After falling behind in the series 2-0, the Arizona Coyotes desperately needed a win on Saturday. You wouldn’t know they were desperate given that they were outshot 51-23 in Game 3, but fortunately they had Darcy Kuemper in net and he’s capable of stealing wins. He stopped 49 of those 51 shots en route to a 4-2 victory for Arizona. Those four goals is a bit misleading because the Coyotes scored two empty netters.
This game doesn’t address the larger uncertainties about Arizona’s offense and on paper they still don’t look great when stacked up against the well rounded Avalanche, but this is something that the Coyotes can build on. If, for example, Taylor Hall and Phil Kessel step up in Game 4 then suddenly this series is tied. It doesn’t hurt Arizona that the burden of expectations is on Colorado. The Avalanche are seen as one of the favorites to win the Cup while for Arizona, just being in the first round is a victory. So while the Avalanche have to fight against those kind of pressures, the Coyotes can just focus on playing their game. If nothing else, they’ve demonstrated that Colorado is beatable, even if it took an amazing performance by Kuemper to do it this time.
BOSTON 3 CAROLINA 1 (Bruins lead the series 2-1)
Charlie Coyle scored a goal and registered an assist. He’s up to two goals and three points in six contests.
Brad Marchand also had a goal and an assist for Boston. He has two goals and six points in six postseason games.
Carolina’s lone goal was scored by Nino Niederreiter. It was his first goal and second point in five playoff contests.
At the other end of the ice, Petr Mrazek stopped 36 of 38 shots. He has a 2-2 record, 2.09 GAA, and .930 save percentage in four playoff starts.
ARIZONA 4 COLORADO 2 (Avalanche lead series 2-1)
Darcy Kuemper led the charge, stopping an incredible 49 of 51 shots. He’s 4-3 with a 2.70 GAA and .930 save percentage in seven postseason starts.
Taylor Hall scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has two goals and six points in seven playoff games.
Derek Stepan found the back of the net for Arizona. It was his first goal and fourth point in seven postseason contests.
Mikko Rantanen scored a goal for the Colorado. He has two goals and six points in six playoff games.
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TAMPA BAY 3 COLUMBUS 2 (Lightning lead series 2-1)
Victor Hedman scored the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and third point in six playoff games.
Brayden Point also found the back of the net for the Lightning. He’s on a seven-game point streak, extending back to the regular season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 15 of 17 Blue Jackets shots. He only faced four shots in the second period and three shots in the third frame.
Riley Nash scored a goal and registered an assist for Columbus. It was his first two points of the 2020 playoffs.
Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 31 of 34 shots on Saturday. He dropped to 3-3 with a 1.51 GAA and .956 save percentage in seven starts.
VEGAS 2 CHICAGO 1 (Golden Knights lead series 3-0)
Patrick Brown scored the game-winning goal for Vegas. It was his first playoff game of 2020.
The Golden Knights’ other goal was scored by William Karlsson. That gives him two goals and four points in six contests.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 27 shots Saturday night. Robin Lehner started in the first two games, but Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer wanted to use both of his goaltenders in the back-to-back set. With Fleury starting in the first half of it, Lehner will presumably start in Game 4 on Sunday.
At the other end of the ice, Corey Crawford stopped 24 of 26 shots. He has a 3-4 record with a 3.53 GAA and .894 save percentage in seven playoff starts.
Olli Maatta scored a goal for the Blackhawks. The defenseman is up to three goals and five points in seven games.