Kyle Connor scored the three-time overtime winner to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday night and the first playoff win in franchise history.
The Jets, who beat the Oilers 4-0 in the opening round of the North Division Playoff Series, await the series winner between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.
Connor won the puck as he raced down the right flank and tore a shot home at 6:52 on third OT for the Jets, who won the last three games of the series in overtime. The win came in the longest game in the history of the Jets franchise.
Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele scored twice while Mason Appleton also scored. Josh Morrissey and Blake Wheeler each had two assists. Goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck stopped 37 shots for the Jets, the fourth NHL team to complete a playoff sweep in the last two games after deficits in the third period.
Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Chiasson scored goals for the Oilers, who have won just two of their last 13 Stanley Cup playoff games. Nugent-Hopkins added a template and Leon Draisaitl had two helpers.
Islanders 3, Penguins 2 (2OT)
Josh Bailey intercepted a clearing attempt by Pittsburgh goalkeeper Tristan Jarry, pulled in and threw the puck into second overtime in 51 seconds to give New York a win and a 3-2 lead in a first round for the East Division .
Bailey had some support too. Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle also scored one goal for New York, eliminating two one-goal deficits. Islanders goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin, who has taken all three of his team’s wins, faced a rush and stopped 48 of 50 shots.
Bryan Rust had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Malkin scored and Kris Letang registered two assists for Pittsburgh. Jarry made 25 parades.
Panther 4, lightning 1
Spencer Knight was the second youngest goalkeeper to ever make his postseason debut, and Florida kept its season alive by defeating Tampa Bay in Game 5 of its Central Division first round in Sunrise, Florida.
Things didn’t look good for Knight and the Panthers when Blake Coleman and Ross Colton faced each other in a duel in the first minute. Colton scored at the 53-second mark after Knight played the puck.
Florida scored the 6-1 at 7:19 PM in the second half when MacKenzie Weegar scored and the Panthers took their first lead after a goal from Mason Marchment. Patric Hornqvist scored 35 seconds in the third half and the Panthers finished with a goal from Frank Vatrano in the final seconds.
Wild 4, Golden Knights 2
Cam Talbot made 38 saves when Minnesota avoided elimination with a win over Vegas in Las Vegas. The Knights still lead the West Division’s best-of-seven playoff series in the first round with three to two games.
Kirill Kaprizov, Zach Parise, Jordan Greenway and Nico Sturm scored a goal for Minnesota who had lost three straight games since a 1-0 win in Game 1 in extra time. Sturm scored the victory by scoring a clean-cut goal with 39 seconds to go.
Mark Stone and Alec Martinez scored one goal for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 10 of 13 shots.
Maple Leafs 2, Canadiens 1
Morgan Rielly scored the starting goal late in the second half and when visiting Toronto he defeated Montreal to take a 2-1 lead in the North Division playoff series in the first round.
William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs, who had 28 saves from goalkeeper Jack Campbell.
Nick Suzuki scored for the Canadiens, Carey Price stopped 27 shots. Game 4 in the Best of Seven series is Tuesday evening, also in Montreal.
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