The New York Islanders finished their streak 2-2 on Saturday thanks to a boost from viewers at the Nassau Coliseum. Can the Vegas Golden Knights in the West do the same against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena?
Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens head to their home ice as the Winnipeg Jets face a fight or their post-season hopes may soon end.
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Games on Sunday
Game 3: Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens | 6 p.m. (Canadians lead 2-0)
The series moves back to Montreal, where the Habs can bring the Jets to the brink of elimination with another win. The crazy jets suddenly look like outsiders, but exude confidence. Winnipeg will once again be without one of their best strikers, Mark Scheifele (who is serving the second game with a four-game suspension) and one of their best defenders, Dylan DeMelo (at least a week due to injury), but could welcome their veteran center Paul Stastny back . That could help the Jets generate some offensive as they only scored three goals in two games.
Montreal and its closed playoff goalkeeper Carey Price didn’t have much rest. Since games 3 and 4 are played on consecutive days, the Habs will have played 11 games in just 19 days.
Game 4: Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights | 8:30 p.m. (Avs lead 2-1)
The Golden Knights fell 2-0 down that series, but they weren’t afraid: they just hadn’t been to the keep yet. In front of more than 17,000 fans on the home ice in the T-Mobile Arena, Vegas scored two goals in less than three minutes in the third period to win Game 3 and make this series interesting. The expanded stats show the dominance of the Golden Knights – they controlled 75% of the proportion of high-risk shot attempts – and the Avs weren’t happy with their performance as it dates back to Game 2. “The simple answer is: for five you were now much more competitive than us,” said coach Jared Bednar. “Analyzing the game further is a waste of time.”
One thing that speaks for Colorado is still Mikko Rantanen, who has a 17-game point streak in the playoffs. The top striker has also scored points in 22 of his last 23 playoff games.
Because of last night
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Carolina Hurricanes 4 (lightning lead 3-1)
Tampa Bay led 1-0 after the first third. And then it went wrong. In the second period, each team scored four goals as the Lightning quickly turned a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead.
Four unanswered goals?
Well why not 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/MFz23L7XJk
– Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 5, 2021
The death of the Canes gave the Lightning too many power games. “Well, we took too many penalties,” said coach Rod Brind’Amour. “You can’t take the penalties whether you get or not [your own] calling or not. You can’t take the risk. “The real reason the Canes can’t take so many: Tampa Bay’s powerplay works on another level. The Lightning had a 3-6 advantage in this game and scored five powerplay goals in the last game.” two games alone but the Canes should feel comfortable if they score four goals against Andrei Vasilevsky. Complete summary
New York Islanders 4, Boston Bruins 1 (2-2)
Another big night at the Colosseum. It was an awkward start for the Bruins as David Pastrnak had a wide open net and hit the post. “If your best player hits the post on an open net, it will be one of those nights when we are unlikely to take breaks,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “We have to earn it.”
Pastrnak with the cage wide open meets iron pic.twitter.com/JfYRWmFYCf
– Rob Taub (@RTaub_) June 5, 2021
David Krejci opened the gate for Boston, but Kyle Palmieri did the same. Mathew Barzal then scored his second goal in as many games. It was a massive game as it broke a 1-1 draw late in the third. Barzal also supported Palmieri’s goal. Complete summary
Three stars of the night
Mathew Barzal, C, New York Islanders
New York’s most capable striker has failed to score in the Islanders’ first eight playoff games. He has now scored a goal in two games in a row, both played in the Isles barn.
OUR. HOUSE. # Isles @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/WpzGJy1XpM
– x – Islands on MSG + (@IslesMSGN) June 6, 2021
Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
In the second period, Stamkos scored two of Tampa Bay’s four goals. The Lightning Captain added an assist (also in the second) for his best performance this postseason.
Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning
The 2018-19 MVP scored two goals and added an assist that earned them an impressive 17 points in 10 payout games. Since Kucherov debuted in 2014, no player has played more three-point playoffs than his 14th.
Unexpected moment of the night
Taylor Hall has been a revelation for Boston since the trading deadline. He’s humming in the second row with David Krejci and Craig Smith, bringing up the kind of offensive numbers everyone in Buffalo was hoping for.
Hall wasn’t shy about staying with the Bruins this season. He’s a smart guy, he knows what he’s doing. So what better way to popularize the Boston fan base than …
Taylor Hall challenges and fights against Scott Mayfield in Game 4 pic.twitter.com/q7gfCfqDFq
– Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) June 5, 2021
According to hockeyfights.com, this was Hall’s second fight since 2011. If management doesn’t sign him to a new contract this summer, fans in Boston could revolt.