Avalanche not happy Lindell 4-2 Stars goal counted in Game 2

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    The Avalanche have to be reeling after falling behind 2-0 in their Second Round Series against the Stars. The Avalanche also might be seething about Esa Lindell‘s 4-2 goal surviving the review process during the Stars’ 5-2 win in Game 2.

    You can watch multiple replays of that 4-2 Lindell Stars goal from Game 2 in the video above. (Also, enjoy the soothing tones of Enya!)

    The NHL “Situation Room” review was terse, merely stating that the officials’ on-ice call of a goal stands. What about the Avalanche, from coach Jared Bednar to the players? Shockingly, they weren’t happy.

    “I don’t know how they’re going to explain this one,” Gabriel Landeskog said, via Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic.

    Bednar said he didn’t know if it crossed the line, and that he wished officials would have blown the play dead if they were unsure:

    “Dan [O’Rourke] is behind the net on the other side. I think he realized pretty quickly he messed up. I think he realized that he went off of Esa Lindell’s reaction.” – Gabe Landeskog of @Avalanche on the « good goal » call on the ice.

    Avs goalie Pavel Francouz believed that the puck didn’t cross the line, and was instead under the top of his pads. Of course, Francouz is a touch biased.

    Ultimately, Esa Lindell’s 4-2 goal counted. The Avalanche can only ask “What if?” so much, since they couldn’t match Alexander Radulov‘s eventual game-winning 3-2 goal.

    But, much like with Rod Brind’Amour wondering about a call to the point of getting fined during the First Round, one can get abstract and ponder domino effects. The Avalanche seemed to open the third period of Game 2 a little bit flat against the Stars, at least compared to their overall dominant play. Would that shock have resonated as much if it was merely a 3-2 deficit?

    Either way, the Stars won 5-2 after adding an empty-netter, and Dallas leads the series 2-0. And it’s definitely not just about a single call.

    That said, feel free to pour over the replays if you want to assess the call.

    Series preview
    Game 1: Stars 5, Avalanche 3. (recap)Game 2: Stars 5, Avalanche 2. (recap)Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 4: Friday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)*Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 30 – TBD*Game 6: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    An empty-net goal inflated the score a bit, but this was still a thorough win for the Islanders. The Flyers simply couldn’t get much going against the staunch Islanders defense, particularly top guys. Really, the only prominent Flyers player who managed multiple quality scoring chances was Kevin Hayes. Semyon Varlamov earned a second consecutive shutout, and the Islanders got scoring from depth players (plus an Anders Lee dagger assisted by Mathew Barzal) to win Game 1 against the Flyers quite handily.

    Game 1: Islanders 4, Flyers 0. (recap)Game 2: Wednesday Aug. 26, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 4: Saturday, Aug. 29, 12 p.m. ET – NBC (livestream)*Game 5: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD*Game 6: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD*Game 7: Thursday, Sept. 3 – TBD

    When you look at that Game 2 score, you might think that the Stars dominated the Avalanche. Instead, the Avs left Game 2 (especially after the second period) absolutely stunned. Colorado built a 2-0 lead, and controlled the puck for long spans of time. With four goals in basically the second half of the second period, the Stars scored a staggering four goals, then added an empty-netter in the third period. Anton Khudobin was absolutely brilliant, and the Stars kept Nathan MacKinnon from doing too much damage (again) to win Game 2 and take a 2-0 series lead. Wow.

    Game 1: Stars 5, Avalanche 3. (recap)Game 2: Stars 5, Avalanche 2. (recap)Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 4: Friday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)*Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 30 – TBD*Game 6: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD

    For the second straight time, I’m picking the goalie who allowed goals instead of the one who earned a shutout. This case might be the most convincing, though. The Avalanche outshot the Stars 20-6, but only entered the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. The Avs then made it 2-0, yet could only beat Khudobin on the power play. Even then, Khudobin helped Colorado kill a 5-on-3 when the Avalanche were trying to flip the script after the Stars pulled off their second-period swerve. Khudobin was just flat-out brilliant in Game 2, and made a huge difference in the Stars beating the Avalanche. Khudobin earns the nod for his 39-shot night.

