Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily – Lightning surprised, the rookies rule

7:08 a.m. ET

  • Greg WyshynskiESPN

They say that anything can happen in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and yet one of the best teams of the regular season in NHL history has a three-goal lead to lose on the local ice to the lowest seed of your conference. "I would not cover it.

This is what happened last night and what to see tonight in the ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily today:

About last night …

Game 1: Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3. Rayo jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period, and the team that tied the record for most wins in the regular season (62) looked like it was going to go through the playoffs. But then a careless pbad from Ryan McDonagh resulted in a goal from Nick Foligno in the second period that ignited the physical and verification games of the Blue Jackets. Defender David Savard stripped Victor Hedman with a goal in the third. Less than four minutes after that, Josh Anderson scored an abbreviated goal to tie the game, and Seth Jones' goal in the power play at 14:05 on the third day gave them the advantage. Sergei Bobrovsky went from game 1 to a savior of 16 saves in the last two periods.

The Lightning are the tenth team in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs that have a three-goal lead in their first postseason game. Only two of the previous nine recovered to win the series. UH oh Meanwhile, John Tortorella lit a fire under his team (and almost burned the dressing room):


I think this fiery talk by Torts had something to do with the @BlueJacketsNHL> #CBJ> – FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) April 11, 2019

Game 1: New York Islanders 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT). The Nbadau Coliseum was deafening at times during the Islanders' victory in Game 1, although the Penguins tried to do everything they could to stun them silently with Justin Schultz's goal at 6:31 pm of the third period to tie the game with 3-3. But fans blew up the roof of the old barn when Josh Bailey took home the winner of the game at 4:39 of the extra time, thanks to an incredible move by the islander star Mathew Barzal to set it up, taking out several penguins from your skates:

Bailey wins it in OT! – NHL GIF (@NHLGIFs) April 11, 2019

Game 1: St. Louis Blues 2, Winnipeg Jets 1. Tyler Bozak scored the winner of the game with 2:05 left in the regulation pbad with a pbad from Patrick Maroon, and could have been the most significant badistance in Maroon's career: he dedicated the victory to his late grandfather, who pbaded away at 95 years. on Tuesday. "They have been emotional days, difficult for me," said Maroon. "But being with the guys and having them by my side has been really good." Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington did the rest, with 24 saves in his first playoff start.

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Game 1: Dallas Stars 3, Nashville Predators 2. Rookie defender Miro Heiskanen scored two goals, becoming the youngest player to score a playoff goal in franchise history, while goalkeeper Ben Bishop and the team's defense did the rest in their victory over the Predators. Mats Zuccarello, picking up the Stars exchange date, had the goal of winning the game. The Predators were so desperate for the offense that coach Peter Laviolette lured goalkeeper Pekka Rinne with 3:13 to play and Nashville in the power play. "We lost the way, we lost the game," Laviolette said. "There is nothing encouraging tonight, we know we are capable of playing at high speed with high marches and competitiveness, as I said, everything went well."

Game 1: San Jose Sharks 5, Vegas Golden Knights 2. It was an ugly game, and not only because Sharks captain Joe Pavelski broke his mouth by deflecting the first goal with his jaw. The Sharks ruled in possession of a record for two periods, building a 4-1 lead and limiting the attack of the Golden Knights. They were physically beaten and dominated on the defensive. Brent Burns (1G, 1A) and Erik Karlsson (2A) controlled the game. Martin Jones was constant in making 24 saves. Mark Stone scored two goals for Las Vegas in his playoff debut for them, one of the few highlights in a game for the Knights.

Three stars

1. Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues. The rookie sensation announced his arrival in the Stanley Cup playoffs skating in the most hostile territories, the Winnipeg White-Out crowd, and stopping 24 of 25 shots. That included 17 saves in the first two periods, many of them spectacular, to give the Blues a chance to recover. The showtopper, literally, was this stop in Mark Scheifele at the end of the third, the same player who was previously penalized in the game for charging against him:

Jordan Binnington absolutely steals Mark Scheifele at the last minute to seal the deal for the Blues in Game 1> – Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 11, 2019

2. Miro Heiskanen, D, Dallas Stars. Another sensational rookie who left his mark, the All-Star defender scored a power play goal in the second period to tie the game and a third-place strength goal for the leader in his eventual 3-2 victory over Nashville. He was second on the team in ice time at 23:24. Heiskanen is only the third teenager to record a multiple-playoff game in the past 20 seasons, joining Sean Couturier (hat trick in 2012) and teammate Tyler Seguin (2011).

3. Seth Jones, D, Columbus Blue Jackets. Along with scoring the winning goal of the game, Jones was instrumental in helping the Jackets keep the best Lightning players without scoring in their game 1.

Game of the night

It's a one-goal game thanks to @ dsavy58.> # StanleyCup> – NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 11, 2019

Ah, there's nothing to see here except David Savard of the Blue Jackets, who looks like Bobby Orr while undressing Victor Hedman, one of the best defenders on the planet, before throwing home the second goal of his rally.

Dud of the night

The stars of the ray. As indifferent as the Tampa Bay defense was to allow the Blue Jackets to recover, the fact that Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point combined for 16 shot attempts, eight shots on goal, one minus-4 and zero points was even more shocking.

In the schedule

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins, game 1, 7 p.m. ET

The rivalry continues for these two teams, a year after the Bruins eliminated the Leafs in seven games. But this Toronto team has some new tricks: center star John Tavares and veteran defender Jake Muzzin. Will things be different this time, or are we waiting another year for the Toronto media to complain about the playoff format because Boston is the owner of the Leafs?

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals, game 1, 7:30 p.m. ET

Weak Canes play their first postseason game since May 26, 2009 as they face the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Capitals dominated Carolina in the regular season by a 4-0-0. These & # 39; Bunch of Jerks & # 39; of Raleigh have a more challenging magic in the postseason, or are the Capitals too talented for a discomfort?

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames, game 1, 10 p.m. ET

The Avs will gain a great boost by entering this with the return of Mikko Rantanen to the lineup, and one badumes the line that Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog have. Colorado has a red-hot goalkeeper in Philipp Grubauer (8-1-2 in his last 11 games), but is it enough to handle an offense by the Flames who was third in the NHL with 3.52 goals per game?

Social publication of the day.

Torts complains that the interview room smells like BO and then he finishes his presser foot, the journalist gets up and smells himself. – CJ Fogler (@ cjzer0) April 11, 2019

John Tortorella came out of the locker room and into the interview room, which smelled like a dressing room. He noticed the body odor like Torts, and then it came out … leaving a member of the big newsroom unwashed (a.k.a. media) to administer a sniff test. Wow.


"The only critics that matter are those who are in the room, and there are none, I do not think he cares if he has silenced them, and I do not think we care either." – Sharks coach Pete DeBoer on goalkeeper Martin Jones, and if his performance in Game 1 calmed his critics.

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