The Seattle Kraken have made a statement in their debut playoff run, dominating the Dallas Stars in a four-game sweep to advance to the second round of the NHL postseason.
- 0.1 Kraken prove to be too much for struggling Stars
- 0.2 Seattle looks ahead to second round matchup
- 0.3 Dallas looks to regroup in the offseason
- 1 Panthers beat Maple Leafs in overtime, take a 2-1 series lead
Kraken prove to be too much for struggling Stars
The Kraken, who finished second in the Pacific Division during the regular season, proved to be too much for the injury-plagued Stars. Seattle’s offense was firing on all cylinders, scoring a total of 14 goals during the series. Goalie Philipp Grubauer was solid in net, allowing just five goals in four games.
The Kraken’s top line of Joonas Donskoi, Jordan Eberle and Calle Jarnkrok was particularly impressive. They combined for nine goals and 18 points in the series. Donskoi was named the first star of the series, while Eberle was named the second star.
Seattle looks ahead to second round matchup
With their first-round sweep, the Kraken now have some time to rest before facing their second round opponent. They will likely face the winner of the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues series, which is currently tied at two games apiece.
Seattle has proven that they are a force to be reckoned with in their inaugural season. They have exceeded expectations and will look to continue their playoff run deep into the postseason.
Dallas looks to regroup in the offseason
The Stars, on the other hand, will look to regroup after a disappointing first-round exit. Injuries were a major factor in their struggles, as they were without key players like Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop for most of the season.
Head coach Rick Bowness will have some tough decisions to make in the offseason, as the team looks to bounce back next year. The Stars have a strong core of players, including Jamie Benn and John Klingberg, and will look to compete for another playoff spot next season.
Panthers beat Maple Leafs in overtime, take a 2-1 series lead
The Florida Panthers took a thrilling overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, taking a 2-1 series lead in their first-round playoff matchup.
Game 3 is a back-and-forth affair
The game was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams trading leads throughout regulation. The Maple Leafs were up 3-2 late in the third period, but the Panthers tied it up with just over a minute left in the game to force overtime.
In overtime, it was Florida’s Sam Bennett who was the hero, scoring the game-winning goal just 1:37 into the extra frame. The Panthers outshot the Maple Leafs 15-6 in the third period and overtime combined, showing their resilience and determination to win.
Panthers in control of series
With their win, the Panthers are now in control of the series. They have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead in Game 4 on Thursday night.
Florida’s star players, including Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, have been impressive throughout the series. Huberdeau has five points in three games, while Barkov has four. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has also been solid in net, making several key saves to keep the Panthers in the game.
Maple Leafs need to regroup for Game 4
The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, will need to regroup quickly if they want to avoid falling into a 3-1 series hole. Toronto has struggled to get consistent scoring from their star players, including Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.
Head coach Sheldon Keefe will need to find a way to get his team back on track if they want to avoid another disappointing playoff exit. The Maple Leafs have a talented team, but they will need to play with more urgency and desperation if they want to win this series.