NHL News and Notes from Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
- Per Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada, Vancouver Canucks forward Micheal Ferland will be leaving the bubble due to injury.
- The Washington Capitals announced that the organization will be launching a series of of public and internal initiatives focusing on diversity in hockey along with racial equality, and recognition of achievements by Black individuals.
- The Capitals also announced that they have launched WashCaps.com/BlackHockey with the focus being on Capitals specific and league wide initiatives. The site will also feature highlights on Black athletes who’ve played with the organization and will contain information on youth programs throughout the region.
New York Islanders v. Florida Panthers – 12p EST Start Time
In Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Qualifying Round matchup, the Islanders look to follow the Carolina Hurricanes lead and sweep the Panthers. After a scoreless first period Erik Haula would open the scoring for the Panthers while on the powerplay, but Jean-Gabriel Pageau would tie the game at one. Then in the third period Mike Hoffman (PPG) and Brian Boyle would score to give the Panthers the 3-1 lead. Brock Nelson would score late for the Islanders, but they would fall short as the Panthers would hold on to win 3-2 and force a Game 4 which will see the Islanders try to end the series and move on to the First Round.
Nashville Predators v. Arizona Coyotes – 230p EST Start Time
In the Edmonton Hub the Predators and the Coyotes look to take the 2-1 series lead after Nashville tied it the day before. In the first forty minutes Christian Dvorak would score for the Coyotes in the first period, then Viktor Arvidsson would tie the game at one in the second period for Nashville. However, the third period the Coyotes would swarm the Predators as Conor Garland, Taylor Hall (PPG), and Carl Soderberg would all score to give the Kachina clad Coyotes the 4-1 victory and 2-1 series lead.
Tampa Bay Lightning v. Boston Bruins – 4p EST Start Time
In Eastern Conference Round Robin action the Lightning and Bruins would faceoff, and in the first period Brayden Point and Alex Killorn (PPG) would strike for the Lightning to take the 2-0 lead. In the second period Charlie McAvoy would score to get the Bruins on the board, and then in the third period Chris Wagner would tie the game at two, but Tyler Johnson would score to give the Lightning the 3-2 victory.
Colorado Avalanche v. Dallas Stars – 630p EST Start Time
In the day’s Western Conference Round Robin game the Avalanche would bury the Stars in the first period as they would get goals from Cale Makar (PPG) and Joonas Donskoi to take the 2-0 lead. In the final forty minutes the Avalanche would continue dominate the Stars as Vladislav Namestnikov and Andre Burakovsky would score to give the Avalanche the 4-0 victory.
Pittsburgh Penguins v. Montreal Canadiens – 8p EST Start Time
In the final Eastern Conference game for the day Shea Weber would start off the scoring for the Canadiens, but the Penguins would respond with powerplay goals from Patric Hornqvist and Jason Zucker which were 59 seconds apart to give the Penguins the 2-1 lead. In the second period Teddy Blieger would grow the Penguins lead to two, but goals from Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron would tie the game up at three heading into the second intermission. In the third period Jeff Petry would score to break the tie and give the Canadiens the 4-3 victory and the 2-1 series lead.
Edmonton Oilers v. Chicago Blackhawks – 1030p EST Start Time
In the final game of the day Chicago would kick start the scoring as Olli Maatta would get the Blackhawks on the board, but 32 seconds later Leon Draisaitl would score for the Oilers to tie the game at one. However, with five seconds left in the first, Jonathan Toews would retake the lead for Chicago while on the powerplay. In the second period Draisaitl would net his second of the game and Connor McDavid would strike on the powerplay to give the Oilers the 3-2 lead, but then in the third period Matthew Highmore would tie the game at three, and Toews would net his second of the game to give the Blackhawks the 4-3 victory and the 2-1 series lead.
230p ET – Vancouver v. Minnesota
4p ET – Washington v. Philadelphia
630p ET – Vegas v. St. Louis
8p ET – Toronto v. Columbus
1030p ET – Calgary v. Winnipeg