Offence. More offence. Even more offence.
So far that has been the common trend of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Day three wasn’t much different.
Two of the three games ended in a 3+ goal differential with a couple of one-sided victories.
Lets’ look back on the action from tonight’s games.
Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 Pittsburgh Penguins
(Series tied 1-1)
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Philadelphia scored twice within the first two periods. First ending Matt Murray’s playoff shutout streak of over 225 minutes dating back to game 4 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final.
Shayne Gostisbehere scored a powerplay goal late in the first period and Sean Couturier adding his first of the playoffs 47 seconds into the second.
Philly would seem to seal the deal with a Travis Konecny goal a minute into the third and Nolan Patrick netting his first career playoff goal four minutes later.
Shortly after the young Flyer netted his first, Patric Hornqvist made it interesting with his 20th career playoff goal, getting Pittsburgh on the board 4-1.
Philly eventually added an empty netter to seal the victory behind what was an amazing performance by Brian Elliott.
Coming into game two of the series the numbers seemed stacked against Elliott with Matt Murray holding a home playoff stat line of 14W 2L 1.69 GAA .939 SV% and 3 shutouts, but Elliot held his own.
The 11-year veteran faced 35 shots from the Penguins and turned away all but the late Hornqvist goal.
The cross-state rivalry seemed to heat up in Game Two with a total of 13 penalties between both teams. Andrew McDonald picked up a cross-checking penalty on an ugly looking hit on Patric Hornqvist, who was also called for embellishment.
The battle of Pennsylvania is just starting to heat up!
Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Minnesota Wild
(Winnipeg leads series 2-0)
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J! E! T! S! JETS! JETS! JETS!
The Winnipeg Jets have been one of is not the hottest team in the playoffs so far. They outplayed Minnesota through most of Game 2.
The Jets piled onto a one-goal lead in the second period with three goals from newly acquired Paul Stastny, Patrik Laine, and Andrew Copp, who got his first career playoff goal Friday night.
Devan Dubnyk deserves an honourable mention for Game 2. The Wild goaltender faced 44 shots and until the three-goal second period held Minnesota in the game, even making highlight-reel saves late into the third period.
Much like the Penguins-Flyers game, this one got a little chippy. The Jets were throwing hits left and right, and in the dying seconds an old-fashioned line brawl broke out with everyone on the ice getting into it.
This is another series that may just be heating up but look out for the Jets if they continue this type of offensive onslaught!
Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 LA Kings-2OT
(Vegas leads series 2-0)
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This was the one game of the night where defense ran supreme. Both goaltenders carried their team on their back.
Jonathan Quick faced 56 shots and stopped 54 of them, a career high in the playoffs. Quick stood on his head all night, but he did have some equipment issues and looked like perhaps he was a little banged up at times.
Alex Tuch scored his first career playoff goal; the former Wild draft pick scored on the powerplay in the first period.
Marc-Andre Fleury was also impressive stopping 29 shots and only let in one goal, on the powerplay.
Paul LaDue scored halfway through the second, proving to be the final goal in regulation. Much like his counterpart, this was LaDue’s first NHL playoff goal of his career.
In double OT Vegas slowly wore the Kings down and peppered Quick with scoring chance after scoring chance. The Knights had 22 of their 56 shots between both overtime frames. Erik Haula scored with under six minutes left in the second overtime period to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The tempo and energy of this game was that of a Conference Final game. It will most definitely be an exciting series to keep an eye on.