Carolina Hurricanes finally crack Tampa goalie Vasilevskiy
The Carolina Hurricanes finally cracked Andrei Vasilevskiy. Finally made him shake. He scored four goals against himself in the first 33 minutes on Saturday, including Jaccob Slavin’s goal from a bad angle that passed Vasilevskiy’s right shoulder on the short side.
Then they gave the advantage and Vasilevskiy returned to his old self, stopping the last nine shots he faced after allowing four of the first 16.
With Saturday’s 6-4 win to take a 3-1 lead in the series, the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender has now earned 10 straight playoff wins after a loss, dating back to the Lightning sweep at the hands of the Blue. Columbus Jackets in 2019.
“You score four points in a period and you feel great,” Slavin said. “Then the type of momentum swings. You cannot let this happen.
It was the first time since 2010 that two teams have combined for eight or more goals in a playoff period and the 12th time in NHL history.
There were a few weird penalty calls in the first period on Saturday, and even before the first period. The pairing of unsportsmanlike minors to Warren Foegele and Blake Coleman before the puck fell meant the opening face-off was a four-on-four, possibly a first in the history of the playoffs of the NHL. But the strangest part was the canceled high-grip call on Brady Skjei.
Skjei cut Nikita Kucherov in the visor and was escorted into the penalty area, only to be released seconds later. The NHL has never provided an official explanation, but apparently one of the linesmen made the stick-up high, not one of the referees, and the linesmen are only allowed to call out. four-minute high stick penalties.
According to the NHL rulebook, one of the very few occasions when linesmen are allowed to issue a penalty is “when it is obvious that an injury is the result of a high stick that has not been detected by the referees and requires the evaluation of a double minor. penalty. “
So: no blood, no appeal. And a break for the Hurricanes, who ended up killing two live penalties later in the period before the Lightning broke through with three power play goals in the second period.
So far, only three players have scored more overtime goals in a single playoff series than Jordan Staal’s two: Maurice “Rocket” Richard (1951), Mel Hill (1939), Corey Perry (2017), all with three.
Former Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin, who has scored four career goals, is one of 56 other players, including two in the 2002 playoffs.
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour has generally resisted tinkering with his roster, with the exception of Maxime Lajoie’s insertion for Jake Gardiner in the first round when Slavin was out and the passage to Petr Mrazek in the net in Game 3, but there could be changes to come with the two-day gap between Game 4 and Game 5.
Nino Niederreiter and Vincent Trocheck have two more days to recover from their injuries (Trocheck made the trip to Tampa, unlike Niederreiter) as does Foegele, who played in Game 4 after injuring his shoulder. in Game 3. Alex Nedeljkovic will likely be back in the net after Mrazek struggled in Game 4. And after another game where Jake Bean looked overwhelmed – and fell victim to the Lightning’s sixth goal – it didn’t Wouldn’t be a surprise to see Lajoie or Gardiner come closer to the defense.
It’s most likely Gardiner, since the Hurricanes can protect his home clashes, but Lajoie has shown in the Nashville series that he’s capable of playing playoff-level defense. Up front, Max McCormick remains the next available player.