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Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up: Back in action

Your daily recap of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Four Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/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. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins

After getting pretty thoroughly walloped in their Game 3 matchup, the Bruins were hoping to get themselves back on track with this game, but this one didn’t really go as planned for them. The Lightning seemed to be commanding play early, and the Bruins just looked a little out of sych, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when the Lightning picked up the lead before the midway point of the first period, care of a goal by Ondrej Palat. Palat would pick up his second of the afternoon just past the midway point of the second period, and then things really started to spiral for the Bruins.

Nick Ritchie put a pretty brutal late hit on Yanni Gourde and got himself called for a five minute major for boarding. Victor Hedman would score on the power play, a weird shot that hit Par Lindholm—who was in position to make what almost any other time would have been a perfect block—and skipped up in the air and just kind of dropped into the goal behind Jaroslav Halak. Because that’s just the kind of game the Bruins were having.

They did get a little bit of momentum back in the third, and Jake Debrusk was able to get them back within two goals in the third period, but it was too late to right the ship, it seemed. They got another handful of good looks, but couldn’t seem to convert on any of those chances, and just like that, they found themselves on the brink of elimination.

Final: Tampa Bay 3, Boston 1
Series: 3-1 Tampa Bay
SB Nation team perspective: BOS | TBL
Highlights: NHL

No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 New York Islanders

Looking to keep their momentum rolling after a Game 2 win, the Flyers came out hot for the first period and looked to be clicking pretty well, getting the better of the early play, and picking up the early lead in the process. It took until late in the period, but it would be the newly configured third line that got things going, and Tyler Pitlick that got them on the board.

But it was bad news for the Flyers just about the whole rest of the way, as the Islanders came back in a big way after the first intermission, and they really struggled to get much of anything going. Matt Martin tied things up for the Islanders just past the seven minute mark in the second period, after a defensive breakdown from the Flyers. That Islanders surged continued, and the Flyers were looking to just hold on and make it to intermission, but the Islanders delivered another blow thanks to Leo Komarov with just six seconds left in the period, pulling them into the lead. Anders Lee would make it a 3-1 game on the power play early in the third period, and then the Flyers were really in trouble. And despite a bit of push and a chance on a 6-on-4 power play late in the third, they just couldn’t pull themselves back into this one. And the Islanders took back the series lead.

Final: New York 3- Philadelphia 1
Series: 2-1 New York
SB Nation team perspective: NYI | PHI
Highlights: NHL

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 5 Vancouver Canucks

Turning out West to another tied series, it was clear pretty early that this one might be another type of runaway game, as the Golden Knights seemed to be looking for some revenge after the Canucks pretty well dominated Game 2. Vegas came out hot and scored twice inside the first and a half minutes of the first period with Alex Tuch getting them on the board just about four minutes into the period, and then Zach Whitecloud extended their lead a minute and a half later.

The second period saw the Golden Knights still controlling play and the Canucks trying to get themselves back in this one, but still shooting themselves in the foot, if you will. Discipline was an issue, and repeated trips to the penalty box had Vegas’s power play getting some looks and their penalty killers active. It wasn’t until early in the third when the Vegas power play finally broke through, and Mark Stone made it a three goal game. The Canucks for a couple of good chances late in this one, but Robin Lehner was having himself a game, and they couldn’t seem to get one past him, in the end.

Final: Vegas 3, Vancouver 0
Series: 2-1 Vegas
SB Nation team perspective: VGK | VAN
Highlights: NHL

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