    A hot goalie can make a close game seem a lot more lopsided. That probably happened during Game 1 of Flyers – Islanders. No, the Flyers didn’t play well; the Islanders limited their chances, especially those of the Flyers’ top players. That’s why I’m putting Khudobin ahead of Varlamov — the Avalanche were terrifying for at least the first two periods of Game 2 against the Stars. But Varlamov looked sharp making 29 saves for his second shutout in a row.

    As tempting as it is to give this to Alexander Radulov (1G, 1A, was on the winning team), it seems wrong to overlook MacKinnon’s outstanding work in defeat. MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist, while also hitting at least one post vs. Khudobin. At even-strength alone, MacKinnon was on the ice for five high-danger chances for and just one against, according to Natural Stat Trick. Through two losses, MacKinnon scored five points, and could have had more. It turns out that as great as MacKinnon’s been, he’ll need help from what’s supposed to be an improved Avalanche supporting cast.

    Varlamov certainly earned his three stars spot with some big saves against Kevin Hayes. Still, these highlights are Islanders-heavy, as you’d expect:

    Check out when the wheels started to fall off for the Avs, and other highlights of the Stars’ Game 2 win:

    Game 2: Bruins vs. Lightning, 7 p.m. ET – NBCSN (BOS leads 1-0)
    Game 2: Canucks vs. Golden Knights, 9:45 p.m. ET – NBCSN (VGK leads 1-0)

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    The Avalanche roared out of the gate in Game 2, but the Stars weathered the storm just enough to turn the contest on its head during a wild second period. Ultimately, the Stars took advantage of enough opportunities — and impressive work from Anton Khudobin — to win Game 2.

    Let’s ponder Dallas storming back from a 2-0 deficit to win Game 2 by a score of 5-2.

    Colorado drew three first-period penalties to one for the Stars, and it was easy to see why, being that the Avalanche ended up with a 20-6 shots on goal advantage against Dallas. Despite that dominance in many areas, the Avalanche managed just a 1-0 lead during the first period.

    Through almost half of the second, that dominance carried over. When Mikko Rantanen made it 2-0 on another Avs power play, it looked like the Avalanche might tie the series.

    In the span of 43 seconds, the Stars transformed a 2-0 deficit to a 2-2 tie, and they weren’t done from there.

    Jamie Benn made a nice play and the puck bounced off of Alexander Radulov to make it 3-2, then Esa Lindell scored a funky goal. Pavel Francouz was close enough to making a stop that it required a lengthy review, but Lindell’s 4-2 goal ultimately stood.

    An empty-net goal inflated the scoreboard ugliness, but the situation looks awfully worrisome for the Avs.

    The Stars turned Game 2 against the Avalanche on its head with four goals in about half of the second period. As stunning as that was, the Stars can point out taking advantages that Colorado sometimes did not. After all, the Avalanche received a decent 5-on-3 opportunity of their own during the second, but couldn’t score a third power-play goal.

    Overall, the Stars exploited some key advantages, while Anton Khudobin loomed large. They’ve received some nice contributions from depth players, something Colorado must envy. Khudobin ended Game 2 with 39 saves, and didn’t allow an even-strength goal.

    When it comes to the Avalanche’s top stars, the outlook is a glass half-empty/half-full situation. After a three-point effort in a Game 1 loss, Nathan MacKinnon was a constant threat in Game 2, scoring a goal and an assist. Mikko Rantanen made an impact, too, with a goal and an assist of his own. Should the Avalanche see the bright side in MacKinnon remaining lethal, or feel concerned that they’re squandering great games from great players?

    Either way, the Avalanche are in a very tough spot. As powerful as the Avalanche looked at times — including in Game 2 — the Stars now hold a threatening 2-0 lead in this Second Round series.

