Lost somewhere in the commotion of the extracurriculars of Game 4 and an injury scare to Erik Karlsson: It appears the Rangers have returned.
Behind eight goals in two games and stellar goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, New York has mounted back-to-back wins to pull even with the Senators in their second-round playoff series. If Thursday’s 4-1 victory was any indication, all the momentum is headed in favor of the Blueshirts.
3. Cam Talbot, Oilers — Talbot’s 31-save effort understandably gets lost in the Oilers’ offensive onslaught, but that shouldn’t take anything away from him. Minus his top two defensemen with Oscar Klefbom and Andrej Sekera out of the lineup, Talbot bounced back after choking away a three-goal lead in 3:16 during Game 5.
2. Ryan Johansen, Predators — Johansen became the ninth different Preds player to notch a game-winning goal this postseason. It was his first goal of the series and first point since Game 1. How opportune.
1. Leon ?Draisaitl, Oilers — A bona fide Duck killer, Draisaitl completed his first playoff hat trick before the end of the second period for his fifth point of the evening. The 21-year-old now has 11 goals in his last 12 games against Anaheim — six in the regular season, five in the playoffs. He’s the youngest player in franchise history not named Wayne Gretzky with a hat trick in the playoffs.
Johansen went full highlight reel on his partial breakaway that put the Predators ahead for good. Bonus points to Viktor Arvidsson for the pass.
Game 6: Penguins at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Penguins lead series 3-2) — After a pitiful performance in Game 4, the Capitals’ biggest stars rose to the occasion to force a sixth Grade Cheap Jerseys round in this rivalry. The Capitals hold the edge in shot attempts by a whopping 306-180 margin, but Jerseys For Cheap the Pens have blocked 124. It’s a risky strategy that’s been paying off and only needs to work once more.