NHL Playoffs Today 2020 – St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, must eliminate

Goodbye to the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames, who were eliminated on Thursday night. That means the No. 7-seeded New York Islanders are through in the East, and the No. 3-seeded Dallas Stars have joined the conference semifinal crew in the West.

Sille de St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens follow the Caps and Flames on Friday?

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Games of Friday

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Game 6: No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 12 Montreal Canadiens (PHI leads 3-2) | 19 hours

Entering Game 5, this series was delayed and the Flyers had eliminated the Canadiens in two straight games. But Montreal rode for a 5-3 win, and things got really interesting: Brendan Gallagher had broken his jaws at a cross-check by Flyers’ defenders Matt Niskanen, who was stopped by the NHL for Game 6. (Gallagher is out for the series.) “I do not think there is anyone in our room who was ready to go home. We said yesterday that we will fight and play our game to the end. We knew if we play our game, a solid game, we would live to fight another day, “said defender Jeff Petry.

Game 6: No. 4 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 7 Vancouver Canucks (VAN leads 3-2) | 9.45am

Do the young Canucks have what it takes to exclude the Stanley Cup champions? Blues coach Craig Berube knows his team has what it takes to force a Game 7. “This is what our team is built for,” Berube said. “I told them at the beginning of this series that it was going to be a long series, and this is how we play. This is our game. We carry teams over time in a series, and we go to a Game 7.”

Question of the Day: Will Jordan Binnington get the crutch back?

Berube is still mumbling about which goalkeeper Game 6 of their series would start against the Canucks, when the elimination of Blues has been faced. Does that mean Binnington gets the wreck for the first time since Game 2? He apparently has some experience in winning elimination games. “You have to see what your goalkeeper has done in the past at certain times, and what he has done at certain times this year,” Berube said. “Listen, we have confidence in both of our goals. I think Jake Allen came in and did a really good job for us, and for me Binner was excellent at the start of the playoffs here in the round robin. But “I will not make a decision yet. I will think about it a little.”

Laws of the day

Canadiens vs. Flyers under 5 goals (minus-120). The Flyers are trying to close the Habs. The Habs are trying to survive to play another day. In either case, we expect another affair with low scores. Montreal has scored more than five goals in just two of nine postseason games. And Flyers goalkeeper Carter Hart will be looking to kick back.

About last night …

New York Islanders 4, Washington Capitals 0 (NYI wins 4-1)

The revival of Washington was of short life. Goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves as the Islanders ousted the capitals to eliminate them from the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Forward Anthony Beauvillier scored two goals, and Josh Bailey had one goal and two assists. “The mistakes we made in the first few games cost us the series,” said main star Alex Ovechkin. “It’s been a difficult year. Early years. We tried our best, apparently.” Full review.



Anthony Beauvillier scores the first two goals of the game as the Islanders eliminate the Capitals from the playoffs with a 4-0 win.

Dallas Stars 7, Calgary Flames 3 (DAL wins 4-2)

Here is one for the history books. The Flames built a 6-0 lead just 6 minutes, 34 seconds into the game, and before the Stars had taken a shot on goal. Dallas took a time-out, scored a power-play goal and went a little better about life in the first intermission feelings. “We knew that if we could achieve one goal, we would be on it,” Dallas center Radek Faksa said. Rookie Denis Gurianov scored 59 seconds in the second period, tying the score at 3-3 at 3:25. Faxa scored at 5:47, Joe Pavelski at 7:22 and then Gurianov finished the hat at 15.30 of the second period. Gurianov – who else? – a fourth goal added in the third period. It was the first time in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs that a team kicked through three goals and then led through four. Full review.

Three stars

1. Denis Gurianov, RW, Dallas Stars

The Stars forward became the second rookie in NHL history to score four goals in a playoff game, joining the Blues’ Tony Hrkac, who scored four in the division’s semifinals of 1988.

2. Anthony Beauvillier, LW, New York Islanders

Beauvillier is tied with Gurianov, Pavelski, Bo Horvat of the Canucks and Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche for the playoff goalscoring lead (6), and has nine points in nine games for the Islanders. “I’m just trying to go out and play your best and help your team win,” Beauvillier said.

3. Miro Heiskanen, D, Dallas Stars

The defender had one goal and three assists in the win, with his goal kicking the seven-point rally. He is one point behind Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff point lead (13).

Quote of the day

“Those guys are champions in my mind, they always will be. As a coach, when you go through a series like that where you’ve had some success with a group of guys, it pushes you a little bit, because d ‘ so many good memories are. But at the same time you are working for someone else and you want to defeat that group because we are competitive. We do not want to lose. “- Barry Trotz of the Islanders on eliminating the capitals, with whom ‘ t he won the Stanley Cup in 2018.

Social post of the day

Matthew Tkachuk did not play for Calgary, but was still a star on TV.

Controversy of the day

Many were shocked that Matt Niskanen only got a one-game suspension for breaking Brendan Gallagher’s jaw. The Flyers’ argument in Thursday’s hearing of NHL player safety was that Niskanen did not intend to hit Gallagher in the head, but rather his upper body, and that this game is just like defensive players. of the puck move in a game, with penalties usually handled by the officials on the ice instead of the department of player safety. They also made an argument for body position: Niskanen came down with his stick in an attempt to get Gallagher’s shoulder, instead of focusing on the head. Gallagher was crawling down and trying to play a bouncing puck when the blow was delivered. In the end, the player and his team made a strong case in the eyes of the NHL.