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Lastly, the St. Louis Blues hold their first clutch of the 2019-20 NHL postseason. Decrease than 24 hours later, they hold the likelihood to level their first-round sequence in opposition to the Vancouver Canucks and fix their late commence within the support of them.
After losing all three of its round-robin seeding video games and its first two contests in opposition to Vancouver, St. Louis notched a 3-2 time previous guidelines clutch in Sunday night’s Recreation 3, cutting the Canucks’ sequence end result in 2-1. There is now not any time for both team to dwell on the end result, with Recreation 4 space to happen Monday night.
That matchup will cap what must be one other thrilling day of Stanley Cup playoff action, with four Recreation 4 contests space to happen. And none of them hold the possible for an elimination, showing the competitiveness in most of this year’s opening-round sequence.
Here’s a eye at Monday’s corpulent slate.
Recreation 4: No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets, 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
Recreation 4: No. 2 Colorado Avalanche at No. 7 Arizona Coyotes, 5: 30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
Recreation 4: No. 4 Boston Bruins at No. 5 Carolina Hurricanes, 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
Recreation 4: No. 4 St. Louis Blues at No. 5 Vancouver Canucks, 10: 30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
Video games will be streamed are residing at NBC Sports Are residing.
Will Blue Jackets Answer But again to Tie It Up?
After suffering a tough, 5-time previous guidelines loss in Recreation 1, the Columbus Blue Jackets bounced support with a clutch in Recreation 2 of their first-round sequence in opposition to the Tampa Bay Lightning. On the alternative hand, Tampa Bay took support obtain watch over in Recreation 3 with a 3-2 victory. Whether Columbus can respond is on the total a tall component in figuring out this sequence’ end result.
The Lightning, who had been swept by the Blue Jackets in final year’s first round, hold proved they hold the mettle to beat these demons, even with captain Steven Stamkos indifferent out with a lower-physique damage. However they attain hold the Norris Trophy-nominated Victor Hedman support from damage, and in Recreation 3, he scored his first neutral of the postseason and helped Tampa Bay’s defense limit Columbus to 17 shots.
Since Aug. 2, the Blue Jackets hold performed eight postseason video games. They went a corpulent 5 video games in their qualifying-round sequence matchup in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs, with two going to time previous guidelines, and so that they’d the 5-OT game to commence their sequence in opposition to the Lightning. However Columbus’ gamers are now now not the spend of that as an excuse for its Recreation 3 setback.
“We’re educated athletes, and we now hold to search out an answer to be basically the most productive we are in a position to be each time we hit the ice,” Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said, in line with NHL.com’s Sean Farrell.
If Columbus goes down 3-1, that is also a tough deficit to beat. However this sequence has been competitive, and it wouldn’t be ravishing to eye the Blue Jackets level it up Monday.
Can Coyotes Clutch But again to Clutch It a Sequence?
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Originally, the Arizona Coyotes may perhaps well now not raise over the momentum from their upset qualifying-round sequence clutch over the Nashville Predators. They dropped their first two video games in opposition to the Colorado Avalanche within the outlet round, but Arizona fared better in Recreation 3, retaining on for a 4-2 victory to lower Colorado’s end result in 2-1.
Darcy Kuemper has been terrific within the target for the Coyotes all sequence, but they hold struggled offensively. In their 3-0 loss in Recreation 1, they’d most productive 14 shots on neutral. And even in their Recreation 3 victory, they had been outshot 51-23, with two of their four needs empty-netters.
However if Kuemper continues to play on the kind of excessive level, Arizona may perhaps well even be in a space to withhold it a competitive sequence, even with its offensive woes.
“You’ll seemingly be in a space to position him there with basically the most productive of basically the most productive,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said of his netminder, in line with Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic. “He’s an unflappable man, a frontrunner in his web trusty. He’s excellent a man who of us revel in playing for, and it’s easy for me to play him on myth of he is the kind of trusty goalie.”
Arizona’s a quantity of gamers will must continue to present Kuemper some motivate, but when they attain, presumably the Coyotes, who began as the No. 11 seed within the Western Convention, can manufacture things spirited and continue their ravishing postseason speed.
Without Rask, Bruins Peep to Clutch But again
If the Boston Bruins are going to plod on to know the Stanley Cup, they’ll hold to attain so with out goaltender Tuukka Rask, who opted out of the playoffs after the first two video games of Boston’s opening-round sequence in opposition to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jaroslav Halak will be within the target for the Bruins fascinating forward.
Things indifferent went smartly for Boston in Recreation 3, as Halak had 29 saves and led the Bruins to a 3-1 clutch, helping them get a 2-1 sequence lead. In his 14-year NHL profession, Halak has performed 32 postseason video games, so he isn’t any stranger to the increased stakes of the postseason.
“Jaro is a talented, and I hold all by the final two years we now had been a hockey membership that’s relied on everyone, and Jaro’s been a large section of that,” Bruins general supervisor Don Sweeney said, in line with NHL.com. “… Jaro is mentally and bodily ready to step in and grab the role and, clearly, we hope that he rises to that venture.”
Halak may perhaps well motivate Boston get a commanding 3-1 sequence lead with one other solid showing in Monday’s Recreation 4. On the alternative hand, Carolina has been grand extra competitive than when it was swept by the Bruins in final year’s Eastern Convention Closing, so the Hurricanes may perhaps well even be poised to tie the sequence at 2-2.