A card filled with five elimination games saw the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche post wins in Wednesday action from the Toronto and Edmonton hubs. Those three clubs have moved on to the next round. Montreal edged Philadelphia and Vancouver rallied to a win over St. Louis to live to fight another day, with Friday being that day.
There are just two tilts on the slate today, starting with Game 5 between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders at 8 p.m. followed by Game 6 between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars at 10:30 p.m., with NBCSN handling both broadcasts.
After getting stunned in last season’s playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Tampa Bay Lightning extracted revenge by bouncing Columbus 5-4 in overtime. Brayden Point scored the winner 5:12 into the fourth period after the Blue Jackets dictated much of the play during the game. Tampa Bay blew an early two-goal lead, and then came back from a late two-goal deficit to send the game to overtime.
The Lightning win the series four games to one.
The Boston Bruins closed out their first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes with a strong special teams performance that led to a 2-1 victory. David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored power-play goals and Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves for the Bruins. David Pastrnak returned to the lineup after missing three games and had two assists.
The Bruins win the series four games to one.
Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche routed the Arizona Coyotes by a 7-1 count for a second straight time to take the series in five. Nazem Kadri also scored twice, J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist, and Phillip Grubauer made 23 saves for the Avalanche.
The Avalanche win the series four games to one.
Joel Armia scored twice, including a shorthanded marker, and Nick Suzuki scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period for the Montreal Canadiens in a 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. The teams will play Game 6 on Friday at 7 p.m.
Philadelphia leads the series three games to two.
Tyler Motte scored two goals, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to put the St. Louis Blues on the brink of elimination with a 4-3 win in Edmonton. J.T. Miller and Jake Virtanen each had a goal and an assist, and former Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 36 saves for Vancouver, which trailed 3-1 before scoring three goals in a 6:23 span in the second period.
Vancouver leads the series three games to two.
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