Win and move on. That’s the recipe tonight.
After surrendering three goals, Columbus changed netminders, scored four unanswered goals (including the first ever post-season hat trick for the team courtesy of Pierre-Luc Dubois) and pushed Toronto to the brink of elimination.
A win of any kind moves Columbus into the round of 16. Less than 24 hours after being down 0-3 and on the ropes, the Jackets could be well on their way to the next round.
Survive and advance.
08/02/20 Game 1: Columbus 2 @ Toronto 0
08/04/20 Game 2: Columbus 0 @ Toronto 3
08/06/20 Game 3: Toronto 3 @ Columbus 4 (OT)
08/07/20 Game 4: Toronto @ Columbus
08/09/20 Game 5: (if necessary) Columbus @ Toronto
|2.00 (16)||GPG||2.00 (16)|
|2.00 (5)||GAPG||2.00 (5)|
|12.5% (16)||PP%||0.0% (20)|
|100.0% (1)||PK%||87.5% (9)|
|52.35% (10)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||47.65% (15)|
|52.8% (9)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||47.2% (15)|
|3.53 (22)||5v5 Shot %||6.17 (13)|
|.929 (10)||5v5 Save %||.964 (4)|
|Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Morgan Rielly, William Nylander, Cody Ceci, Nicholas Robertson 1||G Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 3|
|A Leader||Cam Atkinson, 3|
|Auston Matthews, Alexander Kerfoot 3||P Leader||Cam Atkinson, 4|
|Kasperi Kapanen, 14||PIM Leader||Nick Foligno, Vladislav Gavrikov, Boone Jenner 4|
I’ll be totally honest - I have no idea what to do here. Alexander Wennberg’s line with Emil Bemstrom and Eric Robinson barely played after the second period. To wit:
Alexander Wennberg played just one shift in the third period and one shift in overtime. The other three lines were rolling. He got demoted. #CBJ— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) August 7, 2020
Were I a gambling man, I’d guess Kevin Stenlund and Nathan Gerbe go in for Emil Bemstrom (underwhelming thus far this series) and Alexander Wennberg (generally bad, demoted, didn’t play late). I would also expect Elvis Merzlikins to start after making 21 saves on 21 shots last night, but who knows.
Would I be shocked if nothing changed? Not at all, this is John Tortorella we are talking about. But could everything change? Sure.
We’ll find out at 8:00 tonight.
|Alexandre Texier||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Cam Atkinson|
|Gustav Nyquist||Alexander Wennberg||Oliver Bjorkstrand|
|Nick Foligno||Boone Jenner||Liam Foudy|
|Eric Robinson||Riley Nash||Emil Bemstrom|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||David Savard|
|Ryan Murray||Markus Nutivaara|
|Zach Hyman||Auston Matthews||Mitch Marner|
|William Nylander||John Tavares||Ilya Mikheyev|
|Nick Robertson||Alexaner Kerfoot||Kasperi Kapanen|
|Kyle Clifford||Pierre Engvall||Jason Spezza|
|Travis Dermott||Justin Holl|
|Morgan Rielly||Cody Ceci|
|Martin Marincin||Tyson Barrie|