BOSTON 5 TORONTO 1 (Bruins lead series 1-0)
It probably couldn’t have gone worse for the Leafs last night, barring an injury to Auston Matthews. Coming out of the 1st tied 1-1 after weathering a storm in the first 10 minutes of the game, they looked like they were in pretty good shape. And then Mitch Marner missed an open net, which would have changed this game entirely.
Mitch Marner is going to see this in his nightmares tonight. pic.twitter.com/B9myMyVbq0— Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) April 13, 2018
The Bruins scored twice in the 2nd, and after Tommy Wingels nailed Marner with a pretty obvious elbow to the head that went uncalled...
The look on the fans face behind the glass pretty much says it all. Maybe not the best capture of it, but that was clearly a head shot on Mitch Marner, who was held pinned to the boards by Chara’s knee. pic.twitter.com/hXxDeoWn1I— Thor Henrikson (@nearbyplanet) April 13, 2018
Nazem Kadri, who had already been called once for boarding Wingels, went at him again in a shockingly brazen hit from behind.
Nazem Kadri. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Awful, awful, AWFUL decision to make a dangerous run at Tommy Wingels while he's on his knees.— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) April 13, 2018
Kadri’s gonna be suspended, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s 2 days into the playoffs and they’re already letting blatant headshots go, on the same day they suspended Drew Doughty of the Kings for one. When I think about Leafs fans complaining that Boston’s getting away with stuff, though...
(s/t to @TheStanchion for this)
Anyway, despite the score, the game wasn’t nearly as bad a blowout as it appeared. The Leafs matched well for a good chunk of that game, and if they can get their PP going and capitalize on their chances, they’ll be fine. This one’s far from over.
Oh, and what the hell is this, Brad Marchand?
Brad Marchand is a god damn vampire!! ⚰️ pic.twitter.com/0a5ptNpX0Y— North Dominion Sports (@NorthDominion) April 13, 2018
COLUMBUS 4 WASHINGTON 3 (OT) - (Blue Jackets lead series 1-0)
Thomas Vanek continued his red-hot play since his release from the Canucks Minimum Effort Correctional Facility, notching a goal and an assist last night, as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in the first OT game of the 2018 Playoffs. They also got goals from Alexander Wennberg and Seth Jones before the OT winner from Artemi Panarin that was quite simply one of the best goals of the year.
Evgeny Kuznetzov scored twice, and Devonte Smith-Pelly added one for the Caps. Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves in the victory. The Jackets lost Wennberg for the rest of the game after this Tom Wilson hit. Wilson recieved a 2 minute penalty for it.
Earlier in the game, CBJ’s Josh Anderson was given 5 and a game for this hit on Michal Kempny
Josh Anderson hit on Michal Kempny https://t.co/cO4jfLu3oS #Anderson #Kempny #NHL #twittpuck #WSH #WEALLCAPS #ALLCAPS #Capitals #StanleyCup #Washington #CBJ #Columbus #BlueJackets @joshanderson_77 @michalkempny— Dva Experta (@Dva_Experta) April 13, 2018
No word yet on a hearing for Wilson.
TAMPA BAY 5 NEW JERSEY 2 (Lightning lead series 1-0)
Ondrej Palat had a goal and 2 assists as the Lightning cruised to a 5-2 win to take a 1-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win. The Devils were able to get a lot of shots on Tampa, but didn’t get the goaltending they needed from Keith Kinkaid as the Lightning built a 3-0 lead at one point before Taylor Hall was able to beat Vasilevsky. Hall also picked up an assist. New Jersey made it close in the 3rd, with a goal from Travis Zajac to make it 3-2, but an Alex Killorn goal midway through the final frame put it out of reach. Game 2 goes Saturday at the Amalie Arena.
NASHVILLE 5 COLORADO 2 (Predators lead series 1-0)
The Preds survived a scare where the upstart Avs led twice before putting them away in the third to take the series opener in Nashville last night. Nikita Zadorov gave the Avs a 1-0 lead after one period, and then while the Preds fans were still mid-chant after a tying goal from Austin Watson in the 2nd, Blake Comeau gave Colorado the lead once again. The Preds tied it on a PPG from Craig Smith, and in the 3rd Filip Forsberg scored a couple beauties, and Colton Sissons got his first of the playoffs to seal the deal.
SAN JOSE 3 ANAHEIM 0 (Sharks lead series 1-0)
Evander Kane had a memorable 1st career playoff game, scoring twice to lead the Sharks to a 3-0 win at the Honda Center. Martin Jones stopped all 25 shots he face, as the Ducks lost for just the 5th time in their last 23 home games. John Gibson made 31 saves in the loss for the Ducks. This may come as a shock, but the Ducks had some issues with taking penalties last night. They had 7 minors, and the Sharks finished the night 1 for 6 on the PP. Game 2 is Saturday night in Anaheim.