Ovechkin pulls “Washington”, “Winnipeg” helps seventh player

We present the most interesting event of the second round of the playoffs Stanley Cup 2018

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“Washington capitals” “Pittsburgh penguins” (account in a series – 2:2)

Already become a classic confrontation “capitals” – “penguins” again puts to the forefront long ago memorized the questions – “will Ovechkin surpass Crosby and Co? Or we will witness a third championship to the Pittsburgh penguins in a row?”

However, the sonorous titles of posters and television announcements do not seem so relevant, in fact often you can hear the sarcastic remarks on the subject – “it’s great that Ovechkin at the world Cup is coming…”.

And Yes, the first game rather confirmed the scepticism of the average fan – a victory “Pittsburgh” – 3:2.

But, you know, before the playoffs there was a sense that this time the series will take, “capitals”!

And no, do not blame your humble servant to be sympathetic to “capital” or personally Ovechkin – no. Just, trust Barry Trotz for the first time in the last few years, tread on the trail of the Stanley Cup, not as clear favourites. And in this situation, it is a plus, than a minus!

The team was given the title of the best team of the regular season, but that has not become weaker. Managed to shed the burden of responsibility that prevailed in recent years. And to start another quest for the Cup, if not in the status “underdog”, at least in a more relaxed mode.

And now in game # 2, having done work on the bugs and saving the former attitude, the team takes in the nines replays on the arena recalcitrant opponent 4:1.

Pin home successfully managed and PPG Paints-arena, where action-Packed Thriller “KEPS” re-straddle “penguins”, and went forward in a series – 2:1.

Scoring a goal with 1:07 to the end of the third period, Alexander Ovechkin brought his team victory – 4:3, and the hope that maybe this year all kinds of ricochets and rod still will be on the side of the Russians.

However, Pittsburgh is clearly not going to go on about ambition, “capitals”, which was confirmed last night.

“Penguins”, thanks to winning the washer Evgeni Malkin late in the second period, picked up in game 4 (3:1) and now lead the series again equal to 2:2.

“Nashville Predators” – “Winnipeg jets” (the account in a series – 2:2)

No less entertaining match №3 between “Predators” and “jets” on Tuesday, MTS at Bell Place.

The series moved from Nashville to Winnipeg, and acquired, perhaps, an additional flavour. The local public knows firsthand how to support your favorite team. The sea of white jerseys, scarves, chants and constant fan hum – accompanied the match from the first until the last second.

Perhaps that is what helped “pilots” not to lose composure after the first period ended with the score 3:0 in favor of “Predators”. And finally, in the remaining 40 minutes to help to score 7 goals and achieve at home the 13th win in a row.

“Nashville” every game in this series allows a lot of errors. No exception was this game in which players Peter Laviolette lost to the hosts in almost all statistical indicators: throws (45:30), faceoffs (57 – 43%) and power moves (30-21).

With this approach it will be difficult to succeed.

Although, to carry out work on the bugs and change the status quo, “Predators” managed.

Reliable game in defence and great action Pekka Rinne (goalkeeper made some miracle saves and has reflected 32 throws) helped the visitors to win the game 4 – 2:1 to even the score in the series.

“Tampa Bay lightning” – “Boston Bruins” (the account in a series – 2:1)

Last night in Boston’s TD Garden hosted game 3 between the lightning and Bruins, which ended with a confident away win of Tampa Bay – 4:1.

After a very unexpected defeat in game 1, the team of John Cooper went to Boston with the intentions, in whatever was to crush his opponent. Show that the events of the first meeting was just an accident and “lightning” and remain one of the main favorites of the season.

Indeed, the victory of the Bruins became a real sensation. Few would have thought that pretty knackered after a seven-match ban series with Toronto, the hockey players of “Boston” will be able to oppose something to his opponent at Amalie arena.

But it’s hockey! Here is everything.

In game 2 the Tampa was able to take my (4:2), though still remained questions to the team leaders – Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov who scored no points in the first two games with the Bruins.

But the third match was decided and this problem. 28 saves Andrei Vasilevsky, take of around the House, puck, Anthony Cirelli and goal into an empty net from Steven Stamkos bring the team the lead in a series – 2:1.

By the way, for the Russian goalkeeper this victory became the tenth in the playoffs. Goalkeeper “Tampa” Nikolay Habibulin only and Ben Bishop has won more (21) than Wasilewski.

“Vegas Golden knights” – “San Jose sharks” (account in a series – 2:2)

Series “the Golden knights” – the “sharks” could potentially be delayed up to seven games.

Perhaps, a more perfect rivals it was hard to find. Two teams that are equally well able to defend and attack. Different combative spirit, and can always draw the right conclusions from past failures. It’s all about “Vegas” and “San Jose”.

With the exception of game # 1, in which the “knights” big (7:0) beat sharks, all previous meetings were held in a bitter struggle the matter is, as a rule, went to overtime. In game 2 the success of the celebrated “sharks” – 4:3 (2ОТ), and No. 3 – “Vegas (4:3).

But last night the “sharks” were able to avenge the former defeat. Black and green had his best game this playoffs. “Sharks” from the first to the last second in control on the ice, conducting a successful attack, and completely cutting off the oxygen to guests from Nevada. As a result – 4:0.

Washers owners have noted Marcus Sorensen, Jonas Donskoi, Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl. Goalie Martin Jones, reflecting 34 throw scored shat out.

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