Happy Easter to those who celebrate!
We were treated to two games on Easter Sunday. The Toronto Maple Leafs had the opportunity to knock out the Boston Bruins, before the Golden Knights had the chance to eliminate their rivals, the San Jose Sharks.
As things stood after Game 5:
➜ Toronto lead Boston 3-2
➜ San Jose trail Vegas 3-2
Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Marchand had two goals, including an emptynetter, and an assist for the Boston Bruins, who avoided elimination with a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6.
The series is tied 3-3 and will be decided in Game 7 at Boston on Tuesday, which will be Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara‘s 13th Game 7, which will tie him with Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens for the NHL record.
Jake DeBrusk and Torey Krug also scored, and Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for the visitors.
Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews scored, and Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for the Maple Leafs, who were trailing 3-1 at the start of the third period.
These two teams are the third in NHL history to have a series go to Game 7 in three consecutive head-to-head postseason appearances. Boston won Game 7 in the first round last season (7-4) and in 2013 (5-4 OT). The other teams to achieve it were the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames (1989,1994,2004), and the New York Rangers v Washington Capitals (2012, 2013, 2015).
Leafs v Bruins – Tuesday, April 23 (7pm – NBCSN)
San Jose Sharks v Vegas Golden Knights
2-1 (2 OT)
Tomas Hertl scored a shorthanded goal 11:17 into second overtime, as the San Jose Sharks avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 7 will be played in San Jose on Tuesday.
It was the first time in NHL history that a multiple overtime game was decided by a shorthanded goal.
That wasn’t the only record the Sharks were setting, Martin Jones made 58 saves, the most in San Jose’s history.
Logan Couture scored their other goal 19:51 into the first period.
Jonathan Marchessault scored for the third consecutive game, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for Vegas, who outshot their opponents 44-20 through the third period.
Vegas’ top line of Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Mark Stone were held without a point for the second consecutive game. The forwards combined for 28pts (12g, 16a) in the first four.
Due to the heavy overtime many players had impressive ice times; Sharks defenseman Brent Burns played a game-high 42:04, Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb led his team with 35:34, whilst San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic (37:14), Erik Karlsson (36:40) and Justin Braun (36:12) all played more than McNabb.
Knights v Sharks – Tuesday, April 23 (10pm – NBCSN)
As things stand after Game 6:
➜ Leafs and Bruins are tied 3-3
➜ Knights are Sharks are tied 3-3
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN