Round one is done. No game sevens. Far too many overtime periods. Eight successful teams marching on.
Senators 3 – 2 Bruins (OTT wins 4 – 2)
The playoffs are made for moments like Clarke MacArthur’s overtime winner. Comeback stories are always good narratives, and MacArthur’s – scoring the series clincher in overtime after almost two years out of the game – is up there.
Boston had their chances in this one though. Drew Stafford scored on the power play late in the first to give them the lead, but Bobby Ryan’s fourth of the post-season (PPG) and a tally from Kyle Turris put the Sens up at the end of the second.
Patrice Bergeron won a battle in front of Craig Anderson less than two minutes into the third, but neither team could find a winner in regulation.
And so it came to be MacArthur, scoring his second of the post-season, who won it for the Sens and booked 4-7 dates with the Rangers.
Capitals 2 – 1 Leafs (WSH wins 4 – 2)
The fun run of the actually good baby Leafs (sod that nickname) is over, with overtime deciding this series for the fifth time in six attempts, as Marcus Johansson scored twice to clinch for the Caps.
In what was a goalie battle for the ages, Freddie Anderson made 34 saves and Braden Holtby made 37 in a tight, tense, nervy game in the Air Canada Centre.
The Leafs took the lead through Auston Matthews at 47:35, although they could only hold it for five minutes – Johansson scoring his first at 52:51.
Overtime was relatively short for this series, with Johansson’s winner coming at 66:31, giving the Caps a showdown with the Penguins, and the Leafs the summer off.
None! You get two days off to do something else with your lives, you lucky folks. We’ll have previews of all four match-ups, as well as reviewing the first round. That’ll be along soon