The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins have history on their side after winning Game 1 of their second-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday. Teams that win Game 1 in a best-of-7 series own an all-time series record of 472-216 (68.5 percent), including a 5-3 record this year.
The Blues won Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round by edging the Dallas Stars 3-2 at Enterprise Center. Forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and rookie goalie Jordan Binnington made 27 saves, including 16 in the third period.
Video: DAL@STL, Gm1: Binnington lunges to rob Hintz
It was the 13th time in 18 postseason games for the Blues since the beginning of the 2017 playoffs that the winning margin was one goal; St. Louis is 10-3 in those games. The .769 winning percentage by the Blues in one-goal postseason games since 2017 is the highest in the NHL (minimum five games).
Tarasenko's multigoal game was the seventh of his career in the playoffs; he's tied for second with Bernie Federko for most in Blues history, behind Brett Hull (13). Tarasenko scored his ninth postseason power-play goal to pass Brian Sutter and Al MacInnis for fourth place on the Blues' all-time list, behind Hull (27), Federko (13) and Frank St. Marseille (10).
Video: DAL@STL, Gm1: Tarasenko pots wrister on power play
Binnington is 5-2 with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in seven playoff games. The 25-year-old set a Blues record for most postseason wins by a rookie goaltender, eclipsing the previous mark of four shared by Jacques Caron and Curtis Joseph.
Binnington has 29 wins in 37 games since making his first NHL start on Jan. 7 (regular season and playoffs combined). That's the most victories among all goalies in the 2019 calendar year.
Coyle is hero for Bruins in Game 1
Forward Charlie Coyle made Bruins history by scoring the tying goal with 4:35 left in the third period and the game-winner 5:15 into overtime to give Boston a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.
Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm1: Coyle taps in overtime winner
Coyle became the second player in Bruins history to score a tying goal in the final five minutes of regulation in a playoff game and score the overtime winner. The other was Patrice Bergeron, who did it in Boston's 5-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Coyle is the second player to accomplish the feat in this season's playoffs; forward Mikko Rantanen of the Colorado Avalanche did it against the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round.
Coyle, born in East Weymouth, Massachusetts, was acquired by the Bruins in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 20. It was the first multigoal postseason game of his NHL career and helped the Bruins hand the Blue Jackets their first loss of the playoffs. Columbus swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round.
After finishing with six points (two goals, four assists) in 21 games with Boston after the trade, Coyle has six points (five goals, one assist) in eight playoff games. Forward Marcus Johansson, another pre-deadline acquisition, assisted on each of Coyle's goals.
Islanders, Sharks host series openers
The remaining second-round series begin Friday when the New York Islanders play the Carolina Hurricanes at Barclays Center (7 p.m. ET: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and the San Jose Sharks face the Avalanche at SAP Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round and will be playing their first game since April 16. Forward Jordan Eberle scored a goal in each of the four games against the Penguins and will try to become the second player in Islanders history to score at least one goal in each of the first five games of a postseason. Ray Ferraro scored in each of New York's first five games in 1993.
Defenseman Jaccob Slavin led the Hurricanes in scoring during their seven-game victory against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round with nine points, all assists. He set a Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers record for assists in a series to help Carolina become the 15th team in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champion in the opening round. Seven of the previous 14 won their next series, with four moving on to the Cup Final and one (the 1971 Montreal Canadiens) winning the Cup.
Forwards Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl each scored six goals in San Jose's seven-game victory against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference First Round, one shy of the Sharks record for the most goals in any playoff series held by Patrick Marleau against the Nashville Predators in the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals. Defenseman Erik Karlsson had nine points, all assists, in the first round, setting a Sharks record for most assists in a series.
Rantanen (nine points) and center Nathan MacKinnon (eight points) were the top scorers for the Avalanche during their five-game victory against the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round. Rantanen had multiple points in Games 2-5.