The Tampa Bay Lightning are Central Division champions awaiting the winner of the New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins East Division final, a series that could end on the island tonight.
Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens are one game closer to see which team they’ll face in the Stanley Cup semi-finals as the Vegas Golden Knights now lead the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 after an overtime thriller lie.
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Game on Wednesday
Game 6: Boston Bruins against the New York Islanders | 7:30 p.m. (islands lead 3-2)
The Islanders have a chance to complete this streak and bring another round of playoff ice hockey to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Excuse me, did we say the islanders? Of course, we mean “The New York Saints,” which is what Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy renamed the team during his epic post-game talk about unbalanced penalties in Game 5. we introduce ourselves. But will Cassidy’s words have an impact on the name of the game?
Because of last night
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Carolina Hurricanes 0 (lightning win 4-1)
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour lamented his team’s 6-4 defeat in Game 4 because the team failed to take advantage of the rare night of Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy. Game 6 proved him right: Vasilevskiy was excellent and made 29 saves in the Bolts shutout win, which eliminated Carolina. Brayden Point scored on power play and Ross Colton added insurance for the Lightning. Alex Nedeljkovic made 23 saves for the Hurricanes, but the return of Nino Niederreiter and Vincent Trocheck couldn’t spark a Hurricanes rally in the series, and the club has some expensive business to do this off-season. Complete summary
Vegas Golden Knights 3, Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT) (Knights lead 3-2)
Mark Stone’s goal after 50 seconds in overtime brought the Avalanche to the brink of elimination as the Golden Knights rallied for Game 5 victory. Colorado led 2-0 at the start of the third period after taking a 31-1 lead after two periods in the regular season. But the goals by Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault equalized the game. The Avs played better on their return to Denver but couldn’t take the game away. Avs superstar Nathan MacKinnon has now played three games without a point and has not scored a goal since game 1, although coach Jared Bednar messes up his top lines. Complete summary
Three stars of the night
1. Mark Stone, F, Vegas Golden Knights
Stone is now right on the Conn Smythe conversation after winning game 5 in game 5. He has eight points in 12 games, but his work on both ends of the ice was vital to the Knights. “He was exhausted and you could see how hard he ran. He’s the heart and soul of this team. He’s the captain we’ve always wanted,” said Knights striker Alex Tuch.
Mark Stone takes the game in overtime to lift the Golden Knights to a comeback win in Game 5 against the Avs.
2. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
Vasilevskiy made history in Game 5, becoming the first goalkeeper in NHL history to shutouts in key games in three consecutive series and returning to last season’s Stanley Cup final.
3. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Vegas Golden Knights
Stone has no chance of winning Game 5 if it weren’t for Fleury, who recovered from a soft goal at the end of the first period and made 28 saves for the game. This included a lightning-fast save at the start of extra time against JT Compher, which the Knights players said was crucial to their win. “We wanted to help him. He saved us all year round,” said Tuch.
quote of the Day
“It’s not the regular season. It’s not the blues either. It’s Vegas. Our game had to be brought to the point where you can beat Vegas.”
– Avalanche trainer Jared Bednar
Suspension clock of the day
Bad hit from Palat, who gets two minutes for an illegal check on the head of Brett Pesce. Misses the body and cuts it high pic.twitter.com/8IJUwWWj6w
– NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch) June 9, 2021
If the Lightning open the next round against either the Bruins or the Islanders, they could do without Ondrej Palat after that flyby headshot at Carolina defender Brett Pesce. He received a small fine for an illegal head check.
Buzzer of the day
Top Line Saad with a top tier goal 🤩 # GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/G7XiEo1eY1
– p – Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 9, 2021
Brandon Saad scored a goal 0.8 seconds from time in the first third that Fleury really wanted back.
Buzzer-bummer of the day
ALMOST a summer beater. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/kKxzHj3ROv
– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) June 9, 2021
At the end of the second period, the Lightning almost hit the buzzer for a 2-0 lead, but the puck came only a few tenths of a second late.