• Conor McDavid and Leon Drysittel present for the Edmonton Oilers.
• Ante Ranta and Carolina Hurricanes completely closed the New York Rangers to a 2-0 lead.
• There is only one game on Saturday’s schedule, such as the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues.
Game Two: Carolina Hurricanes 2, New York Rangers 0 (CAR Leads 2-0 Series)
The New York Rangers don’t have an answer for the Carolina Hurricanes’ defense, scoring just one goal in the first two games of their second-round series. The game was halted Friday night, 2-0, thanks to 21 saves from Ante Ranta and a shortened goal from Brendan Smith. Rangers are clearly trying to play a more conservative style to improve their defensive play from the first round, but they have completely eliminated any scoring threat. They have to find common ground if they want to make this a chain.
Game 2: Edmonton Oilers 5, Calgary Flames 3 (String tied 1-1)
Mike Smith conceded two early goals again for the Edmonton Oilers, but shut the door and shut the rest of the way to give his teammates a chance to rally for a 5-3 win to tie the Battle of Alberta in one game apiece. Conor McDavid and Leon Drysittel also had big games for the Oilers, while Zach Hyman’s breakaway late third-half goal was on the books as the match-winning goal for the Oilers as they wiped out a 2-0, 3-1 deficit to seal the victory. the win.
[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 First Round schedule, TV info]
Three-star NHL Playoffs (Game 2 of the Lightning-Panthers and Hurricanes-Rangers)
1. Conor MacDavid, Edmonton Oilers
He may not have had the most points in the game or scored the winning goal, but he was clearly the best player on the ice and is the best player in the series. He helped swing that game in favor of Edmonton in the second period when he put together a dominant stretch that included a goal to help bring the Oilers one point, trimming Calgary’s 3-1 lead to 3-2.
The goal was a thing of beauty.
2. Leon Drystel, Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton’s other offensive star had a huge game of his own. Draisaitl scored assists and added a late goal in the third half to help tip the match away. Draisaitl was a significant factor entering this series as it was not a 100% match time decision before match seven in the first round and before match one in this round. He’s clearly playable and still can make a huge impact. He and McDavid have been carrying the Oilers all year, and that’s continuing into the playoffs.
3. Ante Ranta, Carolina Hurricanes
Fredrik Andersen is close to returning to the squad, but there’s no guarantee he’ll get his first job back. Not the way Raanta played this postseason. After closing 21 saves on Friday, it’s now 5-2 in the post-season with over 0.935 saves in the playoffs. He’s been filling in for Anderson in sensationalism and making the Hurricane goalkeeper fix from this off last season look like a great move by the front office. Andersen and Raanta combined to win the Jennings Cup this season to allow for the fewest goals in the National Hockey League, and with two starting caliber goals, they’re still in a great position when one of them is out of play.
Saturday NHL Playoff schedule
Game 3: Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues (Series tied 1-1), 8 p.m. ET –
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