Star Force saves the Leafs, but the Kings beat McDavid

• The Montreal Canadiens won the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery and thus had the right to the No. 1 overall pick. While they didn’t take first place, the Devils’ luck continued to jump from fifth best odds to second place.

• After 23 years in the NHL (enough to set a new gaming record), Patrick Marlowe retired.

• Igor Shesterkin, Jose Saros and Jacob Markstrom have been announced among the finalists for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Vienna.

• Just another fine for Jamie Benn, while TJ Oshie avoided suspension for that hit on Sam Bennett.

• The sudden return to play by Charlie McAvoy didn’t make much of a difference between the Bruins and the Hurricanes in Game 5.

• Kirill Kaprizov, Conor McDavid and Leon Drysittel made like the stars as they were on Tuesday. Their difference doesn’t matter. It mattered to Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and the Maple Leafs.

Game 5: Carolina Hurricanes 5, Boston Bruins 1 (CAR leads 3-2)

When it comes to games in the Carolinas, hurricanes have been rife all over the Bruins. Game 5 was no different. The Hurricanes defeated the Bruins 5-1 in Game 5, the third Carolina tournament in which they won and scored five goals (5-1 in Game 1; 5-2 in Game 2).

Even on the road, the Hurricanes found a way to score first against the Bruins. However, in Boston, the B team managed to attack special teams and achieve victories. Can hurricanes hoard some of the benefits of home ice and bring it on the road? It would definitely make things easier for a team with big ambitions.

Game 5: Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (TOR advances 3-2)

Down 2-0 in Game 5, the Maple Leafs drew a lot of criticism for how weak they initially were against Lightning. Maybe it’s better not to panic after two goals, while the series is still tied 2-2?

Either way, this was a wild ride. Read about it here, as there is a lot to take in.

Game 5: St. Louis Blues 5, Minnesota Wild 2 (STL leads 3-2)

With athletics dominating the first half, Kirill Kaprizov scored twice to give Wilde a 2-1 lead. This will be Wild’s last goal as the Blues eventually battle it out in Game Five.

In the second half, Brandon Saad scored a key goal to tie things up 2-2. Then Vladimir Tarasenko took third place.

Only 2:31 in the final frame, Vladimir Tarasenko scored two amazing goals. The green light goal was marked by a superb pass from Pavel Bukhnevich:

By scoring an empty goal, Vladimir Tarasenko collected a hat-trick (a natural hat-trick at that). The Blues’ goal variety continues to yield results against a Wild team that was also deeper than usual…during the season, at least.

Game 5: Los Angeles Kings 5, Edmonton Oilers 4 [OT] (LAK leads 3-2)

During the greater part of Game 5, the Kings completely controlled the Oilers. This series wasn’t all about Star Force vs. Hulk, however that was pretty much the case in Game 5.

Entering the third period, kings were dominated by oil lubricants in every measure that counts. This included the score 3-1. However, Conor McDavid and Leon Drystel made the kind of show that even star players rarely quit in the modern NHL. McDavid scored a goal and assisted two, while Drytel scored three points (2G, 1A). Grouping these two giants together unleashed them. He also helped the Oilers beat the overall shot-sharing advantage (and Philip Danault’s 4-2 goal didn’t stop them).

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However… The Young Kings ignored the return of Draisaitl/McDavid, took control of the Oilers in the OT, and won it quickly. He’s not really supposed to get the type of room that Adrian Kempe created in this position in the playoffs, but he captured it, scoring an amazing goal in the OT:

Many will point to the way McDavid and Draisaitl handled Game 5, and wonder how anyone could ever suspect those two things. Many agree that Oilers’ problems revolve around other flaws. But skeptics can then cling to the kings’ victory in Orascom Telecom.

Either way, royalty looks increasingly a Much Better in 5 out of 5, and that might be enough to beat McDavid and Draisaitl.

Three Stars in Tuesday’s National Hockey League Playoffs

1. Adrien Quimby, Kings Over Drytail – McDavid, Oilers

So, Quimby finally laughed (and another sarcasm). It also caused a similar insult to MacDavid and Drysytel. Kempe scored a 2-1 goal, made a 4-2, and then finished match 5 with this impressive overtime winner.

Like McDavid and Draisaitl, Kempe amassed three points. He got the win, too.

This continues perfectly into the breakout season for Adrian Kempe. On his way to an All-Star appearance, Kembe collected 35 goals and 54 points in 78 games. Prior to this season, Kimbe had not scored more than 16 goals or 37 points in a single season.

In a Kings hoping to outdo and outsmart the star-studded Oilers, Kempe prides himself on the kind of pace that could give Los Angeles a “super game” presence.

2. Vladimir Tarasenko, the blues

Heading into 5 of Blues – Wild, Vladimir Tarasenko’s numbers were modest (but respectable). The rising winger had a goal and an assist in four playoffs, firing nine shots on target.

Tarasenko really made the difference for the Blues in Game 5, astonishing Wild in the process. You could put a little pressure on him to complete a hat-trick with an empty net, but Tarasenko’s first two goals were essential.

This is the second playoff trick for Tarasenko, who has made five in regular season games. The last time Tarasenko scored a hat-trick recently: on April 14.

3. William Nylander, Maple Leafs

Contact Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews for a perfect picture of the game’s winning goal. Somehow king It could be these two people who make the biggest difference in Maple Leafs over the Lightning.

But other Star Maple Leafs players rose to the occasion. This is especially true with winger William Nylander who has been mistreated and belittled.

First, Nylander assisted in a crucial power-play goal from John Tavares to cut Lightning’s lead to 2-1. Next, he helped Nylander and Tavares score a 4-on-4 goal from Morgan Rielly. While the 3-2 emphatic goal wasn’t ultimately a Nylander match winner, it was a huge target for the Maple Leafs.

Wednesday NHL Playoff Schedule

Game 5: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, 7PM ET – ESPN (PIT leads 3-1)
Game 5: Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers, 7:30 PM ET – ESPN2 (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET – ESPN (Series tied 2-2)

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Leave him a line phtblog@nbcsports.com Or follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.

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