Recap of the NHL second round playoffs


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Sylvia Hodges '19, Supervising Copy Editor

New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

After taking down the 2018 Stanley Cup champions in the first round, the Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders in round two in front of a 19,345-strong home crowd. The Islanders, who swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, became the ninth team in NHL history to get swept immediately after sweeping another team in the previous round. This is the first best-of-seven sweep in Hurricanes franchise history, and the fourth time since 2002 that Carolina has reached the Eastern Conference Final. Carolina goaltender Curtis McElhinney, at 35 years and 345 days old, is the oldest goalie in franchise history to earn a series-clinching win. Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele collected nine points so far during the 2019 playoffs, notching five goals and four assists in 11 games played, matching the franchise record for most in a postseason by a rookie, set by Erik Cole in 2002, who acquired six goals and three assists in 23 games played. Only 0.012 percent of NHL bracket submissions accurately selected all eight first-round winners and had Carolina advancing past the second round (165 of 1.42 million submitted brackets). The Hurricanes also became the eleventh team in NHL history to win a game seven and sweep their next series in the same postseason. The Hurricanes will go on to the Eastern Conference Final to face the Boston Bruins beginning May 9 at 8 p.m..


Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars in double overtime of game seven, with Blues forward Pat Maroon scoring the winning goal in a final score of 2-1. Maroon became the third player in Blues history to score a series-clinching goal in a game that required multiple overtimes. Blues forward Alex Pietrangelo assisted on the first goal, and notched his eleventh point of the 2019 playoffs, one point shy of matching the single-postseason record for a Blues defenseman. This postseason, three game sevens have required overtime, the most in a playoff year in NHL history. Robert Thomas of the St. Louis Blues became the first teenager, at 19 years and 309 days, to record a point in a game seven in Blues history. Dallas struggled to keep up with St. Louis, recording only one shot on goal in the second period and 30 shots overall, compared to St. Louis’ 54 shots. Stars goalie Ben Bishop became the fifth goaltender to make 50 or more saves in a game seven since the 1955-56 season. The Blues, who sat in last place in the league in January, will go on to the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks beginning May 11 at 8 pm..


San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche

The San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche in game seven with a final score of 3-2. In his first game back from a head injury in the first round, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski opened the scoring and recorded an assist. San Jose forward Tomas Hertl notched a goal and an assist; Hertl also had a multi-point game against the Vegas Golden Knights in game seven of the first round. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns accumulated ten points during the second round in seven games played, becoming the first defenseman in franchise history to record ten or more points in a postseason series. Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog scored his first career postseason overtime goal in game six to force a game seven, and also recorded an assist in game seven. Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen scored with 6.8 seconds left in the first period of game seven, and has recorded 14 points in 12 games played this postseason. The Sharks will advance to the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues beginning May 11 at 8 p.m..


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 in game six to advance to the Eastern Conference Final. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask became the third goaltender in franchise history to record two series-clinching shutouts. Rask’s 39 saves in a series-clinching shutout matched the NHL’s fourth highest total since 1955-56, with Patrick Roy holding the record for making 63 saves in game four of the 1996 conference finals in triple overtime. Boston forward David Krejci opened the scoring in game six, and currently sits four points shy of becoming the fifth Bruins player to record at least 100 points in the postseason. Despite sweeping the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, the Blue Jackets were unable to take down the Bruins, scoring 11 goals to Boston’s 18 during the series. Grosse Pointe native and Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski recorded an assist during game five. Boston will look to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, beginning May 9 at 8 p.m..


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