NHL roundup: Sharks crush Ducks for 3-0 series edge

NHL roundup: Sharks crush Ducks for 3-0 series edge
By Reuters

17/04/2018 at 06:51Updated 17/04/2018 at 06:53

Marcus Sorensen and Joonas Donskoi both collected one goal and one assist during a four-goal second period that led the San Jose Sharks to a 8-1 thrashing of the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

San Jose, which benefited from a 45-save performance by goalie Martin Jones,
holds a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference
opening-round playoff series. The Sharks will look to sweep the series
Wednesday night on home ice.

Eric Fehr and Tomas Hertl also tallied during the second period as the Sharks
blew open what was a tied game. Donskoi and Logan Couture each finished with a
goal and two assists, and Timo Meier, Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski had a goal
and an assist apiece.

Rickard Rakell scored for the Ducks, who pulled goalie John Gibson after he
allowed five goals on 24 shots.

Avalanche 5, Predators 3

Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals, while Blake Comeau, Gabriel Bourque and
Gabriel Landeskog added markers as Colorado roared out to a 4-0 lead en route
to a win over Nashville in Denver.

The result cut Nashville's series lead to 2-1. The Avalanche ended a 12-game
losing streak to the Predators that dated back to April 2016.

Ryan Johansen, Colton Sissons, Austin Watson scored for the Predators.

Devils 5, Lightning 2

Taylor Hall produced a goal and two assists as New Jersey rallied for a
victory over Tampa Bay in Newark, N.J. The Devils will get a chance to even
the series in Game 4 at home on Wednesday.

Hall became the first Devil to record a three-point postseason game since Zach
Parise on May 21, 2012, against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference

Goalie Cory Schneider made 34 saves as the Devils opted to use him after he
stopped 10 shots in relief of Keith Kinkaid in Game 2.

Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2

Patrick Marleau's first two goals of the Stanley Cup playoffs helped host
Toronto get back into its Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with a win
over Boston.

James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews also scored goals for the Maple Leafs,
who trail the best-of-seven series 2-1. Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen, who
was pulled in the first period of Game 2 after giving up three goals on five
shots, finished with 40 saves.

Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara each had his first goal of the series for Boston.
Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.

--Field Level Media