The Blue Jackets conceded in Toronto’s Maple Leafs overtime 3: 4 (1: 0, 1: 0, 1: 3, 0: 1). In a series of up to three wins, the score is 2-2.
In his second “play-off” game behind the ocean, Merzlikin went on the field for the first time in his career at the beginning of the match, defeating 49 opponents’ shots in 73 minutes and ten seconds and catching 92.5% of the show.
On the other side of the field, Frederick Andersen caught 36 of the 39 “blue jacket” shots.
Unlike Thursday’s game, this time Columbus hockey players took the lead. Kems Atkinson finished off the Blue Jackets counterattack at the end of the fourth minute. Merzlikin was also a successful pass, repelling the “maple leaf” attack by starting to score his unit’s goal.
In the fifth minute of the second period, Vladislav Gavrikov doubled the lead with a long throw, sending the puck into the top corner of the goal.
When Bunner Jener scored 3: 0 in the middle of the third period in favor of the Columbus Club, it took five minutes and 42 seconds to enter the Stanley Cup.
However, the home team scored three goals in the last four minutes through the efforts of William Nlanders, John Tavares and Zek Haimen, reaching 23 seconds before the end of the match.
In the 14th minute of the overtime, Oston Matthew put the fifth game in the series in the majority with a broadcast from the right throw circle – 4: 3 in favor of the home team.
The last game in the series will take place on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the season ended on Friday for Theodore Bluger and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who really failed to score the Montreal Canadiens goal during the series, and this time Toronto conceded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with 0: 2 (0: 0, 0: 0, 0: 2).
In the series with 3-1, the “Canadians” were superior.
Blugers spent 12 minutes and 45 seconds in the duel on the pitch, of which two minutes and 27 seconds were spent in the minority.
The striker used two strength techniques, once regained the puck for his team, won the 56 percent throw-in and ended the game with a negative efficiency of -1.
Cairy Price defeated all 22 “penguin” shots at the Montreal goal, allowing the Canadian team to finish 12th at the Eastern Conference to enter the Stanley Cup.
The winning goal was scored four minutes and 11 seconds before the end of the regular time by Arturi Kehkonen, but at the last minute another one was added by Shi Weber.
Pittsburgh goalkeeper Tristan repelled 20 of 21 opponents’ shots, with the last “goal” falling to an empty goal.
The Bruins, Lightning, Capitals and Flyers compete in one round at the Eastern Conference on Sowing, but the following pairs meet in a qualifying tournament with eight teams: Penguins vs. Canadiens, Hurricanes vs. Rangers, Islanders vs. Panthers and Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs.
The Blues, Golden Knights, Avalanche and Stars are fighting in a single round at the Western Conference for sown places, while the following teams meet in a qualifying tournament with eight teams: “Oilers” against “Blackhawks”, “Predators” against “Coyotes” , “Canucks” vs. “Wild” and “Flames” vs. “Jets.”
There is a 24-team elimination tournament in Toronto and Edmonton. It envisages a series of up to three wins in the “play-off” qualifying round, followed by a switch to the traditional series format for up to four wins.
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