That is if it weren't for Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. However, it wasn't to be and soon after that opportunity, the Blue Jackets' got the win when Werenski did what Kuznetsov should have done earlier (he shot the puck) - and Matt Calvert jammed home the rebound. In Stanley Cup playoff history, 86.4 percent of teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win it.
And, the Blue Jackets hope, a guy who can get them deeper into the playoffs. The Blue Jackets lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 after winning 5-4 in overtime on Sunday. If they are going to right the ship in time to save the series, these three elements jump off the page.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said Monday that forward Andre Burakovsky (upper-body) is not travelling with the team and will be out at least the next two games. Coach John Tortorella didn't care about the lack of punishment and is more anxious about how 21-year-old Sonny Milano handles his second postseason game. The second consecutive overtime loss is yet another bitter pill to swallow for fans, players and coaching staff alike. "You've just got to move on and try to get the next one". It was just a matter of time before he found the net, and he scored his signature goal from the point on the power play with 6:34 left in the first. "I'm excited to get to Columbus and for Game 3". "If a game doesn't go the way he wants it to go, he always responds the right way. Here, I got that, what I wanted". But the two teams going into Sunday down 2-0 in their series are getting incredible play at the position and are still in trouble. "We just take it one game at a time in the playoffs", said Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz, who scored the team's third power play goal of the game. "In order to be better, you need to see the negatives and you need to make mistakes and hopefully get better and learn from it". "I know you have to go through that the first game, in terms of just the game was a little overwhelming when we as a staff looked at that".
In a 1980 quarterfinal matchup, the New York Islanders eliminated the Boston Bruins in five games after stealing Games 1 and 2 with overtime wins in Boston.
Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise, Matt Dumba, Eric Staal, Greenway and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first two periods as the Wild cut their deficit to 2-1 in the Western Conference first-round series.
Panarin's line mates, veteran winger Atkinson and 19-year-old rookie center Pierre-Luc Dubois, have benefited from his skills. In what was a disappointing fourth National Hockey League season, he finished with 12 goals and 13 assists in 56 games.
The Blue Jackets have been a bit below average on offense this year as they come in ranked 17th in the league in scoring at 2.88 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots taken (33.7 spg) and 25th in power play conversions, converting on 17.2% of their chances. He'll be due a sizeable salary bump if the Blue Jackets decide to keep him around after that.
"When they first traded me, of course for a couple days, I anxious", he said. Then I tossed the ball. You don't realize how special it is, but I raced back after dinner to watch your brother play in the playoffs.
Dubnyk has been one of Minnesota's most important players so far, but has been hung out to dry against an offensively potent Winnipeg team.