The fun never ends with amazing rookies stepping up in big games!
All it took was two games for the Capitals to mentally prepare themselves for the offensive power that is Auston Matthews. In his last three games this week, Matthews had four points (3 G, 1 A). In Game 5, his goal sent the game into overtime that his team eventually lost in.
I hope to see as much Matthews as the playoffs allow us because he is a truly special player that deserves to prolong an already amazing first season.
Last Sunday, Guentzel gave fans in Pittsburgh the Easter gift they always wanted: a hat trick AND the game-winning goal in OT. Guentzel's hat trick put him in elite company with Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Alex Ovechkin, and linesmate Sidney Crosby. Guentzel continued his scoring in the next game with his fifth goal of the playoffs. Thanks to his efforts in Game 3, the Penguins went on to win in 5 games.
Need another awesome rookie story? Look no further than Sean Kuraly's double overtime goal! Kuraly scored the game-tying goal in the second period of Game 5 and the score just stayed like that until he once again made the right shot and won the game. He tied for the team-leading 6 shots on goal that game. The Senators had a chance to clinch the series but Kuraly said no and now they play today to save their lives once again.
McAvoy got his first NHL point in Game 3, an assist on David Pastrnak's goal that kept the game alive until OT. Behind every great goal are the great players who assist it and McAvoy happened to assist Kuraly's life saving goal. He also is playing big minutes on defense, ranging from 24:44 to 31:14 this week.
Shea hey, kid! Theodore scored TWO crucial goals in the Ducks' comeback win in Game 3 in Calgary. Does the C of Red bother Shea? No way. He made the comeback more likely with a goal towards the end of the second to get momentum and hope back to his team after giving up 4 goals. Then, his goal at the end of regulation gave his team a chance to complete the comeback in overtime. Theodore had a great first round with 5 points (2 G, 3 A).
Who's Moving On?
Brady Skjei- Rangers
Jake Guentzel- Penguins
Ivan Barbashev- Blues
Juuse Saros- Predators
Shea Theodore- Ducks
Brandon Montour- Ducks
Anton Slepyshev- Oilers
Zach Werenski (Columbus)- May his face rest in peace.
Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary)- His fiery soul was quieted in the playoffs with no scoring... if only the Kings made it and he faced them.
Marcus Sorensen (San Jose)- He needs to tell the Cup the way to San Jose again.
Congratulations to Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, and Zach Werenski on being named finalists for the Calder!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!