Carolina Hurricanes became the first team in their series to advance to the actual 16-team NHL playoffs.
Carolina knocked down the New York Rangers Finnish time early Wednesday morning 4–1 and sent Kaapo Kako's team on autumn vacation with a match win of 3–0.
The handprint of the Finnish stars was strong in the decisive match. After an undefeated opening round, the Rangers had time to take the lead right at the beginning of the second set, but Teuvo Teräväinen raised Sebastian Aho to Carolina's level with his clever knuckle only three minutes later.
At the start of the third set, Carolina took the lead with Warren Foegele's goal, and in the middle of the round, Aho soloed with a great individual performance to finally settle the match 3-1.
The final rivet Aho went to ink Teräväinen's pass to the empty goal.
Carolina's number one star Aho was in a murderous attack in the match series. He scored 3 + 5 in three matches - 11 of Carolina's 11 goals.
With three points in the evening, Aho also moved to the top of the points exchange in the playoffs. In second place in two matches, Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Edmonton, who have six points, have scored six points.
Carolina’s resistance to the actual playoffs starting next week will only become clear once the entire first stage with the top four rankings has been played.
Winnipeg Jets have already played the second match in the tube without their injured stars Mark Scheifel and Patrik Laine in the opening game.
This time, the Calgary Flames badly served the cold-winged Jets a cold ride and moved to a 2-1 lead in the match series with a 6-2 win.
The Jets have said nothing about the ailments of Scheifele, who injured his leg, or Laine, who suffered a wrist injury.
The Jets also injured striker Mathieau Perreault in the third match. In addition to Laine and Scheifele, Mason Appleton, who was injured in the opening game, is still on the sidelines, so the team has been beaten badly.
New York Islanders – Florida Panthers 4–2 (0–1, 3–1, 1–0) F: Aleksander Barkov 1 + 0
Nashville Predators – Arizona Coyotes 4–2 (2–0, 1–0, 1–2) N: Juuse Saros 24/26 rep.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Columbus Blue Jackets 3–0 (0–0, 1–0, 2–0) C: Joonas Korpisalo 36/38 ref.
Winnipeg Jets – Calgary Flames 2–6 (1–1, 1–3, 0–2)
New York Rangers – Carolina Hurricanes 1–4 (0–0, 1–1, 0–3) C: Teuvo Sharp 1 + 1, Sebastian Aho 2 + 1
Vancouver Canucks – Minnesota Wild x – x (x – x, x – x, x – x)
Qualifying round (best of five)
(5.) Pittsburgh 1–1 Montreal (12.)
(6.) Carolina 3–0 NY Rangers (11.)
(7.) NY Islanders 2–0 Florida (10.)
(8.) Toronto 1–1 Columbus (9.)
Top Four: Philadelphia, Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington
(5.) Edmonton 1–1 Chicago (12.)
(6.) Nashville 1–1 Arizona (11.)
(7.) Vancouver 0–1 Minnesota (10.)
(8.) Calgary 2–1 Winnipeg (9.)
Top Four: St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas, Dallas
At the same time as the qualifying round, the top squares play a simple series round with each other, defining their order in the actual playoff chart.
From the first actual round of the playoffs, the match series are played as normal in the best of seven.