The west remains somewhat competitive, thanks to one side’s dogging persistence and another two teams’ reluctance to win at home.
Blues 1 – 3 Predators (NSH leads 2 – 1)
Goals from Ryan Ellis, Cody McLeod and Roman Josi helped the Preds to a comfortable win.
Ellis’ goal came at 10:34 and while the Preds couldn’t add to it in the first, they were well on top.
The second was equally as dominant, with the Preds outshooting the Blues 15-4. Both sides scored in the period though, with McLeod’s eventual game-winner responded to by Alex Steen.
Josi scored with 5:49 remaining, and despite the Blues spending four minutes with an extra skater, the Preds saw the game out and took the lead back in the series.
Ducks 6 – 3 Oilers
The Ducks raced to a three-goal lead, conspired to lose it, then regained it to finally win a game and keep the series alive.
Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf put the Ducks three up within 12 minutes, but a goal from Patrick Maroon with 40 seconds left in the first gave the Oilers hope.
Anton Slepyshev and Connor McDavid drew the Oilers level by 28:40, but parity would only last 48 seconds as Chris Wagner put the Ducks back in front.
Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler scored in the third to extend the lead, and John Gibson made some top class saves to keep the Oilers at bay and keep the run going of away teams winning.
Just one game tonight, because schedulers are idiots.
Capitals @ Penguins (PIT leads 2 – 0)
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, Premier
In hindsight it’s easy to say you had the Pens being two up heading home. I didn’t, but it’s pretty decent to watch and there’s a legitimate chance of a sweep of the President’s trophy winners.
Ovi’s never getting his cup, is he?
What the Caps need to do: Stop Sid and Phil
What the Pens need to do: Keep Sid and Phil going.
Reason to watch: C’mon.