Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2022 NHL postseason. Four playoff games are scheduled for Thursday, Day 11 of the postseason.
Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; TNT, SN360, TVAS, NESN, BSSO)
goalie Jeremy Swayman will start all over again for the Bruins trying to avoid elimination in Game 6 at home. Since the rookie took over for Linus Ullmark In Game 3 he is 2-1 with 2.68 goals against average and 0.911 percent defense. Seven Boston players have scored at least one goal; Carolina has 11. The Hurricanes have a chance to win their ninth straight best-of-7 series that ended in a 2-2 draw and are down the road 5-4 in Game 6. Boston is 8-9 at home in Game 6. The Hurricanes have scored first and forward in every game Nino Niederreiter was held two games in a row without a shot on goal. Carolina went 3-on-3 in penalties after losing 7-on-9 in Game 4 on Sunday.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; TBS, CBC, SN, TVAS, BSSUN)
The two-time defending champion of the Stanley Cup is about to be eliminated in Game 6. Tampa Bay was defeated 4-3 16-0 in Toronto on Tuesday after losing since winning a round-robin game early in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Maple Leafs are looking to win their first playoff series since 2004 and have lost their last six. goalie Jack Campell has a 0.895 memory percentage and a Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilyevsky is .880 in the series. Toronto is fourth in the postseason with 4.00 goals per game. Tampa Bay is 4-4 at home in Game 6 of a best-of-7 and Toronto is 10-7 on the road. The Maple Leafs are 0-7 and have a chance to advance to the second round since a 7-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the first round in 2018.
Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues (9:30 p.m. ET; TNT, SN360, TVAS, BSMW, BSN)
Jordan Binnington He is expected to make his third straight start for the Blues looking to end the Wild in Game 6. Binnington is 2-0 in that series with a .935 save ratio after losing his previous nine postseason starts. The blues get hoarse at the right time too; defender Nick Leddy (missed three games) and Robert Bortuzzo (two games) each returning from an upper body injury in Game 5. Minnesota goalie Marc Andre Fleury needs a playoff win to overtake Grant Fuhr (92) for sole third place in NHL history. The Wild are 0-1 in game 6 of a best-of-7; the Blues are 9-9 at home.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET; TBS, CBC, SN, TVAS, BSW)
The Oilers are on the brink and will be without a defender Darnell nursewho received a one-game ban for headbutting the Kings forward Philip Danault in the second period of Game 5. Edmonton wins the battle with special teams, goes 7-17 on the power play and 20-22 on penalties and is third in the postseason with 4.20 goals per game. Leon Draisaitl (seven points, five goals, two assists) and Connor McDavid (nine points; two goals, seven assists) have each been a driving force, but more is needed across the line-up Evander Kane the only other skater with more than two goals. The Kings were led offensively by Phillip Danault (three goals, two assists). Adrian Kempe (two goals, three assists) and Trevor Moore (two goals, three assists). Los Angeles are 13-4 in Game 6 of a best-of-7 home game and have won six of their previous seven series after taking a 3-2 lead in a 2-2 draw, losing in the quarterfinals took place in 1968. Edmonton are 5-2 going into Game 6.
