Stopping the next 36 consecutive shots, being named the game’s # 1 star, and helping your team stay alive for another day is exactly how you’d like to end that rough start, though, and that was the story of Spencer Knight and the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Knight, who turned 20 in April, became the youngest goalie in NHL history to make his playoff debut in a playoff game and the second youngest goalie to win his playoff debut as the Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of their Central Division. series.
“I was just trying to have fun,” Knight told reporters after the game. “You know, it’s still hockey, right?” I am on this ice every day. It’s just a different setting. “
The 13th overall pick of 2019 signed his entry contract with the Panthers less than two months ago and started his regular season career 4-0-0.
Panthers coach Joel Quenneville wisely decided to pitch Knight after switching between Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Driedger in the first four games.
It became clear that with each save made by the rookie, his teammates’ confidence in him increased.
“I could be here until tomorrow if you want me to say whatever I want about Spencer,” Aleksander Barkov said. “He is simply great.
Game 6 is Wednesday in Tampa and Coach Q will no doubt go with Knight at the net as the Panthers look to force Game 7.
The Sorokin Show still thwarts the penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are going to have nightmares about Ilya Sorokin. The New York Islanders loyalists, meanwhile, will likely dream peacefully of a bright future with the Russian goaltender in their cage.
Sorokin is now 3-0 in the postseason with a 0.951 save percentage after another remarkable performance in a 3-2 double overtime victory for the Islanders.
Jordan Eberle praised his goalie’s speed before the game, saying that “side to side, some of the saves he’s making are pretty amazing.
We’ve seen plenty of examples of Sorokin’s ability to take away the bottom half of the net on Monday.
The Penguins beat the Islanders in each of the first three periods plus the first overtime and the 25-year-old made 48 saves, setting a new Islanders franchise record for a rookie goaltender’s saves in a playoff game.
“It’s all about Ilya,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz told reporters in Pittsburgh after the game. “We don’t stand a chance if he doesn’t have an exceptional game in the first two periods either. “
The Islanders have a chance to eliminate the Penguins for the second time in three years in Game 6 Wednesday back to Long Island where a rowdy fan base awaits them.
Kaprizov and Parise arrive but Wild had nothing to gain
Mark Stone opening the scoring with his fourth of the postseason for the Vegas Golden Knights might have sucked air from the Minnesota Wild, but he didn’t.
The very next shift, the Calder Trophy, Kirill Kaprizov scored his first NHL playoff goal and less than three minutes later, Zach Parise, a good scratch earlier in the series, scored his first point in the series. a dozen games dating from mid-April.
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Jordan Greenway added an insurance marker late in the game and the Wild were leading 3-1 after 20 minutes.
Beyond that opening period, however, it was all Vegas and the only reason the Wild were able to hold out for the W was Cam Talbot at net.
The Golden Knights beat the Wild 22-1 in the second period, but Talbot allowed just one goal, an Alec Martinez power-play tally. The last time a team was beaten 22-1 in any period was in 1993.
The Wild were ahead 29-8 after 40 minutes and by the end of the game, Vegas had nearly tripled the outing. The final shots were 40-14, but the scorecard was 4-2 as the series now returns to Minnesota for Game 6 on Wednesday.