    Series preview
    Game 1: Stars 5, Avalanche 3. (recap)Game 2: Stars 5, Avalanche 2.Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 4: Friday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)*Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 30 – TBD*Game 6: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    The Islanders are built to win grinding, low-scoring contests, and that’s how they beat the Flyers 4-0 in Game 1 to take a 1-0 series lead.

    If you told Barry Trotz before virtually any Islanders playoff game that the top players would essentially end up in a draw, he’d probably take that. Such a setup worked out well for the Islanders in Game 1 against a Flyers top-end that is pretty potent — at least on paper.

    None of Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, or Jakub Voracek got much going. Really, Kevin Hayes was the most prominent Flyers player as far as scoring chances went, but Hayes couldn’t put his team on the board.

    Giroux: 1G in last 22 GamesVoracek: 2G in last 22 GamesKonecny: 1G in last 15 GamesProvorov: 1G in last 15 GamesHayes: 3G in last 30 Games

    For much of Game 1, top Islanders such as Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee were quiet in their own right, but Lee put Game 1 out of reach for the Flyers when Lee scored a 3-0 third period goal.

    While the Islanders dominated the first period of Game 1, the Flyers got their best work going during the second. But, even then, the Islanders rarely yielded much in the way of space or chances for the Flyers. Perhaps special teams will eventually be a saving grace for the Flyers, but the Islanders didn’t commit a single penalty late in the third. (By then, the Isles already build a 4-0 lead.)

    Instead, Semyon Varlamov continued a sharp 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 29-save shutout. (Varlamov became the first Islanders goalie to pitch consecutive shutouts [as an individual goalie, not as two goalies on the same Islanders team], according to Sportsnet.)

    Again, this was a very Trotz-friendly game (aside from the occasional Hayes scoring chance), right down to defensive defenseman Andy Greene scoring his first playoff goal in about a decade

    (It also must have made Trotz and Lou Lamoriello smile to see Jean-Gabriel Pageau score a key 2-0 goal.)

    Simply put, the Flyers need to do more to pressure Semyon Varlamov, and not playing into the hands of Trotz’s Islanders.

    Game 1: Islanders 4, Flyers 0Game 2: Wednesday Aug. 26, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 4: Saturday, Aug. 29, 12 p.m. ET – NBC (livestream)*Game 5: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD*Game 6: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD*Game 7: Thursday, Sept. 3 – TBD

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    In Game 1, the Stars offense picked up right where they left off in their First Round series against the Flames. Dallas lit the lamp three times in the 1st period against Colorado, including Tyler Seguin’s first goal of the postseason. Gabriel Landeskog scored early in the second to cut Dallas’ lead to 3-2, but Alexander Radulov’s second goal of the night gave the Stars a 4-2 advantage. Nathan MacKinnon recorded his second goal of to pull the Avs back within one, but Roope Hintz’s third period tally put the game out of reach as Dallas held on for the win.

    The Stars have won four straight games since they trailed 2-1 in their First Round series against Calgary, a streak during which they’ve scored 19 goals (4.75 goals/game).

    Early in the second period, Avalanche starting goalie Philipp Grubauer went down in pain after a Stars shot attempt went wide of his net. Grubauer needed to be helped off the ice, and coach Jared Bednar has already ruled him out for Game 2. Pavel Francouz replaced Grubauer and allowed two goals on 20 shots.

    Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson left the game midway through the first period of Game 1, returned and and played eight shifts in the second period before sitting out the third. Bednar said on Sunday that he does not expect Johnson to be available for Game 2.

    WHAT: Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas StarsWHERE: Rogers Place – EdmontonWHEN: Monday, August 24, 9:45 p.m. ETTV: NBCSNON THE CALL: Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuireLIVE STREAM: You can watch the Avalanche-Stars stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

    Series preview
    Game 1: Stars 5, Avalanche 3 (recap)Game 2: Monday, Aug. 24, 9:45 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)Game 4: Friday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)*Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 30 – TBD*Game 6: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD



    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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