COLORADO- The Referee’s had their paws up on almost every play, as the teams combined for a dozen Power-Plays, but both PK’s were perfect! Jared McCann gave the Hawks an early 1st period lead, however it was the Av’s 4th line to the rescue! Both Nick Schmaltz & Ryan Getzlaf would score on the same shift in period two & that was it,,,,a 2-1 Final!
SAN JOSE- Jeff Carter, who had an injury plagued season(27 GP), scored twice on the Power-Play & once in the 3rd at even-strength for the “Hat Trick” in a 3-2 Hawks Win! 4th liner Jakub Vrana scored both Goals for the Sharks less than a minute apart, late in period one to stake San Jose to a 2-1 lead, but Carter tallied in each period for the home team!
NEW YORK I- With guys playing for jobs next year & Playoff hopes mostly dashed, Jonathan Bernier came up with perhaps his finest outing as an Islander stopping 40 shots & an Amazing 15/16 gr’s in a 5-1 romp over Chicago! Michael Grabner scored twice & was stopped on a SH Breakaway going for the Hat ! On that same Penalty-Kill Kevin Hayes also had a Breakaway but was stoned! At even-strength, the line of Sheahan-Hayes & Grabner were a +3 for the game!
ST LOUIS- The Blues were just a bit too frisky in this game giving Chicago 6 chances with the man-advantage & the Hawks cashed in on half of them, leading to a wild 5-4 Win! Nikita Zadorov put his team short-handed 3 times in two periods, He was benched for the 3rd period! John Tavares led the Hawks with 4 assists, while both Frans Nielsen & the Blues Eric Stall scored twice!
DALLAS- Game to be played by Commissioner