Welcome to Stanley Cup Playoff Buzz, a daily deep view of the NHL playoffs in 2019. Two games were held on Sunday and one game on Monday is scheduled:
There is one game 3 on Monday:
Louis Blues in Dallas Stars (20:00 ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS)The blues seem to stay perfect on the way in the playoffs when the best-of-7 series, which is tied 1-1, moves to the American Airlines Center. The blues went 3-0 in Winnipeg in their first round of the series to win, and seem to hold it against the star team who went 2-1 home against the Nashville Predators.
Here's what happened on Day 19 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Carolina Hurricanes 2, New York Islanders 1: Hurricanes recorded twice in 48 seconds early in the third season and Curtis McElhinney 17 saves the relief of the injured starter Petr Mrázek give Carolina 2-0 in the best of Series 7. Warren Foegele scored his hurricane fifth goal in the Stanley Cup playoff with his wrist shot from the right cheek circle 17 seconds to the third. Nino Niederreiter he scored his first goal at 1:05 to get Carolina 2-1. Mrazek, who saved 31 games in game 1 of the game, left the game with a lower injury of 6:27 in the second period. Game 3 is in the middle of PNC Arena (7:00 ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Colorado Avalanche 4, San Jose Sharks 3: Tyson Barrie he had a goal and two assists and Avalanche matched the best of Series 7 1-1 by winning the game 2. Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon everyone had a goal and help and Philipp Grubauer made 31 savings for Avalanche. Brent Burns had two goals and help Evander Kane had a goal and help and Martin Jones 28 chips for sharks who won four straight games in the first round of 5 against Vegas Golden Knights. Game 3 is at Pepsi Center on Tuesday (22:00 ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Video: Avalanche those of their series, Hurricanes go up 2-0
What we learned
Here are some takeaways from the 19 Stanley Cup Playoff:
Hurricanes overcome injuries
Hurricanes continue to show tremendous resilience despite the injuries that have been exhausted. Carolina was forced to play with five defenders for most of the game 2 after Trevor van Riemsdyk has suffered upper body injuries during intervention Cal Clutterbuck 32 seconds to play, but Jaccob Slavin (27:21 in the Ice Age) a Justin Faulk (26:30) were determined to defend themselves. When goalkeeper Petr Mrázek suffered a 6:27 injury, Curtis McElhinney arrived and played 17 strokes to win his first victory on April 6th. Saku Maenalanen was wounded in the third period. And then they are forward Andrei Svechnikov (brain shock protocol) Jordan Martinook (lower body) a Micheal Ferland (upper body) who did not play again in game 2. However, the hurricane found a way to win its fourth straight game. Svechnikov and Martinook could return to play 3 on Wednesday at the PNC arena where the hurricanes are 3-0 in the playoffs.
Islanders will also lose a key player
Islanders coach Barry Trotz calls his fourth row Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin "Identification Line" as an example of how New York wants to play. Clutterbuck set the tone at the start of game 2 with a cruel check that knocked off Carolina Trevor van Riemsdyka from the game. But Clutterbuck needed help to get out of the ice at the end of Game 2 and Trotz had no update on his status. If Clutterbuck couldn't play Game 3, it would be a sharp blow to the Islanders. They would probably replace him Michael Dal Colle, which hasn't played since April 4th.
Video: Canes beat Isles in Game 2 and take the lead 2-0
Avalanche found their jam
It lasted them more than four seasons into the series, but Avalanche began dictating good bits of the game as the second season wore on in game 2. The Colorado had a strong start of the game 1 and had lead early in the second season opener, but they weren't dominating the Sharks, just matching them As a feeling-out process the series began. As Avalanche got on board with the goal of Gabriel Landeskog to stand at 1-1 in the second stage in Game 2, Nathan MacKinnon, Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen he forced the Sharks to stretch. It was the way the Calgary Flames couldn't handle the first five-fold loss of Avalanche.
The sharks were gone, but only a little
San Jose stepped on a clever start in game 2 but couldn't put out Colorado's best pressure from the series in the second period. Once the sharks fell, they had time to attack, but they had trouble getting the puck into the net. During the last 40 minutes of the game, they had 19 blocks blocked. They still weren't gone, so it was a close two-goal goal from Brent Burns in the last five minutes of the third. Sharks have done almost everything right in the first season of game 2, have won most of the puck battles, and certainly it's the video they will watch to strengthen what they do and can work against Avalanche.