Who gives a damn about home team advantage?
Predators 4 – 3 Blues (NSH leads 1 – 0)
A topsy-turvy game one was settled by a late Vernon Fiddler goal, giving Nashville the advantage.
It was an advantage they’d already given up. Goals from Colin Wilson (PP) and PK Subban had the Preds two-up within 22 minutes, Colton Parayko got one back for the Blues, but the two-goal lead was restored by Filip Forsberg.
The Blues brought the game back in the third. Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka brought them level midway through, but the Preds were not to be denied, with Fiddler scoring with a little over five minutes remaining to give them the lead.
Oilers 5 – 3 Ducks (EDM leads 1 – 0)
This game took 20 minutes to get going, and 40 to get exciting, but boy was the last period a doozy.
Ryan Getzlaf’s power play goal at 20:37 was cancelled out by a power play goal from Mark Letestu at 26:22. He got his second at 46:23 (some weird numbers here – goals coming at 6:22 and 6:23 of the respective periods), with Adam Larsson making it 3 – 1 shortly afterwards.
Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg scored within 85 seconds of each other to pull them level, but the Oilers weren’t to be denied, with Larsson getting his second of the night and Leon Draisaitl wrapping up a four-point night with an empty-netter.
Things got feisty at the end of the game with three players from both sides taking roughing penalties, but it doesn’t escape the fact the Oilers have won in the Pond.
Things get underway in the east tonight.
Rangers @ Senators
TV: CNBC, CBC, TVAS
Ottawa took part in the series that people did not want to win, while the Rangers relied on Henrik Lundqvist to see them over the line against the Habs. This is probably the least-anticipated tie remaining, but there’ll be good moments, I’m sure…
Reason to watch: It’s the first game on tonight, and it might end up being good?
Penguins @ Capitals
TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS2, Premier Sports
Here’s the money match. The Penguins made relatively light work of the Blue Jackets, while Washington were engulfed in the Great War of 2017 with Toronto. Depleted Pens aside, this could be one of the all-time greats.
Reason to watch: C’mon now.