The Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin have the chance to advance to the Eastern Conference final with a win tonight in Game 5 against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. On the other hand, the Rangers, who made it to last year’s Stanley Cup Final, are looking to send this series back to Washington for Game 6.
You can check out tonight’s game on NBCSN or by live streaming it via NBC Sports Live Extra.
Later in the evening, the underdog Calgary Flames, coming off a thrilling overtime win on Tuesday, will look to even their series with the Anaheim Ducks at two games apiece at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
You can check it out on NBCSN and also by live streaming the game via NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Calgary Flames still trail the favorite Anaheim Ducks in this second-round series. But a 2-1 deficit isn’t nearly as dire as 3-0, and the underdog Flames were facing the possibility of the latter scenario on Tuesday.
After getting crushed in the opener, and a loss in Game 2 despite an improved effort, it looked like the Flames might not even survive to extend the series to a fifth game. Then, in front of their home crowd in Game 3, the Flames conjured another thrilling comeback, defeating the Ducks in overtime.
Now, can they take it one step further and even the series in Game 4 on home ice Friday? Or can the Ducks, who lost for just the first time in these playoffs, regain the dominant form they showed in Game 1 and the first period of Game 2?
“They haven’t quit all year. We didn’t expect that. I didn’t think we played our best game tonight. We made some errors that are uncharacteristic but it’s bound to happen. You’re in the playoffs. It’s going to happen throughout the run.”
So far in this series, Crawford has stopped 90 of 94 shots faced.
“Crawford’s a star against us,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said, as per the Pioneer Press. “He’s Brodeur. He’s Roy. He’s everybody against us. We’ve got to find a way to solve that.”
From basically start to finish on Tuesday, the Wild controlled puck possession, with 65 shot attempts by the end of the night, according to hockeystats.ca. No goals to show for it all, however. And now Minnesota faces a quick exit in this series.
“Frustration that we couldn’t score. That’s about it,” said Zach Parise, as per NHL.com. “We didn’t score one, so I don’t think we did enough. There’s got to be something more we can do.”
Added Nino Niederreiter: “As of right now, it’s definitely frustrating.
“We had plenty of chances to win this hockey game, I feel that we played a really good game. We played solid and we had enough chances. Now we have to find a way to regroup and we got to win [the] next game.”
But third period comebacks have become the Flames’ calling card this season. And they pulled off another in Game 3 against the Ducks on Tuesday, defeating the visitors 4-3 in overtime to get back in the series. Playing the role of massive underdog, the Flames are still behind 2-1 in the series, but they have a win, with another game on home ice to try and even things up.
Johnny Gaudreau buried a perfect shot on a five-on-three with 19 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Mikael Backlund won it with a delayed penalty coming to the Ducks.
Yet it looked at times like the Flames might be their own worst enemy.
They got off to a perfect start, with Brandon Bollig giving them the lead 2:07 into the first period. But the Ducks countered on goals from Patrick Maroon and Corey Perry to go ahead.
Flames’ forward Joe Colborne tied the game in the second period with his first career playoff goal — a beauty, short-handed — but Calgary wasn’t able to build momentum and the Ducks once again took the lead just over four minutes later.
And then there was the controversial no-goal call. Sam Bennett’s shot hit off the pad of Frederik Andersen right along the goal line, but a video review couldn’t find definitive evidence to deem it a goal.
There was enough working against the Flames. But, like they’ve done throughout this season, they came back to earn a huge victory.
The Calgary Flames thought they had the tying goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period of Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks, however Sam Bennett’s shot off the pad of Frederik Andersen that appeared from one angle to go over the goal line was deemed inconclusive after a lengthy video review.
At 13:43 of the third period in the Anaheim Ducks/Calgary Flames game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Sam Bennett’s shot at 13:38. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck completely crossed the Anaheim goal line, therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no goal Calgary.
The Flames managed to rally, eventually sending the game into overtime. Johnny Gaudreau beat Andersen with a perfect wrist shot with 19 seconds remaining in regulation during a power play.
Of course, the earlier disallowed goal could painfully remind Flames fans of Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, when Calgary was one win away from a championship.
Late in the third period of a tie game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Flames leading the series 3-2, Martin Gelinas deflected the puck on goal; it hit off the pad of Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and appeared to be over the goal line for the go-ahead goal. But it didn’t count and Tampa Bay went on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games.