It’s day eight of the 2022 National Hockey League playoffs. Yesterday the Carolina Hurricanes played the Boston Bruins. The Minnesota Wild Played the St Louis Blues. The Toronto Maple Leafs played the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Edmonton Oilers played the LA Kings.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins. Round one. Game four. In Boston. The Hurricanes had a 2-1 series lead coming into this game. The Hurricanes scored first. The Bruins would tie the game up a couple of minutes later. The score was 1-1 after the first period. The Hurricanes would take the lead 33 seconds into the second period. The Bruins would tie the game on the powerplay with less than 2 minutes to go in the period. The score was tied up at 2-2 heading into the third period. 44 seconds into the third period the Bruins would take the lead on a powerplay goal. The Bruins would score two more goals to make it 5-2. The final was 5-2 Bruins. The series is all tied up at 2-2. Game 5 is tomorrow in Carolina.
The Big defence in this game was the Powerplay. It gave the Bruins the advantage they needed to win the game. Neither team has been able to win an away game so far in this series. The Bruins had a strong home stand and will go into Carolina with a lot of momentum.
Minnesota Wild vs St Louis Blues. Round one. Game four. In St Louis. The Wild lead the series 2-1 coming into this game. St Louis scored first. Minnesota tied it up. The score was 1-1 after the first period. The Blues would score two unanswered goals in the first period. The Blues took a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. The Wild would get one back early in the third period. The Blues would go on to score two goals late in the period. The final score was 5-2 Blues. The series is now tied at 2-2. Game five will be tomorrow in Minnesota.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning. Round One. Game four. In Tampa Bay. The Maple Leafs led the series 2-1 heading into this game. The Lightning scored first. They took the lead 1 minute into the game. They would score two more unanswered goals in the first period. The score was 3-0 Lightning after the first period. The Lightning would score two more in the second period. The score was 5-0 Lightning heading into the third period. The Maple Leafs would score two goals before the Lightning scored their sixth goal. Both teams would score one more goal. The final score was 7-3 Lightning. With that the Lightning have tied up the series at 2-2. Game five will be in Toronto tomorrow.
Is Toronto in trouble? Will they have another first round exit after leading the series? Honestly these two teams are pretty close. This series could go to seven games. If the Lightning win the next game, I think they will win the series.
Edmonton Oilers vs LA Kings. Round one. Game four. In LA. The Oilers lead the series 2-1 heading into this game. The Kings scored first. They took a 2-0 Lead after the first period. No goals were scored in the second period. The Kings scored two more in the third period. The final score was 4-0 Kings. This series is now tied at 2-2. Game five will be in Edmonton tomorrow.
The Oilers destroyed the Kings in their last two games. I didn’t think they could stop what Edmonton was doing. I think this was more about the Oilers consistency than the Kings ability to win games. This is now up for the taking. Game five could be the deciding factor.
Here are the upcoming games:
Is the playoff experience of the Capitals too much for the Panthers to handle? Will the Capitals put the pressure on the Panthers with a 3-1 series lead? Will the Rangers have the offensive power to tie the series? Will the Penguins have what it takes in net to take a 3-1 series lead? Will the Avalanche close out their series with the Predators tonight? Do the Predators have anything that can help them tonight? Will the flames tie the series? Will the Stars take a 3-1 series lead back to Calgary?