Pavel Francouz replaced the injured Darcy Kuemper in the NHL playoffs in the twentieth minute in the Colorado goal area and contributed to the 7: 3 team’s victory in Nashville in 18 goals. The winner of the Western Conference is already leading the series 3: 0.
Hockey striker Radek Faksa helped Dallas win 4-2 over Calgary and lead 2-2 in matches. Filip Chytil assisted at one New York Rangers goal, who lost 4: 7 in Pittsburgh and lost 1: 2 in matches. Florida suffered a 1: 6 debacle in Washington and loses in a 1: 2 series.
Kuempera was unintentionally injured by Ryan Johansen, whose hockey stick passed through the helmet grid and hit Colorado’s goalkeeper in the eye:
The Frenchman captured for the first time in this year’s playoffs and scored two goals. Colorado led Artturi Lehkonen and Nathan MacKinnon 2-0, with Nashville defeating Matt Duchene and Eeli Tolvanen, who beat the French from the left circle. In the middle of the match, the guest striker Gabriel Landeskog prevailed.
The Predators equalized with Roman Josi’s shot from the blue line, but found no answer to Landeskog’s next goal. Nazem Kadri, Devon Toews and Valery Nishushkin gradually increased the lead to 7: 3.
Faksa opened the scoring in the ninth minute, but Calgary turned the goals of Trevor Lewis and Elias Lindholm to 2: 1. The hero of the match was Joe Pavelski, who with two goals turned the lead back to Dallas. Roope Hintz sealed the victory a second before the end.
Chytil assisted at the goal of Kaapo Kakka, who reacted quickly to Brock McGinn’s leading goal in the fifth minute. Still in the opening third, Pittsburgh bounced back to 4: 1, Jeff Carter and Evan Rodrigues hit twice.
The middle part belonged to the Rangers and after the goals of Frank Vatran, Artemis Panarin and Andrew Copp, the score was again indecisive. The match was decided in the 52nd minute by Danton Heinen and the win was secured in the end by Jake Guentzel and Jeff Carter goals in power play.
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Eastern Conference – 3rd match:
Washington – Florida 6:1 (1:1, 2:0, 3:0)
Goals: 20. Oshie, 30. Johansson, 39. T. Van Riemsdyk, 51. Ovechkin, 56. Carlson, 60. Hathaway – 3. Huberdeau. Shots on goal: 31:30. Attendance: 18,573. Match Stars: 1. Samsonov, 2. Johansson, 3. T. Van Riemsdyk (all Washington). State of the series: 2: 1.
Pittsburgh – NY Rangers 7: 4 (4: 1, 0: 3, 3: 0)
Goals: 9th and 59th Carter, 11th and 16th Rodrigues, 2nd McGinn, 52nd Heinen, 58th Guentzel – 6th Kakko (Catched), 27. Vatrano, 28. Panarin, 36. Copp. Shots on goal: 37:36. Attendance: 18,385. Match Stars: 1. Heinen, 2. Rodrigues, 3. Carter (all Pittsburgh). State of the series: 2: 1.
Western Conference – Matches 3:
Nashville – Colorado 3: 7 (1: 2, 2: 3, 0: 2)
Goals: 18. Duchene, 26. Tolvanen, 33. Josi – 31. and 35. Landeskog, 11. Lehkonen, 17. MacKinnon, 35. Kadri, 50. D. Toews, 58. Ničushkin. Shots on goal: 30:42. Pavel Francouz caught in Colorado 40:57 minutes, collected two goals from 20 shots and had a success rate of 90 percent. Attendance: 17,430. Match stars: 1. Landeskog, 2. Makar, 3. Kadri (all Colorado). The score is now 0: 3.
Dallas – Calgary 4:2 (1:1, 1:1, 2:0)
Goals: 32nd and 51st Pavelski, 9th. Fax, 60. Hintz – 14. Lewis, 24. E. Lindholm. Shots on goal: 32:41. Attendance: 18,532. Match stars: 1. Pavelski, 2. Oettinger, 3. Heiskanen (all Dallas). State of the series: 2: 1.