Catch three well Nashville Predators, a team that felt uneven throughout the season and was bounced in six games by the Dallas Stars. Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes are leading a game 7.
Here's what happened in the NHL last night (check out replays of every playoff game on ESPN +) and what to watch tonight, in today's release of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily:
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About last night …
Games 6: Dallas Stars 2, Nashville Predators 1
The Predators won Game 2 in the extra session; this time it was John Klingberg capitalizing on a big shift by Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov to make his first of the playoffs and finish the Predator season. Ben Bishop made 47 saves. Pekka Rinne had the chase game Nashville needed from him with 49 saves, but there came a game too late. The stars move on to meet St. Louis Blues.
Games 6: Carolina Hurricanes 5, Washington Capitals 2 (Series bound 3-3). This controversial series between the defending Stanley Cup champions and the "Bunch of Jerks" in their first season of a decade will have a seventh and decisive game back in Washington on Wednesday. Who can be good news for the capitals, because the home team has rolled into victory in every game. In Games 6, it was the hurricanes that rallied twice before scoring three unanswered goals during the third period – a period should be said to see a controversial goalkeeper interference call go against the capitals that would have tied the game. 19659004] Jordan Staal had the possible game winning goal and picked up a help for Justin Williams critical goal at 11:58 of the third. You know Justin Williams … a.k.a. Mr. Game 7. Just something to remember for the future. Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth of the playoffs but was penalized at 18:52 for sarcastic applause on ice officials.
With the game bound get into the third period, Carolina scores three times to force a game 7 against Washington.
1. John Klingberg, Dallas Stars. The 26-year-old defender did not miss overtime and made his second career park goal spectacularly to give the Dallas series the series over Nashville. He finished with one goal and five help in six games for the stars.
2. Jordan Steel, Carolina Hurricanes. Staal scored a critical goal at 3:51 of the third period to give Canes the lead, and then added an assistant to Justin Williams goal. He also won 56 percent of his faceoffs.
3. Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars. He made 47 saves to win Games 6 and ended the first round with a .945 saving percentage and a 1.90 goal against average.
At 10:34 of the third period, with Carolina up at a goal , Evgeny Kuznetsov strikes a puck close to goalkeeper Petr Mrazek. Alex Ovechkin was on his way to the net and seemed to knock a loose puck in. The capital celebrated, but the officials finally waved the target. Why? According to the NHL Situation Room, which examined a Captain's coach challenge, it was "confirmed that Alex Ovechkin disturbed Petr Mrazek by pushing his toad, causing the puck to enter the net." According to Rule 69.3, "if an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, inadvertently or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his target crawl and a goal is made, the goal will be unlawful."
Said Ovechkin after the match : "Yes, I saw the puck, he did not control. He did not see it. I do not know what the judge saw. I do not know what his explanation was. Okay, it's over. Go ahead. Nothing you can do right now. "
Dud of the night
Nashville's power play. What would this series have looked like if the predator's power play had not become powerless? Nashville had the worst game of power in the regular season (12.9 percent) and then went 0-for-15 against Dallas in his sex-match defeat. This meant a man's advantage for the last 1:53 of the regulation that the predators threw away.
On the schedule
Boston Bruins at the Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 7, 7 p.m. ET (Series bound 3-3)
The series that everyone was supposed to go to seven games goes seven matches. For Toronto, the issue where Mitch Marner and John Tavares went is because they both have two assistants and a minus-6 in their last five games. For Boston, the issue of coach Bruce Cassidy working on the punishment of Leaf's alleged skate-bump tactics will work. "Whether it's just stupid luck, or how they fight for pucks," Cassidy said. "We've addressed it with the tutor."
Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant is not worried about his team's emotional state after having blue two chances to close out San Jose before Game 7, including a strong effort that came up even in his double-OT loss last night. "It's not like we choked or something," Gallant said.
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights, Game 7, 10 p.m. ET (Series bound 3-3)
Vegas coach Gerard Gallant was convinced that his team would not be frustrated by playing well enough in Games 6 to deliver a knockout blow to the Sharks, just to lose in double- over time. But it's hard to ignore the speed with the Sharks right now or the fact that Martin Jones has ended 88 of the 91 last shots he encountered. The team that made the first goal has won every game, and that team has never dragged into any game.
Today's social post
Hamilton The Pig, good luck to the pigs who "looked" Canes & # 39; Game 3 and 4 win from outside the arena, was inside the arena of Game 6. Time to upload the thread and head to DC?
"If we were to put an egg there, we might as well have done it now. We should go and f — plow this thing right to the end." – Hurricanes coach Rod Brind & # 39; Amour in the dressing room after Game 6.