NHL Weekly Highlights (8/17-8/23)

The NHL’s Eastern and Western Conference Quarter-finals are fully underway, this is the place to watch highlights and game recaps of the action.

Sunday (8/23)

Late Lightning surge not enough as B’s jump out to a 1-0 series edge

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Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between the Lightning and Bruins got underway Sunday night with both sides looking to start the series off on the right foot. The 1st period saw only one goal thanks to a Charlie Coyle deflection on a shot from Carlo. In the 2nd the B’s extended their lead on a powerplay goal from David Pastrnak. Just over a minute into the 3rd period, Patrice Bergeron forced a turnover and Brad Marchand capitalized by burying a goal to put the Bruins up 3-0. The Lightning would get 2 goals from Victor Hedman to get within a goal but they Jaroslav Halak wouldn’t allow the tying goal and the B’s secured the 3-2 win and 1-0 series edge.

Alex Tuch blasts through the Knight’s defense and buries an OT marker

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Game 1 of the the Western Conference Semi-Finals matchup between the Canucks and Golden Knights began Sunday night. This one was all Golden Knights as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the 1st period and scored three 2nd period goals, including a breakaway marker from Alex Tuch that made it 4-0 essentially putting the game out of reach for the Canucks. Max Pacioretty would score a 5th goal in the 3rd period as the Knights would win 5-0 and grab a 1-0 series lead after the lopsided Game 1.

Saturday (8/22)

The Stars come out strong and grab Game 1 win over the Avs

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Alexander Radulov

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The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars kicked off the Conference Semi-Finals matchups Saturday night in Game 1 of their series. The 2nd seeded Avs who certainly entered the series as the favorite over the 3rd seeded Stars but it was the Stars who jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the 1st period. The Avs were bale to cut the lead to only one twice thanks to two 2nd period goals that had an Alex Radulov marker for the Stars between them. In the 3rd period Roope Hintz scored a much needed insurance goal for the Stars and they would hold on to win by a score of 5-3 and take a 1-0 series edge.

Friday (8/21)

Suzuki pots his 2nd of the game to bring the Habs within a goal

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Trailing 3-1 to the Flyers in the 2nd period the Habs were looking to cut their deficit back to just one goal and they were able to do just that as Nick Suzuki buried his 2nd of the game. The Habs went into the 3rd period down just 1 goal but were unable to get that goal as they lost 3-2 and were eliminated from the Playoffs in 6 games.

The Canucks put up 6 goals, eliminating the defending Cup champion Blues

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With a chance to eliminate the defending cup champ St. Louis Blues in Game 6, the Canucks were determined to get the job done. They got off to an unbelievable start as they went up 1-0 after the 1st period and entered the 3rd period up 4-0 thanks to three 3rd period goals. In the 3rd period each team scored a pair of goals but thanks to the Canucks great 1st two period they won comfortably by a score of 6-2 sending the Blues home in 6 games.

Thursday (8/20)

Anthony Beauvillier buries a beauty for his second of the game to put the Isles up 2 goals

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Anthony Beauvillier

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After missing out on finishing their sweep of the Washington Capitals in Game 4, the Islanders were eager to win and eliminate the Caps in Game 5. They got off to a good start as Anthony Beauvillier put them on the board in the 1st period and added a second goal in the 2nd period to extend the Isles lead. Semyon Varlamov would handle the game from there making 21 saves in a shutout effort. The Isles would win 4-0 thanks to 2 empty-net goals late in the 3rd to send them to the ECSF.

The Stars score 7 unanswered goals to shock the Flames and advance to the WCSF

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Denis Gurianov

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Entering Game 6 the Calgary Flames were hoping to secure the win they needed to force a Game 7. They got off to a perfect start with 3 1st period goals and although the Stars grabbed a late marker they entered the 2nd period up 3-1. It all crumbled in the 2nd period though with Cam Talbot being pulled after a goal less than a minute into the period. The Stars would add 4 more in the period including a hat-trick goal from Denis Gurianov. He would add a 4th in the 3rd period and Anton Khudobin shut down the Flames giving the Stars a 7-3 win and 4-2 series win, sending the Flames home.

Wednesday (8/19)

Brayden point buries his 2nd OT winner of the series to send the Lightning past the Jackets and into ECSF

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Game 5 between the Blue Jackets and Lightning was like a roller coaster ride. Each team held a 2 goal lead at one point and each went on to blow the lead, with the Lightning clawing back from down 4-2 after Columbus scored 4 unanswered goals. TIed at 4-4 at the end of regulation this game was headed to overtime and in OT Brayden Point, the OT hero from Game 1 was the hero once again as he beat Korpisalo with his backhand winner sending the Lightning past the Jackets with a 4-1 series victory.

