Recap of the NHL third round playoffs

Sylvia Hodges '19, Copy Editor

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Winnipeg Jets vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights

The Las Vegas Golden Knights continue to make history by being only the third franchise in NHL history to make it to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season.  The Golden Knights beat Winnipeg 4-1 in their series, with the final game featuring a score of 2-1. Vegas standout forward Jonathan Marchessault became the first NHL player in history to score in the first and last 60 seconds of a single playoff game, as well as posting 18 points in the postseason to match an NHL record for most points by a player in their team’s first playoff appearance.  The Jets were able to win the first game of the series 4-2 but couldn’t catch up, despite outshooting the Knights 161-140 in five games. Vegas will look to continue to make history in the Stanley Cup Final against the Washington Capitals beginning Monday, May 28 at 8 p.m. in Vegas.


Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

After a previously disappointing playoff record, the Washington Capitals are heading to the Stanley Cup Final after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game seven with a score of 4-0.  Andre Burakovsky, who missed the first two rounds with an injury and was scratched in game five of this series, scored two consecutive goals in the series-clinching game. Burakovsky became the second player in Capitals history to score twice in a game seven.  Capitals’ goaltender Braden Holtby is only the fifth goalie to record a shutout in a game seven to clinch a berth in the final round. Holtby posted back-to-back shutouts to help propel the Capitals to victory. The Capitals were up 2-0 in the series when the Lightning, managed by Detroit hockey legend Steve Yzerman, won three games in a row, but were unable to continue that streak.  The Capitals will face off against the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final beginning Monday, May 28 at 8 p.m. in Vegas.