Ebene News – CA – Stanley Cup Playoff takeaways: Landeskog leads by example

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discusses what Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog did early in Game 1 to set the tone for a 4-1 win over the St Louis Blues and more

Gabriel Landeskog is considered an elite leader in the NHL and the Colorado Avalanche captain highlighted him in Game 1 against the St Louis Blues

Landeskog set the tone for his squad early on when he dropped the gloves with Brayden Schenn in response to a blow Schenn dealt Mikko Rantanen The winger then helped set up the first in the post – Nathan MacKinnon’s season and midway through the second period, he threw a MacKinnon shot to extend his team’s lead in the third period

He ended the night with another pass over the empty MacKinnon net and the Avs won 4-1

How many times over the years have we seen captains galvanize their teammates in a Stanley Cup race? Yes, this is only one game, although Landeskog sent a message to the Blues and the rest of the league with a declaration game like Monday’s

It’s not often a Boston Bruins player who can say he broke a record set by Bobby Orr, but Brad Marchand did exactly this Monday in Game 2 against the Washington Capitals when he scored the winner of overtime to tie the series

Marchand’s goal came at the 39-second mark of first overtime, setting a new Bruins franchise record for the fastest goal of the playoffs in overtime Marchand broke the previous record of a second

Orr’s record was 51 years and a week If you’re wondering, yes, Orr set the old record with that goal

No player has more playoff points since 2016-17 than Marchand and he’s a threat every time he’s on the ice Game 2 featured a lot of extracurricular activities and Marchand was, so predictable, in the middle of a lot, but he never completely crossed the line and his trainer appreciated him

“I think he wanted to train us in the fight and we needed him,” said Bruce Cassidy of Marchand’s performance. “I think he’s matured enough now that he won’t be retiring from the game. Maybe it would’ve been a game in the past, he would have let it happen and he wouldn’t have been an effective player, but he found his game and certainly a big chunk of the win with the overtime winner”

The Carolina Hurricanes have been heavily favored to beat the Nashville Predators in their Central Division series and for good reason Carolina has gone 6-2-0 against Nashville this season, edging them 24-17 and the first match went largely as planned

Filip Forsberg opened the scoring with a goal almost as nifty as his mustache, but overall the Predators just couldn’t match the Hurricanes’ exit and that could become the story of the series.

The Hurricanes passed the Preds 38-24 and fed off the energy of the PNC Arena which had a crowd of around 12,000 rally towels waving and clapping loudly throughout

Even franchise leader Forsberg’s 27th playoff goal couldn’t silence the crowd for very long as Teuvo Teravainen scored for Carolina less than 90 seconds later

The Preds stayed close for 40 minutes, but the pressure from Carolina was relentless in the third period and they ended up scoring three more goals to become the first team in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs to win a game by more than one goal

Jordan Binnington has been outstanding for the Blues in a losing effort and it looks like he will be the best chance for the Blues to pull off a comeback streak from behind thwarted by the Presidents Trophy winners

The spirited goalie, who even tried to face Philipp Grubauer after the final honk, struggled at times in the middle of the regular season Despite relatively disappointing stats, the 27-year-old finished the season 6-0-3 and was made up against the fast-paced Avs in Game 1.

He made 46 saves, including this one where he summoned his inner Dominik Hasek to steal Rantanen on a 2v0

Binnington won all 16 games for the Blues in their 2019 Cup run and if he can deliver more performances like Monday’s, this streak could go on longer than expected – especially if the Blues can recover reinforcements like top scorer David Perron

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Ebene News – CA – Stanley Cup Playoff takeaways: Landeskog shows The example

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