No. 1 seeds in East and West are up for grabs


No. 1 seeds in East and West are up for grabsNo. 1 seeds in East and West are up for grabs

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Philadelphia and Tampa Bay will play for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, while Vegas and Colorado will compete for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Both matchups will take place on Saturday with “home ice” going into the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the line. It’s not a huge advantage within the bubbles, without a crowd for additional support, but having the last change offers something to play for. The Flyers, Lightning, Golden Knights and Avalanche own 2-0-0 records during the round robin.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”19″>Philadelphia and Tampa Bay will play for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, while Vegas and Colorado will compete for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Both matchups will take place on Saturday with “home ice” going into the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the line. It’s not a huge advantage within the bubbles, without a crowd for additional support, but having the last change offers something to play for. The Flyers, Lightning, Golden Knights and Avalanche own 2-0-0 records during the round robin. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tampa Bay has been engaged physically in their first two games and the offense has been dangerous despite not having Steven Stamkos, who is dealing with a lower-body injury. The Flyers have also looked great and have carried over the play that made them so successful prior to the pause of the 2019-20 campaign. Vegas and Colorado have been great offensively, especially the Golden Knights. The Avalanche have only given up one goal against so far.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”20″>Tampa Bay has been engaged physically in their first two games and the offense has been dangerous despite not having Steven Stamkos, who is dealing with a lower-body injury. The Flyers have also looked great and have carried over the play that made them so successful prior to the pause of the 2019-20 campaign. Vegas and Colorado have been great offensively, especially the Golden Knights. The Avalanche have only given up one goal against so far. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Washington Capitals (0-1-1) will play against the Boston Bruins (0-2-0) on Sunday for the No. 3 seed in the East, while St. Louis (0-2-0) and Dallas (0-2-0) will also play on Sunday for the No. 3 spot in the West.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”21″>The Washington Capitals (0-1-1) will play against the Boston Bruins (0-2-0) on Sunday for the No. 3 seed in the East, while St. Louis (0-2-0) and Dallas (0-2-0) will also play on Sunday for the No. 3 spot in the West. 

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Meanwhile, in the best-of-five portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, the Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively. Additionally, the Calgary Flames eliminated the Winnipeg Jets from the postseason in four games.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”27″>Meanwhile, in the best-of-five portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, the Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively. Additionally, the Calgary Flames eliminated the Winnipeg Jets from the postseason in four games. 

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="VANCOUVER 3 MINNESOTA 0 (Canucks lead series 2-1)” data-reactid=”29″>VANCOUVER 3 MINNESOTA 0 (Canucks lead series 2-1)

The Canucks have won two games in a row after being blanked by the Wild in the series opener. Surprisingly, Minnesota hasn’t scored a goal at 5-on-5 through three games versus Vancouver. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Jacob Markstrom posted his first playoff shutout, while stopping 27 shots. He has a 1.68 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in three games.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”31″>Jacob Markstrom posted his first playoff shutout, while stopping 27 shots. He has a 1.68 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in three games. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Quinn Hughes, who is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, established a franchise record for points in a playoff game by a rookie defenseman when he recorded three assists in the contest. He currently leads the team with four points – all of which are assists – following three playoff matches.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”32″>Quinn Hughes, who is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, established a franchise record for points in a playoff game by a rookie defenseman when he recorded three assists in the contest. He currently leads the team with four points – all of which are assists – following three playoff matches. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser notched one goal and one assist apiece. They both provided power-play goals, as the Canucks went 2-for-7 on the man advantage.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”33″>Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser notched one goal and one assist apiece. They both provided power-play goals, as the Canucks went 2-for-7 on the man advantage. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tyler Motte played a big role in shutting down Minnesota’s power play, which went 0-for-7 in the contest. He posted seven blocked shots, which set a new Canucks playoff record for a game decided in regulation.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”34″>Tyler Motte played a big role in shutting down Minnesota’s power play, which went 0-for-7 in the contest. He posted seven blocked shots, which set a new Canucks playoff record for a game decided in regulation. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kevin Fiala had four shots and six penalty minutes in the defeat. Matt Dumba also had four shots on goal for the Wild.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”35″>Kevin Fiala had four shots and six penalty minutes in the defeat. Matt Dumba also had four shots on goal for the Wild. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Alex Stalock made a third straight start for the Wild. He earned a shutout in Game 1, but he has surrendered seven goals on 57 shots in the last two contests.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”36″>Alex Stalock made a third straight start for the Wild. He earned a shutout in Game 1, but he has surrendered seven goals on 57 shots in the last two contests. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ryan Suter was unable to finish the game due to a suspected injury. There was no update on his status afterward. The Canucks played without Tyler Toffoli for a second straight game.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”37″>Ryan Suter was unable to finish the game due to a suspected injury. There was no update on his status afterward. The Canucks played without Tyler Toffoli for a second straight game. 

