NHL News and Notes from Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
Columbus Blue Jackets v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 12p EST Start Time
With the early afternoon matinee, the Lightning and Blue Jackets do battle as Tampa looks to clinch the series. In the first period Tyler Johnson and Blake Coleman would strike early for the Lightning to take the 2-0 lead, but later in the period Nick Foligno would score to bring the Jackets back within one. Then in the second period Kevin Stenlund would strike on the powerplay to tie up the game at two for the Jackets, and then with 16 seconds left in the period Alexander Wennberg would score to give the Jackets the 3-2 lead. Then in the third period Oliver Bjorkstrand would score to give Columbus the two goal lead, but Kevin Shattenkirk and Anthony Cirelli would score to tie the game for Tampa and send the game to overtime. Then in the extra frame, the Lightning wouldn’t need five overtimes like Game 1, but only 5 minutes and 12 seconds as Brayden Point would score to send Tampa to the Second Round with the 5-4 victory over Columbus.
Aryan’s TXHT Recap – Point’s OT Winner Sends Jackets Packing
Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins – 4p EST Start Time
Back in Toronto for another Eastern Conference matchup, the Bruins look to eliminate the Hurricanes. In the first period Haydn Fleury would strike for the Hurricanes to take the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period the Bruins would heat up as David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron would strike on the powerplay to give Boston the 2-1 lead. In the third period the Bruins would hold the Hurricanes at bay and take the 2-1 victory and clinch the series 4-1 to advance to the Second Round.
Shaggy’s TXHT Recap – Bruins Close Out Series
Arizona Coyotes v. Colorado Avalanche – 530p EST Start Time
In our first Western Conference elimination game of the First Round, the Avalanche look to move past the Coyotes. In the first period Nazem Kadri would strike on the powerplay in the first five minutes of the game to give the Avalanche the 1-0 lead. Then on another powerplay Samuel Girard would score and near the end of the end of the first Kadri would net his second of the game to take the 3-0 lead. In the second period Nathan MacKinnon would score two goals in 58 seconds to grow the Avalanche’s lead to five. The bleeding wouldn’t stop there for the Coyotes as late in the second Nikita Zadorov would score to grow Colorado’s lead to six. In the third period Clayton Keller would strike for the Coyotes, but JT Compher would strike for the Avalanche to take the 7-1 victory and knock out the Coyotes 4-1 to advance to the Second Round.
Arizona v. Colorado Game 5 Recap – Avalanche Bury Coyotes to Advance
Montreal Canadiens v. Philadelphia Flyers – 8p EST Start Time
Back east for the final game in Toronto for the day, the Canadiens look to extend their series against the Flyers. In the first period Joel Armia would strike early while shorthanded to give the Canadiens the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Jakub Voracek would net back to back powerplay goals during a five minute powerplay for the Flyers, but Armia would net his second of the game and Brendan Gallagher would score to retake the lead for Montreal. In the third period Joel Farabee would strike on the powerplay for the Flyers to tie the game at three, but 22 seconds later Nick Suzuki would score to retake the lead for Montreal, and with 18 seconds left in the game Phillip Danault would get the empty netter to seal the deal as the Canadiens would defeat the Flyers 5-3 to force a Game 6.
Scott’s TXHT Recap – Habs Force Game 6 with Gutsy Effort
Vancouver Canucks v. St. Louis Blues – 1030p EST Start Time
In the final game of the day the Blues and Canucks look to take the series lead heading into Game 6. In the first period the Canucks would find themselves shorthanded, but Tyler Motte would score during the penalty kill to give the Canucks the 1-0 lead. However, the Blues would respond as Brayden Schenn would strike to tie the game at one, and with 29 seconds left in the period Ryan O’Reilly would score his fourth of the playoffs to give the Blues the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period Zach Sanford would score while on the powerplay to give the Blues the 3-1 lead, but the Canucks would score three unanswered goals as JT Miller, Jake Virtanen, and Motte would all find the scoresheet to give the Canucks the 4-3 victory and the 3-2 series lead.
Vancouver v. St. Louis Game 6 Recap – Canucks 3 Goal Second Takes Game 6
8p ET – NY Islanders v. Washington – Preview
1030p ET – Dallas v. Calgary