Heading into Tuesday, a variety of teams are still set to battle it out in Game 7, now including the Carolina Hurricanes, who defeated the Washington Capitals and evened the series at home Monday. However, others have already moved on, most recently the Dallas Stars, who overcame the Nashville Predators to win a series for the first time in three seasons.
Neither game was an easy battle, though, as emotions boiled over and intensity rose. Here's how Monday's games ended up playing out.
Hurricanes force Game 7 with dominant 5-2 win
After the Caps triumphed 6-0 in Game 5, things looked good yet again for Washington after the first period. However, it would soon evolve into a completely different game as the Caps fell 5-2.
Brett Connolly struck first for Washington about five minutes in, beating Petr Mrazek on a quick shot for his second goal in his second game. Warren Foegele tied the game minutes later, entering the slot and scored after the puck deflected in off a defender. Before the period ended, Alex Ovechkin was able to fire a wrister and put home his fourth goal of the playoffs to give the Caps a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
However, entering the second period, momentum and favor shifted in the Hurricanes' direction. Teuvo Teravainen evened the score just over a minute into the middle frame to make it 2-2. The score would hold until the third period, when Brett Pesce added another goal to put the Hurricanes in front. Soonafter, Ovechkin appeared to make it even yet again when he crashed the net and pushed a loose puck in the crease past Mrazek, but the goal was waved off on a confusing goaltender interference call.
"No goal" pic.twitter.com/XnbfzygDe3— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 23, 2019
All momentum appeared lost after that, as Justin Williams and Dougie Hamilton potted goals to extend the lead to three. Washington attempted a comeback, but the lead proved too much, and after Ovechkin was called for slashing and ejected after his emotions took over, any chance at clawing back was spoiled.
B U L L S E Y E pic.twitter.com/7Ia5c90ZvW— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 23, 2019
Carolina and Washington will play Game 7 in D.C. Wednesday. The Hurricanes have won four straight Game 7s. The last time the Caps went to Game 7 was last season in the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa, where they won 4-0.
Stars eliminate Predators with 2-1 OT win
Just a day after the Sharks were able to force overtime with a double overtime victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, the Stars and Predators found themselves in a similar situation in their Game 6 Monday. Although both teams battled to the end, it was Dallas that was able to win and effectively end Nashville's season.
Austin Watson was able to open the scoring around six minutes in when he jumped on a Brian Boyle rebound and put the puck past Ben Bishop to give Nashville the 1-0 lead. In the first period, the Predators managed 19 shots on goal, while Pekka Rinne was able to put aside all 10 of the Stars' shots in the opening frame. From the start, both goaltenders had established that they were coming up big in this one.
The Stars roared back in the second period by heavily increasing their shot totals, and it paid off as Blake Comeau scored his first of the postseason on an odd-man rush to make it 1-1. The score would hold through the remainder of regulation, with Nashville leading 40-37 in shots.
About 17 minutes into overtime, John Klingberg was able to strike on a one-timer from the point to win it for the Stars, pushing them to the second round.
The last time they accomplished such a feat was in 2016. Bishop finished with 47 saves, and Rinne put aside 49 shots when all was said and done.
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