Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers, Bruins, Penguins, Sharks (In OT), Blues (In OT) Take Series Openers

The National Hockey League's 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs commenced on Wednesday with five games.

All series throughout the playoffs are best four of seven.


At Montreal:

Tanner Glass scored what proved to be the winning goal in the first period while Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 31 shots as the New York Rangers seized home-ice advantage in their conference quarterfinal series with the Montreal Canadiens after their 2-0 series-opening road blanking.

At Ottawa:

Brad Marchand scored the winning goal with 2:33 remaining in regulation as the Boston Bruins came from behind to knock off the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in the opening game of their first-round series on the road.

At Pittsburgh:

Evgeni Malkin assisted on second-period goals by Phil Kessel and Bryan Rust while Nick Bonino also scored a second-period tally while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 of 32 shots in place of an injured Matt Murray as the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in game one of their opening-round series.


At St. Paul, Minnesota:

Joel Edmundson scored the game winner at 17:48 of overtime while Jake Allen saved a career-high 51 saves as the St. Louis Blues knocked off the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on the road in game one of their opening-round series.

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Melker Karlsson scored the winning goal 3:22 into overtime as the San Jose Sharks came from behind to overtake the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in the opening match of their conference quarterfinal series, spoiling the Oilers' first playoff game since losing the 2006 Stanley Cup Final to Carolina.

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