Day 22 of the Stanley Cup playoffs may not have been filled with goals, but we sure got to see some fantastic goaltending on display.
Here’s how it all worked out:
Washington Capitals 1 – 3 Pittsburgh Penguins
Series tied at 2-2
Jake Guentzel was the hero, again, tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they marched on to defeat the Capitals 3-1 to tie the series up at two apiece.
After Guentzel opened up the scoring nine minutes into the second period, Washington would get back on level terms on the powerplay, after Guentzel was called for tripping, when Nicklas Backstrom found TJ Oshie in the slot who slapped it home.
The Penguins second goal came from Evgeni Malkin when a bounced the puck off the post and in. At first, the goal was waved off due to the referees not seeing it cross the line. After video review, however, the puck was deemed to have crossed the line to give the Pens a 2-1 lead.
Guentzel would finish the Caps off with an empty net.
Nashville Predators 2 – 1 Winnipeg Jets
Series tied at 2-2
Pekka Rinne was the difference maker in this one making 32 stops on 33 saves. The only goal the Preds netminder allowed was with 51 seconds left in the third period from Patrik Laine. A quick shot of the faceoff was able to squeak between Rinne’s pads.
Before that late goal, the Preds has a 2-0 lead after goals from Ryan Hartman and PK Subban.
First up was Hartman. A bouncing puck which no Jets defenceman was able to clear eventually ricochet to Hartman who put a wrist shot between Tyler Myers‘ legs and over Connor Hellebuyck shoulder.
Their second goal came in much more straightforward fashion with Subban slapping the puck home from the blueline on the odd man advantage. That goal marked Subban’s third goal in three games.
One of these teams will take the series lead on Saturday night in Smashville.