Brayden Point’s second goal of the game, 74 seconds ahead, won, and Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and an assist in his first game of the season as the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning scored a thrilling 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers, to open their Stanley Cup playoff series Sunday in Sunrise, Fla.
Blake Coleman also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, while goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy scored 35 saves for the Blitz in a five-change back-and-forth competition. Tampa defender Victor Hedman amassed three assists.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored once in a three-point game while Aleksander Barkov and Owen Tippett collected a goal and assist for the Panthers. Carter Verhaeghe scored and goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots.
The Panthers will host the second game of the seven best playoff series on Tuesday – the first between the Sunshine State’s rivals.
Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Kyle Palmieri’s second goal of the game at 4:30 p.m. in extra time brought New York to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of an East Division playoff series.
From a sharp angle, Palmieri hit the penguin goalkeeper Tristan Jarry with a high shot. Jean-Gabriel Pageau added a goal and two assists and Brock Nelson scored for the islanders too.
Frederick Gaudreau, Captain Sidney Crosby and Kasperi Kapanen scored a goal for the penguins. Jarry made 37 parades. The islanders’ goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin stopped 39 shots.
Wild 1, Golden Knights 0 (OT)
Joel Eriksson Ek scored 3:20 in extra time to beat Minnesota in Game 1 of its first round of the seven best Stanley Cup playoff series in Las Vegas against Vegas.
Teammate Jordan Greenway handled the puck behind the Vegas net and passed it on to the slot, from Marcus Foligno’s bat and to Eriksson Ek. His wrist shot was deflected into the net by the defender of the Golden Knights, Alec Martinez.
Cam Talbot made 42 saves for the Wild, who finished third in the West Division. Talbot has five postseason absenteeism in his NHL career. Marc-Andre Fleury scored 29 saves for Vegas, which finished second in the west. Fleury attempted his 16th postseason shutout, which would have put him in third place with Curtis Joseph on the all-time NHL list.
Flames 6, Canucks 5 (OT)
Elias Lindholm scored the extra time winner to give Calgary victory over hosts Vancouver as the two teams work to end their regular season.
Andrew Mangiapane scored twice while Josh Leivo, Milan Lucic and Matthew Tkachuk also scored. Goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for the Flames (25-26-3, 53 points), who took the lead 5-1.
Brock Boeser scored twice while Travis Hamonic, Tyler Graovac and JT Miller added singles and goalkeeper Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots for the Canucks (22-28-4, 48 points). The clubs will meet again on Tuesday in Vancouver and end the campaign with a third direct encounter the next day in Calgary.
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