NHL Playoffs - First Round Scores
Janice Sanchez | April 16, 2016, 10:05
Other Flyers problems include going 0-for-last-13 on the power play (not counting Sunday's "junior varsity" make-up game)... Kucherov battled all game, and Detroit simply couldn't deal with his speed, awareness and wicked shot. Luongo made some big saves. He had lost his last seven postseason starts - giving up at least three goals in every one - and had been part of eight consecutive playoff losses in all, counting a relief stint in 2013.
Thirty seconds into the five-on-three, Tampa Bay scored on a one-timer by Kucherov, who had two goals in Wednesday's Game 1 victory.
Oh what a difference a year makes.
"It seems like this time of year he's playing his best hockey, " right wing Ryan Callahan said.
Come to think of it, that's another reason to feel confident. So no, we weren't really surprised. The home team has won all six meetings between the teams this season. ABOUT THE DUCKS (46-25-11, 34-48 ATS, 32-34 O/U): Reinforcements could be on the way for Anaheim, with forwards Rickard Rakell (appendix) and David Perron (shoulder) and defenseman Kevin Bieksa (upper body) all back at practice and looming as game-time decisions for the series opener. "I thought we did a good job in a lot of areas", Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill told reporters. "It's been 60-something games since we played them", Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. It hasn't bellyached. It hasn't searched for excuses for why it might get knocked out early in these playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings came up short in Game 1 on Wednesday, falling 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning despite a good start and a second-period lead.
Detroit pulled even again, with Richards scoring on the teams fifth power-play opportunity of the night.
In the first four periods of this series, Nikita Kucherov tallied four points. If the Wings are to go any further, these two will need to produce some chances and goals.
A physical series saw a major brawl in the final minute with the game's outcome long decided, clearing the ice as infractions were sorted out - a total of 77 minutes in penalties.
Vladimir Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for St. Louis.
Philly ranked below everyone except Anaheim in goal scoring - especially in the first half - and looks to be in a fail situation against a Washington unit which finds goal production from more players than just 50-goal scorer Alex Ovechkin.
As he stood in the visitors room at Amalie Arena absorbing the blow, Justin Abdelkader appreciated the fight.
The Tampa Bay center, whose playmaking ability was one of the keys to the Lightning's run to last year's Stanley Cup Final, scored two third-period goals and also had a pair of assists Friday night to lead the defending Eastern Conference champions to a 5-2 victory in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
Kucherov's second goal of the night 13th in 29 career playoff games made it 2-2 midway through the second period.