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NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Dallas wins on the road, Columbus wins in double overtime

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NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Dallas wins on the road, Columbus wins in double overtime

Friday's playoff games gave us a San Jose Sharks blowout and an overtime win from the upstart Carolina Hurricanes. But Saturday gave us more drama, with both home teams losing and each series tied at 1-1.

Here are the results from Saturday's games.

Dallas holds on for 4-2 win

In the Stars' first second round appearance since the 2015-16 season, Dallas came away with the win thanks to rookies Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen. Hintz had a three-point night, including a between-the-legs feed to Heiskanen for the game-winning goal.

The Blues battled back to make it 3-2 with Jaden Schwartz tip in front of the net.

Calder Trophy finalist Jordan Binnington came up with 31 saves, but Jamie Benn sealed the win for Dallas with an empty-net goal. Hintz's three-point night makes him the youngest Dallas Star to complete such a feat.


Columbus gets 3-2 victory in double overtime

The last double overtime game the Blue Jackets played in was Game 3 against the Capitals last season, a loss that catapulted the Caps to their first ever Stanley Cup in Franchise history. This time, the Jackets wouldn't be denied.

The Jackets were down by a goal twice, thanks in large part to Charlie Coyle's continued playoff dominance. He's scored three goals on three consecutive shots and had an assist on David Pastrnak's goal in the third period.

But Artemi Panarin provided the bulk of the scoring for Columbus, with two goals on the night to tie the game at two.

Trade deadline acquisition Matt Duchene provided the overtime winner off a Panarin blast from the point. 

Duchene's goal makes him the second Jacket to score a multi-overtime winner in franchise history.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019: NHL playoff bracket projection heading into final weekend

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019: NHL playoff bracket projection heading into final weekend

The final week of the 2018-19 NHL regular season has proven to be dramatic. Last week, the Washington Capitals officially clinched a spot in the postseason, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.

The Capitals also clinched the Metro Division for the fourth straight year, and it's the second time they've accomplished that feat.

Over the last week, the Islanders, Maple Leafs and Penguins joined them in the playoffs. Thursday night with a win, the Carolina Hurricanes clinched a playoff berth. It's the first time they've been back to the playoffs in 10 years.

The final wild card spot, and chance to play the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, will come down to The Columbus Blue Jackets (45-31-4) performance Friday night. Currently, they are hanging onto the final wild card spot with more regulation and overtime wins than the Montreal Canadiens (43-30-8) even though they’re tied in points. The Blue Jackets formula to get in is simple.

Win in regulation or in overtime or shootout tonight against the New York Rangers and they've clinched. Columbus have two games remaining, so if they only get one point in an overtime loss, it will all come down to Saturday.

Montreal squandered a huge opportunity against Washington Thursday night with a 2-1 loss. But the Habs are no longer in control of their own destiny. Their playoff hopes depend entirely on the Rangers pulling off a win Friday, but if the Rangers do their part, then Montreal will have some control.

They'll need to win out Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus will need to lose outright or in overtime against the last place Ottawa Senators. 

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket Projection

NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Bracket (As of Friday 4/5):

1M Washington Capitals (104 pts) vs. WC1 Carolina Hurricanes (97 pts)

2M New York Islanders (101 pts) vs. 3M Pittsburgh Penguins (99 pts)

1A Tampa Bay Lightning (126 pts) vs. WC2 Columbus Blue Jackets (94 pts) 

2A Boston Bruins (107 pts) vs. 3A Toronto Maple Leafs (99 pts)

NHL Western Conference Playoff Bracket (As of Friday 4/5):

1C Nashville Predators (98 pts) vs. WC1 Dallas Stars (91 pts)

2C Winnipeg Jets (97 pts) vs. 3C St. Louis Blues (97 pts)

1P Calgary Flames (107 pts) vs. WC2 Colorado Avalanche (90 pts)

2P San Jose Sharks (99 pts) vs. 3P Vegas Golden Knights (93 pts)

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Picture

2019 Eastern Conference Playoff Picture (As of Friday 4/5):

Atlantic Division:
1. Tampa Bay Lightning, 126 pts, 1 gm left
2. Boston Bruins, 107  pts, 1 gm
3. Toronto Maple Leafs, 99 pts, 1 gms

Metro Division:
1. Washington Capitals, 104 pts, 1 gm
2. New York Islanders, 101pts, 1 gm
3. Pittsburgh Penguins, 99 pts, 1 gm

