The second round is now underway as the first finished up with game six. There were three series left after game five as the rest of the field was now delegated to watch to find out who they’d play in round two. Now with the semi-finals underway let’s see how the other three teams made it into round two.
First on tap was the Dallas Stars taking on the Calgary Flames. Calgary was looking to avoid yet another round one exit, and they got off to araoring start. Three minutes in Andrew Mangiapane would open the scoring for the Flames off a beautiful deflection to make it 1-0. Calgary kept coming as Johnny Gaudreau would bank a powerplay goal off Anton Khudobin’s pad to make it 2-0. Finally Rasmus Andersson would bet Khudobin with a wrist shot to make it 3-0 Calgary. A much needed timeout by Dallas resulted in some life as Miro Heiskanen would get a powerplay goal to make it 3-1 after one.
The walls closed in for the Flames in the second as the Stars just kept scoring. Denis Gurianov would tie the game at 3-3 in the first three minutes of the second with two goals. Both goalies allowed three goals on seven shots, but where Khudobin stayed in net Cam Talbot got the pull.David Rittich came in to stop the bleeding but only succeeded in making it worse. Less than a minute after tying it Ryan Faksa would give Dallas the lead on the powerplay at 4-3. A minute later Joe Pavelski would out work the Flames defence to make it 5-3. Gurianov would then score his hat-trick goal off a weak long wrist shot to make it 6-3 after two. Talbot came back in for the third period only for Gurianov to score yet again for his fourth of the game to make it a 7-3 Stars final. With that win the Stars would win the series 4-2 and go on to play the Colorado Avalanche in round two.
The only close game six we had was between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens. Things got off to a great start for Philly as Ivan Provorov would open the scoring less than a minute into the game making it 1-0 Flyers. They’d add to the lead a little later as Kevin Hayes would beat Carey Price to make it 2-0. The Habs would answer though as Nick Suzuki would put the puck past Carter Hart on the powerplay to make it 2-1 Flyers after one.
There were only two goals scored after that and both were scored in the second period. The first one came from the Flyers Michael Raffl who made it 3-1 Philly. Next was Suzuki again as he’d score his second of the gmae to make it 3-2. It wasn’t enough though as the Flyers would hold on to win the game 3-2 and take the series at 4-2. Philly will now play the New York Islanders in round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The final game six of the first round was the defending champ St. Louis Blues taking on the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is now Canada’s last hope of breaking the cup drought now as both Calgary and Montreal were eliminated earlier in the round. Jordan Binnington was back in net for St. Louis and looking to find his form again. That never seemed to manifest however as Jay Beagle opened up the score for the Canucks making it 1-0 after one. They kept on coming in the second as Anton Roussel would add to the lead at 2-0. Then Troy Stetcher would make it 3-0 Canucks and things kept rolling as Brock Boeser would get a powerplay goal to end the second at 4-0.
The Blues would get one back to start the third as Jayden Schwartz would beat Jacob Markstrom to make it 4-1. Tyler Motte would restore the four-goal lead for Vancouver to make it 5-1. Then Schwartz would get a late one for his second to make it 5-2. This would be the second game in a row where Motte would score two as his second would put this game away at 6-2. The Canucks would beat the defending Stanley Cup champions in six games (4-2) and will now play the Vegas Golden Knights in round two.
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