First round: The St. Louis Blues lead series 2-1 against the Winnipeg Jets
It was a statement game if ever there was: the Winnipeg Jets, down 2-0 in the playoff series heading into enemy territory in St. Louis, put on an offensive clinic, exploding to a 6-3 win and putting themselves back into contention.
Kyle Connor scored twice, while Patrik Laine, Kevin Hayes, Dustin Byfuglien and Brandon Tanev also scored for the Jets. David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen responded for the Blues.
After two games in which the Blues' Jordan Binnington has appeared unbeatable in net, the Jets managed to rattle the rookie sensation, including Byfuglien's goal, which he banked in from a sharp angle off the back of Binnington's helmet.
The Jets' top line of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Connor was a force in Game 3, dominating possession and responding when needed, including Connor's second goal, which restored the Jets' three-goal lead less than a minute after Steen scored on a goal-mouth scramble.
Jets show off in the Show Me state
- After a first period in which the Jets dominated the Blues but came away down 1-0, the Jets responded with six goals in a 6-3 win in St. Louis to claw their way back into the series.
- Stubbornness a strength: Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, whose Game 2 performance in a 4-3 loss was clearly not his best work, continued his defiant ways, refusing to take responsibility. Yet that's seen as a positive by his coach, who says, "Stick to your guns, man."
- Curse continues: The President's Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning seem destined to prove the axiom that you can win the President's Trophy or the Stanley Cup, but not both. The Bolts are on the brink of elimination after losing their third straight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who lead the series 3-0.
- Flightless birds grounded again: The New York Islanders have taken a commanding 3-0 series lead after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Sunday.
- No easy shifts: First-round series get tight and nasty
What we're reading
- Sidney Crosby is only Cole Harbour’s second-best hockey story: In his second year of junior hockey, Kelly Serbu noticed some issues with his eyes. He kept right on playing, though, even as he went blind (Sportsnet)
- Wysh List: Five ways ESPN's Greg Greg Wyshynski would improve the Stanley Cup playoffs
- Crowded crease: The Luxuries, and Dilemmas, of NHL Goalie Tandems (Sports Illustrated)
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