NHL News and Notes from Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
- The NHL Department of Player Safety has fined forward Mike Matheson of the Florida Panthers for High Sticking New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.
- The Carolina Hurricanes would record the first ever sweep in the Qualifying Round to advance to the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Florida Panthers v. New York Islanders – 12p EST Start Time
In Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Qualifying Round series, the Panthers look to even up the series and in the first period Mike Hoffman would tally for the Panthers to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Aleksander Barkov would strike on the powerplay, but the Islanders would come alive in the second period as Matt Martin, Ryan Pulock (PPG), and Jordan Eberle would score to give the Islanders the 3-2 lead going into the second intermission. Then in the third period Eberle would net his second of the game while on the powerplay to give the Islanders the 4-2 victory and the 2-0 series lead.
Arizona Coyotes v. Nashville Predators – 230p EST Start Time
In their second game of their Qualifying Round series it would be the Predators pouncing on the Coyotes as they would get goals from Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen to take the 2-0 lead, despite being out shot 14 to 5 by the Coyotes. Then in the second period Calle Jarnkrok would score to give the Predators the 3-0 lead, and then in the third period Viktor Arvidsson would tally on the powerplay to give the Predators the 4-0 lead. However, the Coyotes would not go quietly as Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse would both score 10 seconds apart in the final minute of regulation, but would still fall to Nashville 4-2 and have the series become tied at one.
Columbus Blue Jackets v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 4p EST Start Time
Back in Toronto the Maple Leafs would host the Blue Jackets in an effort to tie the series at one, and that they would as Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and Morgan Rielly would all score as Frederik Andersen would pitch the shutout as the Leafs win 3-0.
Calgary Flames v. Winnipeg Jets – 645p EST Start Time
Back in Edmonton the Jets and Flames look to take the 2-1 lead, and in the first period Nikolaj Ehlers would score a beauty to give the Jets the 1-0 lead, but Elias Lindholm would tie the game while on the powerplay with the tip 18 seconds later. In the second period Andrew Copp would net a powerplay goal for the Jets, but goals from Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan (PPG), and Matthew Tkachuk would give the Flames the 4-2 lead going into the third period. In the third period Milan Lucic would finally get his goal after his second period tally was waived off for goaltender interference, plus an empty netter for Johnny Gaudreau as the Flames would go on to win 6-2 and take the 2-1 series lead.
Carolina Hurricanes v. New York Rangers – 8p EST Start Time
Back in the Toronto hub, the Rangers look to stay alive and they start off with a goal from Chris Kreider, but goals from Teuvo Teravainen, Warren Foegele, and a pair from Sebastian Aho would give the Hurricanes the 4-1 victory and the 3-0 series sweep sending the Rangers packing.
Minnesota Wild v. Vancouver Canucks – 1045p EST Start Time
In the final game of the day the Canucks would get the jump on the Wild as Tanner Pearson would strike 24 seconds into the game for the 1-0 Vancouver lead. However, Luke Kunin would score late in the first to tie the game at one for the Wild. Then in the second period the Canucks would start to pull away from the Wild with goals from JT Miller and Brock Boeser, and with a third period tally from Bo Horvat to take the 4-1 lead. However, late in regulation Kevin Fiala would net a pair of goals for the Wild, but it would be too little, too late as the Canucks would hold on to win 4-3 and tie up the series at one.
12p ET – NY Islanders v. Florida
230p ET – Nashville v. Arizona
4p ET – Tampa Bay v. Boston
630p ET – Colorado v. Dallas
8p ET – Pittsburgh v. Montreal
1030p ET – Edmonton v. Chicago