In the National Hockey League (NHL), two more clubs became known who secured their participation in the second round of the Stanley Cup. Following Vegas and Tampa, Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins have booked the right to compete in 1/4 of the playoffs.
“Boston” - “Carolina - 2: 1 (0: 1; 2: 0; 0: 0), in the series 4-1 (4: 3 OT; 2: 3; 3: 1; 4: 3; 2: 1 )
“Carolina” without Russian striker Andrey Svechnikov could not oppose anything gaining momentum “Boston” and stopped fighting for the Stanley Cup, losing in the series 1-4. The injury to Svechnikov, which he received during the series, turned out to be quite painful, and without the Russian in the squad, it was not quite the Carolina, which we could see in the qualifying round against the New York Rangers.
“Boston”, in turn, after a long break, is slowly improving its game, which brought the team a positive result in the regular season. The “bears” also had significant losses in the lineup. Their main goalkeeper Finn Tukka Rask, after the second match of the series, for family reasons, refused to participate in the tournament, and the best sniper of the regular season, striker David Pastrnyak, was forced to miss three matches due to injury. True, in the fifth game of the series, the Czech nevertheless returned to the ice, and his two assists on David Craici and Patrice Bergeron helped “Boston” not to drag out this series.
“Colorado” - “Arizona” - 7: 1 (3: 0; 3: 0; 1: 1), in the series 4-1 (3: 0; 3: 2; 2: 4; 7: 1; 7: 1 )
There was no tense struggle in the series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes. The team of Zadorov and Nichushkin walked like an avalanche through the proud “kayots”, having won the last two games with a total score of 14: 2. Four points (2 + 2) in the fifth match scored the leader of the Colorado attack Nathan McKinnon, and the avalanche defender Samuel Girard scored a double.
Russian striker Valery Nichushkin in the first round of the tournament did not show off his performance, retaining zero points scored in his assets, but his compatriot defender Nikita Zadorov scored a goal in the fifth game of the series.