It’s day nine of the 2022 National Hockey League playoffs. It didn’t take long for the first team to be eliminated. Yesterday the Florida Panthers played the Washington Capitals. The New York Rangers played the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Colorado avalanche played the Nashville Predators. The Calgary Flames played the Dallas Stars.
Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals. Round one. Game Four. In Washington. The Capitals had a 2-1 series lead going into this game. The Capitals scored first on the powerplay. The Panthers would tie the game up before the end of the period. The score was 1-1 after the first period. Neither team scored in the second period. The Capitals took the lead midway theough the third period. The Panthers tied the game before the end of the period. The score was 2-2 after three periods. The game would head into overtime. The Panthers would score 5 minutes into overtime to win the game. The series is now tied at 2-2. The next game will be Wednesday in Florida.
The Panthers showed that they were not going to back down. The Panthers can win this series. Their biggest struggle has been that they have not been able to get quality chances. They have to get more quality chances if they want to win in the playoffs. The Capitals on the other hand just didn’t get a lot of shots. Credit to them for keeping the game close and managing to take the lead a few times. They are not going to win a playoff series with less than 20 shots a game.
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins. Round one. Game four. In Pittsburgh. The Penguins had a 2-1 series lead going into this game. The Rangers scored first. They scored two minutes into the game. The Penguins tied the game about half way through the first period. The score was tied at 1-1 after the first period. The Penguins broke the tie 3 minutes into the second period. Less than 30 seconds later they would add to their lead. The Penguins would score three unanswered goals before the rangers would score again. The Penguins would net two more goals at the end of the second period to make the score 6-2 Penguins. The Penguins would score one more goal in the third period. The final score was 7-2 Penguins. The Penguins now have a 3-1 series lead over the Rangers. Game five will be in New York on Wednesday. The Penguins will have a chance to close out the series with a win.
The Penguins massively outshot the Rangers. The Penguins win can be attributed to them not taking penalties, winning faceoffs, and taking shots. The Rangers were in this game in the beginning. Then they just let the Penguins take over. The Penguins really took over in the second period. The second and third Penguins goals as well as their fifth and sixth goals were within a minute of each other. The Penguins were scoring in bunches and quickly. All of the momentum is on the Penguins side as the series shifts back to New York. Will the Rangers have anything up their sleeves to stop the penguins?
Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators. Round one. Game four. In Nashville. the Avalanche had a 3-0 series lead going into this game. With a win they would close out this series and move onto round two. The Avalanche scored first less than 2 minutes into the game. The Predators would tie it up with less than 2 minutes left in the first period. After the first period the game was tied at 1-1. Both teams would score once in the second period. The score was tied at 2-2 heading into the third period. The third period would be the Predators last chance to stay alive in the playoffs. The Predators scored 4 minutes into the third period to take the lead. The Avalanche would score three unanswered goals to win the game. With a game four win the Colorado Avalanche have swept the Nashville Predators. The Predators are out of the playoffs. The Avalanche advance to round two.
The Nashville Predators have been the first team to be eliminated. The Colorado Avalanche are the first team to win a series and the first team to advance to round two. It was a clear and deceive series win for the Avalanche. The Predators just couldn’t do anything to stop the Avalanche. The Predators never found a way to win. Now the Avalanche will wait for the winner of the Minnesota Wild vs St Louis Blues series.
Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars. Round one. Game four. In Dallas. The Stars had a 2-1 series lead going into the game. Neither team would score in the first period. The Flames would score a powerplay goal to take the lead. It was the only goal of the second period. The score was 1-0 Flames going into the third period. The Flames would add two more before the Stars scored. The Flames would get one more in the last 30 seconds of the game. The final score was 4-1 Flames. The series is now tied as it goes back to Calgary for game five. Game five will be tomorrow.
This series has become somewhat of a toss up. I think either team could win game five. I think what this could come down to is who establishes their game first. The first team to score will probably win the game. This game is big because if the Stars win they can close the series out at home. If the Flames win they won’t have their backs up against the wall in Dallas. The first goal in game five may end up being what wins the series.
The Colorado Avalanche have advanced to the second round.
The Nashville Predators have been eliminated in the first round.
Here are the upcoming games:
All of tonights series are tied at 2-2. It will be a chance for the home teams not to have to win a game on the road to stay alive. It is also a chance for the away teams to take a series lead back home. They would then have a chance to win the series out home.
Will the Bruins be able to win one in Carolina? Will the Hurricanes win on the strength of their home crowd? Will the Lightning continue to win against the Maple Leafs? Will this game lead the Maple leafs to another early exit? Will the Blues be able to take the advantage? Will the Wild’s veteran goaltending lead them to another win? Will the Kings be able to win in Edmonton? Will the Oilers show more signs of being cup contenders or will they let the Kings run all over them again?