The hockey players of Tampa Bay defeated the NHL playoffs in the opening round of the NHL playoffs thanks to Ondřej Palát’s goal at home Toronto 4: 3 in overtime and equalized the series to 3: 3. The decisive seventh match was also forced by Boston, who defeated Carolina 5: 2 on their ice.
Czech players also signed with the assistants: Tomáš Nosek scored two goals and David Pastrňák one. Martin Nečas prepared the last goal of the match on the side of the losers.
After Colorado, the second team in this year’s playoffs is St. Louis, who won over Minnesota 5: 1 and closed the series 4: 2. Edmonton extended the series into a decisive duel after winning 4: 2 on the Los Angeles ice.
Palát opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he caught a bad pass and scored from the right circle to the far post, scoring the third goal in the series. In the middle of the match, Anthony Cirelli added a second goal weakening, but then Auston Matthews reduced and John Tavares turned the score in 26 seconds within 26 seconds. Ondřej Kaše assisted at the leveling shot.
Tampa Bay forced a third-in-three-on-three Nikita Kučer extension in the third period and was knocked out by Brayden Point in 78:04.
Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe regretted the exclusion within three. Within sixteen seconds, David Kämpf and Alexander Kerfoot sat on the bench. Both for the game of high stick. “Until then, they had nothing in the third period. We defended well. I liked how we played in overtime. We attacked, we had enough chances to end it. We didn’t let them go until that goal. But they played the action. Well, that was the difference in the match, “Keefe said.
In Boston, goals fell from the second period. Home striker Brad Marchand was the first to advance, and Charlie Coyle raised in front of the second siren, knocking Pastrňák’s blocked shot into the empty net.
Andrej Svečnikov reduced the third period at the beginning of the third period, but Erik Haula returned the two-goal lead and after Derska’s passes Derek Forbort and Curtis Lazar adjusted to 5: 1. After Nečas’ assistance, only Svečnikov adjusted the result in the power play.
“It felt like they changed every chance,” Caroline coach Rod Brind´Amour sighed. “We also had a power play of five to three (53 seconds) and could equalize it (1: 1). We hit the crossbar twice, it could bring us back to the match. But that’s the way it is. We have to improve next time in power play. even in a five-on-five game, “added Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho.
In the series so far, only the home teams win. “Everyone loves match number seven. We’d rather have a home advantage, but we’d just play it on Mars if necessary,” said Boston coach Bruce Cassidy. Pastrňák has not scored outside in the series yet, he recorded a 2 + 3 balance at home.
St. Louis led by Nick Leddy from the 15th minute and scored a key lead in three goals in the second half of the middle. Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Vladimir Tarasenko gradually increased to 4: 0. Minnesota’s Matta Dumby almost tied things up with 47 minutes played after breaking through on the right, but his shot deflected off the post.
“It was a tough battle,” Bozak said of the second and fourth teams of the Western Conference after the base. “It is a shame that we met in the first round. They have a very good team and they deserve recognition for the whole season. Each match was difficult and could have ended the other way around. We were lucky to be on the winning side. It was good for us. test and preparation for the next series, “said Bozak. St. Louis will face Colorado in the next round.
Minnesota has not gone through the first round of the playoffs since the 2014/15 season. “It hurts. We had a great party. No one complained that they wanted to play more, that they wanted to be overpowered. They fought for each other, so it is disappointing that we finish in the first round,” said coach Dean Evason. According to him, the last match affected the opening goal. “We played a whole third fantastically, we just didn’t score a goal while they did and it blew us away. That was probably the difference.”
Edmonton took Connor McDavid in the second minute and Evander Kane raised in the second period. But Los Angeles erased the deficit, Sean Durzi and Carl Grundström prevailed. Tyson Barrie broke the draw in 54:50 and Kane sealed the win with a home team-free goal. “We played well, did the right thing. Even though we lost the lead, we believed in ourselves. We are happy that we evened the series and we are looking forward to the seventh duel,” said Kane.
1. kolo play off NHL:
Eastern Conference – 6th match:
Boston – Carolina 5:2 (0:0, 2:0, 3:2)
Goals: 21. Marchand, 39. Coyle (Parsnip), 48. Haula, 51. Forbort (Nosek), 56. Lazar (Nosek) – 44. and 58. A. Svechnikov (on the other Nečas). Shots on goal: 34:25. Attendance: 17,850. Match Stars: 1. Marchand, 2. Swayman, 3. Coyle (all Boston). Series status: 3: 3.
Tampa Bay – Toronto 4: 3 in overtime (1: 0, 1: 3, 1: 0 – 1: 0)
Goals: 18. Palát31. Cirelli, 50. Kučerov, 79. Point – 40. and 40. Tavares (on the first Porridge), 32. Matthews. Shots on goal: 35:33. Attendance: 19,092. Match stars: 1. Point (Tampa Bay), 2. Tavares (Toronto), 3. Cirelli (Tampa Bay). Series status: 3: 3.
Western Conference – Matches 6:
St. Louis – Minnesota 5: 1 (1: 0, 3: 0, 1: 1)
Goals: 15. Leddy, 30. O’Reilly, 34. Bozak, 39. Tarasenko, 59. Parayko – 47. Dumba. Shots on goal: 27:26. Attendance: 18,096. Match stars: 1. O´Reilly, 2. Binnington, 3. Perron (all St. Louis). Final score of the series: 4: 2.
Los Angeles – Edmonton 2:4 (0:1, 1:1, 1:2)
Goals: 34th Durzi, 41st Grundström – 22nd and 59th E. Kane, 2nd McDavid, 55th Barrie. Shots on goal: 32:37. Attendance: 18,301. Match stars: 1. McDavid (Edmonton), 2. Roy (Los Angeles), 3. Barrie (Edmonton). Series status: 3: 3.