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Dose: Avalanche douse the Flames

by Michael Finewax

The NHL suspended Nazem Kadri for the remainder of the Boston-Toronto series, and rightfully so, after he crosschecked Jake DeBrusk in the head in Game 2 Saturday.

I wish the NHL (and all leagues for that matter) when suspending a player, would do so against the team that they were playing. In the regular season, if Kadri picked up a five-game suspension, it really doesn’t aid the Bruins if he has to sit out games against Tampa Bay, Montreal, etc. If the five games were all against the Bruins (he would have to sit out at the end of the season for any remaining games that are left on his account, then Boston would be, and should be the benefactors.

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TORONTO 3 BOSTON 2

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves and Mitch Marner blocked two shots with less than five seconds left in the game to lead Toronto to a 3-2 win over Boston and take a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist in the victory for the Maple Leafs as fourth liner Trevor Moore opened the scoring with his first ever Stanley Cup playoff goal in the second period.

The Bruins quickly got that one back when David Krejci put one past Andersen just 52 seconds after Moore’s goal but Matthews restored the lead with a power play goal (Toronto’s first of the playoffs) on a nice pass from Johnsson.

Johnsson gave Toronto a two-goal lead with 2:48 left in the second as he flipped a backhand shot into the far corner of the net after taking a nice pass from John Tavares.

Charlie Coyle brought the Bruins to within one, once again, and while it completed the scoring in the second, it also completed the scoring for the game. Coyle had a bad season with Boston after being dealt from Minnesota for Ryan Donato at the deadline, but his play in the first three games of the series has been a revelation to all the doubters.

Tuukka Rask made 31 saves and took the loss. David Backes and Marner each had five shots on goal.

CAROLINA 5 WASHINGTON 0

Petr Mrazek stopped all 18 shots and rookie Warren Foegele scored twice and added an assist to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-0 win over Washington.

Foegele opened the scoring before the halfway mark of the first period for the only goal of the period but the highlight of the stanza was the fight between Alex Ovechkin and fellow Russian Andrei Svechnikov. Ovechkin flattened him with a late punch that laid Svechnikov out and when the 18-year-old hit the ice, it was head-first. Svechnikov left the game and was unable to return. The Hurricanes are calling it an upper-body injury.

Micheal Ferland was also injured in the first after taking only three shifts and he as well did not return. His upper-body injury forced the Hurricanes to play the rest of the game with only 10 forwards.

Foegele made it 2-0 in the second and Dougie Hamilton (who also scored twice with both coming on the power play) made it 3-0 at the 11:40 mark of the period.

Hamilton and Brock McGinn scored in the third period to complete the scoring.

Jordan Staal and Jaccob Slavin each had a pair of assists for Carolina.

Braden Holtby made 40 saves in the Washington net as the Hurricanes outplayed the Capitals all game.

Carolina outshot Washington 18-1 in the second period.

Staal had 10 hits on the night.

NASHVILLE 3 DALLAS 2

Pekka Rinne was outstanding as he stopped 40 shots and backstopped the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over Dallas to take a 2-1 series lead.

Mikael Granlund scored the winner at the 11:41 mark of the third as his shot seemed to slightly deflect off the stick of Miro Heiskanen and past Ben Bishop. It was Granlund’s first of the playoffs as the trade from Minnesota at the deadline for Kevin Fiala paid dividends on this night.

The Predators got off to 1-0 lead after a scoreless first period, when Rocco Grimaldi scored his second of the post-season. The diminutive forward was drafted in the second round, 33rd overall by Florida in 2011, but he had played in only 37 games before this season as he had a tough time of it, sticking to an NHL roster. This season, Grimaldi played in 53 games for Nashville and had only five goals and 13 points but he has been a difference-maker in the playoffs in the Predators first three games.

Filip Forsberg made it 2-0 with his first goal but Mats Zuccarello got the Stars back to within one at the 17:11 mark of the second and that’s the way the second period ended.

Tyler Seguin tied the game at 2 in the third but that set up Granlund’s game winner.

Ben Bishop did not have the best of games for Dallas who will look to re-group Wednesday.

Seguin had a whopping 11 shots on goal while linemate Alexander Radulov had eight.

The Predators blocked 28 shots with Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi each blocking six. P.K. Subban had five.

COLORADO 6 CALGARY 2

You really can’t have a much better debut than Cale Makar had on Monday. The fourth-overall pick in the 2017 Draft, who just won the Hobey Baker Award as the best college hockey player in America, inked a three-year, entry-level deal on Sunday and was in the Colorado lineup Monday.

Makar became the first blueliner to make his debut in the playoffs and score a goal in his first game as the Colorado Avalanche whipped the Calgary Flames 6-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

It was also a big night for Nathan MacKinnon who opened the scoring with a pair of power play goals that were beauties, especially the first one which he sniped past a bewildered Mike Smith.

Makar, who ended up with the game winner, made it 3-0 before the end of the first.

Matt Nieto made it 4-0 with a shorthanded goal (his second shorthanded tally of the series) before Sam Bennett on the power play, got the Flames on the scoreboard with his first of the playoffs.

Mikko Rantanen scored his first playoff goal of his career to make it 5-1 at 12:51 of the second and the rout was on.

Erik Johnson quickly made it 6-1 just 54 seconds into the third, while T.J. Brodie countered that just 15 seconds later.

Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for the victory while Smith gave up all six goals on 56 shots in taking the loss.

Ian Cole picked up a pair of assists in the win.

It was quite chippy near the end of the game and there were three misconducts handed out as Matthew Tkachuk ended up with 16 penalty minutes while Nikita Zadorov and Sam Bennett each had 12.

Nightly Leaders

GOALS

Nathan MacKinnon – 2

Warren Foegele – 2

Dougie Hamilton - 2

Assists

Jaccob Slavin – 2

Jordan Staal – 2

Ian Cole - 2

Shots on Goal

Tyler Seguin – 11

Alexander Radulov - 8

Dougie Hamilton – 6

Morgan Rielly - 6

Hits

Jordan Staal – 10

James Neal - 7

Jamie Oleksiak - 6

Penalty Minutes

Matthew Tkachuk - 16

Garnet Hathaway - 12

Sam Bennett – 12

Nikita Zadorov - 12

Alex Ovechkin – 5

Andrei Svechnikov - 5

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.