NHL recap: John Tavares injured when Leafs fall on Habs

May 20, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens striker Paul Byron (41) passes Toronto Maple Leafs’ Rasmus Sandin (38) to score the winning goal in the third period of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Byron’s shorthanded goal in the third half gave the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win over hosts Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their North Division first-round playoff series on Thursday.

Toronto captain John Tavares left the game in the first phase with an apparent head / neck injury after Corey Perry kneeled him in the head. Tavares gave a thumbs-up gesture as he was stretched from the ice after a few minutes of treatment by the coaches of both teams. He was taken to a local hospital to stay overnight.

Josh Anderson scored Montreal’s first goal less than two minutes after Tavares’ injury. William Nylander scored the Maple Leafs’ only goal, rebounding 4:28 in the second half.

Canadian goalkeeper Carey Price stopped 35 shots. Toronto’s Jack Campbell made 28 saves.

Panther 6, Blitz 5 (OT)

Ryan Lomberg scored a breakaway 14:04 in overtime, leading Florida to a Tampa Bay win in the Central Division first-round playoff series.

The Panthers won in the second half, two behind the third, despite the Tampa Bay five-goal barrage. The Lightning led the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Sam Bennett, Radko Gudas, Alex Wennberg, Patric Hornqvist and Gustav Forsling also scored goals for Florida. Anthony Cirelli, Ross Colton, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn had goals for Tampa Bay.

Penguins 5, islanders 4

Brandon Tanev scored 3:36 when Pittsburgh overtook New York in a wild Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round series in Uniondale, NY. The penguins led the best of seven series two games to one.

Kris Letang scored in the first game and Jeff Carter and Jason Zucker scored less than five minutes apart in the second to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead after a goal from Islander Scott Mayfield.

Cal Clutterbuck and Anthony Beauvillier scored a 2:08 gap at the start of the third round to end the game for New York. Carter scored his second goal of the game at 7:00 AM, but Clutterbuck drew 4-4 when he scored his second goal at 2:17 PM.

Golden Knights 5, Wild 2

Mark Stone scored twice, including 59 seconds from time, when Vegas defeated Minnesota in Game 3 of its West Division playoff series in the first round in Saint Paul, Minn.

Patrick Brown, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson also scored goals for the Golden Knights, who took the 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury made 14 saves.

Ryan Hartman and Joel Eriksson Ek scored one goal for Minnesota and Cam Talbot stopped 35 of 39 shots. The Wild fell 6-1-2 at home against the Golden Knights.

– Field level media

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