Travis Konecny was the latest high-profile player to go down with an injury, as he took a shot off the left foot late in Friday’s loss to Montreal. The defeat was bad enough for Philadelphia, but an injury was added to the insult with Konecny going down. Vancouver’s Tyler Myers and Colorado’s Vladislav Namestnikov were also hurt during Friday’s action. The Avalanche started the match without the services of Joonas Donskoi (unfit to play) and could have their depth tested if both forwards are unavailable.
Remember to check out Rotoworld’s Injury Report for updates.
ARIZONA 2 COLORADO 3 (Avalanche lead series 2-0)
Colorado limited Arizona to just 14 shots on goal in Game 1 on Wednesday and posted a 3-0 shutout victory. The Coyotes played much better on Friday, but came up short and trail the best-of-seven series, 2-0.
Keller has racked up three goals and five points in six postseason outings, while MacKinnon has provided two goals and four helpers in five playoff matches.
Andre Burakovsky snapped a 2-2 tie with just 2:53 remaining in the third period and that proved to be the game winner.
Arizona will try to get back into the series on Saturday in Game 3.
MONTREAL 5 PHILADELPHIA 0 (Series tied 1-1)
Montreal was all over Philadelphia during the first period, while outshooting the Flyers by a 16-6 margin and leading 2-0 going into the first intermission.
Max Domi picked up his first career postseason point on Friday and then he added two more to finish the match with three assists.
Carey Price stopped all 30 shots he faced for his second shutout of the playoffs and the seventh of his career.
Carter Hart was yanked from the crease in Game 2 after he allowed four goals on 26 shots. Brian Elliott blocked five of six shots in relief. Friday's result was Philadelphia's first loss in five games (six if you count the exhibition contest) since the NHL's return. When Tatar opened the scoring it was also the first time that the Flyers had trailed in a game.
The Flyers will look to bounce back in Game 3 on Sunday night.
VANCOUVER 4 ST. LOUIS 3 (OT) (Canucks lead series 2-0)
Vancouver got two goals, including the overtime winner, from captain Bo Horvat to seize a 2-0 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues. Horvat scored a spectacular shorthanded goal to open the scoring and his sixth marker of the postseason gave the Canucks the victory.
Elias Pettersson scored a power-play goal and he added an assist to extend his point streak to five straight games. He has three goals and four helpers during that span.
Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves in the win. He is currently riding a five-game win spree.
At the other end of the rink, Jordan Binnington’s struggles continued. He permitted four goals on 25 shots.
Brayden Schenn was credited with a whopping 11 hits.
NY ISLANDERS 5 WASHINGTON 2 (Islanders lead series 2-0)
Washington had a 1-0 lead in Game 2 just 56 seconds into the first period when Alex Ovechkin got on the board with his first of the playoffs.
Ovechkin scored again at the 6:39 mark of the second stanza to tie the game at 2-2, but the Islanders regained the advantage just 15 seconds later.
Brock Nelson cashed in on a breakaway and that held up as the game winner. He has three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots for his third consecutive victory.
Braden Holtby made 27 saves on 31 shots in the defeat.
Tom Wilson amassed 11 hits in the game.
The Capitals will look to get back into the series in Game 3 on Sunday.
DALLAS 0 CALGARY 2 (Flames lead series 2-1)
Cam Talbot turned aside 35 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs and the fourth of his career. The 33-year-old netminder started for a second straight night following a 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2. The decision to stick with Talbot paid off big time for the Flames.
Mikael Backlund opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at the 5:58 mark of the second period with his third goal of the postseason.
T.J. Brodie added to Calgary’s lead at the 10:36 mark of the third frame.
Dallas racked up 27 shots on target in the second and third periods combined, but were unable to beat Talbot.
Tyler Seguin hit a couple of posts and had four shots, but he is still looking for his first point of the playoffs.
Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday.