Last night consisted of the first five games of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which showcased a few surprises, and all exciting games for the First Round in the Playoffs.
Here are the three things to takeaway from last night’s games.
Nashville’s Power Play Struggles Poise Serious Problem:
In game one between Nashville and Dallas, the Stars walked away with a 3-2 win over the Predators in Nashville.
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead, Nashville’s play certainly suffered in the second and early third period as the Stars battled back to take a 3-1 lead.
The Predators were able to close the gap making it 3-2, however could not force an overtime.
When comparing team stats, Nashville had more shots (32-29), won the majority of face-offs (62% to 38%), and had more hits (24-14), however the Predators went 0/4 on the power play compared to Dallas going 1/3.
Nashville had the worst power play unit in the league this season so this comes as no surprise, but will certainly poise a serious problem if this continues as Rookie Miro Heiskanen registered a goal, and an assist for the Stars in his first career NHL playoff game.
Game Two is set to take place Saturday night at 6:00 PM ET in Nashville.
Columbus Is Not Rolling Over:
The second Wild Card seeded Columbus Blue Jackets headed into game one last night with no one picking them to win, and quickly fell to a 3-0 deficit however did not give in.
The Blue Jackets fought back in the second and third period to complete the comeback and steal a 4-3 win in Tampa Bay.
What is worth noting is Tampa Bay out shot Columbus (29-26), although Columbus capitalized on the power play going 1/2 opposed to Tampa Bay failing to score on three power play opportunities.
This has to be a confidence boost for the Columbus Blue Jackets being able to not only stay in a game with the Presidents’ Trophy winning Tampa Bay, but being able to steal a win on the road.
Game Two is set to be played tomorrow night at 7:00 PM ET in Tampa Bay.
San Jose Thumps Vegas:
With many people having serious doubts about whether or not the San Jose Sharks could end their late season struggles, the Sharks came out and made a statement with a solid 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Sharks out shot the Golden Knights 33-26, and out hit Vegas 42-41.
After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, Vegas’ Mark Stone brought the game to 3-1, followed by a goal from Evander Kane to make it 4-1.
Once again Mark Stone tallied a goal bringing the game back to within two with just under five minutes remaining, however Tomas Hertl would score to make it 5-2 with less than two minutes left in regulation.
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