NHL Roundup: 14th August

Dougie Hamilton scored in the ninth minute of the third period to ensure Carolina Hurricanes defeated Boston Bruins 3-2 to level the series 1-1. James Reimer made 33 saves on the night with Andrei Syechnikov picking up two points on the night.

Reilly Smith scored 7:13 into overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference
First Round at Edmonton on Thursday. Knights now hold a 2-0 series lead over the Blackhawks in the best of seven series.

Brayden Point scored 10:27 into the fifth period of overtime to end the fourth longest game in NHL history on Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The game itself lasted over six hours, starting at 3.09 pm Eastern Time and ending at 9.22 pm.

After the qualifying matches, we now have a clearer picture of how the Stanley Cup is shaping up.

The first round of the play-offs will be the best of seven, with Eastern Conference games being held in Toronto and Western Conference in Edmonton.

The Eastern Conference play offs will see:

Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders and Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes.

Western Conference play offs will see:


Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche vs Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues vs Vancouver
Canucks.

The Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the Stanley Cup play-offs after a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Sunday.

Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves on the night and was Korpisalo’s second shutout in the series after he made 28 saves in a 2-0 win in Game 1 in Toronto.

Auston Matthews scored 13 minutes into over time to complete a remarkable turnaround for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who found themselves 3-0 down to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game four of the Stanley Cup qualifiers in Toronto on Friday.

With only 23 seconds left of the third period Zach Hyman tied the game to send the game into overtime.

Earlier Cam Atkinson, Vladislav Gavrikov and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets before the astonishing Leafs fightback.

Christopher Tanev scored with just eleven seconds on the clock in overtime to secure a 5-4 win for the Vancouver Canucks over the Minnesota Wild in Game four of the best of five Stanley Cup qualifiers series in Edmonton on Friday.

The win secured Canucks place in the Stanley Cup play-offs after taking the series 3-1.

Dominik Kubalik scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup play offs with a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

Arturi Lehkonen scored with four minutes remaining in the third period to help the Montreal Canadiens book their place in the play offs after a 2-0
victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game four.

Montreal were 12th in the Eastern Conference standings and 24th overall in the NHL standings this season. If the Canadiens could go all the way to the final it would be a remarkable feat as no team have ever won an NHL postseason series finishing so low.

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