Game 6: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2 | The series tied 3-3
Who was the man? It is safe and boring, probably, to choose Brad Marchand in this place. It’s consistently cool, and it was a quiet Thursday night on the extracurricular side of the street. But it still had a huge impact; He scored first, and it was the first time Boston had made it in the series, and his streak—you’ve probably heard of the other two guys there too—was great.
What was the key? After Marchand’s goal, it was all about the players supporting Boston. It was true for the Bruins a couple of years ago: if they get something out of the middle six, they are a dangerous team. It doesn’t happen regularly enough. But on Thursday, they scored goals from Charlie Coyle, Eric Howla, Derek Forport and Curtis Lazar. If they get it in Game 7, beware, Carolina – and if they get it constantly, beware everyone else.
Basic stats: If Boston wins Game 7, it will be their 16th victory in franchise history, and a tie-breaker with the Canadiens. If the Hurricanes win Game 7, it would be their sixth in a row, equaling an NHL record recently tied by Rangers in 2015.
Expiry moment: Forport’s goal made it 4-1 in favor of Boston at 10:43 of the third half. There is no better sign of a game over than breaking a defense from Derek Forport.
Match moment: When Charlie McAvoy recovers from the after-effects of his collision with Sebastian Aho, at the end of a strange man’s impulse…
Here’s McAvoy’s blow against Aho pic.twitter.com/vop0pWp7ZE
– Shayna (@hayyyshayy) 12 May 2022
…and put one on a plate in order to hula to make it 3-1. It was obvious that he had been hit on the bench a few seconds earlier.
– NHL (NHL) May 13, 2022
Big swing. big goal. Also, it sure sounds like the night hit “Is this commentable”. To me, it seemed like an accidental contact with a difficult outcome after Aho hit the puck. I’m sure everyone would agree. I hope he’s okay. He’s still in the game, but we know how that can work.
Bruins concern meter: 🤪🤪🤪🤪 … Momentum does not transfer from one game to another, but it helps to enter the game 7 of the win.
Hurricanes worry meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯… they sure are should You feel more pressure than Boston; They were one of the top few teams in the league during the regular season and were beating the Bruins every time they met.
– Sean Gentile
Game 6: Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3 (Overtime) | The series tied 3-3
Who was the man? Brayden Point. Because of course it was. Because all this guy does is show up at massive moments. Well, he shows up in small moments too – because he’s one of the best players in the sport – but when the game is on the line, he’s always there. every-time. So when Jack Campbell couldn’t freeze Alex Killorn’s overtime slot, the point was of course standing right at the mouth of Tuck to hit it (perhaps with the help of two Leafs defenders desperately trying to keep it out).
– Shayna (@hayyyshayy) May 13, 2022
What was the key? Before we get to it, I’d like to say this: Maple Leafs did much Right on Thursday. They’re back from an early disability once again, and they’ve shown really impressive resilience. For a team whose mental make-up has been called into question in the (somewhat) big moments, it was great to see them turn the 2-0 gap into a 3-2 lead in a tight road match. In an alternate world, this is the story of the game. But two razor-high penalty kicks midway through the third (one deserved, and one clearly a failed call) gave Lightning 5-on-3. Nikita Kucherov took advantage, tying the match with a treble, and in the end forced overtime. Even then, though, the Leafs had a solid showing in the overtime frame, until the bang-bang — which started with Auston Matthews, who was excellent in the game, blowing a frame — wiped out what should have been like this. success story.
Key stats? 0 and 8. This is Maple Leafs’ record in closing games since 2017, while maintaining its current core. They have another chance on Saturday to finish this combo. But it’s the stats that will hover above all others until they do.
The moment it’s over: Cosmically speaking, it’s probably the moment Matthews fell into the center of the ice because that’s when he started holding his breath. Brandon Hagel took the disc, fetched it and focused it on Killorn, then Point hit it home. But really, especially when you look at the scene from behind the net, that scene isn’t over until Michael Banting and Justin Hall miss trying to stop the slow creeping disc from crossing the goal line. It was so close.
match momentThere was a lot – from the winner, to Matthews’ massive response goal less than a minute after Anthony Cirelli made it 2-0, to John Tavares’ green goal late in the second – but it all seems to come back to those two razor-sharp penalties midway up Third. While the second – which was ultimately more responsible for Kucherov’s equalizing goal – seemed like the right call to Alex Kervot, the previous penalty kick that made it all sounded like an obvious fake call. But hey, nobody in Toronto believes in ghosts, right?
Hit his shoulder! pic.twitter.com/C33fHawgt7
– Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 13, 2022
maple leaf anxiety scale: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯… They were really there to take it, and they played really well on Thursday. They will also get Game 7 in the house. Bad news? Good that you learned.
Lightning Anxiety Scale: 🥴🥴🥴🥴 …maybe this should be higher, considering they were about to play golf on Thursday. But they have no demons possessed by foliage.
