• Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl put on a show for the Edmonton Oilers.
• Antti Raanta and the Carolina Hurricanes completely beat the New York Rangers to a 2-0 series lead.
• There is only one game on the Saturday schedule as the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues play.
Game 2: Carolina Hurricanes 2, New York Rangers 0 (CAR leads 2-0 series)
The New York Rangers have no answer for the Carolina Hurricanes defense, after scoring just one goal in the first two games of their second-round series. They lost 2-0 on Friday night thanks to Antti Raanta’s 21 saves and a shorthanded goal Brendan Smith. The Rangers are clearly trying to play more conservatively in order to improve their defensive game from the first round, but they have completely eliminated any scoring threat. They need to find a middle ground if they’re going to make a TV series out of this.
Game 2: Edmonton Oilers 5, Calgary Flames 3 (Tie Series 1–1)
Mike Smith once again conceded two early goals for the Edmonton Oilers, but he slammed the door the rest of the way to give his teammates the opportunity to rally for a 5-3 victory and tie the Battle of Alberta in one game. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl also had big games for the Oilers. Zach HymanThe breakaway goal at the end of the third period went down in history as the Oilers’ winning goal as they closed a 2-0 and 3-1 gap to win.
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Three Star NHL Playoffs (Game 2 Lightning Panthers and Hurricanes Rangers)
1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
He may not have scored the most points in the game or scored the winning goal, but it is clear that he was the best player on the ice and the best player in the series. He helped turn that game in Edmonton’s favor in the second period as he built a dominant stretch, including a goal that helped the Oilers close to one, cutting Calgary’s lead from 3-1 to 3-2.
The goal was a thing of beauty.
2. Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton’s other offensive star had a great game. Draisaitl provided a couple of assists and scored a goal late in the third period to stop play. Draisaitl was an important X factor to enter this series because he was not 100 percent, it was a decision during the game before game 7 in the first round and before game 1 in this round. He obviously knows how to play and is still able to make a significant impact. He and McDavid have led the Oilers all year, and that continues into the playoffs.
3. Antti Raanta, Carolina Hurricanes
Frederic Andersen is approaching a return to the roster, but there is no guarantee that he will return to his starting job. Not with the way Raanta has played this postseason. After Friday’s 21st save, he’s now 5-2 in this playoff with a save percentage of over .935 in the playoffs. He was Andersen’s sensational replacement and is making the Hurricanes’ goalie overhaul last offseason a brilliant move from the front office. Andersen and Raanta teamed up to win this season’s Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals in the NHL, and with two starting caliber goaltenders, they’re still in a great position when one of them can’t play.
NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY
Game 3: Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues (series tied 1-1) 8:00 pm ET –
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