Five different first round series got underway yesterday, including the Bruins-Hurricanes series, which started at 11am ET after their originally scheduled contest Tuesday night got postponed because the Lightning-Blue Jackets game went into quintuple overtime. It’s just as well they didn’t attempt to fit the game in late Tuesday night because Boston and Carolina’s contest ended up going to double overtime.
Jaccob Slavin got the most work of any player in that game, logging 37:03 minutes for Carolina. His team ultimately suffered a 4-3 defeat though after Patrice Bergeron broke the tie at 1:13 of the second overtime period. It was Bergeron’s fourth career overtime winner in the postseason.
Thanks to their originally scheduled game getting pushed back again, the Bruins and Hurricanes aren’t going to get a breather after Game 1. They’ll play Game 2 at 8pm ET tonight. Before that happens though, let’s take a look at Wednesday’s action.
BOSTON 4 CAROLINA 3 (2OT) (Bruins lead series 1-0)
Patrice Bergeron scored the double overtime winner and registered an assist. He’s up to a goal and three points in four playoff games.
David Pastrnak also had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Those were his first two points of the postseason.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 25 of 28 shots on Wednesday. He has a 1-2 record, 2.42 GAA, and .909 save percentage in three starts in the 2020 playoffs.
Haydn Fleury found the back of the net for Carolina. His goal, which came at 9:49 of the third period, tied the game at 3-3 and led to extra time.
Petr Mrazek saved 36 of 40 Bruins shots. That gives him a 2-1 record, 2.09 GAA, and .922 save percentage in three postseason starts.
NY ISLANDERS 4 WASHINGTON 2 (Islanders lead series 1-0)
T.J. Oshie scored a pair of power-play goals for the Capitals. His second goal at 11:18 of the second period put the Capitals up 2-0, but the Islanders charged back from there.
Josh Bailey netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to a goal and six points in five playoff games.
Jordan Eberle found the back of the net for the Islanders. That gives him three goals and four points in five games.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 of 26 Capitals shots. He has a 4-1 record, 1.81 GAA, and .930 save percentage in five starts.
At the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby turned aside 23 of 27 shots. He allowed three goals on 14 shots in the first period.
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COLORADO 3 ARIZONA 0 (Avalanche lead series 1-0)
This wasn’t exactly Philipp Grubauer’s toughest shutout. He only faced 14 shots in the entire game.
Phil Kessel fired two shots on Grubauer. He was one of just four Coyotes players to record multiple shots.
Darcy Kuemper saved 37 of 40 Avalanche shots. This is the third straight game where he’s faced 40 or more shots.
Nazem Kadri scored the first and therefore game-winning goal. He’s up to two goals and five points in four playoff contests.
Nathan MacKinnon assisted on two of three Avalanche goals. That gives him a goal and five points in four postseason games.
PHILADELPHIA 2 MONTREAL 1 (Flyers lead series 1-0)
The Canadiens lone goal was scored by Shea Weber. He’s up to three goals and five points in five playoff games.
Jakub Voracek scored a power-play goal in the first period. It was his first goal and second point in three postseason contests.
Joel Farabee netted the game-winning goal. He has two goals and three points in three playoff contests.
Carter Hart kicked out 27 of 28 Canadiens shots. He’s 3-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 save percentage in the playoffs.
Carey Price stopped 29 of 31 shots last night. He has a 3-2 record, 1.74 GAA, and .945 save percentage in five starts in the 2020 playoffs.
VANCOUVER 5 ST. LOUIS 2 (Canucks lead series 1-0)
J.T. Miller scored a goal and registered an assist for the Canucks. That gives him two goals and five points in five playoff games.
Bo Horvat found the back of the net twice for Vancouver. He’s up to four goals and six points in five postseason games.
Jacob Markstrom kicked out 29 of 31 Blues shots. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.21 GAA and .928 save percentage in five playoff starts.
Jaden Schwartz contributed a goal for the Blues. It was his first point of the 2020 playoffs.
Jordan Binnington turned aside 17 of 22 shots Wednesday night. He’s 0-3-0 with a 4.46 GAA and .867 save percentage in three starts.