NHL Playoff Recaps: Rangers roll over Devils, Avs, Knights, and Leafs even up their series

NHL Playoff Recaps:  April 20, 2023

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Thursday as many teams evened up their best of seven series.

The Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vegas Golden Knights all came up clutch in their Game 2 matches. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers were down after one period, but eventually cruised to another convincing victory to go up 2-0 against the New Jersey Devils.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Rangers crush Devils

Rangers 5 vs Devils 1 (Series 2-0, NYR)

Chris Kreider scored two power-play goals and Patrick Kane tallied once in a three-point game to lead New York to a second consecutive 5-1 victory over New Jersey in Game 2 of their playoff series in Newark, N.J.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Kaapo Kakko also scored for the Rangers. Defenseman Adam Fox collected two more assists, giving him six through the first two games of the playoffs, and Igor Shesterkin made 22 saves for the win.

Erik Haula recorded the lone goal for the Devils, and Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 shots.

Maple Leafs 7 vs Lightning 2 (Series 1-1)

John Tavares scored three goals, Morgan Rielly added four assists and Toronto defeated visiting Tampa Bay in Game 2 of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Mitchell Marner added two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who evened the best-of-seven series at one win apiece. William Nylander contributed a goal and an assist and Zach Aston-Reese scored a goal for Toronto. Auston Matthews registered two assists, and Ilya Samsonov stopped 20 shots.

Ian Cole and Corey Perry scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Avs square things up

NHL Playoff Recaps
Apr 20, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) celebrates his goal with defenseman Devon Toews (7) and left wing J.T. Compher (37) in the second period against the Seattle Kraken in game two of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Avalanche 3 vs Kraken 2 (Series 1-1)

Artturi Lehkonen and Devon Toews had a goal and assist each, Valeri Nichushkin also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Seattle Kraken 3-2 in Denver in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Alexandar Georgiev turned away 27 shots for the Avalanche, who overcame a two-goal deficit and evened the Western Conference series at 1-1. Game 3 is Saturday night in Seattle.

Justin Schultz and Brandon Tanev scored for the Kraken, Yanni Gourde assisted on both goals and Philipp Grubauer made 38 saves.

Colorado got the tiebreaking goal off a third-period faceoff. Nathan MacKinnon won it, and the puck eventually went to Lehkonen, whose shot got through traffic. Grubauer made the save, but the rebound came to Toews in the first circle, and his shot to the far post at 12:59 gave the Avalanche their first lead of the series.

Golden Knights 5 vs Jets 2 (Series 1-1)

Mark Stone scored two third-period goals and also had an assist to lead Vegas over Winnipeg in Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series in Las Vegas.

Chandler Stephenson and William Karlsson each finished with a goal and assist and Jack Eichel scored his first career playoff goal for Vegas, which evened the best-of-seven series 1-1. Alex Pietrangelo and Phil Kessel each had two assists for the Golden Knights, and Laurent Brossoit finished with 31 saves for his first career playoff victory.

Adam Lowry and Kevin Stenlund scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves.

–Field Level Media