Last night was a wild ride to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Bolts took an early 3-0 lead in the first period, then watched as the Blue Jackets slowly scored goal after goal until they finally took the lead. That’s right, Columbus scored four unanswered goals against Tampa Bay to win the game. CBJ defenseman, Seth Jones, scored the game winning goal. Sergei Bobrovsky looked horrid in the first period but went on to save the remaining 16 shots against him.
Playing at the old Nassau Coliseum, the Isles scored first, then the Penguins scored. They basically went back and forth until the teams were tied and required overtime. Josh Bailey scored the game winner for the Islanders.
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In Winnipeg, the Blues outlasted the Jets to take a 1-0 series lead. The sole goal scorer for Winnipeg was Patrik Laine; this goal was good enough for the lead for two periods. David Perron tied it up, Tyler Bozak scored the go ahead goal at 17:55 in the third.
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The Preds took an early lead on a goal by captain Roman Josi but the Stars came back with two goals by Miro Heiskanen and a third by Mats Zuccarello to take a 3-1 lead. PK Subban scored another goal but Nashville fell, 3-2.
As for the late game in San Jose, the Sharks had taken a 3-1 lead over the Golden Knights through two periods. And then I needed to go to bed.
All of this is great, but there is only one game that matters and it is being played tonight. The Bruins will take on their renewed rivalry against the Maple Leafs at the TD Garden at 7pm.