What we learned
Rangers’ reaction fuels belief
Philip Chytil said the New York Rangers’ belief in their ability to win Game 5 and force Game 6 never wavered, even after a 7-2 loss in Game 4 on Monday that led to a 7-4 loss in Game 3 on am followed last Saturday. “We had a good meeting yesterday, a good practice session and today we just believed we were going to win and go back to Pittsburgh.” It took Rangers late in the second half to turn that belief into something tangible, but they did it, recovering from a 0-2 deficit to take a 3-2 lead within 2:42. They recovered afterwards Jake Guentzel scored the 3:3, with 1:54 remaining at halftime. And they responded with a strong third that included a power play goal by Chytil at 2:53 and a blank goal by Chytil Ryan Lindgren at 19:44 for the 5:3 victory. PPG Paints Arena was a house of terror for the Rangers in Games 3 and 4, but maybe after their reaction in Game 5 it will be different in Game 6. They showed what they can do when eliminated. — Dan Rosen, senior writer
Crosby’s injury leaves Penguins in limbo
Any Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan would say about the type and magnitude Sydney Crosby‘s status was that the center will be evaluated for an upper body injury upon return home. But the fact that Crosby didn’t return to Game 5 at Madison Square Garden after going 5:43 into the second period is certainly alarming when projecting his status for Friday’s Game 6. Also alarming is how the Penguins reacted when Crosby left the game. They clearly missed him, as they would any time their captain and best player is unavailable. Crosby has been a dynamic layer to layer in every series and leads the Penguins with nine points (two goals, seven assists). It’s too early to say for sure if he’ll play in Game 6 or not, but if it’s the latter, the Penguins will have to find a way to rally without the player who gave the Rangers the most seizures . -roses
The “Comeback Cats”
The Florida Panthers led the NHL with 29 wins from behind during the regular season, including nine by multiple goals, so by now everyone should know they’re not guaranteed a lead. But the Panthers provided another reminder Wednesday with a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first round. After trailing 3-0 in the second period, they scored five unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. Carter Verhaeghe was involved in all five goals, scoring two and setting up the other three for Florida, who were one win away from progressing to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1996. “We were there with our group.” Panthers coach Andrew Brunnette said. “I really felt like we were skating there and I thought we started taking over the game like we’ve done so many times this year and showed our resilience and our belief that we’re in every hockey game are there.” — Tom Gulitti, staff writer
The Capitals’ carelessness with the puck after going 3-0 up TJ Oshie‘s 2-on-1 goal 3:38 in the second period was his downfall. Oshie’s turnover at the red line resulted in Verhaeghe’s goal that set off the Panthers’ comeback at 6:50 of the second minute. then John Carlson fanned out the puck in the offensive zone and led in Patrick Hornqvist12:27 the escape goal to 3:2. Sam Reinhart Tie 5-19 in the second after Washington failed to clear the puck from the front of his net. “When you play a team like Florida, which is a high-level team, we’re just feeding it and we can’t,” said Capitals coach Peter Laviolette. Washington will need to find a way to recover in Game 6 at home Friday to avoid being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight season. – Gulitti
Changing lines didn’t help stars
The Dallas Stars adjusted their forward lines hoping for more offense in Game 5. It worked for Jason Robertsonthe left wing moving away from the top line with the middle Roop Hintz and right wing Joe Pavelski to the second line with middle Jamie Benn and right wing Tyler Seguin. Robertson scored his first NHL playoff goal to give Dallas a 1-0 lead in the second half before the Calgary Flames took three unanswered goals to a 3-1 win and a 3-2 lead in the series answered. The Stars were unable to generate many good scoring chances. — Tracey Myers, staff writer
Flames just keep coming
The top line of the left wing Johnny Gaudreaucenter Elias Lindholm and right wing Matthew Tkachuk didn’t do much in game 5. But here’s the thing: top lines can cancel each other out in the playoffs, so you need others to score. Calgary accomplished that with a total of four points (two goals, two assists) from the second-line forwards Andreas Mangiapane and Michael Backland. One of the Flames’ strengths is their depth and that came through for them on Wednesday. – Myers
Because of last night
New York Rangers 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Chytil scored his first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his eighth game and the Rangers avoided elimination in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Crosby suffered an upper body injury after being hit hard by a New York defender Jacob Trouba in the Pittsburgh offensive zone at 9:15 of the second period. Rangers scored three late in the second minute in 2:42 to take the lead after Crosby took his last shift. Guentzel scored twice for Pittsburgh.
Florida Panthers, 5, Washington Capitals, 3
Verhaeghe’s five points helped the Panthers lead 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, Alexander Barkov had two templates and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for Presidents’ Trophy winner Florida as the team with the best record of the regular season. The Panthers won an NHL-record five games this season after being at least three goals behind. Oshie scored twice for Washington.
Calgary Flames 3, Dallas Stars 1
Mangiapane and Backlund each had a goal and an assist. Mangiapane gave Calgary a 2-1 lead at 10:38 of the third period with a shot from the slot. Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves for the Flames. Jake Oettinger made 29 saves for the Stars. The Flames are 7-3 in a best-of-7 series when they win Game 5 to break a 2-2 tie. Three of the wins came in six games. Dallas was surpassed 182-127 in the series.