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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bjorkstrand’s boost, Reimer’s resilience, Dube’s record & more

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The third day of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured more big moments from WHL Alumni. Let’s take a look at the impacts they made for the night of Thursday, August 13.

Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (1)
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Former Portland Winterhawks star Oliver Bjorkstrand continued his hot start to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering his second goal of the post-season during the first period. The power-play goal stood up as the game-winning tally as the Blue Jackets drew even in the best-of-seven series.

Ryan Murray, formerly of the Everett Silvertips, scored his first-career NHL playoff goal to get Columbus on the board ahead of Bjorkstrand’s strike.

Another former Winterhawk – Seth Jones – continued to shoulder a heavy load on the blueline, once again leading the Blue Jackets in time on ice, skating for 28:31.

On the Tampa Bay side of the equation, former Moose Jaw Warrior Brayden Point registered an assist.

Chicago Blackhawks (3) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (4) – OT
Vegas leads best-of-seven series 2-0

Former Brandon Wheat Kings forward Mark Stone secured his third goal of the post-season as the Vegas Golden Knights slipped past the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-3 overtime victory on Thursday.

Former Seattle Thunderbird Shea Theodore logged 25:59 time on ice, second-best on the Golden Knights.

Kirby Dach, a fan favourite with the Saskatoon Blades, notched his first-career NHL playoff goal to get the Blackhawks on the board early in the second period. Dach once again logged notable minutes, skating for 19:45 and throwing three hits.

Former Kelowna Rockets defenceman Duncan Keith led the Blackahawks in time on ice with 28:20.

Carolina Hurricanes (3) vs. Boston Bruins (2)
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Former Red Deer Rebels goaltender James Reimer made 33 saves on 35 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes levelled the playing field in their best-of-seven series with the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Another former Rebel, defenceman Haydn Fleury, logged 16:10 time on ice, a plus-1 rating and four hits for the Hurricanes.

Calgary Flames (4) vs. Dallas Stars (5)
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Former Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube continued his torrid start to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and broke a Calgary Flames record in the process when he scored his fourth goal of the post-season to open Game 2 on Thursday.

Dube scored only 19 seconds into the first period, setting a Flames franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a playoff game. The previous record of 20 seconds was co-owned by Joe Mullen (1986) and Marcus Nilson (2004).

Unfortunately for the Flames, Dube’s efforts were not enough as another former Rocket, Jamie Benn, collected an assist to help the Stars draw even in their best-of-seven series.

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