Why does nobody want to keep hold of a lead this year? I mean, it’s making for exciting hockey but it is also causing serious heart problems to the fanbases.
Rangers 1 – 2 Senators (OTT leads 1 – 0)
Another comeback win for the comeback kings, with Erik Karlsson scoring the winner for the Sens.
Power play goals from Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Dzingel saw the game tied after two, but Karlsson’s winner with 4:11 remaining gave Ottawa the victory and the early advantage.
Henrik Lundqvist’s 41 saves weren’t enough for the Rangers, who forced Craig Anderson into 34 of his own.
Penguins 3 – 2 Capitals (PIT leads 1 – 0)
The Penguins managed to steal home advantage away from the President’s Trophy winners, despite throwing away a two-goal lead of their own.
Two Sidney Crosby goals within 52 seconds of each other at the start of the second period saw the Pens two-up, but a late second period goal from Alex Ovechkin brought the Caps back.
Evgeny Kuznetsov levelled things just after the 48-minute mark, but the Pens were able to rally, Nick Bonino scoring after 52 minutes to sneak them ahead and take game one.
Back to the West for game twos.
Predators @ Blues (NSH leads 1 – 0)
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, Premier
The Preds sacrificed a lead in game one, but managed to pull back ahead. They now just need three from six. The Blues, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back, while Jake Allen will be hoping to get back in the groove after he’s looked a little lost in the last two games.
What the Preds need to do: Try holding on to a lead
What the Blues need to do: Get Allen back in it.
Reason to watch: The Preds are pretty fun to watch.
Oilers @ Ducks (EDM leads 1 – 0)
TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS, Premier
Did you catch the scorching hot take from the Edmonton beat press about how a Taylor Hall Oilers side couldn’t have done what an Adam Larsson Oilers side did by winning game one? Well, indeed. Sizzling.
Anyway yes, the Oilers are one-up and know they can win in Anaheim. Can they do it again?
What the Oilers need to do: Play around the Ducks
What the Ducks need to do: Get back to what they do.
Reason to watch: Shenanigans