NHL news: Pittsburgh and Washington playoff qualifiers

NHL, results of the 29.04.2021 :

Tampa bay – Dallas: 3 – 0 (1-0 0-0 2-0)

Boston – Buffalo: 5 – 2 (2-1 0-0 3-1)

New Jersey – Philadelphia: 5 – 3 (2-0 1-2 2-1) (see also our news)

NY Rangers – NY Islanders : 0 – 4 (0-2 0-1 0-1)

Washington – Pittsburgh : 4 – 5 ap (1-1 2-2 1-1)

Carolina – Detroit: 3 – 1 (0-0 2-1 1-0) (see also our news)

Toronto – Vancouver: 4 – 1 (1-0 2-1 1-0)

Minnesota – St. Louis : 4 – 5 ap (0-1 1-2 3-1) (see also our news)

Chicago – Florida : 3 – 4 ap (1-0 1-2 1-1) (see also our news)

Edmonton – Calgary : 1 – 3 (1-1 0-1 0-1) (see also our news)

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Auston matthews (23) scared the counters his 36th goal of the season scored in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 victory over Vancouver. He is at 60 points for the 5th consecutive season, which is all the more remarkable as this season is shortened. Mitch marner (one goal, one assist), William nylander and Pierre Engvall also scored for the Toronto squad, which remains steadfast in 1st place in the North section. Vancouver, on the other hand, is 10 points behind Montreal and the last place giving access to the playoffs. To note that Jason spezza totaled his 967th points during that game, placing him 99th in NHL history.

Although Pittsburgh beat Washington 5-4 ap, both teams got their play-off tickets because of the Islanders’ victory over the Rangers. The winning goal came from Jake’s butt Guentzel in overtime. Besides Guentzel, the Finn Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals. Pittsburgh, which has won five of its last six games, joins Washington at the top of the Eastern section, both with 69 points. Note that Washington is still deprived of the services of its captain Alex Ovechkin, who skipped a match for the 3rd time in a row following a lower body injury,

The highlight of the evening was most certainly the clash between Islanders and Rangers, not only because it was a derby, but mostly because of the Rangers’ position in the standings. Having come back strong lately, the Rangers suffered a 4-0 loss last night, the first in four games. They are now six points behind Boston and 4th place in the East section. Which can make them miss the playoffs. To their misfortune, the porter of the « Isles » Semyon Varlamov stood up in front of their attackers stopped the 25 shots he faced. Leo Komarov, Oliver Wahlstrom, Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal hit the target for the Islanders, who scored their 1st success in four outings. In doing so, they come within four points of the Pittsburgh / Washington duo.

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