Last season’s Stanley Cup champions the Washington Capitals were sensationally eliminated from this season’s competition by the Carolina Hurricanes, after completing a 4-3 win in game seven of the Eastern Conference First Round playoffs at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.
The Canes, who trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in this game and were down 2-0 in the best of seven series, advanced to the second round for the first time since 2009 and will face the New York Islanders in the next round. Brook McGinn was the Canes hero after grabbing the winning goal in the second period of overtime to knock out the holders.
Boston Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference second round with a 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Tuesday. In the deciding game of the series, Sean Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins who had to come from behind to clinch the series. The reward for Boston will be a match up against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In another series which went the full distance, the San Jose Sharks completed a 5-4 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in game seven of the Western Conference First round at SAP Centre on Tuesday. Barclay Goodrow netted the winner 18:19 into overtime for the Sharks who won three games in a row, including an overtime success in game six. The Sharks will now play the Colorado Avalanche in the second round.
Charlie Coyle scored a shade over five minutes into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at TD on Thursday.
Coyle tied the game with 4.35 left in the third period before bagging the winner.
Vladimir Tarasenko grabbed a brace for the St. Louis Blues in their 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference second round at Enterprise Centre on Thursday.