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NHL Roundup: 5th August

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In what has been virtually back to back hockey games since the restart of the NHL, the qualifiers are really hotting up.

Not only have we got a fascinating round of qualifiers, but some intriguing round robin games as well.

The Carolina Hurricanes advanced to the Stanley Cup play-offs by completing a clean sweep over the New York Rangers.

Canes won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup qualifiers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday 4-1.

In his NHL postseason debut Rangers rookie netminder Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves, ending Henrik Lundqvist’s run of 129 consecutive postseason starts.


Rangers took an early lead on Tuesday night after just three minutes when Chris Kreider scored.  Canes hit back with goals from Warren Foegele, Teuvo Teravinen and a brace from Sebastian Aho. Hurricanes netminder James Reimer made 38 saves in his first start of the postseason.

Carolina will play the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves as the Vancouver Canucks defeated Minnesota Wild 3-0 in game three of the best of five to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup qualifiers.

Philadelphia Flyers beat Washington Capitals 3-1 in the round-robin section of the Stanley Cup qualifiers on Thursday at Toronto. Scott Laughton bagged 2+1 on the night with Kevin Hayes picking up three points.

Vegas Golden Knights hit three third period goals in a 6-4 win against the St. Louis Blues in a Stanley Cup qualifier on Thursday.


Calgary Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup play-offs with a 4-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game four in Edmonton. Flames completed a clean sweep with Cam Talbot making 31 saves in a shut out.

Pierre-Luc-Dubois hit a hat trick as Columbus Blue Jackets came from 3-0 down to win 4-3 after overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday.  Dubois claimed the winning goal in overtime to claim his third goal of the night after 18 minutes of OT. Blue Jackets currently lead the qualifier series 2-1.

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