There are worse things than to lead with 3-0 in hockey, but Washington just showed that to the Tampa Bay the day before that it's not always so easy. Florida-the team lost on Thursday 3-0 to 3-4 against Columbus, and Carolina was close to making the same turn against Washington.
The reigning champions relaxed a little too much and the home crowd got suddenly start biting your nails again. The home team 3-0 before the third period quickly became 3-2. In the space of just over two minutes took Lucas Wallmark twice to Andrei Svetjnikov, who found the target.
of intense hockey, which became even more exciting when T J Oshie with 3.30 left went out for the high stick. Nicklas Backstrom got two times the cover shot, but the closer came Carolina not. Lars, Or put the 4-2 in the transparent case and the thing was done.
" It was a jättematch of Nicklas. He plays at a very high level, and lift even more now. He doesn't get enough praise for their sacrificial games. The willingness to cover the shots and fight in the defense is impressive, " says coach Todd Reirden after the match.
She had previously presented themselves, double up.
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the puck at the own blålinje, advanced forward, and when Jaccob Slavin tried to disrupt the com a high shot that went in behind Petr Mrazek. It had been ten minutes of the match.
the 2-0 came just over three minutes later, in a numerically superior position. Washington fit around the puck until Yevgeny Kuznetsov found Bäckström completely free, more than one meter in front of the goal. A deflection later and the swede was tvåmålsskytt again.
" It doesn't matter who makes the goals, as long as we win. We now look forward to the next match on Saturday, says Bäckström himself on the team's website.
– Despite the fact that we let them in the match, we did not panic.
Alexander the national hockey league put the 3-0 in the next one-to-one superiority, is still in the first period before Carolina then woke up.
it was svenskmål. Toronto's William Nylander has been struggling since the autumn of protracted contract negotiation and then the comeback in december, it has only been seven goals in 54 games.
But now, when it is the playoffs, beating 22-year-old.
At the end of the second period did Nylander 3-1 for Toronto. In a quick spelvändning found Nazem Kadri Nylander with a brilliant pass, the swede could alone skrinna towards goal from the blue line and had no problem getting the puck in the goal.
"I shot only and had a bit of luck when it went in," says Nylander on the team's Twitter.
dominated the match, but lacked efficiency in front of goal.
Despite the fact that the home team tried to be on even in the third period, and in the end picked out the goalkeeper Tuukka Rask, came the team is not in order to catch up with Toronto, which instead could puncture the match when the team's top scorer John Tavares made the 4-1 in the open goal.
" It's great to win the first managed in the series. We must now continue in the same way, " says Nylander.
Mikael Backlund scored the third of Calgary's four goals in the first meeting with Colorado, as the home team won by 4-0. Rasmus Andersson got an assist to the Swedish colleague's goals. Goalie Mike Smith saved all 26 shots.