It’s day six of the 2022 National Hockey League playoffs. There was a lot of action last night as well as some this morning. The Carolina Hurricanes played the Boston Bruins. The Toronto Maple Leafs played the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Minnesota Wild played the St Louis Blues. The Edmonton Oilers played the LA Kings.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins. Round One. Game three. In Boston. So a couple of interesting things happened in this game unrelated to the action. First off one of people on the Ice crew took out an official. I think this was the first time I had ever seen this happen. Then the glass came out of the penalty box and hit the penalty box attendant (the guy who opens and closes the penalty box). It appeared to knock him out. Things were crazy in Boston thats for sure.
The Hurricanes scored first in this game. The Bruins tied it up with a short handed goal. The score was 1-1 going into the second period. The Bruins would score the only two goals of the second period including one on the powerplay. The Bruins had a 3-1 lead going into the third period. The Bruins scored again on the powerplay to make it 4-1. The Hurricanes would score the last goal of the game. The final was 4-2 Bruins. With that win the series is now 2-1 Hurricanes. The Bruins avoided having to fight off a sweep and have forced a game 5.
The Bruins were able to get a much needed win. The real difference in this game was their powerplay. They showed some signs of life in this one. I don’t think it will be enough for the Bruins to win the series. I don’t think they will be able to play at a consistent enough pace to beat the Hurricanes in this series. Game 4 will be on Sunday.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning. Round one. Game three. In Tampa Bay. The Maple Leafs took a 2-0 lead in the first period. They made it 3-0 before the Lightning scored. The score was 3-1 heading into the third period. The Lightning would make it 3-2 before the Maple Leafs scored two more goals. The final score was 5-2 Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 series lead.
Minnesota Wild vs St Louis Blues. Round One. Game three. In St Louis. The Wild got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period. In the second period they made it 3-0. The Blues would finally get one in the third but not before the Wild made it 4-0. The final score was 5-1 Wild. With that the Wild now lead the series 2-1.
The Blues completely collapsed in this one. They had no answer to the Wilds offense until it was too late. Th question now is what will their offense do? Game 4 is on Sunday.
Edmonton Oilers vs LA Kings. Round one. Game three. In LA. So to start off there was some controversy surrounding the Oilers morning practice. The arena staff in LA didn’t have the nets out or lights all the way on until exactly the time the oilers were supposed to take the ice. I think it was king of funny. I don’t think it effected the game. I think the Oilers might have hopped on the Ice a few minutes early, and the arena staff was just being sticklers about the time. I think normally arenas are ready for practice 5 to 10 minutes before time it just wasn’t here. Like I said though I don’t think it effected the game.
The Oilers had a 2-0 lead after the first period. Things started looking like the last game early in this one. The score was 2-0 heading into the second period. The Oilers took a 5-0 lead before the Kings scored. The score was 5-2 Oilers heading into the third period. The Oilers would score three more goals in the third. The final score was 8-2 Oilers. With that win the Oilers now have a 2-1 series lead and the chance to take a 3-1 series lead back to Edmonton for game 5.
The Oilers are looking like real cup contenders at the moment. They carried over all the momentum that they had from game 2. Right now it looks like there is nothing that the Kings can do to stop the Oilers. Everything is in the Oilers favor right now. Game 4 is on Sunday.
Here are the upcoming games:
Florida already lost to Washington. That game was on when I woke up. I will cover that game tomorrow. Colorado Currently leads Nashville 2-1 in the 2nd period. I will cover that Game tomorrow. Colorado does have a chance to sweep Nashville if they win today. Will the Rangers have what it takes to win in Pittsburgh? Will the Penguins get an extra boost from the home crowd? What can the Flames fo in Dallas? Will Dallas get the boost they need at home?