Patrice Bergeron scored early in the second ovetime and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Wednesday in Game 1 of their first-round series that was postponed 15 hours to a rare morning start.
The game scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday in Toronto started the next morning at 11 after the Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning series opener went five overtimes.
Hurricanes-Bruins Game 1 wasn’t quite the same marathon, with Bergeron scoring 1:13 into the second extra period. But it had plenty of theater from Carolina’s surprise scratches (Sami Vatanen, Justin Williams) to a controversial goal and video review.
Joel Edmundson, who wasn’t with the Hurricanes last year and joined them in a trade from the St. Louis Blues after winning the Stanley Cup, opened the scoring 13:02 into the first period.
The way Boston tied it was plenty familiar, with its top line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak connecting. Bergeron won a faceoff to Marchand, who fed it to Pastrnak for the league-leading goal-scorer to finish it off at the 17:45 mark of the first.
The Bruins took the lead when Charlie Coyle scored 4:38 into the second. But goaltender Petr Mrazek was livid, and coach Rod Brind’Amour challenged for what the Hurricanes thought was a missed hand pass by Boston’s Brett Ritchie. Officials and the NHL’s situation room ruled that Mrazek trying to cover the puck negated the hand pass. Brind’Amour was fined for his postgame comments.
Islanders 4, Capitals 2: Josh Bailey scored a shorthanded goal 6:52 into the third period and New York overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Washington in a first-round series in Toronto. Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee scored 1:54 apart spanning the second intermission. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots and Anthony Beauvillier sealed it by scoring with 8:05 remaining. T.J. Oshie scored on consecutive power-play opportunities five minutes apart in the second period for Washington, which was without top-line forward Nicklas Backstrom after a blindside check by Anders Lee early in the first period.
Avalanche 3, Coyotes 0: Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and Colorado opened the playoffs with a victory over Arizona at Edmonton, Alberta. The Avalanche dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn’t get anything past goalie Darcy Kuemper. Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 6:55 left. The Avalanche broke it open from there.
Flyers 2, Canadiens 1: Carter Hart made 27 saves, Joel Farabee scored 16 seconds after Montreal tied it, and Philadelphia beat the Canadiens in Game 1 of their series in Toronto. Ivan Provorov also scored for the Flyers. Shea Weber scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price stopped 29 shots.