CAPITALS 3 MAPLE LEAFS 2 OT (CAPITALS LEAD 1-0)
The biggest question for many was 'Can the Leafs' kids hang with the best team in the NHL?'. I think last night was a pretty clear indication that they can. They came storming out and had a 2 goal lead 10 minutes into the game. Not long after though, Justin Williams scored on a power play and brought them back to earth. Not to diminish the comeback by the Caps, but especially when you look at those goals, there's some bounces happening there, but you know what they say about good teams creating their own luck. Overall, I think the Leafs are not in a state where they should panic, but it's gonna be vital to come back to Toronto for Game 3 with a split. And in keeping with the unlikely heroes theme that's going on this year, Tom 'Not That Kind Of Player' Wilson notching the OT winner was a pretty unlikely scenario, right?
PREDATORS 1 BLACKHAWKS 0 (PREDATORS LEAD 1-0)
Another road team steals home ice advantage as the Preds, on the strength of a 29 save shutout performance took game 1, the only goal of the game coming from Viktor Arvidsson, and oh my, was it a beaut!
It may not be the most exciting series to watch, as we can attest first hand how Nashville can slow games down and completely disrupt the offensive flow of their opponents, but if this is what it takes to get the Blackhawks out, bring it on!
DUCKS 3 FLAMES 2 (DUCKS LEAD 1-0)
Make that 28 straight for the Ducks over the Flames at the Honda Center, as Anaheim got some big games from big names, including captain Ryan Getzlaf, who opened the scoring for the Ducks on a 1st period PP goal just 52 seconds into the game. Sean Monahan would tie it up later in the 1st with his own PP tally, and would take the lead in the 2nd when Sam Bennett would score. The lead lasted all of 4 minutes when Getzlaf and 'Casual' Kevin Bieksa set up Richard Rakell for the tying goal. A goaltender interference penalty late in the period on Lance Bouma was costly as Jacob Silfverberg scored on the PP for what proved to be the winner. The Ducks were able to withstand a late 5 on 3 PP for the Flames, which they inexplicably didn't pull the goalie for. Game 2 goes Saturday in Anaheim.