– Max Bultmann
Game 6: Blues 5, Wild 1 | St. Louis win 4-2
Who was the man? Not Kevin Viala. While we don’t want to take the blues off, they’ll be here to talk about them in the second round, unlike Wild. Minnesota scored 16 goals in this series, and Kirill Kaprizov scored seven. The JEEk line was responsible for four. But where was the offense from one of their best sources in the regular season? It is difficult not to look at the bright zero in the goals column, there are only three passes in six matches. St. Louis had at least one multi-goal scorer in each group of the top nine positions. The Wild can’t say the same, and Fiala’s play has a lot to do with it.
What was the key? Special teams were once again team makers for the blues. St.Louis has been one of the best teams to play for power this post-season, in terms of both creation and offensive results. And last night, they scored two goals for them in six chances. On the other hand, Minnesota was not so lucky. It is clear that penalty kicks from every side of this match play their part and affect how well or not the team performs. But Wild’s strong game has been a mixed bag with a few lows all season, and Game 6 was no different after being 0 against 5, allowing four shots against them and only generating six.
Basic stats: The Blues survived a tough first period in the wild when they took 76 percent of shots and 88 percent of their expected goal share. Minnesota got out by shooting five out of five And She had two chances to play the Force, but didn’t have any goals to show for it. On the other hand, St. Louis exited the period with a 1-0 lead which built on it in the second frame.
Expiry moment: We stick to special teams. This was before the Blues scored any of their goals in the power game, but they were in the lead thanks to equal strengths from Nick Lady. The Wild was on his third strong in the game, and this happened… What’s the thought here, Marcos Foligno?
Minnesota spent very little time forming and kept trying (and struggling) to regroup.
After uninspiring play on their chances, the Blues responded with the goal of playing their own strength the next time they had a chance. I felt Ryan O’Reilly’s goal was to break the back because that they He did something wild could not. St. Louis later added that period with Vladimir Tarasenko’s score on advantage.
Match moment: Tarasenko’s power play goal is good for several reasons. First, it shows how the Blues generated an attack from the feature we discussed he is Importance. Second, his reappearance this season has been a boon. How many teams on the outside image of the qualifiers are looking at striker strength to get back into their scoring ways and thinking they would have had that in their squad had they moved last summer?
Wild Anxiety Scale: ☠️…after a disappointing exit, good luck with the cover crunch!
Blues Anxiety Scale: ✌️…good luck with the avalanche 🥴.
– Shayna Goldman
Game 6: Oilers 4, Kings 2 | The series tied 3-3
Who was the man? To absolutely no one’s astonishment, Conor MacDavid was king with the Oilers on the wall. McDavid opened scoring less than a minute later. He had a zone entry and a secondary pass on game winner Tyson Barry. He put the arc on everything by playing strong defensive play on the back check to strip Andreas Athanasio and send Evander Kane to the insurance mark on the empty net.
From start to finish, the number 97 was the backbone. With McDavid on the ice, the Oilers had 20 shots on target and 3 goals in five against five. The Kings as a whole had 24 shots and one goal in 5-on-5.
What was the key? Edmonton put out its own bad beginning trend in the series. Los Angeles was able to set the tone for a lot of the game in this match by creating the front check and pacing Edmonton through the Neutral Zone with a Neutral 1-3-1 setting. What McDavid has best is his ability to gather speed at the bottom and catch a full flight on entries that Kings were able to fit early on in many games. This time, McDavid found a way.
The Oilers attack quickly, and Conor McDavid scores in a nice cabbage. 1-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/6gVLhBHjtd
– Zach Ling (@zjlaing) May 13, 2022
Basic stats: Edmonton won the 5v5 fight by 3-1. The Oilers Special Teams have been pretty strong for most of this series but what has outlasted them is how badly they were beaten at every moment – they outperformed 10-2 5 on 5 in their losses. Los Angeles was clinching victories by dominating the battle for marital power. It was critical for Edmonton to at least hold their own at any given moment, they did one better by winning it decisively thanks to McDavid.
Expiry moment: McDavid sprinted through the neutral for a clean entry, Leon Drystel put it back in and Barry jumped as a trailer to reclaim the lead with the eventual winner of the game.
Tyson Barry with easily the biggest goal of his career gives Mazetri Oilers a 3-2 lead late into third place. pic.twitter.com/2liCMOgKJ1
– Zach Ling (@zjlaing) May 13, 2022
Match moment: Edmonton’s late kill in the third with less than five minutes left to maintain the lead was huge. Mike Smith has made some great stops on Adrian Kempe and Arthur Kaliyev.
Kings anxious meter:🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯…they have a real chance of winning Game 7, but it doesn’t help that now they’re on the road, McDavid en fuego and Darnell Nurse are back.
Anxiety Lubricants Meter: 🥴🥴🥴🥴 …they are still 60 minutes away from another possible first-round exit.
– Harman Dial
On tap for Friday
Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. ET (Penguins lead 3-2)
Panthers in Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET (Panthers advance 3-2)
Flames at Stars, 9:30 p.m. ET (Flames advance 3-2)
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