The Vegas Golden Knights became the first team to make it to the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs and The Great 8 helped the Washington Capitals avoid elimination. Philadelphia and Dallas also posted big wins on Tuesday.
There are five games on the slate today, and holding 3-1 series leads, Tampa Bay, Boston, Colorado and Philadelphia can all advance with victories. Teams that have a 3-1 lead are 278-29 (90.6%) winning a best-of-7 NHL series; 173 of those series ended in Game 5 (56.4%).
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3
Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights came back from an early two-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3, eliminating the Blackhawks in five games. Vegas, which is 7-1-0 this postseason as a No. 1 seed, will play the lowest remaining seed in the Western Conference Second Round.
Vegas wins series four games to one.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the game-winning goal in the third period, as the Washington Capitals rallied for a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders to avoid elimination in Game 4. After failing to sweep the Florida Panthers in the Qualifying Round, the Isles couldn’t broom the Capitals out of the playoffs either and will have to face Washington at least once more.
The Islanders lead the series three games to one.
Carter Hart made 29 saves to post his second straight shutout and Michael Raffl and Philippe Myers scored the game’s only goals as the Philadelphia Flyers moved to within a game of advancing with a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Flyers have only scored five times in the series, but have throttled the Habs offense to take a commanding lead.
Philadelphia leads the series three games to one.
John Klingberg snapped a third period tie, and the Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 in Game 5. Jamie Benn scored the other goal for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin made 28 saves to put the Flames on the brink of departing the Edmonton bubble.
Dallas leads the series three games to two.
Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers 8 p.m. NBCSN (PHI leads 3-1)