Nikolaj Ehlers' third-period power-play goal gave the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday that tied their playoff qualifying series in Edmonton, Alberta, at a victory apiece.
The Jets were forced into wholesale line changes Monday in the absence of centers Mark Scheifele and Mason Appleton and winger Patrik Laine. Playing without three regulars only served as inspiration for the Jets, who are accustomed to adversity.
"It was a special time for our team to rally," coach Paul Maurice said. "I'm proud that we won the game in the manner that we did with the injuries that we had because it will give the people that are not familiar to our season a little glimpse of what we've been doing all year."
Adam Lowry led the Jets with a goal and an assist in Game 2 of the best-of-five series. Rookie Jansen Harkins also scored for Winnipeg and Jack Roslovic contributed a pair of assists.
The teams have 24 hours to recover for Tuesday's Game 3.
Vegas 5, Dallas 3: Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left in the game, Robin Lehner had 24 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Stars in a round-robin series game. Carrier backhanded a rebounded shot through the legs of Stars goaltender Ben Bishop after the Knights rallied from a 3-1 third period deficit. Vegas scored three times in 5:02 to turn the game around, and added an empty-netter with 21 seconds left.
Tampa Bay 3, Washington 2 (SO): Nikita Kucherov scored a goal in the first period and the winner in the shootout for the Lightning in a round-robin game, tying it with Philadelphia at two points apiece in the Eastern Conference race. Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped two of the three Capitals players he faced in the shootout after making 31 saves in regulation and overtime.
Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 1: Jason Zucker scored the decisive goal late in the third period and Jake Guentzel added an empty-netter, helping the Penguins tie their series with the Canadiens. Sidney Crosby's first-period goal was his 188th playoff point, tying him for eighth place all-time.
Carolina 4, N.Y. Rangers 1: Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov scored three times for the first postseason hat trick in franchise history, and the Hurricanes grabbed a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup qualifier series. Sebastian Aho assisted on all three goals by the 20-year-old Svechnikov, drafted No. 2 overall in 2018. The Rangers swept the regular-season series, but the Hurricanes have yet to trail in two games in Toronto.