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14/03/19, 10:35 AM,
Jimmy Vesey Jersey
SAN JOSE Anthony Duclair Jersey Womens , Calif. (AP) Desperation turns to jubilation in the NHL playoffs when a trailing team manages to score the tying goal late in regulation to force overtime.That sudden change of emotions would figure to fuel a team’s momentum in overtime. But that’s not always the case, as evidenced the past three nights when a team that squandered a late lead managed to bounce back in overtime and earn a win.Vegas and San Jose each experienced both sides of that roller coaster the past two games, with the Golden Knights responding with William Karlsson’s goal in overtime in Game 3 at the Shark Tank.That came two nights after San Jose saw Nate Schmidt tie Game 2 with 6:32 left only to end up on the winning side on Logan Couture’s power-play goal in the second overtime.”You just move on,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”It’s playoff hockey. We were disappointed when they scored with roughly two minutes left in the hockey game. … We regrouped in the overtime session between periods and said let’s go out there and get this game.”This postseason has featured four games in all that went to overtime after one team tied it with less than five minutes to play. The team that blew the lead has come out on top in three of those games, with Nashville doing it to Winnipeg in Game 2 of their second-round series on Sunday night and Columbus doing it to Washington in Game 2 of their first-round series.The Blue Jackets are the only team this postseason to force overtime with a goal in the final five minutes and win, having done it in Game 1 against the Capitals.For all the talk of late-game momentum, teams scoring those late goals are just 7-8 in overtime the past two postseasons.”We weren’t too happy with this as a team,” said Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made Karlsson’s winner possible by robbing Couture earlier in the OT. ”But everyone was relaxed between periods. We talked and we knew what we had to do.”Momentum can be very fleeting in the playoffs whether in a game or a series. In the first five days of the second round, no team has won consecutive games in a series.The Sharks will try to put the Game 3 loss in the past and continue that pattern to tie their series at two games apiece when they take the ice for Game 4 on Wednesday night (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN).”It’s easy,” Couture said. ”The schedule-makers did a good job of playing games every other day so it’s easy to forget about a game when you’ve got another one (coming). … We’re down 2-1. It doesn’t matter how you got there or what the score was in any of the games, we’re down 2-1 and we’ve got a big game.”The Bruins will look to do the same when their second-round series against Tampa Bay shifts to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN).Boston won the opener handily 6-2 before falling in Game 2 in Tampa Bay 4-2 on Monday night.”I think that feel good from winning, you take that emotion into the next game,” Lightning forward Chris Kunitz said. ”But each game has its own identity, you can’t rest on what you did last game and just hope they walk away.”STAY OUT OF THE BOXThe Sharks were one of the best teams in the regular season at avoiding penalties, going short-handed just 2.7 times per game for the fourth-lowest mark in the league. That discipline has been missing this round as Vegas has gotten 18 power plays in three games. The Golden Knights converted five of them, including two during a three-goal barrage in a span of less than five minutes of the second period in Game 2.San Jose also went short-handed twice in overtime for having too many men on the ice and for delay of game.”Obviously their two power play goals swing the momentum in the second period Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , but I didn’t think our discipline or penalties were a problem, just one of those nights,” coach Peter DeBoer said.LIGHT THE LAMPBrayden Point is just the latest player with a big-scoring night these playoffs. He had one goal and three assists for Tampa Bay in the Game 2 win over Boston, marking the 11th time a player has posted four points in a game in this postseason. This is just the second time in the last 20 years that there have been at least 11 four-point performances in the first 52 games of the playoffs.”He’s a special player, and when big games come about, special players take over and he did that,” teammate Tyler Johnson said. ”I can’t say enough about the guy.”ALL TIED UPEven though Vegas now has taken a 2-1 series lead over San Jose, all four second-round series stood tied after two games. This is just the fourth time since 1975 that teams split the first two games in all four series in the second round. It also happened in 1991, 1986 and 1984.—AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall in Tampa, Florida, contributed to this report— The Washington Capitals weren't exactly a popular pick to win the Stanley Cup last season, because they kept falling short of expectations when it came to the playoffs. But because聽sports are聽great, Alexander Ovechkin and co. managed to win it all when the NHL world began to count them out.Entering 2018-19, the Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets appear to be the聽best bets to win it all. But every now and then, a darkhorse team emerges to win it all.Consider the five teams listed above as the top contenders, but there are a handful sleeper teams who have the potential and necessary skill set to win it all. Here are five darkhorse Stanley Cup contenders entering 2018-19.advertising5. Colorado Avalanche Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsThe Avalanche were hockey's worst team in 2016-17 Chris Kreider Jersey , but they followed it up with a shocking 95-point season, nabbing the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado would lose to the top-seeded Nashville Predators in five