EDMONTON 3 SAN JOSE 1 (Oilers win 4-2)
The Edmonton Oilers advanced to the 2nd round of the 2017 NHL Playoffs and a date with the Anaheim Ducks as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series 4 games to 2. The Oilers scored on two 2nd period breakaways by Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev, and added a Connor McDavid empty netter with 1 second left to eliminate last season's Western Conference Champions. For the Oilers, their remarkable return to prominence continues, and for the Sharks, questions about how a season that started so well fell apart at the end, and whether or not a window thought to be wide open is now slamming shut.
ST LOUIS 4 MINNESOTA 3 OT (Blues win 4-1)
Magnus Paajarvi scored the OT winner as the Blues enacted some revenge for Mike Yeo, upsetting the Wild in 5 games. Despite outplaying the Blues for the majority of the series, the Wild couldn't solve Jake Allen, and couldn't get enough from Devan Dubnyk when they needed it the most. Not to pin the loss on him, but goaltending was a factor here. There was a scary moment when Eric Stall crashed head first into the boards and did not return. He was taken to hospital and all reports are that he will be fine. The Blues will take on the Nashville Predators in the 2nd round.
NEW YORK 3 MONTREAL 1 (Rangers win 4-2)
A lack of goal scoring did the Canadiens in, as they couldn't dethrone King Henrik Lundqvist. 2 goals from Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Derek Stepan scored into an empty net for the 3-1 final. The Rangers join the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2nd round, awaiting the winners of the 2 remaining series to see who they play next. In Montreal, lots of questions about the makeup of this team, especially how the new additions (save for Alexander Radulov, who was one of their best players in the series) seemed to hurt the Canadiens more than help them. With Radulov a free agent and Carey Price in the last year of his deal, there's a lot of pressure to get these guys re-signed, but will GM Marc Bergevin even be the one who does it?