HICKEY PLAYS OT HERO IN FIRST PLAYOFF GAME AT BARCLAYS CENTER
The New York Islanders, who rallied from a trio of one-goal deficits to win Game 1, trailed 2-0, 2-1 and 3-1 before Thomas Hickey scored his first career Stanley Cup Playoff goal at 12:31 of overtime to lift the Islanders to victory in the first ever postseason game at Barclays Center.
* Hickey, who has three career overtime goals in the regular season (264 GP), has scored the winner in each of the Islanders' last two overtime wins. His goal in the extra frame at the Washington Capitals on April 5 clinched New York's second straight playoff berth.
* Via Elias, Hickey became the second player in Islanders history to score his first career playoff goal in overtime (Ken Morrow: April 11, 1980 at LAK).
"I thought it was incredible. The fans, just right from the start, that was an extra boost. I had goose bumps after the anthem." - Hickey
Home Team in Caps
St. Louis 3, CHICAGO 2 - STL leads 2-1
DETROIT 2, Tampa Bay 0 - TBL leads 2-1
NY ISLANDERS 4, Florida 3 (OT) - NYI leads 2-1
Nashville 3, ANAHEIM 2 - NSH leads 2-0
SMITH CONTINUES HOT STREAK FOR PANTHERS
Via Elias, Reilly Smith (1-2-3) factored on all three Florida Panthers goals to become the first player in their history to earn three consecutive multi-point games in a single postseason (also 2-1-3 in Game 1 and 1-1-2 in Game 2).
* Smith, who was acquired from the Boston Bruins last July, leads the NHL in postseason goals (4) and points (8) (3 GP), matching and surpassing his totals from his first 12 playoff games (4-1-5).
ELLIOTT SHINES IN RARE WIN AT UNITED CENTER
Brian Elliott established a playoff career high with 44 saves, including 23 in the second period, and the St. Louis Blues overcame a one-goal deficit in the third period to take a 2-1 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks.
* Via Elias, the Blues became the first team to defeat the Blackhawks in regulation when trailing after two periods (regular-season and playoffs) since the Los Angeles Kings on May 21, 2014 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final (6-2 W). Chicago had been 71-0-5 since that loss.
* The Blues earned their first playoff win at United Center since April 23, 2002 (Game 4 of CQF). Their only other such games in that span came in the 2014 Western Conference First Round (0-3).
* Elias adds that Elliott became the fourth different Blues goaltender to make at least 44 saves in a regulation postseason game, and the first since April 20, 1994 at the Dallas Stars (Curtis Joseph: 47 SV in 4-2 L).
MRAZEK, RED WINGS TRIM SERIES DEFICIT AT JOE LOUIS ARENA
Petr Mrazek stopped all 16 shots he faced in his first start of the postseason to help the Detroit Red Wings earn their first win of the series at Joe Louis Arena, which is hosting the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 25th consecutive season.
* Via Elias, the Red Wings improved to 97-54 on home ice during their run of 25 straight postseason appearances.
* Mrazek, who established an NHL career high with four shutouts in 2015-16 (54 GP), earned his third career playoff shutout - all against the Tampa Bay Lightning. His others came in Games 3 and 5 of the 2015 Eastern Conference First Round.
* Via Elias, Mrazek became the third goaltender in Red Wings history to earn three shutouts within his first eight career postseason appearances, joining Normie Smith (1936-37) and Terry Sawchuk (1951-52) who also accomplished the feat over two playoff years.
PREDATORS LEAVE ANAHEIM WITH FIRST-EVER 2-0 SERIES LEAD
The Anaheim Ducks scored late to pull within one, but Shea Weber's goal with 38.8 seconds remaining in the second period held up as the game-winner and the Nashville Predators took a 2-0 series lead for the first time in their history.
* Weber, who ranks second in Predators history with 11 career postseason goals (behind David Legwand: 13), scored his first playoff game-winning goal (47 GP).
* The Predators became the second team to open a series with back-to-back road wins this postseason (also San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings). Nashville improved to 4-1 in all-time playoff games in Anaheim, compared to a 9-18-5 record in 32 visits during the regular season.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Six players scored their first career postseason goal: Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou (GWG), Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov, Blues defenseman Colton Parayko and Islanders teammates Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Thomas Hickey (GWG).
* Via Elias, Pulock (21 years, 194 days) became the youngest Islanders defenseman to score in the postseason since April 13, 1990 (Wayne McBean: 21 years, 51 days). Parayko (22 years, 342 days) became the youngest defenseman to achieve the feat for the Blues since April 22, 1997 (Chris Pronger: 22 years, 194 days).
* Brent Seabrook scored his 20th career playoff goal (all w/ Chicago) to move past Doug Wilson and Bob Murray (each w/ 19) for the most by a defenseman in Blackhawks history.
Sharks forward Logan Couture and Kings captain Dustin Brown were each mic'd during Game 2 of their series.
Video: Logan Couture doing his best to lead Sharks to win
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ Philadelphia, WSH leads 2-0, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, CSN-PH, CSN-DC
Dallas @ Minnesota, DAL leads 2-0, 8:30 p.m., CNBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW
Los Angeles @ San Jose, SJS leads 2-0, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, CSN-CA, PRIME