- The NHL Player Safety Department has suspended Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele for four games for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans.
- Brad Marchand wins Game Three in overtime for the Boston Bruins.
- Carolina Hurricane finally broke through Andrei Vasilevsky in the third match.
Boston Bruins 2, New York Islanders 1 (OT) (Bruins top series 2-1)
The Boston Bruins deserved this win. They were the better team all night, especially as the game progressed, and they were only in overtime because New York goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov was playing superbly into the net. That all changed early in overtime when Brad Marchand beat him from a bad angle to give Bruins the Game 3 a win and a 2-1 lead in the Game 4 series on Saturday night. (7:15 p.m. ET, NBC). Tuukka Rask was too solid for the Bruins in goal, especially in extra time, to help secure the win. The only downside for the Bruins in this match was that defender Brandon Carlo had to walk out of the match in the third inning after being badly checked by Islanders striker Cal Clutterbuck.
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Lightning Lead series 2-1)
The Carolina Hurricanes finally managed to beat Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky in Game 3, winning 3-2 to be in the series. Jordan Stahl scored the winning goal in overtime, while Sebastian Aho scored three points in the win. Hurricanes’ decision to change goalkeepers also paid off as Petr Mrazek stopped 35 of his 37 shots in the win.
1. Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes. Put his name in the Conn Smythe discussion. He scored three points Thursday night, scoring all three of the Hurricanes, to help them win their first game of the series. He now has 10 points in nine games this post-season, including three two-point games.
2. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins. He didn’t have to face a lot of shots, but he did hit some good ones, including early in overtime. It was his usual tough nature in the Bruins’ 2-1 win, stopping 28 of his 29 shots. He always faces some heavy criticism in Boston for his post-season play, but he remains one of the best and most productive goalkeepers in the league. A big part of Boston’s success.
3. Peter Mrazek, Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes weren’t late in the series because of the goalie, but they still turned to start Mrazek in Game 3 anyway. It worked. Mrazek held 35 out of 37 shots against Lightning’s powerful attack, including every shot he encountered with equal force, to help fend off hurricanes for a massive win. Starting your first game of the playoffs against the Stanley Cup holders, down the road, when your team is already facing a 2-0 series deficit is no easy task. He played great.
highlights of the night
Craig Smith finishes off a dominant turn from Boston’s second streak to open the scoring.
Then Brad Marchand won it in overtime.
Hurricanes score the winning goal in overtime thanks to Sebastian Aho and Jordan Stahl.
Friday NHL Playoff schedule
Game 2: Canadiens at Jets, 7:30 PM ET (MTL leads 1-0) – USA Network (Live broadcast)
The third game: Golden Knights avalanche, 10 p.m. ET (COL advances 2-0) – NBCSN (Live broadcast)