Carolina, Tampa Bay and Edmonton advance to the second round

This first round has given us five definitive matches, and on Saturday night it served us three of them, in which only Tampa Bay has broken the local factor that prevailed in the other two qualifiers who hit the ice this turn. For their part, Carolina and Edmonton, supported by their public, passed their rivals and advance to the conference semifinals, waiting to find out their rivals after tonight’s games.

The score of this match presents an opening that does not represent what the match wasbecause the Canes led tonight by Max Domi had the game under control for most of it.

The Bruins, aware of their poor performance in previous games in Raleigh, looked harder for Raanta’s goal than on previous occasions, but they could not be superior to the locals when it came to taking command of the party. To top it off at the end of the period, just under a minute and a half to close, Max Domi made his first appearance assisting Teuvo Teravainen to score the first goal of the night for the Canes.

The game seemed to be heading for a landslide when at the beginning of the second period, Max Domi, this time as a scorer, appeared in front of Swayman’s goal and doubled the Hurricanes’ lead. But Jake DeBrusk did not let fear settle in the hearts of his teammates receiving a pass just in front of Raanta that he sank into the net with the efficiency that characterizes him.

but in turn Carolina, far from getting frustrated or backing down waiting for the Bruins’ push, went ahead and got their reward with the second of the night by Max Domi, who reminded his rivals that victory at the PNC Arena only has one owner.

Obviously faced with the prospect of elimination, Boston Bruins did not give up their effortsbut he could not find the mechanisms that would put the locals under pressure, or the success, as charlie coyle who wasted a free pass to shorten the distance. And they had their moment although too late. Skjei’s stick was bursting when making a clearance, instead of staying on the ice without it, he ran to the bench to get the spare, leaving Pastrnak alone long enough to cut the gap to one goal with 22 seconds remaining.

Those 22 seconds flew for Boston and lasted a hundred years for Carolina, but the Canes go through the round and their season continues. Boston resigns one more year and Patrice Bergeron look to his future, as he becomes a free agent in July, and consider whether he’s worth one more try with this group.

Once again the Leafs lose a seventh game and are eliminated once again the Bolts overcome a playoff playoff and continue on their way. For the current champions the conclusions are clear, they have never given in to discouragement in the development of the series and they have brought out the winning character at the right and necessary moment, and their dream of the three-time championship is still alive.

Toronto will have to wait for tempers to cool down To take stock of this series, because this elimination is very far from the humiliating and embarrassing one that the Canadiens gave them last year, obviously there will have to be criticism and reflection, because the Leafs had many wicks to go further this campaign, but this tie could very well have been a conference final.

And all this as a result of a decisive match in which Toronto never found himself in charge of it, and in which Tampa Bay met a Nick Paul who went from working in the shadows of his usual chores to a shining star and executor one more year of the hopes of the Leafs. His two goals, the first of his career in the playoffs, disarmed the maple leaf team and his fans, who pushed hoping that the wind had changed direction, but blew against it definitively.

Tampa Bay returns home to fight another tough rival, some Florida Panthers that will be harder to crack than a year ago, and in Toronto it is time to lick wounds, those caused by Tampa Bay and those of the self-flagellation that has haunted this franchise since 1967.

a chronicle that could also be titled: «Connor MacDavid 2-0 Los Angeles Kings». And it is that the captain of the Oilers came to the fore at the moment that is required of a franchise man. The two actions of him, making an exhibition of speed in the skate and handling of the stick behind the rival goal, leaving his defenders without weapons to stop him, first assisting cody ceci and then scoring for himself, it was too much for Californians, including Jonathan Quick who only the magic of the captain of the Oilers could defeat.

mike smith made those goals count, closing his door against the 29 shots of the visitors, and Edmonton was able to close a series that the Kings complicated, and a lot. In fact, the Los Angeles team went from considering the tie as a stepping stone in their growth process, to seeing themselves with the possibility of going through after winning the fifth game.

Edmonton Oilers It is a team capable of scoring many goals, and of winning games with those goals, but it is in a hurry in many games in which the scoreboard is shorter, and in this one they have done a course on how to get those games forward, without which never get to Stanley Cup.

The angel kings finish the season on a high note, reach the playoffs and stand up to a better team today, like Edmonton Oilersshows that the project has good foundations and that this team must be watched for future seasons.