Game 2: Hurricanes 2, Rangers 0 | Carolina leads 2-0
Who was the man? There’s no stat designed to determine the level of revenge, but there has to be – and if we get it, Carolina defender Brendan Smith will serve as a solid base. Smith, after three largely lost seasons in New York that saw him serve as a 12th striker under David Quinn and was conceded on his 29th birthday in 2018, scored a short-range goal in the second half (from a sick pass by Sebastian Aho. Through Adam Fox’s legs) she ended up winning the match. Smith’s last goal came in post-season with the Red Wings, so you know it was a long time ago — nine years, actually.
What a moment pic.twitter.com/mwMFLPCcEt
– Carolina Hurricanes (Canes) May 21 2022
Regardless of the obvious, it’s been a nice night overall for Smith: The shootout action has been solid – he’s playing Carolina, to be checked – and the Hurricanes with him on the ice in fifth and fifth were really good (12-9 attempts, 6-2). Shot advantage, 2-0 scoring chance, approximately 75 percent of expected goal share).
What was the key? A combination of Hurricanes penalty kicks – four clean games, plus Smith’s goal – and another great match by Antti Raanta. He had 21 saves for the first time in the post-season and allowed one goal total from two games. In eight playoffs, he has 0.939 saves and seven more than expected saves, making the net clear when/if Freddy Andersen is safe. It was so good.
Basic stats: 24:09. This is the amount of time we saw five over five in the first two periods. Guys, that didn’t help the flow of equal force at all. As fun as power games can be, they lead to unintended consequences. Things opened a tick in the third game, but it was…the second most entertaining game of the night. We can leave it at that.
moment ended: Perhaps this lack of flow has made you forget to advance with one goal, which is far from impossible. Rangers called up the score in the back half of the third half enough to leave the score in doubt until Sebastian Aho’s empty goal.
Match moment: Tony D’Angelo saves a target with his ass cheek, probably.
– Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) May 21 2022
The match was goalless at the time, and DeAngelo immediately went to the penalty area for a penalty, but it was a penalty kick for Hurricanes. Did not matter.
Hurricanes worry meter: 🤠 …no problems to report. They may have gotten away with one game in Game 1, but that seemed like the tide was turning in the right direction. If you’re 2-0 up in a series, frankly, how you got there isn’t particularly important.
Rangers concern meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯… Ranta is a problem, like the line play of Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanijad and Frank Vatrano. That group didn’t have any high-risk chances in the second game. Blame the massive nature of the game for some of that, but either way, they need more.
– Sean Gentile
Game 2: Oilers 5, Flames 3 | 1-1 . tie series
Who was the man? Let’s talk about Conor McDavid. The first two spells were another prime example of the captain trying to push his team forward. He scored Duncan Keith’s goal to make Edmonton on the board at the start, and earned the score sheet. Then, in the second, he set up a goal-scoring play for Leon Drysittel which was called back and immediately responded with a goal of his own (we’ll get there). Those two points bring him up to six in this series and 20 points in nine playoffs.
Oilers Connor McDavid is the fastest player in the past 30 years to reach the 20-point mark in the post-season pic.twitter.com/oF3OpLWQhG
– Sportsnet stats (SNstats) May 21 2022
In five-on-five in Game 2, shot attempts were 14-9 with McDavid on the ice, Edmonton achieved 72 percent of his expected goal share. He generated nine shots in all positions (second only to Zach Hyman’s 10), delivered four hits and had a well-timed save late in the game.
What was the key? The Oilers came to play in the third period after two frames of Edmonton McDavids were doing their best even for the series. The away team fell to less than 35 percent of their expected goal share in the first at five-for-five, then made further improvements in the following period at 42 percent. The third period was the best, by far. In fact, Edmonton was still bested by Calgary, but the quality of his chances made the projected target work its way, by 59.5 percent according to Natural Stat Trick.
If we expand the view to all positions, we can see merely How dominant were the Oilers. They took the lead in predicted goals over the Flames midway through the third inning, according to MoneyPuck. But by the third period, they not only separated themselves, but escaped by their act. The final count was 9.13 projected goal for Edmonton to 3.51 goal for Calgary.
McDavid’s credit for generating 2.68 of that with his unblocked attempts to repay. His death surely contributed a lot as well.
Basic stats: There were three disallowed goals in this match – two thanks to the lovable “Intent to Blast” call and one for the goalkeeper’s interference after the Flames challenge. Those two goals not allowed for the Oilers would certainly have been a topic of discussion if they lost, especially after Mike Smith opened this game by conceding two early goals.
Expiry moment: Zach Hyman’s short-term goal could have been the answer…if you had any confidence the Oilers team was ahead with one goal. They almost did when Tyler Toffoli scored a powerful goal with the same feature. Edmonton got a breather when he was promptly rejected to support the lead. That’s why the Draisaitl score gets credit here for adding some security.
Match moment: McDavid Draisaitl set a goal that would have dragged the Oilers into a single goal. But Flames defied the call for the goalkeeper’s intervention. It was Daryl Sutter’s first post-season challenge, and the target was eliminated from the board, protecting Calgary’s 3-1 lead.
This is good, though. McDavid went on the next shift and scored. Sure, that could have been a 3-3 goal and then Oilers followed him up with another count. But that goal off the plate was beyond McDavid’s control at that point. what It was It was in his control what he could do to restore momentum for his team after what could have been a downturn. Nikita Zadorov tried to be physical and kick him off the hard drive, but the elite position remained in control and played on his strength with another skillful play.
It’s a McDavid vs. Flames show, and we’re all here watching to see what the power of a single player star can do.
Anxiety lubricants meter: 🙃🙃…look, Edmonton still allowed two very early goals. There is always a level of anxiety about the situation leading to goal.
Flame Anxiety Gauge: 🙃🙃 … A tie streak is no cause for panic, but the Flames are facing a better offensive team, and Jacob Markstrom has allowed more goals than expected in the past two games.
– Shayna Goldman
On tap for Saturday
• Avalanche in the Blues, 8 p.m. ET (chain tied 1-1)
(Picture of Brendan Smith, left, and the Rangers