Colorado advances to conference semifinals
Colorado, one of the favorites for the title, qualified first for the NHL play-off conference semi-finals on Monday, winning (5-3) a fourth victory in a row against Nashville. Led 3-2 at the start of the last period by the Predators, the Avalanche made the difference in the final twelve minutes with three goals from Devon Toews, Valeri Nichuskin and Nathan MacKinnon.
In four matches, Colorado players scored 21 goals. A strike force that they will have to keep in the next round, against the winner of the series between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild (2-2). Still in the West, Calgary equalized with two wins everywhere, after winning (4-1) in Dallas, thanks in particular to a goal and an assist from Johnny Godreau.
In the East, the Penguins foresee the semi-finals of the conference, since they lead 3-1 against the Rangers, crushed (7-2) in the 4th game. Sydney Crosby, author of a goal and two assists, took the opportunity to reach 200 points in the play-offs (71 achievements and 129 offerings in 178 matches). Finally, Florida snatched a 3-2 victory after overtime in Washington, to tie it at two wins all in their series. The Panthers were led twice, but Carter Verhaeghe, author of a brace, saved them.
Pittsburgh leads 3-1
Washington and Florida tied 2-2
Colorado qualified 4-0
Dallas and Calgary tied 2-2