Ice hockey – NHL (play-offs): Las Vegas and Pittsburgh equalize, Tampa Bay confirms


Posted on May 19, 2021 at 9:06 am – updated on May 19, 2021 at 10:24 am

Aurélie SACCHELLI

Las Vegas and Pittsburgh returned to 1-1 in their respective play-off series against Minnesota and New York. Meanwhile, defending champion Tampa Bay won his second straight game in Florida.

Tampa Bay does not intend to drop its Stanley Cup! Even though the Lightning only finished third in the Central Division in the regular season, they put things right early in the playoffs, winning their first two games on the ice at Florida, who finished second. . After Sunday’s 5-4 success, the reigning champions went on to win 3-1 at their Miami-based neighbor. Steven Stamkos (5th) and Ondrej Palat (15th) put the Lightning on the right track in the first third, then Mason Marchment gave hope to the Panthers in the 35th before Yanni Gourde sealed the victory of Tampa Bay by scoring in an empty cage at 1’25 from the end. Carried by his goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy, author of 32 saves this Tuesday, the Lightning will now have two home games to try to conclude this series.

Pittsburgh and Las Vegas return to 1-1

In the Central Division, Pittsburgh, who was beaten by the New York Islanders at home in Game 1, fell to 1-1 in the series after their 2-1 victory. The Penguins got off to a perfect start, leading 2-0 after fourteen minutes of play, thanks to Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter. Josh Bailey scored the Islanders goal in the 35th, but no goals were scored afterwards. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 37 saves, allowing his team to clinch an important victory, before going to play two games in New York. 1-1 is also the score of the series between Las Vegas and Minnesota. With the Wild winning the first game after overtime in Nevada, the Golden Knights got their revenge by winning 3-1. After a scoreless first third, it was Mathew Dumba who opened the scoring for Minnesota in the 13th, but Las Vegas did not give up and scored three goals thanks to Jonathan Marchessault 18 seconds later, and a brace from Alex Tuch (38th and 60th). Second in the West Division, Vegas (34 saves for Marc-André Fleury) is therefore up to par before the two meetings in Minnesota.

NHL / PLAY-OFFS 2021
1st round

Central division
Florida Panthers (2) – Tampa Bay Lightning (3): 0-2
Match 1 – Florida Panthers – Tampa bay lightning : 4-5
Match 2 – Florida Panthers – Tampa bay lightning : 1-3
Match 3: Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers May 20
Match 4: Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers May 22
Match 5 (if necessary): Florida Panthers – Tampa Bay Lightning May 24
Match 6 (if necessary): Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers May 26
Match 7 (if necessary): Florida Panthers – Tampa Bay Lightning May 28

East division
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) – New York Islanders (4): 1-1
Match 1 – Pittsburgh Penguins – New York Islanders : 3-4 (ap)
Match 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins – New York Islanders: 2-1
Match 3: New York Islanders – Pittsburgh Penguins May 20
Match 4: New York Islanders – Pittsburgh Penguins May 22
Match 5: Pittsburgh Penguins – New York Islanders May 24
Match 6 (if necessary): New York Islanders – Pittsburgh Penguins May 26
Match 7 (if necessary): Pittsburgh Penguins – New York Islanders May 28

West Division
Las Vegas Golden Knights (2) – Minnesota Wild (3): 1-1
Match 1 – Las Vegas Golden Knights – Minnesota Wild : 0-1 (ap)
Match 2 – Las Vegas Golden Knights – Minnesota Wild: 3-1
Match 3: Minnesota Wild – Las Vegas Golden Knights May 20
Match 4: Minnesota Wild – Las Vegas Golden Knights May 22
Match 5: Las Vegas Golden Knights – Minnesota Wild May 24
Match 6 (if necessary): Minnesota Wild – Las Vegas Golden Knights May 26
Match 7 (if necessary): Las Vegas Golden Knights – Minnesota Wild May 28



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