Happy Monday, everyone! No one really wrote about the Dallas Stars yesterday, so we’re instead going to focus on our neighbors from Cedar Park!
Last night in Ontario, California, the Texas Stars and Ontario Reign battled it out in their third game of a best-of-five series for the first round in the Calder Cup playoffs. The score was 4-4 after three periods, and it took two overtime periods for the Stars to finally prevail and take home the W.
Here are the scoring highlights from the game. First, Remi Elie put the Stars on the board in the first period:
Remi Elie cuts deficit in half for Texas, 2-1 Reign pic.twitter.com/3zuCxrSTi6— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 22, 2018
The Reign would retake their two-goal lead in the second, but Justin Dowling helped Texas cut the lead once more with a power play goal:
Justin Dowling PP goal cuts Ontario lead to 3-2. Look how much Reign are keying on Travis Morin, two defenders to him each time he touches puck, and he picks it apart with pass pic.twitter.com/5PsVsVu3k4— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 22, 2018
Ninety seconds later, Colin Markison tied it up 3-3:
3-3 on a goal completely generated by players with AHL-only contracts. Markison from Mangene on line with Laberge and L'Esperance pic.twitter.com/EQ4cGSmNfb— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 22, 2018
Unfortunately, Ontario took the lead just two minutes later, and Landon Bow was pulled in favor of Mike McKenna (more on that later). Thankfully, Travis Morin was able to tie things up again early in the third:
4-4. Justin Dowling with feed to Travis Morin pic.twitter.com/Ww7TH8toFH— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 23, 2018
Nearly an hour of game time later, and Samuel Laberge was able to put an end to it all in the dying minutes of the second overtime period:
Game-winning OT sequence for Texas Stars in double OT. Mike McKenna with sprawling save, his 44th of night in relief. Bayreuther hits Laberge with stretch pass for OT winner. pic.twitter.com/KdVU24LPAK— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 23, 2018
Just to give you an idea of how crazy of a night it was for the goalies:
the shots by period: pic.twitter.com/5TiqwglkiW— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 23, 2018
...and then consider the fact that Mike McKenna stopped all 44 shots he faced. In relief.
Mike McKenna's 44 saves tonight were tied for the most by a goalie with 0 GA in a #CalderCup Playoff game since Carey Price (46) in 2007. #TEXvsONT pic.twitter.com/FynuOIPFno— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) April 23, 2018
In fact, let’s isolate the awesome McKenna save from right before the 2OT winner and watch it again:
And check out one of McKenna's great saves tonight.#TEXvsONT #txstars #CalderCup pic.twitter.com/4oYOFDUiK4— x - Texas Stars (@TexasStars) April 23, 2018
Guess we know who’s starting in net for Game Four, eh?
You can read a recap of the Stars’ victory over at 100 Degree Hockey here.
Two Game 6’s were played yesterday, both the last games of their series. First, the Pittsburgh Penguins came from behind to win 8-5 and eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers.[Pensburgh]
Yeah, you read that right: 8-5. Without Evgeni Malkin. In fact, it was only because of Jake Guentzel, who scored a natural hat trick plus one, that the Penguins were able to come back and win at all:
Four consecutive goals in a #StanleyCup playoff game, NHL history:@jakenbake20 w/ @penguins: 2018 FR (Game 6 vs. PHI)— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 22, 2018
Tim Kerr w/ PHI: 1985 DSF (Game 3 vs. NYR)
Newsy Lalonde w/ MTL: 1919 F (Game 2 vs. SEA)#NHLStats #PHIvsPIT pic.twitter.com/8ePjCnfyLa
On the other side of things, Sean Couturier, who scored a hat trick and made two assists, saw his five-point game go to waste. And to make that even more impressive:
Sean Couturier had a hat trick today. He did so on a torn MCL. https://t.co/crWzeoO7ze— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) April 22, 2018
The other game, featuring the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche, also featured lots of goals, but only from one team. The Predators took the series with a 5-0 shutout. [On the Forecheck]
The @PredsNHL posted a shutout victory in a series-deciding game for the first time in franchise history. They joined VGK and WPG as the third team to accomplish the feat this postseason. #NHLStats #COLvsNSH #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/7U3V06WcpF— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 23, 2018
And since the Predators won their series, here’s an interesting tidbit about the remaining Western Conference teams:
The 2018 #StanleyCup Playoffs marks just the third time in NHL history that the final-four in any conference are chasing their first Stanley Cup.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 23, 2018
2012 – STL, LAK, PHX, NSH (LAK won)
1984 – MNS, STL, EDM, CGY (EDM won)
*Since introduction of conferences in 1974-75 pic.twitter.com/8X9GcWp0C8
There are only two series left, both with games tonight. The Washington Capitals look to eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins hope to do the same to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After what was a really good year for rookies who don’t play for the Dallas Stars, the finalists for the Calder Trophy have been announced:
These finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy became household names around the League. They are @Barzal_97, @BBoeser16 and @ClaytonKeller37.— NHL (@NHL) April 22, 2018
Find out the winner in @Vegas! #AwardWorthy #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/eDfXtr2dws
With the Carolina Hurricanes head coaching job now open, Jared Clinton looks at four possible candidates for the team (all of which are potential candidates for the Stars as well, mind you): [The Hockey News]
Hot take here on the Hart Trophy race from Predators defenseman P.K. Subban:
Full quote on what P.K. Subban said about Nathan MacKinnon being worthy of the Hart Trophy: pic.twitter.com/Veesorw2PA— Tracey Myers (@Tramyers_NHL) April 23, 2018
After years of expansion teams struggling out of the gate, the Vegas Golden Knights have provided a new blueprint for future teams such as Seattle to follow. [NBC Sports]
Finally, the Winnipeg Jets may not be the favorite in their upcoming series against the Predators, but Connor Hellebuyck has the potential to steal them the series:
Connor Hellebuyck emerging as elite goalie at right time for Jets https://t.co/kprzUJGb9a pic.twitter.com/39oaEJf4pR— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 22, 2018