Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

MacKinnon, Avalanche continue home success in 5-3 win

MacKinnon, Avalanche continue home success in 5-3 win

We're barely halfway through the first round and shit has already hit the fan.

New Jersey had seven power plays, converting on just one. Hall did get called for tripping with 2:46 left but Blake Coleman and Ben Lovejoy scored empty-netters in the final minute. Logan Couture had a goal and two assists, Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane and Timo Meier scored power-play goals in the third period, for the Sharks, who have outscored the Ducks 14-3 through the first three games of the first-round series. Cory Schneider stopped 34-of-36 en route to his first win in 2018.

Or will New Jersey take a page from Game 2's third period and close in on Tampa Bay physically?

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Hall was the Devils MVP during their stunning run from the worst team in the Eastern Conference to the postseason in a year, and he didnt disappoint in their biggest game of the season.

Forward Marcus Johansson (concussion) was also on the ice during the Devils' morning skate and will play Monday night in Game 3 according to Amanda Stein of NHL.com. John Gibson didn't get any help and then he was pulled after allowing five on 24 shots. However he came through to snap a 2-2 tie with 5:13 left in the second when he rifled a shot short-side highs on Rask from a sharp angle after a great feed down low by William Nylander.

"You approach every game at a time, and we're just focused on the next one right now", said the Lightning's Tyler Johnson, who scored a goal in each of the first two games.

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The game featured a whopping 132 penalty minutes, including 102 on the same sequence with 23 seconds left when a line brawl almost broke out, with all ten players on the ice being given 10-minute misconducts. "They protected home ice and now we have to try to go back and do the same in our building".

Since returning on March 1, Schneider has a.850 save percentage.

Yet, as has been the case all season, there was Taylor Hall leading the way to give his team life in the series, with the Devils now trailing the Lightning two games to one, the home team winning all three games, so far.

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The Maple Leafs had a couple of other opportunities earlier in the period, but Rask stretched to rob Andreas Johnsson with a great save before Kapanen didnt get all of his backhand attempt on a breakaway. I can't find the video, but there was a moment in the game last night where fans in the 10th row came running down and nearly busted the glass over during a fight along the boards. It is the first playoff win for the Devils since June 2012.

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