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NHL Playoffs heating up

Hockey

The GIST: So many playoff games, so little time. Two Division finals tickets were punched over the weekend and two more are up for grabs tonight.

May 25, 2021
Source: Toronto Maple Leafs/Twitter
Source: Toronto Maple Leafs/Twitter

 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens: Leafs star center John Tavares will be out for at least two weeks after sustaining a knee injury (in addition to a concussion) after a terrifying hit in Thursday’s Game 1 loss to the Habs. The Leafs bounced back without their captain in Game 2, balancing the series with a 5–1 win on Saturday.

  • With Auston Matthews heating up, the Leafs hope to take the series lead in tonight’s 7 p.m. ET Game 3. And if not? He’ll still be smiling through the pain

Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets: Connor McDavid, who? The Jets stormed back from a three-goal deficit yesterday to force overtime (OT), with Nikolaj Ehlers notching the game-winner to secure a 3-0 series stranglehold over the Oilers. Tonight’s 9:45 p.m. ET Game 4 just got a whole lot spicier.

South of the border: With yesterday’s 5–2 win, the Colorado Avalanche swept the St. Louis Blues with ease to advance to the second round in the West Division. Meanwhile the Boston Bruins are the first team to advance in the East Division after beating the Washington Capitals 3–1 last night. 

The defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning could be the third team through if they win Game 5 against the Florida Panthers tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Nothing like playoff hockey.