Vancouver can eliminate Minnesota from postseason play on Friday night in Game 4 with a win. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="WASHINGTON 1 PHILADELPHIA 3&nbsp;” data-reactid=”39″>WASHINGTON 1 PHILADELPHIA 3 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Scott Laughton accounted for two goals and one assist. He leads the Flyers with three goals and four points through two round-robin games.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”40″>Scott Laughton accounted for two goals and one assist. He leads the Flyers with three goals and four points through two round-robin games. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kevin Hayes picked up three helpers. He also has four points in two games this postseason, but he hasn’t scored a goal yet.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”41″>Kevin Hayes picked up three helpers. He also has four points in two games this postseason, but he hasn’t scored a goal yet. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Travis Konecny chipped in two helpers to get himself on the board offensively, while Travis Sanheim also scored in the victory.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”42″>Travis Konecny chipped in two helpers to get himself on the board offensively, while Travis Sanheim also scored in the victory. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Flyers backup Brian Elliott was in goal for the match. He stopped 16 of 17 shots for the win.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”43″>Flyers backup Brian Elliott was in goal for the match. He stopped 16 of 17 shots for the win. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Travis Boyd scored Washington’s only goal. He was inserted into the lineup as a replacement for Lars Eller, who left the bubble to attend the birth of his child.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”44″>Travis Boyd scored Washington’s only goal. He was inserted into the lineup as a replacement for Lars Eller, who left the bubble to attend the birth of his child. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Jakub Vrana have combined for 16 shots on goal and zero points during round-robin play.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”49″>Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Jakub Vrana have combined for 16 shots on goal and zero points during round-robin play. 

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Alex Tuch led the way with two goals and one assist. His second goal of the match was a power-play marker. Shea Theodore, who also had two goals in the win, had a power-play tally as well. Vegas went 2-for-5 with the man advantage.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”51″>Alex Tuch led the way with two goals and one assist. His second goal of the match was a power-play marker. Shea Theodore, who also had two goals in the win, had a power-play tally as well. Vegas went 2-for-5 with the man advantage. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Zach Whitecloud became the first member of the Golden Knights to score his first career goal in the playoffs.” data-reactid=”52″>Zach Whitecloud became the first member of the Golden Knights to score his first career goal in the playoffs.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Mark Stone snapped a 4-4 tie at the 12:31 mark of the third period following some serious pressure from the Golden Knights. St. Louis didn’t have a shot on goal for the first 16 minutes of the third.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”53″>Mark Stone snapped a 4-4 tie at the 12:31 mark of the third period following some serious pressure from the Golden Knights. St. Louis didn’t have a shot on goal for the first 16 minutes of the third. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Blues had 2-0 and 4-3 leads in what was a back and forth contest. David Perron opened the scoring with his second goal of the postseason.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”54″>The Blues had 2-0 and 4-3 leads in what was a back and forth contest. David Perron opened the scoring with his second goal of the postseason. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Colton Parayko, who scored two goals in the match, became the fourth defenseman in Blues history record a multi-goal game in the postseason.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”55″>Colton Parayko, who scored two goals in the match, became the fourth defenseman in Blues history record a multi-goal game in the postseason. 

Troy Brouwer also got on the board for the Blues in the defeat. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Vladimir Tarasenko, Robert Thomas and Carl Gunnarsson didn’t play in the contest after they were in the lineup for the Blues’ round-round opener. Tarasenko and Thomas are expected to return on Sunday.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”57″>Vladimir Tarasenko, Robert Thomas and Carl Gunnarsson didn’t play in the contest after they were in the lineup for the Blues’ round-round opener. Tarasenko and Thomas are expected to return on Sunday. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="TORONTO 3 COLUMBUS 4 (OT) (Blue Jackets lead series 2-1)&nbsp;” data-reactid=”58″>TORONTO 3 COLUMBUS 4 (OT) (Blue Jackets lead series 2-1) 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Pierre-Luc Dubois sparked the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory in Game 3. Columbus rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the match thanks to hat trick from Dubois, who scored the game winner with just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime period. It was a remarkable response from the 22-year-old center after he was chewed out by coach John Tortorella on the bench during Game 2 on Tuesday. &nbsp;” data-reactid=”59″>Pierre-Luc Dubois sparked the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory in Game 3. Columbus rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the match thanks to hat trick from Dubois, who scored the game winner with just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime period. It was a remarkable response from the 22-year-old center after he was chewed out by coach John Tortorella on the bench during Game 2 on Tuesday.  

