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.
Stanley Cup Qualifiers: No. 6 Nashville Predators vs. No. 11 Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes started this game with guns blazing, scoring three in the first period. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored first for Arizona followed by goals from Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller. They would have gone into the second period up 3-0 but a power play goal from Filip Forsberg with just three seconds remaining in the period would dash those hopes. Michael Grabner would make it 4-1 with a shorthanded goal late in the second, and that would prove to be the game-winning goal. Forsberg and Ryan Ellis would score in the third for Nashville but their late charge wasn’t enough. Arizona takes game one behind a 40 save effort from Darcy Kuemper, and two point games from Dvorak, Taylor Hall, and Phil Kessel.
Oh hey look, it’s our boys! The Flyers came into this game playing with house money, as they could only increase their seeding in these round robin games. The Bruins meanwhile, came in as the best team in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers depth would come through in this game with goals from Michael Raffl, Nate Thompson, Phil Myers, and Scott Laughton as the orange and black went on to route the Bruins. Their next opponent is the Capitals on Thursday, while the Bruins get the tough task of the Lightning on Wednesday.
In the second round robin game of the day, the top two teams in the Western Conference faced off and we got a thrilling finish. St. Louis struck first with a power play goal late in the opening period, and that would be the only goal scored until 5:33 into the third period. Ryan Graves fanned on a pass attempt but proceeded to follow that with a snipe by Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington. The Avs continued to charge late, but it appeared this game was destined for overtime. Then, Nazem Kadri dunked home a rebound with 0.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Avs a win.
Stanley Cup Qualifiers: No. 8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets
In a truly shocking turn of events, the Maple Leafs lost a playoff game. I’m sorry, but I’m also really not. This game remained scoreless through two periods and was a typical Blue Jackets/Tortorella kind of game. They shut down the powerful Leafs offensive attack with tight-checking, and finally got a goal early in the third period with a Cam Atkinson goal. Their defense and Joonas Korpisalo shut the Leafs down the rest of the way and got an empty net goal from Nick Foligno to seal the deal.
Stanley Cup Qualifiers: No. 7 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 10 Minnesota Wild
In the final game of the night, Kevin Fiala opened the scoring just 2:10 in for the Wild and was followed by a second period goal from Jared Spurgeon. This game at the end of the day looked much like how the Blue Jackets vs. Leafs game went with the defensive team in the Wild shutting down a high powered offense in the Canucks. Spurgeon would add another with an empty net tally and that would be that on day two of playoff action.