Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the 2018 NHL postseason. There were two games on Monday, both in the Eastern Conference.
Here are the scores of Monday:
Washington Capitals 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 1
The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs will play in the Eastern Garden First Round at TD Garden on Matchday 7 (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NESN). Here are some facts about the game 7.
* The Bruins hold an all-time record of 13-12 in Game 7s, including a 12-8 mark on home ice. This will mark Boston's 26th appearance in a 7-game, breaking a tie with the Detroit Red Wings (25) for most in NHL history.
* The Maple Leafs are in game 7s 1
* Boston holds a 2-1 lead in three previous head-to-head game 7 against Toronto, including the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals, as the Bruins became the first team in NHL history to go through three goals of the third period to win a game 7.
* The team that scores first is 126-43 (746) in 169 all-time 7s play in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Home teams are 99-70 (.586) in this 169 game 7s.
* Forty-one game 7s in the Stanley Cup playoffs requires overtime (24.3 percent). Home teams have a lead of 21-20.
What We Have Learned
Here are some things we learned on the 13th day of the playoffs:
Capitals are resilient
After the loss The first two games of the Eastern Conference First Round The Columbus Blue Jackets at home in overtime, the Washington Capitals did not blink. With everyone else reminding the capitals of their past Stanley Cup playoff failures, striker Alex Ovechkin said confident they would even win the next two games in Columbus for the series.
Having achieved that, including a 3-2 double-time victory in Game 3, they also won the next two games to finish the series in six and face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.
Video: The Crew of the Capitals Moves Into the Second Round
Blue Jackets Need More Pieces
Thought the Blue Jackets made some positive moves and finished the regular season strong 13-2-2 in their last 17 games, they are still looking for their first playoff series victory in their 17-season history. They were on their way to victory in the first two games, but the capitals proved to be the better team over the series. Washington focused on wearing Columbus' best defensive pair Zach Werenski and Seth Jones which later paid off in the series, and the Blue Jackets did not have enough second rankings as the In the last three games Capitals was closed Artemi Panarin . Columbus also found no answer to Washington's powerplay, which scored at least one goal in each of the six games and went 9-37 (33.3 percent) in the series.
Maple Leafs Found Out How to Become a Closer
When the Maple Leafs scored a 4: 3 win in Game 5 against the Bruins, it was mainly goalkeepers Frederik Andersen 19 saves in the third period. Toronto never lagged in the game, but looked shaky late in the game. Not so in the 3-1 win in Game 6 on Monday. With a 2-1 lead in the final 20 minutes of a shaky second phase, Toronto drew at the back and held the guest Bruins on seven shots in the third. If Toronto can launch a similar 60-minute defensive plan on Wednesday in Game 7, it will have a legitimate shot to win the series.
Video: BOS @ TOR, Gm6: Andersen beats Puck from the air
How Bergeron's line goes, so go Bruins
In the first two Playing the series, each a victory for the Bruins, the line of Patrice Bergeron Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak together for 20 points (five goals, 15 assists). It had three points in Game 4, the other game won by the Bruins in the series, but in Games 3, 5 and 6, respectively, a Boston loss, the line no point. Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak are likely to hold the key to the Bruins season. The performance of the three strikers, each scoring 30 goals in the regular season, will be crucial in Match 7.
On Monday, there were two Game 6s, one of which won in series.
Washington Capitals 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 – The Capitals, behind two goals from Ovechkin, won their fourth consecutive game after losing the first two and eliminated the Blue Jackets , Next for Ovechkin and the capitals: a match in the second round against mid Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third season in a row.
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 1 – Andersen scored 32 saves and the Maple Leafs, who finished the Best of 7 series 3-1, were victorious Home a game 7 in Boston on Wednesday to force. William Nylander Mitchell Marner and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won the last two games.