NHL fans waited over 140 days for their favorite sport to return to action, and when it finally did it was glorious. Meaningful action started at noon eastern on Saturday with the Carolina Hurricanes facing off against the New York Rangers. Within the first couple minutes of the game the mitts had been dropped between the teams and players were chucking nucks at each other. The intensity never wavered. Not in Hurricanes vs Rangers and not in any other game.
Rangers vs Hurricanes
Rangers vs Hurricanes was a battle till the very end. Canes take the first game of the series with a 3-2 victory. The King of New York player well in net for the Rangers but the offense of the Rangers just wasn’t enough. Game two starts today, Monday the 3rd at noon Eastern.
LOOK AT HOW PRETTY THIS IS pic.twitter.com/EV8ac9F7Sk — Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) August 1, 2020
Blackhawks vs Oilers
Second game on Saturday saw the Blackhawks facing the Oilers. The game ended in 6-4 victory for the Blackhawks but the game wasn’t nearly that close. Mike Smith was atrocious for the Oilers looking very similar to the Mike Smith that played for the first seed Flames last year and lost the series 4-1 to the Avalanche.
Does Mike Smith get an assist here pic.twitter.com/Z3g6ggr5oq — Frosty Talks (@Frosty_Talks) August 1, 2020
Oilers took a one goal lead early and completely blew it after. The Blackhawks were leading 4-1 at the end of the first period and Mike Smith was pulled from net for Mikko Koskinen in the second after allowing a fifth goal to get past him. Connor McDavid, the Jesus of hockey, can only do so much to get the Oilers a win, he got the teams first goal and had two assists but it wasn’t enough to overcome the poor goaltending. Dominik Kubalik was rightfully named the first star after a historic playoff outing for a rookie.