The Avalanche and Bruins took out St. Louis and Washington, while Roman Josi’s Preds came down to 2-2 against the Niederreiter Hurricanes.
Colorado, in the West Division, and Boston, in the East Division, qualified for the second round of the NHL play-offs by knocking out St. Louis and Washington on Sunday. The Avalanche, one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, did not detail against the Blues, champions in 2019, with a 4th victory in a row (5-2).
Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, who will face the winner of the duel between Las Vegas and Minnesota of Kevin Fiala, the Golden Knights leading this series 3-1.
The Bruins also finished the job by winning 3-1 against the Capitals, thanks in particular to a brace from Patrice Bergeron. They will face Pittsburgh or the New York Islanders, who are two everywhere in their series.
In the Central Division, the Nashville of Roman Josi (33’37 to play) restarted its series (2-2) against the Carolina Hurricanes of Nino Niederreiter (21’21), winning after two overtime (4-3 ), two days after having already resorted to an overtime (5-4) to reduce the gap. It was Luke Kunin, already scoring opener, who freed the Predators by scoring the winning goal.
Finally in the Canadian North Division, Winnipeg finds itself very close to the second round, after its third victory in a row against Edmonton (5-4), after extra time. The Jets were led 4-1 ten minutes from the end of the third period by the team of Gaëtan Haas (11’28), before making a fantastic comeback, completed by a goal from Nikolaj Ehlers.
Carolina Hurricanes – Nashville Predators 3-4 ap (1-1 1-1 1-1)
Colorado Avalanche – Saint-Louis Blues 5-2 (0-0 2-1 3-1)
Boston Bruins – Washington Capitals 3-1 (0-0 2-0 1-1)
Edmonton Oilers – Winnipeg Jets 4-5 ap (2-0 1-1 1-3)
(AFP, Sports Center)