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Lightning score epic overtime win over Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The “official” First Round of the NHL started yesterday with what was supposed to be four games, but, turned into three, thanks to one of the longest games in the history of the league. Tampa Bay, Calgary and Vegas took series-opening wins, while the game bewteen Boston and Carolina was postponed. Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series.

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (5OT)

Brayden Point scored 10:27 into the fifth overtime to end the fourth-longest game in NHL history and give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

SBN Recaps: Raw Charge / The Cannon

Calgary Flames 3, Dallas Stars 2

Dillon Dube scored two goals to help the Calgary Flames defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

SBN Recaps: Matchsticks and Gasoline / Defending Big D

Vegas Golden Knights 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Former Florida Panthers forward Reilly Smith scored two goals and had an assist for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

SBN Recaps: Knights On Ice / Second City Hockey

Today’s Games

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins 11 a.m. NBCSN

New York Islanders at Washington Capitals 3 p.m. NBCSN

Arizona Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers 8 p.m. NBCSN

Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues 10:30 p.m. NBCSN