Good morning! The quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup began in earnest on Wednesday night with five games, and four of those were either tied or a 1-goal game in the closing minutes of regulation. The big stars were the goalies with big saves all over the place, and two of them made our 3 Plays. Here are the plays people will be talking about today.
The Cam Talbot toe save. The Sharks took Game, 3-2 in overtime, but Talbot had the save of the night when Brent Burns had all day to find the right shot and still couldn’t get the puck past Talbot’s skate.
The Henrik Lundqvist reaction save. Lundqvist was the star of the night for the Rangers in their 2-0 Game 1 win over the Canadiens in the Bell Centre. He had 31 saves and the Rangers didn’t get their second goal until there was a minute left, meaning every save was a potential go-ahead or game-tying goal. The biggest came late in the second period when the Canadiens had a power play and Shea Weber got loose on the weak side. Lundqvist seemingly came out of his skates to take one away from Weber.
The Phil Kessel skate pass. The Penguins won Game 1, 3-1, over the Blue Jackets. After Columbus had dominated the first period, the Pens came alive in the second period, scoring all three of their goals, and it started in the first two minutes with Evgeni Malkin finding a way to stay onside, leading to to this skate pass from Kessel to Bryan Rust for the goal.
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