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Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up: Overtime for [almost] everyone

Your daily recap of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

St Louis Blues v Vancouver Canucks - Game Three Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs we’ll be keeping track of all the action around the league, and bringing you all of the results in one place.

No. 6 New York Islanders vs. No. 3 Washington Capitals

In one of probably more surprising turns, we came into this game with the Islanders holding a 2-0 lead in the series, and a struggling Capitals team looking to get themselves back in the mix. It wouldn’t be an easy task for them, and it got even more difficult, as the Islanders jumped out to an early lead care of a goal right in front of the net by Anders Lee with just over five minutes left in the period. The Islanders continued to pressure, but the Capitals would find their footing, for a little while anyway, and Evgeny Kuznetsov was able to tie things up early in the third period. It was, despite a fair bit of trading chances, a tie that would hold all the way through the rest of regulation, and sent us to overtime.

The Capitals nearly were able to steal this one, as Jakob Vrana had a really good chance on a breakaway, but it just wouldn’t go, and the Islanders made quick work of responding, and it was Mat Barzal who got things going the other way on a breakaway, and with a bit of speed and a power move to the net, he was able to beat Braden Holtby and pick up the Islanders’ third win of the series.

Final: New York 2, Washington 1 OT
Series: 3-0 New York
SB Nation team perspective: NYI | WSH
Highlights: NHL

No. 6 Calgary Flames vs. No. 3 Dallas Stars

After the Flames took the series lead with a relatively low event 2-0 win on Friday, the tone shifted and we got a whole lot more intensity in this one, that’s for sure. We made it through just about the whole first period without a goal, and were starting to wonder if that was going to be another low scoring affair, but the Stars jumped out and picked up the early lead with a goal from Joe Pavelski on the power play with just under two minutes left in the first.

Things broke open in a big way in the third period, as the Flames tied things up early with a power play goal from Johnny Gaudreau, Pavelski got the lead back for the Stars just about a minute and a half later, but then just 43 seconds later, a power play goal from Sam Bennett would get things tied back up. Bennett got another late in the period, but the lead didn’t hold, and Denis Gurianov picked up the equalizers before we hit the second intermission.

The third period saw Tobias Rieder pick up a shorthanded goal to reclaim the lead for the Flames—their third in as many games—and it looked like they might be able to coast into a win here, but no such luck. After the Stars saw a goal disallowed due to goaltender interference, Pavelski completed his hat trick with 12 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. And despite a couple of really good chances for the Flames, the Stars really took over in overtime, and with some zone time established and Dillon Dube left without a stick, they were able to capitalize—a John Klingberg shot through traffic found Alexander Radulov in front, and the Stars skated off with a well deserved win.

Final: Dallas 5 - Calgary 4 (OT)
Series: 2-2 Tie
SB Nation team perspective: CGY | DAL
Highlights: NHL

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks

With a chance to complete their sweep and punch their ticket early to the second round, the Golden Knights came into this one a confident bunch with all of the momentum in the world, and what they got in this game was, well, it was a weird one. The Blackhawks weren’t going to go away quietly, and we saw a bit of a scoring outburst in the first period from them, as Drake Caggiula opened up the scoring just over four minutes into the period, and then Matthew Highmore extended their lead with a shot that went in off of the head of Robin Lehner (yes, you read that right). Shea Theodore got one back for the Golden Knights just 18 seconds later, and we had a game again.

From here, it was really just about all Golden Knights all the way, as they put up 49 shots in total to the Blackhawks’ 25, but just couldn’t seem to get anything past Corey Crawford, despite their best efforts. Alex Debrincat would pick up the empty netter late in the third to seal the win for Chicago, and they were able to avoid the sweep.

Final: Vegas 2, Chicago 1
Series: 3-1 Vegas
SB Nation team perspective: VGK | CHI
Highlights: NHL

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens vs. No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers

After dropping Game 2 in pretty spectacular fashion, the Flyers came out for Game 3 looking to prove that they could get themselves back on track and lok more like the team that dominated in the round robin again. The short summary of this one is that they were able to do the former, but they weren’t able to get all the way to the latter.

If you were looking for high event hockey out of this one, you would have come away disappointed. The Flyers opened up the scoring 5:21 into the first period with a goal from Jakub Voracek, and spoiler alert, that was all the scoring we would get! Despite a good bit of power play time for both sides, their respective defenses neutralized many of their chances, and their goaltenders stopped the rest. It was low event hockey for most of the game, and despite a strong bit of pressure to end the third period, it still wasn’t enough for Montreal to break through. So the Flyers reclaimed the series lead in, well, pretty quiet fashion.

Final: Philadelphia 1, Montreal 0
Series: 2-1 Philadelphia
SB Nation team perspective: MTL | PHI
Highlights: NHL

No. 5 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 4 St. Louis Blues

For the final game of the night, we went back out West for the Canucks and Blues, where the Canucks held a 2-0 series lead and just seemed to be cruising. We started out this game with a few good chances for each side, but it wasn’t until the second period when we saw anyone able to break through. The first of the game came for Vancouver, from J.T. Miller on the power play, and things were looking a little bleak for the Blues. But they would be able to tie things up, with a goal from Justin Faulk 8:16 into the period, and then they would pick up their first lead of the series just under ten minutes later on a David Perron goal. That lead only lasted 37 seconds, though, before Elias Pettersson would get a chance at the other end to tie things up again.

This was all the scoring we would see in regulation, and despite the Blues having a chance on the power play in the last two minutes of the third, the tie held and off to overtime we went. It was an intense period, and each side managed a handful of close chances, but it was the Blues who came out victorious. After an overtime power play where they failed to record a shot, with under five minutes to go in the period, Brayden Scheen got a chance on a breakaway and ripped a shot past Jacob Markstrom to give the Blues their first win in the bubble.

Final: St. Louis 3, Vancouver 2
Series: 2-1 Vancouver
SB Nation team perspective: VAN | STL
Highlights: NHL