Despite the goal and the assistance of David Krejčí, the Boston hockey players lost in the 1st round of the NHL playoffs to Carolina 2: 3. David Pastrňák did not play for the losers, on the other hand Martin Nečas contributed two passes to equalize the series to 1: 1.
Vegas also won over Chicago in the second match, this time 4: 3 in overtime, which was helped by Tomáš Nosek with one shot. Dominik Kubalík scored in the loser’s jersey. Ondřej Palát assisted at the only goal of Tampa Bay, which lost to Columbus 1: 3.
Pastrňák took part in the opening match of the series with a goal and a pass to win 4: 3 in overtime, but he also suffered unspecified injuries. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy specified that the absence of the Czech striker should not be long and that his start in the next match will be decided on the day of the match. There was also a change in the line-up of Carolina, James Reimer replaced Petr Mrázek in the goal.
Krejčí opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a goal from the blue line. The Czech forward did not turn a solo escape at the beginning of the second period, and Carolina flipped the lead to her side within a minute and a half. Teuvo Terävainen equalized in the numerical advantage, and after a pass from Nečas, Andrej Svečnikov hit the crossbar under the crossbar.
The tailor scored the second point again in the power play. After a pass from the blue line, Patrice Bergeron rang the bar and the quick Brad Marchand equalized five seconds before the second siren. Carolina’s referees did not recognize Teräväinen’s goal in the third due to an illegal defense, but in the 49th minute Dougie Hamilton’s goal paid. An experienced defender pushed himself from the right circle with a shot without preparation after the pass of Nečas, who presented him with a puck from behind the goal.
Nosek, who did not play the opening match of the series, increased in the sixteenth minute to 2: 0 with an accurate shot from the right circle under the rash.
Tomáš Nosk’s shot
In the middle of the match, Kubalík equalized from the intermediate ring, thus scoring his fourth hit and seventh point in the playoffs.
Goal of Dominik Kubalík:
Vegas took the lead again in the second period, but soon lost. It was Reilly Smith who decided on his win in 67:13.
Palát took the lead in the sixth minute when Nikita Kučerov arrived at his inaccurate shot. But Columbus turned the score around with Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand in the opening period. Alexander Wennberg secured the win in the 52nd minute after an individual action. The Blue Jackets showed that the previous hockey marathon, which they lost with a goal from the 151st minute, left no negative traces on them and equalized the series to 1: 1.
1. kolo play off NHL:
Eastern Conference (Toronto) – Matches 2:
Tampa Bay – Columbus 1:3 (1:2, 0:0, 0:1)
Goals: 6. Kučerov (Palát) – 13. R. Murray, 19. Bjorkstrand, 52. Wennberg. Shots on goal: 37:22. Played without spectators. Match stars: 1. Korpisalo, 2. Dubois, 3. Wennberg (all Columbus). Series status: 1: 1.
Boston – Carolina 2:3 (1:0, 1:2, 0:1)
Goals: 16. Tailor, 40. Marchand (Tailor) – 36. T. Teräväinen, 37. Svečnikov (Necas), 49. D. Hamilton (Necas). Shots on goal: 35:26. Played without spectators. Match stars: 1. Svečnikov, 2. D. Hamilton (both Carolina), 3. Marchand (Boston). Series status: 1: 1.
Western Conference (Edmonton) – Match 2:
Vegas – Chicago 4: 3 in overtime (2: 0, 1: 3, 0: 0 – 1: 0)
Goals: 11. Stastny, 16. peen, 38. Mark Stone, 68. R. Smith – 24. Dach, 33. Kubalík, 40. D. Strome. Shots on goal: 39:25. Played without spectators. Match stars: 1. R. Smith, 2. Marchessault (both Vegas), 3. P. Kane (Chicago). State of the series: 2: 0.
Dallas – Calgary 5:4 (2:1, 2:1, 1:2)
Goals: 12th and 25th Heiskanen, 3rd Radulov, 36th Perry, 60th Oleksiak – 1st Dubé, 33rd Forbort, 53rd Rieder, 58th S. Bennett. Shots on goal: 36:26. Played without spectators. Match stars: 1. Heiskanen, 2. Perry, 3. Oleksiak (all Dallas). Series status: 1: 1.