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Stanley Cup Playoffs Alumni Recap - Hayes Sparks Jets' Offense to Game 3 Victory

By Matthew LaRochelle /, 04/15/19, 12:00PM EDT


The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, and over 20 alumni from the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF), and their member organizations are battling it out for NHL supremacy.  To see the full listing of alumni, CLICK HERE

St. Louis Blues vs Winnipeg Jets (Game 3 - STL Leads, 2-1)


At risk of facing a 3-0 series deficit, Winnipeg rediscovered their offense and secured an important Game 3 victory on the road, 6-3, over St. Louis.

Despite a combined 20 shots in the first period, the game didn't see their goal until David Perron found the back of the net for the Blues at the 19:12 mark.

The Jets' would counter in the second period with three goals in a 4:01 stretch, starting with Kevin Hayes, a former member of the Cape Cod Whalers and South Shore Kings, 4:57 into the period.

With the Jets holding a two-goal lead, 3-1, the game then saw an onslaught of scores in the third period.  St. Louis and Winnipeg combined for five goals in the final frame, including the eventual game-winning goal for the Jets by Brandon Tanev at the 4:25 mark.

Hayes' second-period goal was his first postseason score since May 13, 2015, when he netted the game-tying goal for the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Capitals. The Rangers would go on to win the game, and advance to the Conference Final, on an overtime-winning goal from Derek Stepan.



Zach Sanford (STL) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 0 SOG | 5:09 TOI



Kevin Hayes (WPG) - 1G | 0A | 1P | 1 | 3 SOG | 11:15 TOI

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 3 - CBJ Leads, 3-0)


The Blue Jackets continue to send shock waves across the NHL by taking a commanding 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning following their 3-1 win at home on Sunday.

With the win, Columbus has earned their first 3-0 series lead in franchise history.

Rochester Jr. Americans alumnae (Now – Rochester Monarchs) Ryan Callahan made his first appearance for Tampa Bay this postseason, taking two shots in 10:37 of ice time.


Ryan Callahan (TB) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 2 SOG | 10:37 TOI



Keith Kinkaid (CBJ) - DNP (Scratched)
Andrew Peeke (CBJ) - DNP (Scratched)

Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks (Game 3 - VGS Leads, 2-1)


After taking Game 2 on the road, the Golden Knights took the series lead in their Western Conference First Round match-up, defeating the Sharks by a final score of 6-3.

Vegas controlled the game from its start, scoring 16 seconds into the game and never relinquishing their lead up to the final buzzer. Their performance included a 5-1 scoring run through the first minute of the third period.

For San Jose, New Jersey Rockets alum Kevin Lebanc tallied his first point of the postseason with a goal at the first period's 15:26  mark, cutting the Golden Knights' lead to one, 2-1.


Kevin Labanc (SJ) - 1G | 0A | 1P | +/- 0 | 3 SOG | 13:40 TOI


Alex Tuch (VGS) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -2 | 1 SOG | 17:10 TOI

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders (Game 3 - NYI Leads, 3-0)


The Islanders continue to assert their dominance over the Penguins as New York cruised to a 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh. New York now has the opportunity to hand the Penguins their first postseason sweep since 2013 on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Garrett Wilson helped Pittsburgh start off on the right foot, scoring 12:54 into the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, New York took over by scoring two goals in a 1:02 span to take the lead, 2-1. The Islanders would add two more goals in the third period to close out the three-goal victory, 4-1.


Brian Dumoulin (PIT) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 1 SOG | 19:08 TOI
Zach Aston-Reese (PIT) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 2 SOG | 11:46 TOI