Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes in good position in first round of NHL play-offs

The Colorado Avalanche enforced logic Wednesday night by dominating for the second time in two games the St Louis Blues (6-3). The best team of the regular season, Colorado controlled the game from start to finish, only finding itself in trouble when Nazem Kadri committed a big foul (charge in the face of Justin Faulk) causing a five-minute shortage.

The Avalanche came out of this period with a goal in advance (4-3) before inflating the score in an empty cage in the last moments. A last goal that allowed Nathan McKinnon to sign a hat-trick (plus an assist) after his double in Game 1. The Colorado Frenchie, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, played 10’38 for a charge and an opposing shot blocked.

Laundromat for Carolina Hurricanes goaltender

The Carolina Hurricanes also confirmed against the Nashville Predators (victory 3-0 and advantage 2 wins to 0 in the series) with a brace from Sebastian Aho and a shutout from goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic, author of 32 saves. In a series that promises to be contested and tough to the end, the Boston Bruins have taken over (2 wins to 1) against the Washington Capitals.

After a double overtime (86th), Craig Smith made the difference (3-2, 86th). Finally in the North Division, reserved for Canadian teams, the Winnipeg Jets started their first round with a victory on the ice for the Edmonton Oilers (4-1). Note that in a late regular season game, the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks (6-2).

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