Nazem Kadri scores a breakaway beauty for his 2nd goal of the game

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Nazem Kadri

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Following the Avs Game 4 thrashing of the Coyotes, the Avs were looking to win Game 5 and send the Coyotes home. Unfortunately, for the Coyotes the Avs took it to them once again as the Avs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period including 2 goals from Nazem Kadri. The Avs went on to win 7-1 and win the series 4-1 sending them to the WCSF.

The Habs top the Flyers to force a Game 6

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Facing elimination heading into Game 5, the Habs were looking to grab a win and force a Game 6. They got off to a good start with a goal from Joel Armia shorthanded but a Jesperi Kotkaniemi 5 minute misconduct penalty put the Flyers on the powerplay and Jakub Voracek scored 2 goals to give the Flyers the lead in the 2nd period. The Habs wouldn’t back down though and responded with 2 goals of their own later in the 2nd period. In the 3rd period The Flyers knotted it up with a tying goal but Nick Suzuki responded with a goal just 22 seconds later on a sweet feed from Drouin. The Habs added an empty-netter to secure a 5-3 win and force a Game 6 on Friday.

Tyler Motte pulls off a sick move and buries shorthanded marker

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Tyler Motte

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Following losses in both Games 3 and 4, the Canucks were looking to get back in the win column in Game 5. They started off strong with a shorthanded beauty from Tyler Motte in the 1st period, but the Blues would respond with 2 goals of their own in the 1st and early in the 2nd period they extended their lead to 3-1. Later in the 2nd period though the Canucks would score 3 unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead into the 3rd period, where no goals would be scored giving the Canucks the 4-3 win they needed to retake the series lead.

Tuesday (8/18)

Michael Raffl snipes one off the post and in to put the Flyers on the board

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Leading their series with the Habs 2 games to 1, the Flyers were looking to win Game 4 and grab the 3-1 series edge. They got off to a good start when Michael Raff sniped a 1st period goal off the post to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Phillipe Myers doubled the lead in the 2nd period and Carter Hart shutout the Habs to give the Flyers the 2-0 win and 3-1 series edge.

Mikael Backlund toedrags and buries a beauty to tie the game at 1

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Entering Game 5, the Stars and Flames were tied at 2 games apiece. Trailing 1-0 late in the 2nd period, Mikael Backlund made a sweet fake and toe drag move and buried a beauty to tie the game at 1. John Klingberg would score in the 3rd to break the tie and the Stars would hold on to win 2-1 and take the 3-2 series lead.

Ovi’s powerplay rocket knots the game at 2 goals

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Facing a 3-0 deficit in the series, the Caps were looking to start a winning streak in Game 4 against the Islanders. Entering the 2nd period down 2-0 the Caps needed offense and got goals from Kuznetsov and Ovechkin to tie the game at 2. Ovi buried his 2nd of the game in the 3rd period and that goal stood as the winner as the Caps won 3-2 and cut the series deficit to 3-1.

Vegas top the Hawks in closely contested Game 5 to advance to WCSF

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Following the Blackhawks Game 4 win, the Knights were looking to end the series in Game 5. The Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then 3-2 lead but the Knights tied the game at 3 heading into the 3rd period. In the 3rd period, Alex Tuch scored to give the Knights their first lead of the game and they wouldn’t relinquish it as they won the series 4-1 and eliminated the Hawks.

Monday (8/17)

Joonas Korpisalo makes a couple of ridiculous pad saves to keep the Jackets down by only 1

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Trailing 2-1 in the 2nd period, Joonas Korpsisalo made a couple of ridiculous mad saves to keep the Jackets down by only 1 goal. Unfortunately, the Jackets would be unable to tie the game despite Korpisalo’s strong effort and fell 2-1 to the Lightning and are down 3-1 in the series.

Mackinnon manhandles Fischer in the Avs route of the Yotes

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Staked to a 6-1 lead late in the 3rd period the Avs weren’t ready to take their foot off the gas pedal and that included their star Nathan Mackinnon who toom a dirty cross-check from Christian Fischer and responded by dropping the mitts. Mackinnon, know for his offensive prowess showed his strength and toughness by manhandling Fischer and pumping up his already rowdy teammates who would go on to win 7-1 and take a 3-1 series lead.

The Bruins’ four goal 3rd period lifts them to a 3-1 series edge

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Jake Debrusk

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Trailing 2-0 heading into the 3rd period, the Bruins were looking to solve Canes goalie James Reimer and cut into their lead. They not only solved Reimer and cut into the lead, but they scored 4 goals in less than a 7 minute span to jump out to a 4-2 lead. The B’s outshot the Canes 16-1 in the 3rd period and although the Cane’s lone shot was a goal it wasn’t enough as the B’s won 4-3 and took a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 on Wednesday.

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