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Cam Atkinson picked up two assists in the contest, while Seth Jones scored the other goal for Columbus in the win. Jones logged a game-high 32:40 of ice time.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”60″>Cam Atkinson picked up two assists in the contest, while Seth Jones scored the other goal for Columbus in the win. Jones logged a game-high 32:40 of ice time. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Elvis Merzlikins stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief after Joonas Korpisalo was pulled. Korpisalo got the hook in the second period after allowing three goals on 15 shots.” data-reactid=”61″>Elvis Merzlikins stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief after Joonas Korpisalo was pulled. Korpisalo got the hook in the second period after allowing three goals on 15 shots.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Nick Robertson, who made his NHL debut in Game 1 against Columbus, scored his first career goal to give the Leafs what appeared to be&nbsp;commanding 3-0 lead.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”62″>Nick Robertson, who made his NHL debut in Game 1 against Columbus, scored his first career goal to give the Leafs what appeared to be commanding 3-0 lead. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Alexander Kerfoot assisted on that marker as well as a shorthanded goal by Cody Ceci, who hadn’t lit the lamp since Oct. 4, 2019 during the regular season versus Columbus.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”63″>Alexander Kerfoot assisted on that marker as well as a shorthanded goal by Cody Ceci, who hadn’t lit the lamp since Oct. 4, 2019 during the regular season versus Columbus. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Frederik Andersen blocked 39 shots in the defeat.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”64″>Frederik Andersen blocked 39 shots in the defeat. 

It will be a quick turnaround for both teams, as Game 4 is scheduled for Friday night. Columbus can eliminate the Leafs from the playoff picture with a victory.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="CALGARY 4 WINNIPEG 0 (Flames win series 3-1)&nbsp;” data-reactid=”66″>CALGARY 4 WINNIPEG 0 (Flames win series 3-1) 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Flames advanced to the round of 16 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs following a Game 4 win over Winnipeg. The Jets played without the services of key forwards Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine for a three straight match after they were hurt in Game 1. In the end, it was too much for them to overcome against a strong Calgary team.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”67″>The Flames advanced to the round of 16 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs following a Game 4 win over Winnipeg. The Jets played without the services of key forwards Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine for a three straight match after they were hurt in Game 1. In the end, it was too much for them to overcome against a strong Calgary team. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Dillon Dube’s first career playoff goal stood up as the game winner on Thursday night. He opened the scoring at the 3:21 mark of the first period.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”68″>Dillon Dube’s first career playoff goal stood up as the game winner on Thursday night. He opened the scoring at the 3:21 mark of the first period. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sam Bennett gave the Flames a 2-0 lead with a buzzer-beater before the first intermission. It was his second marker of the postseason. He also added an assist on an empty-netter by Rasmus Andersson. Additionally, Bennett was credited with a game-high eight hits.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”69″>Sam Bennett gave the Flames a 2-0 lead with a buzzer-beater before the first intermission. It was his second marker of the postseason. He also added an assist on an empty-netter by Rasmus Andersson. Additionally, Bennett was credited with a game-high eight hits. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sean Monahan also got his second goal of the postseason into an empty net, while Cam Talbot pitched a 31-save shutout.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”70″>Sean Monahan also got his second goal of the postseason into an empty net, while Cam Talbot pitched a 31-save shutout. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kyle Connor posted a team-high six shots on target for Winnipeg on Thursday, but the Jets couldn’t find a way to beat Talbot to extend the series. Connor went goalless in four outings during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers after he led Winnipeg with 38 goals during the regular season.” data-reactid=”71″>Kyle Connor posted a team-high six shots on target for Winnipeg on Thursday, but the Jets couldn’t find a way to beat Talbot to extend the series. Connor went goalless in four outings during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers after he led Winnipeg with 38 goals during the regular season.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Connor Hellebuyck, who is a Vezina Trophy finalist, surrendered two goals on 32 shots.” data-reactid=”72″>Connor Hellebuyck, who is a Vezina Trophy finalist, surrendered two goals on 32 shots.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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