Ramblings: Capitals, Avalanche, Penguins, Stars Win; Kuemper Injured; My Top Waiver-Wire Pickups of the Season (May 8)

Ian Gooding

2022-05-08

If Saturday's results are any indication, we might be looking at one or more first-round upsets. Lower-seeded Washington, Pittsburgh, and Dallas all took 2-1 series leads with wins on Saturday.  

Capitals 6, Panthers 1 (Capitals lead series 2-1)

Is Washington going to be the team that busts a ton of playoff brackets? I had Florida to win this series in six games, and that could still come true. Yet as it stands, the Capitals hold home-ice advantage in this series. There have been numerous instances of a President's Trophy-winning team getting upset in the first round, and the Capitals have playoff experience, so we shouldn't be that shocked if Washington pulls this off. There is still lots of series left, though.

Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson, and John Carlson each scored a goal and an assist for the Caps.

Ilya Samsonov was stellar in net, stopping 29 of 30 shots. Samsonov replaced the struggling Vitek Vanecek in net for the third period of Game 2 and hasn't looked back, allowing just one goal in four periods. Expect Samsonov to start Game 4.

Sergei Bobrovsky was tagged with the really bad start, allowing five goals on 30 shots.

Avalanche 7, Predators 3 (Avalanche lead series 3-0)

Colorado is the only team on the verge of a series sweep and should be able to take care of Nashville sooner rather than later. However, the big story from this game was Darcy Kuemper being forced to leave in the first period after taking an errant stick through his mask. The good news is that Kuemper is able to see, did not suffer a concussion, and is not expected to be out long-term. He's extremely fortunate, as this could have been much worse.