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. 1 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens
After failing to close out the series in Game 5, the Flyers had their second shot at eliminating the Canadiens last night. And this time, they got the job done. Ivan Provorov got things started just 28 seconds into the game, on a shot that we originally thought that Travis Konecny had redirected — as it turns out, he didn’t. The Canadiens pushed back, and really carried play for the entire game, but it was Kevin Hayes who would put the puck in the net, putting the Flyers up by two. A great entry, and pinch by Shayne Gostisbehere, along with a behind the net pass from Derek Grant made it happen.
We thought that Joel Armia put the Canadiens on the board, but it was actually Nick Suzuki’s first of the game. Noticing a trend here? Good, because it continues with the Flyers’ third goal. Travis Sanheim shot the puck, and after a bounce off of Michael Raffl, the post, and Carey Price, it found its way into the back of the net. After it was determined that it did indeed hit Raffl, he was credited with the goal. Just 30 seconds later it’d be Suzuki once again following a mishap in the corner by Sanheim. The Canadiens held the Flyers to just 17 shots, but Philly held on for the series-clinching victory.
No. 4 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 5 Vancouver Canucks
In the second elimination game of the day, we saw a bit more scoring. The first goal of the game was potted by noted offensive dynamo Jay Beagle, and the Canucks would then go up 2-0 on a goal from Antoine Roussel. Just as everyone expected. The scoreboard would show 3-0 just under seven minutes into the middle frame when the Canucks would look like the Harlem Globetrotters for a shift, ending in Troy Stecher’s second of the post-season. Less than two minutes later, Brock Boeser put up a power play marker, ending Jordan Binnington’s night. Binnington allowed 4 goals on just 18 shots.
The third period started with a bit of hope for the Blues, as Jaden Schwartz broke Jacob Markstrom’s shutout bid. Needing three goals and having around 15 minutes to work with, they had a shot here. But as the minutes ticked, reality began to set in, and Tyler Motte would make things worse for the Blues with a goal of his own, with just under seven to play. Brandon Sutter picked up his third assist of the game — once again, just as everyone expected. Schwartz would get a second tally late in the third, but it’d be all St. Louis could muster. Motte added an empty-net goal with less than a minute remaining for his fourth of the playoffs.