Wild Card:
1. Carolina Hurricanes, 97 pts, 1 gms
2. Columbus Blue Jackets, 94 pts, 2 gms

In the Hunt:
1. Montreal Canadiens, 94 pts, 1 gms

NHL Western Conference Playoff Picture (As of Friday 4/5):

Central Division:
1. Nashville Predators, 98 pts, 1 gm left 
2. Winnipeg Jets, 97 pts, 1 gm 
3. St. Louis Blues, 97 pts, 1 gm

Pacific Division:
1. Calgary Flames, 107 pts, 1 gm
2. San Jose Sharks, 99 pts, 1 gm
3. Vegas Golden Knights, 93 pts, 1 gm

Wild Card:
1. Dallas Stars, 91 pts, 2 gms
2. Colorado Avalanche, 90 pts, 1 gm

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019: NHL playoff bracket projection with one week to go

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019: NHL playoff bracket projection with one week to go

One week is left in the NHL season, and the playoffs are becoming clearer. Last week, the Washington Capitals officially clinched a spot, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.

Over the weekend, the New York Islanders (45-26-7) clinched a spot in the playoffs with a win over the Buffalo Sabres. Two of their last three games are against playoff teams in the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Capitals. Their final game could decide the top of the Metro Division if they've accrued enough points to keep pace with the Capitals. 

The Carolina Hurricanes (43-29-7) have fallen to the last wild card spot thanks to losses against the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. With three games left, two of which are against teams outside the playoffs in New Jersey and Philadelphia, the Hurricanes have a chance to get back to the second wild card spot.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (43-25-11) wrap up their season against the bottom-feeding Detroit Red Wings twice and close out the season against the rebuilding New York Rangers. They'll have ample opportunity to surpass the Isles for second in the Metro for home ice advantage as the number two seed.

The Maple Leafs (45-26-7) dropped what should have been easy points against the Ottawa Senators. They'll need a strong finish against three playoff bound teams in the Islanders, Hurricanes and Lightning if they want to catch up to Boston for a last gasp at home ice advantage.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (43-30-4) keep on winning. They've rocketed up to the first wild card spot and are currently the Capitals first round matchup after a shutout against the Sabres. They draw the Bruins, Rangers and Senators for their last three games of the season.

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket Projection

Eastern Conference (As of Monday 4/1):

1M Washington Capitals (102 pts) vs. WC1 Columbus Blue Jackets (94 pts)

2M New York Islanders (99 pts) vs. 3M Pittsburgh Penguins (97 pts)

1A Tampa Bay Lightning (122 pts) vs. WC2 Carolina Hurricanes (93 pts)

2A Boston Bruins (103 pts) vs. 3A Toronto Maple Leafs (97 pts)

Western Conference (As of Monday 4/1):

1C Winnipeg Jets (94 pts) vs. WC1 Dallas Stars (89 pts)

2C Nashville Predators (94 pts) vs. 3C St. Louis Blues (92 pts)

1P Calgary Flames (105 pts) vs. WC2 Colorado Avalanche (85 pts)

2P San Jose Sharks (97 pts) vs. 3P Vegas Golden Knights (91 pts)

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Picture

Eastern Conference (As of Monday 4/1):

Atlantic Division:
1. Tampa Bay Lightning, 122 pts, 4 gms left
2. Boston Bruins, 103 pts, 3 gms
3. Toronto Maple Leafs, 97 pts, 4 gms

Metro Division:
1. Washington Capitals, 102 pts, 3 gms
2. New York Islanders, 99 pts, 4 gms
3. Pittsburgh Penguins, 97 pts, 5 gms

Wild Card:
1. Columbus Blue Jackets, 94 pts, 3 gms
2. Carolina Hurricanes, 93 pts, 3 gms

In the Hunt:
1. Montreal Canadiens, 92 pts, 3 gms

Western Conference (As of Monday 4/1):

Central Division:
1. Winnipeg Jets, 94 pts, 4 gms left
2. Nashville Predators, 94 pts, 3 gms
3. St. Louis Blues, 92 pts, 4 gms

Pacific Division:
1. Calgary Flames, 105 pts, 3 gms
2. San Jose Sharks, 97 pts, 3 gms
3. Vegas Golden Knights, 91 pts, 3 gms

Wild Card:
1. Dallas Stars, 89 pts, 3 gms
2. Colorado Avalanche, 85 pts, 4 gms

In the Hunt:
1. Arizona Coyotes, 84 pts, 3 gms
2. Minnesota Wild, 81 pts, 3 gms

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