We now know three teams that will be in round two, while two other teams moved to within one game of advancing.
Jackets 2 – 5 Penguins (PIT wins 4 – 1)
49 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury, along with three-point nights from Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, helped the Pens to take game five, and the series.
Kessel opened the scoring at 9:07 with a power play marker. The Pens would go three up in the second, via two goals from Bryan Rust, but the Jackets pegged them backed, with William Karlsson and Boone Jenner (PPG) on the scoresheet.
That was all the Jackets could muster up though, with a power play goal from Sidney Crosby, and Scott Wilson’s first of the series, making things comfortable for the Pens and booking their place in round two, where they’ll face Washington or Toronto.
Rangers 3 – 2 Canadiens (NYR lead 3 – 2)
The Rangers took a huge win in the Bell Centre, twice coming from behind to take the game in overtime, and gaining the opportunity to win the series in MSG.
Goals from Artturi Lehkonen and Brendan Gallagher (PPG), either side of Jesper Fast’s second of the series, had the Habs up at the end of the first.
But a goal from Brady Skjei in the second tied things up, and Mika Zibanejad scored 14:22 into overtime to take the victory.
Both goalies faced 33 shots, with Henrik Lundqvist crucially saving one more.
Blackhawks 1 – 4 Predators (NSH wins 4 – 0)
The Chicago Blackhawks have been swept in the first round. The leaders of the West have been swept in the first round. The Dynasty is out. Welp.
Two goals from Roman Josi, along with tallies from Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson, tied in with 30 saves from Pekka Rinne, meant Jonathan Toews’ goal in the third was scant consolation.
This is nothing more than either team has deserved. Nashville have been great, Chicago have been awful. The Preds will face St Louis or Minnesota.
Sharks 3 – 4 Oilers
David Desharnais scored in overtime to take a topsy-turvy game five, putting the Oilers one up with two to play.
Patrick Maroon gave the Oilers the lead after five minutes, but goals from Mikkel Boedker and Patrick Marleau put the Sharks up at the end of the first.
David Schlemko extended the lead, but a Mark Letestu power play goal 90 seconds before the end of the second gave the Oilers hope.
Oscar Klefbom scored with 2:24 remaining in the third, taking the game to overtime. It took 18:15, but Desharnais got his first of the post-season to give the Oilers the chance to end it in Cali.
Just the two games tonight.
Leafs @ Capitals (Series tied 2 – 2)
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS2, CSN-DC, Premier Sports
This should have been over by now. The President’s Trophy winner should have comfortably seen off the brave upstarts by now. But no, not the case. The Leafs are still in with a big shout, and we’re now left with a best of three.
No changes expected for either team, although Karl Alzner may draw back in for the Caps – he’s listed as day-to-day.
What the Leafs need to do: Break out. They were well shut down in game four.
What the Caps need to do: Keep Auston Matthews quiet.
Reason to watch: Hockey is fun
Bruins @ Senators (OTT leads 3 – 1)
TV: USA, Sportsnet, TVAS, NESN
This hasn’t been the easiest series to watch, but the Sens are quietly going about their business and look to have the number of the injury-hit Bruins. They go home for game five, and can book their place in round two tonight.
Frank Vatrano is the latest Bruin to go down with an injury, so he’ll be missing. Tom Pyatt will be missing for the Sens, with Chris Kelly taking his place.
What the Bruins need to do: Something. They’re struggling here, and need something.
What the Sens need to do: I’m not entirely sure what it is they’re doing, but it’s working, so go with that.
Reason to watch: You don’t like fun.