Predators beat Avalanche 5-4 to take 2-0 series lead

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

"No, and if I had, I'd try to block it out of my mind, probably, you know, unless it was from my own team, obviously", Babcock said Saturday following his team's 7-3 loss in Game 2. "We had plenty of chances tonight but that first period, everything they threw at the net seemed to go in".

Kadri was banned from last night's encounter at the Garden and the team's next two playoff games.

Compare this to the Bruins' top line, with Patrice Bergeron and company totaling 20 points.

Asked about the disparity, the second-year star was blunt in his reply.

"No, I've never [seen it before]", he said.

After a Game 1 rout at the hands of the Penguins, the Flyers got a measure of revenge and returned the favor in Game 2.

Toronto's defenders have lost Bruins in coverage and given them open lanes to the front (see all three of Pastrnak's goals as well as Krejci's goal), and even when they've had defenders in front, they've been unable to force the Bruins' forwards out of that space (see DeBrusk's and Nash's goals Saturday as well as David Backes' goal in Game 1). Torey Krug had three assists. Toronto answered back in the second with a goal from Zach Hymen but it was quickly matched by a David Krejci goal two minutes later.

Grabbing the win in the game was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 30 of the 33 shots that he faced to improve to 32-23 with a 2.12 GAA and a.929 save percentage in the playoffs in his career.

The Vegas Golden Knights continued to use home ice to their advantage, bringing a 2-0 series lead to Los Angeles on the heels of Erik Haula's double-overtime strike on Friday. If it does, then we can assume this series will be over in four games, five at the most.

The Boston Bruins have scored 12 goals in their first two games of the playoffs.

ESPN stats & info says Pastrnak is now the youngest player (21 years, 324 days) to get six points in a playoff game, besting Gretzky by 125 days. His nine combined points tie him with Phil Esposito (1969) for the most points accumulated in the first two games of a postseason in National Hockey League history. On the first one, he chased Marchand while, at the same time, Jake Gardiner left his post, leaving Pastrnak alone in front of Andersen. "He's an awesome player". They have taken a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty in each of the first two games, and minors that come from mental mistakes, not physical ones. Hopefully, the Bruins can keep up the great play and sweep the Leafs. The Bruins added another power-play goal - their second of the night and fifth of the series - to make it 4-0 after one. "It's many things", defenseman Ron Hainsey said. Matthews, who skated in 60 games this season, went consecutive games or longer without recording a point three times.

Pastrnak sealed his hat trick at 18:24 with Marchand and Bergeron picking up assists.

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Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay, which is up 2-0 in the series after going 0-2-1 against the Devils during the regular season. "That's our first priority".

With Nash in the lineup, that could mean forward Tommy Wingels remains scratched.