance to win the series, losing 4-2 in the fifth game at home when Cam Talbot made 38 saves and Kirill Kaprizov scored his first goal of the series for Minnesota. The Wild will look to win their first home game of the series after winning Game 1 and Game 5 in Vegas. The Golden Knights have four goals from Mark Stone and goalkeeper Marc-André Fleury, who started all five games, was strong with a 1.40 goals against average and .946 save percentage.
What we have learned
Here are some takeaways from Day 10 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Marner’s versatility on screen
Mitchell marner finished fourth in the NHL with 67 points (20 goals, 47 assists) and finished one ahead Auston matthews for the head of the Maple Leafs. This success was not reflected in the playoffs. The forward was held scoreless in a 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup first round on Tuesday and his three points in the series are assists. Still, Marner played a key role in helping Toronto secure a 3-1 lead due to its role as penalty killer. The Maple Leafs penalty killers held the Canadiens’ power play scoreless on 13 occasions. Marner’s speed allows him to play an aggressive puck chasing game high up the defensive zone, a shot that created many turnovers and several shorthanded scoring chances. He may not be turning on the dashboard yet, but the work done by him and his fellow sentence killers has more than made up for it. – Mike Zeisberger, editor
Hurricanes find late offensive
For most of Game 5, it looked like the Carolina Hurricanes would once again be blocked by the Nashville Predators goaltender. Juuse saros. But the Hurricanes found their late production to defeat the Predators 3-2 in overtime to take a 3-2 lead in the first round. The Hurricanes have said they need to get around Saros more, and that’s how they capitalized on their last two goals. Before Martin Necas quickly rounded the back of the net to catch Saros out of position, beating him with a wrap to the side of the stick, and the captain Jordan staal hit the puck in the air in front of Saros for the overtime winner. Game six will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and Carolina will look to be the first road team to win a game. – Tracey Myers, editor
About last night
There were two games scheduled for Tuesday:
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 0: The Maple Leafs are one victory away from advancing to the second round against the Winnipeg Jets after scoring goals in the second period of William nylander at 1h27, Jason spezza at 12:28 and Joe thornton at 14:56, and a goal in an empty net of Alex galchenyuk at 4:29 p.m. of the third. Nylander has scored in four straight games. Toronto goalie Jack campbell made 32 saves in his first NHL playoff shutout and a third straight win in the series. The Maple Leafs limited the Canadiens to four goals and got their first chance to advance with Game 5 in Toronto on Thursday.
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Nashville Predators 2: Jordan Staal scored 2:03 into extra time in a 4v4 to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 best-of-7 series lead and a chance to advance to the second round with a win in the game 6 in Nashville Thursday. Martin Necas scored two goals for the Hurricanes, including the one that tied 2-2 at 12:55 p.m. of the third period. Yakov Trenin scored the first two playoff goals of his NHL career for the Predators, who led 1-0 and 2-1. The home team have won all matches in the series.