Vegas Golden Knights Season 2 started with a bang, a surge of goals, a rookie goal keeper’s shutout, and a win against the second best team in the NHL.
As we approach the NHL Playoffs, the Golden Knights have been having some strong games lately, and the offensive line of Ryan Carpenter, Cody Eakin, Ryan Reaves and William Karlsson is looking like they know how to play together. How well will this line play as the postseason begins?
The Montreal Canadiens just created an unlikely and emotional sensation by beating the favored Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games. There won’t be much time to celebrate, as they already face a well-rested Winnipeg Jets team in the second round on Wednesday. The Vegas Golden Knights are looking to avenge their embarrassing Game 1 loss, while the Colorado Avalanche can take advantage of home ice and take a 2-0 lead. Not to mention yesterday’s game, where the Tampa Bay Lightning forced the Carolina Hurricanes into a 2-0 deficit. Visit ESPN NHL Playoffs Daily to follow each day of the postseason until the Stanley Cup is awarded in July. More: Central Playoff Schedule
Game 1: Montreal Canadiens v. Winnipeg Jets 7:30 pm No need to get angry, because Connor McDavid and Auston Matthew could have been playoff contenders. On the contrary, Montreal and Winnipeg are there to take your mind off things! On paper, it’s not as exciting a series as the Maple Leafs-Oilers, even though two of the league’s best goalies meet in the playoffs: Cary Price and Connor Hellebuyck. Winnipeg began the postseason in a slump, and there are several holes in the blue line that have caused many to lose hope of making the playoffs. But the Jets can be dangerous – and have been even more so since Nikolai Ehlers returned in the first round. If you look at the season, at one point they were in a race with Toronto for first place, Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said. They struggled with Edmonton before finishing third at the end of the season. They’re a good team. You’re on good terms. They have lines that can generate attack and energy. Complete overview of the series. 2 Connected Game 2: Vegas Golden Knights – Colorado Avalanche | 10 p.m. (Avs lead 1-0) Vegas was defeated 7-1 in the first game, but promises to be better prepared. The Golden Knights had a short two-day break after an emotional Game 7, while the Avs had a week off. You should never make excuses, but I think after the way we came in and the way they didn’t play, it’s a tough game on any schedule, Vegas coach Pete DeBoer said. I know we’ll get better. The Golden Knights should look to Vezina Trophy finalist Marc-Andre Fleury to take over. Meanwhile, rebounder Ryan Reeves will serve out the first of his two disqualifications for his antics at the end of the first game (including throwing Ryan Graves onto the ice and pulling out a lock of his hair). Colorado’s first line seems unstoppable at this point. The Avs outscored their opponents 11-1 in the playoffs, which featured Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on the ice together.
About last night
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Carolina Hurricanes 1 (Lightning lead 2-0). It wasn’t the most exciting game you’ll see this year. The Lightning scored six times in the first period, five times in the second and four times in the third for a total of 15 shots. Two of them (from Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli) hit the target. Keynes could not muster his usual energy until it was too late. Andrei Svechnikov didn’t score until 90 seconds had passed. We just couldn’t catch up for two games, coach Rod Brind’Amour said. We are doing everything we are trying to do, we just haven’t been able to make that little breakthrough yet. Unfortunately for the Canes, Vincent Trocheck, who left the match early, may have been eliminated. For the second consecutive time, Tampa Bay has won its first two games on the road and it feels good. If you were to say we go to Carolina and don’t give up a goal in two games, Coach John Cooper said. I’ve been doing this all day. Full review.
Three star nights
Andrei Vasilevsky, G, Tampa Bay Lightning After Vasilevskiy rebounded 31 of 32 shots on Tuesday, his playoff stats are just unrealistic. In eight games, he had a .953 save percentage on five shots and stopped 68 of 76 shots, a career record. Anthony Cirelli, C, Tampa Bay Lightning. After a 26-game postseason drought, Cirelli scored three playoff goals, including this beautiful goal: THE SCORE OF THE BACKHAND. Anthony Cirelli hits a double for the @TBLightning. #StanleyCup // NBCSN pic.twitter.com/ixDYvj1EEJ – NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) 2. June 2021 Alex Killorn, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning The only player with more seasons of five goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs than Killorn is Nathan MacKinnon. A true story. The Lightning forward opened the scoring in Tuesday’s game and answered AJ Mleczko’s hockey-like question in the post-game interview: Yeah, I cut my lip. I’m gonna need some stitches after this interview with you.
acorn of the day
NHL Players: They’re just like us. They have brain farts – and the word fart sounds funny to them. Palmieri is so excited about the win that he doesn’t understand the words pic.twitter.com/tPCVtHMJLg – x – Isles on MSG+ (@IslesMSGN) 1. June 2021
The NHL has announced the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the league’s best goalie. He is chosen by the General Managers of the league. Finalists: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay), Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas) and Philipp Grubauer (Colorado). Never in my life did I think I would be part of this group and sitting at this table with Vasya and Flower, Grubauer said. This is a great honor. Wasilewski, the defending champion, is a finalist for the fourth consecutive year, something that hasn’t happened since Martin Brodeur entered the Hall of Fame. It should be noted that despite all of Fleury’s accomplishments in his career, including being the third-best goalkeeper in terms of wins, this is the first time he has been a finalist for the Vezina Award. For the record: He is 36 years old and entering his 17th season. Season in the NHL. A message from Fleur herself: Marc-Andre wanted to stop by and thank his teammates and especially @RobinLehner for their help in his nomination for the Vezina Trophy pic.twitter.com/u9hLUmo4EN – Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) June 2, 2021