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NHL Recaps August 18th

  • August 20, 2020
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Calgary Flames 1-2 Dallas Stars

The Stars were finally able to showcase their defensive strength in a pivotal Game 5 against the Flames, limiting them to just one goal on 29 shots on route to a 2-1 victory that gave Dallas a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. John Klingberg broke the tie with a goal in the beginning of the third period, and the Stars also outshot Calgary 32-29. Both teams struggled in the powerplay, going a combined 0-for-6, and Dallas’ goaltender Anton Khudobin produced a stellar performance with 28 saves. The Stars are now one win away from reaching the Western Conference semifinals. Game 6 will be played on Thursday, August 20.

Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 Montreal Canadiens

There was a lot of talk regarding how the Flyers would play in the postseason — they were one of the hottest teams in the league when play got suspended in March — and if Carter Hart would be able to look like the same dominant goaltender as he had been when the Flyers were playing at home. Philadelphia has silenced every single doubter with a second straight shutout against the Montreal Canadiens, winning 2-0 to earn a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Michael Raffl and Philippe Myers scored in the first and second periods, respectively, and Hart made 29 saves as Montreal outshot Philadelphia 29-22. The Flyers are now just one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Semifinals, while the Canadiens have their backs against the wall ahead of Game 5 on Wednesday.

Washington Capitals 3 – 2 New York Islanders

The Capitals were close to becoming the first team to get eliminated in the 2019-20 NHL Playoffs, but Alex Ovechkin had other plans — The Russian Rocket scored two goals, including the game-winning strike early in the third period, to lift the Capitals to a 3-2 victory that extends the series to a Game 5. The Islanders held a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Washington stormed back with two second-period goals before Ovi scored the decisive strike. Both teams went a combined 1-for-10 in powerplay chances and Washington outshot New York 29-26. Game 5 will be played Thursday.

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