Ramblings: Leafs, Wild, Oilers Take Series Leads; Bruins Win One; Pavelski Didn’t Disappoint (May 6)

Ian Gooding

2022-05-07

After three games, no team is up 3-0 in a series. Should we be surprised given the way that teams are evenly matched nowadays? That being said, there were some lopsided scores, particularly in the later games.

Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2 (Hurricanes lead series 2-1)

Replacing the struggling Linus Ullmark in net for Game 3, Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves in backstopping the Bruins to their first win of the series on home ice. Swayman was making his first career playoff start, and you'd have to think he'll start Game 4 as well.

The Bruins' Production Line was reunited after being split up partway through the regular season, and it seemed to pay off. Brad Marchand scored a goal and added two power-play assists to lead all Bruins scorers. Marchand had struggled a bit during April, at one point being held without a goal for 11 games and recording just two assists over a nine-game span. Expect the top-line stack to continue, which will be great for Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, but not so much for other Bruins forwards.

Pyotr Kochetkov also made his first career playoff start in Game 3, stopping 24 of 28 shots in the loss. Kochetkov, the 36th overall pick in the 2019 draft, came to North America after the KHL season ended and had posted some solid AHL numbers upon arrival (15 GP, 2.09 GAA, .921 SV%). He is only 22 years old and is reportedly still learning English, and the playoffs are not something either he or the Canes expected him to experience this season, so we have to cut him some slack if this start was less than ideal. There's a good chance Antti Raanta could be in net for Game 4, but at least the future appears bright for Kochetkov (Dobber Prospects profile).

Scary scene during the second period of this game, as the penalty box attendant needed me