Yesterday marked the start of the First Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. What a start it was!
Flames vs Stars | Flames lead best-of-7 series 1-0
Calgary took a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period with two goals by Dillon Dube – including one for the highlight reel. Dallas came back with two goals of their own in the 2nd, however, Rasmus Andersson would score his second of the playoffs for the Flames at 16:01 of the 2nd period which would stand as the game winner. The two teams skated through a scoreless 3rd period. This was a fun game that featured nice goals, a fight between quite possibly two of the most hated players in the playoffs, and some good old back and forth hockey.
Have a look at Dillon Dube’s great solo effort to make it 2-0. He bursts through the neutral zone and just dazzles with a great solo effort.
Earlier on, these two former London Knights dropped the gloves and exchanged some blows with one another.
Blue Jackets vs Lightning | Lightning lead best-of-7 series 1-0
The puck was dropped at 3:09pm ET for this game and the game winning goal was scored at 9:22pm ET – yep, that’s not a type-o. This was a marathon game that ended up being the fourth longest game in NHL history at 150:27 in length. What was and still stands as the longest NHL playoff game ever? The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons skated for 176:30 in a six-overtime thriller on March 24, 1936.
*Note: Hurricanes vs Bruins game delayed as a result of the length of this game and minimum requirements for allotted time between games with COVID restrictions.
Both teams exchanged goals in the 1st period with the Blue Jackets scoring the lone goal late in the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd. Yanni Gourde would score 23 seconds into the 3rd period before the overtime marathon would begin. In the end, Brayden Point would win it for the Lightning at 10:27 of the 5th overtime period giving Tampa the 1-0 series lead.
In The Numbers
Some crazy numbers and stats from Tuesday night’s marathon game.
Game Duration: 150 minutes 27 seconds
Shot Totals: Columbus 63 – Tampa Bay 88
Saves: Vasilevskiy 61 – Korpisalo 85
Faceoffs Won: Columbus 66 – Tampa Bay 72
Hits: Columbus 47 – Tampa Bay 59
Time On Ice: Jones (COL) 65:06 – Hedman (TAM) 57:38
Blackhawks vs Golden Knights | Golden Knights lead best-of-7 series 1-0
After a scoreless 1st period, the Knights scored two goals in just over two minutes before David Kampf would bring the Hawks to within one with a short-handed marker. However, in the 3rd period Reilly Smith scored two goals (including a beauty of a backhander) to lead Vegas to a 4-1 win in Game 1. Robin Lehner had a solid night in goal for the Golden Knights against his former team and even fought through a broken skate blade in the 2nd period.
As a result of yesterday’s delay caused by the Columbus/Tampa Bay game, today a fifth game was added to the schedule meaning 3 games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins 11am ET
New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals 3pm ET
Arizona Coyotes vs Colorado Avalanche 5:30pm ET
Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers 8pm ET
Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues 10:30pm ET
Of course all games above are subject to change pending another lengthy overtime game!
Sabres New Threads for 2021 Season
The Buffalo Sabres unveiled their new look for the 2021 season with a modernized revamp of their original logo and the return of the fan-favorite royal blue. They launched a really cool promo video to introduce the new look. I’m not a Sabres fan, but I gotta say these jerseys are sweet!