On night three of the NHL playoffs, the Minnesota Wild decided to turn to Marc-Andre Fleury in net…for some reason. And it did not work out at all.
In Colorado, it sounds like the Avalanche might be changing up their lines just based off what Jared Bednar had to say after practice on Wednesday.
All that and more in this Thursday edition of Evan’s Daily.
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Nathan MacKinnon was out with all the optional skaters on Wednesday, mostly working on his shot with quick releases. But when the Avalanche hit the ice again on Thursday night, will he have new linemates? Sure sounds like that’s a possibility.
Is it me, or did it not feel like there was a whole lot of playoff intensity in game one on Tuesday? Beyond that, two of the big pieces on the blueline really struggled for the Avalanche.
Sam Malinski picked up two more assists, and Gustav Rydahl scored the overtime winner as the Eagles won game one of their first round series. Take a look at the overtime winner.
— x – Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) April 20, 2023
The Minnesota Wild won a crazy game one on Monday night behind the goaltending of Filip Gustavsson and his 51 saves. So what did they decide to do in game two? Turn to Marc-Andre Fleury. He’s hardly the only reason they lost, but it’s hard to win when your goalie is only stopping three out of four shots. Their series with the Stars is now tied at one.
Boston might have had the best record in the NHL by far, but without Patrice Bergeron, they are a very different team. And now they head to Florida with the series tied at one.
The Islanders were upset in overtime about a missed high-sticking call, and possibly even more upset because they went an entire game without getting a powerplay. Now, they’re heading home down two games and have to win four out of five games to take the series.
Just like they did on Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings came back from a two-goal deficit. This time, they couldn’t close the deal, as the Oilers scored late to win the game and tie the series up.
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