games, but making the playoffs was more than enough to begin with.Nathan MacKinnon took his game to another level with 39 goals and 97 points, finally showing why he was the first overall pick in 2013. Mikko Rantanen enjoyed a breakout year with 84 points, while captain Gabriel Landeskog bounced back with 25 goals and 62 points.But don't think the talent pool stops there. Young forwards聽Tyson Jost and Alex Kerfoot should enjoy big sophomore seasons, while 2017 first-round pick Cale Makar could make a major impact on defense.advertisingThe Avalanche are loaded with young talent and have just enough established veterans to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup. They aren't a trendy pick to win it all, but don't be surprised if the Avalanche are in the discussions come playoff time.4. Edmonton OilersThe Oilers entered 2017-18 as the team to beat in the Western Conference. Experts all over the web picked this team to at least reach the Stanley Cup Final, after the Oilers ended their 11-year playoff drought in 2017.But everything that could go wrong for the Oilers last season went wrong, unless your name is Connor McDavid. He won himself another scoring title with 108 points, but that was the only bright spot in Edmonton.advertisingGoalie Cam Talbot regressed big time after a 42-win season. Injuries to the blue line didn't help, as Oscar Klefbom (16 games), Adam Larsson (19), and Andrej Sekera (46), missed ample time due to injury.But the Oilers have more than enough to talent to regain the 2016-17 form. When you have a generational player in McDavid and other stars like Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, you should be a playoff contender.Milan Lucic is primed for a bounce-back year, and 2016 first-rounder Jesse Puljujarvi has the chance to play a big role up front. So no, McDavid isn't a one-man team entering 2018-19.advertisingIf the defense stays somewhat healthy, Talbot doesn't play absolutely horribly and McDavid gets just enough scoring help, the Oilers should be a top team in the Western Conference once again.3. Carolina Hurricanes Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY SportsIt's safe to say that new owner Thomas Dundon knows the definition of insanity: Trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.No team underwent a more drastic offseason than the 'Canes. Franchise legend Ron Francis was removed as general manager Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids , and replaced by Don Waddell. Fellow Hurricane icon Rod Brind'Amour is the new head coach, after Bill Peters opted out to take on the Flames' bench boss vacancy.advertisingIn order to shake the core up, the Hurricanes dealt 30-goal man Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres. They traded defenceman Noah Hanifin and forward Elias Lindholm to the Calgary Flames in exchange for stud blueliner Dougie Hamilton, 20-goal man Michael Ferland and prospect Adam Fox. They also signed blueliner Calvin de Haan to fix up the defense.Carolina's defense should be one of the NHL's best i 2018-19, with Hamilton, De Haan, Jaccob Slavin, Haydn Fleury and Justin Faulk. And with Victor Rask, Sebastian Aho, Ferland and Jordan Staal up front, the Hurricanes shouldn't have many problems scoring goals.advertisingThis is a legitimate playoff-looking team, and perhaps a sleeper Stanley Cup聽contender. Do not overlook this Calgary team.2. Florida PanthersThe Panthers missed out on the postseason by a single point, but head coach Bob Boughner did a wonderful job in his first NHL bench boss gig. Now, we wait and see what he can do for an encore.Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck had 78 and 75 points last season, respectively. Jonathan Huberdeau chipped in with 69 points, while Evgenii Dadonov scored 28 goals and 65 points. Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad are among the top offensive-minded blueliners in the game, and they should lead another formidable power play unit in 2018-19.advertisingThere's a lot of speed and all-around skill on this Florida team. Roberto Luongo and James Reimer get the job done as a goaltending duo. They're not exactly flashy, but good enough to get this team to the playoffs.Keep in mind that the Atlantic Division will feature four bottom feeders: The Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Vesey Jersey , Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. Florida should easily feast off those teams, take a playoff spot and potentially make a serious major run.1. Calgary Flames Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY SportsThe Flames had a playoff spot all but assured until a late-season slump cost them the prime chance at making a run in the Western Conference. Head coach Glen Gulutzan was fired, and GM Brad Treliving decided to make some tweaks.advertisingIn comes perennial 20-goal man James Neal, who was signed in free agency. Treliving also made the aforementioned blockbuster deal with Carolina, landing defenceman Noah Hanifin and play-making forward Elias Lindholm. The former should solidify Calgary's elite defensive group even more, while聽Lindholm may have a career year if he聽plays on the Johnny Gaudreau-Sean Monahan line.Calgary has too much talent to be this mediocre again. Head coach Bill Peters should make the most out of this group, which boasts two superstars in Gaudreau and Monahan.We know Neal will get 20-30 goals, and third-year power forward Matthew Tkachuk should score close to 60 points. With Hanifin, Travis Hamonic, T.J. Brodie and Mark Giordano leading the defense, Calgary should provide plenty of support for goalie Mike Smith.advertisingWith so much talent everywhere on the ice, the Flames are a lock to make the playoffs. And considering they have more speed, skill and youth than most other Western Conference contenders, Calgary has the chance to surprise many and make a deep playoff run. Consider them the team to beat in the Pacific Division, too.
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