Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round – Saturday – Game 2

The final four Game 2s were played on Saturday, starting as early as three and finishing in the early hours of Sunday on the east coast. Three of the four games went in to overtime.


How things stand after Game 1:

➜ Washington Capitals won v Carolina (4-2)

➜ Dallas Stars Won v Nashville (3-2)

➜ Toronto Maple Leafs won v Boston (4-1)

➜ Calgary Flames won v Colorado (4-0)


Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-7 playoff series have a series record of 318-50 (86.4%), including 241-30 when those victories come at home (88.9%).


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Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

3-4 (OT)

Brooks Orpik scored 1:48 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win and a two-game lead over the Carolina Hurricanes.

It was Orpik‘s fourth goal in 151 NHL playoff games; three have been game-winners, including two in overtime. It was also his 101st playoff point, passing Daniel Alfredsson for fourth on the NHL list among Swedish players.

Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson also scored for the Caps, and Braden Holtby made 25 saves.

Jordan Staal, Lucas Wallmark and Sebastian Aho scored for the Canes, who spent most of the game without forward Micheal Ferland, who received a match penalty for a check to the head of Nic Dowd at 4:09 of the second period. Dowd remained in the game.

Wallmark‘s and Aho‘s scores were their first career playoff goals.

Carolina pulled off a huge five minute penalty kill as a result of the ejection, managing to deny the reigning champions on numerous occasions.

Petr Mrazek made 29 saves, including a beauty against John Carlson with one second remaining in regulation.

The Hurricanes won 39 of 62 face-offs (62.9%).

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Up Next:

Capitals v Canes – Monday, April 15 (7pmCNBC)


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Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators

1-2 (OT)

Craig Smith scored 5:00 into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars, and in doing so tied the series at 1-1.

Rocco Grimaldi also scored for the hosts and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves. 

Jamie Benn scored, Tyler Seguin assisted and Ben Bishop made 40 saves for Dallas, who were 0-for-6 on the power play and were outshot 42-23. 

On top of his assist, Seguin had four shots and eight shot attempts.

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Up Next:

Predators v Stars – Monday, April 15 (9:30pmNBCSN)


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Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins


Tuukka Rask made 30 saves to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 and level the series.

Charlie Coyle, Brad Marchand, Danton Heinen and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, who lost defenseman Torey Krug in the second period with an undisclosed injury. 

Nazem Kadri scored for the visitors, before receiving a major penalty and a game misconduct for cross-checking Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk with 5:57 left in the third.

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for the Leafs.

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Up Next:

Bruins v Leafs – Monday, April 15 (7pmNBCSN)


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Colorado Avalanche v Calgary Flames

3-2 (OT)

Nathan MacKinnon scored 8:27 into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory and level their Western Conference First Round series at 1-1.

MacKinnon‘s goal was the second playoff overtime winner in his NHL career. He also scored in Game 5 of the 2014 Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild.

J.T. Compher and Matt Nieto scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for the Avalanche.

Colorado are 7-10 all-time in playoff series when splitting the first two games of a best-of-seven series, and 6-7 since moving to Denver. They are also 38-29 all-time in playoff overtime, including 28-20 since relocating to the state capital.

Sean Monahan and Rasmus Andersson scored, and Mike Smith made 36 saves for Calgary, who had been 8-0-1 in their last nine home games against the Avs, including playoffs. The last Colorado win in Calgary during the regular season was December 6, 2013. The Flames are 18-27 in playoff overtime, and 7-15 at home.

Smith, who shut out the visitors 4-0 in Game 1, made 44 straight saves to start the series, including Gabriel Landeskog‘s breakaway deke 12:31 into the first period, a left pad stop on MacKinnon‘s power play effort, and a glove save on Matt Calvert‘s shorthanded attempt a little over a minute before Nieto opened the scoring.

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Up Next:

Flames v Avalanche – Monday, April 15 (10pmCNBC)



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