Ramblings: Night Three of the NHL Playoffs; Improved Shot Quality for Danault, Dubois, Strome, and Others – May 5

Michael Clifford


The big news from Pittsburgh’s dramatic overtime win from Game 1 against New York was the health of goalie Casey DeSmith. He left during the overtime, turning the net over to Louis Domingue, as DeSmith appeared to be injured. We got a little clarity – for what that’s worth in the playoffs – on both him and Rickard Rakell:

Rakell took a hard hit and left the game, which jumbled up the lines a bit. At least it’s better news than ‘out for the playoffs’.


With Carolina up 1-0, David Pastrnak made significant contact – it appeared unintentional – with Antti Raanta:

The net-minder left the game and did not return. It was left to Pyotr Kochetkov to hold down the fort for the Hurricanes in his first playoff game, just his fourth NHL game.

Continuing the injury train, Andrei Svechnikov laid a massive hit on Hampus Lindholm, forcing the blue liner from the game:

Lindholm also left the game and did not return.

Carolina had