The overtime streak in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs is at six days and counting, with the 12 OT games already played representing two more than took place during the entire postseason last year.
The Carolina Hurricanes won their second straight game in overtime by defeating the New York Islanders 1-0 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Barclays Center on Friday. Carolina's Petr Mrazek and New York's Robin Lehner each made 31 saves before Hurricanes center Jordan Staal scored at 4:04 of overtime.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is in New York on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Mrazek, who had an 18-save shutout against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the first round, became the third goalie in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise history to have multiple shutouts in a playoff year, joining Cam Ward (2006 and 2009) and Kevin Weekes (2002).
Video: Clutch Performance: Mrazek shuts out Isles in Game 1
Three goalies in Hurricanes/Whalers history have made more than 31 saves in a playoff shutout: Ward (36 in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals), Weekes (32 in Game 6 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals) and Mike Liut (32 in Game 6 of the 1986 Adams Division Final). Five of Mrazek's nine playoff wins have been shutouts.
The overtime goal was the first of Staal's career. Older brother Eric Staal also scored an overtime goal for the Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- exactly 13 years earlier, in Game 3 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Montreal Canadiens.
The six-day overtime streak is the seventh such stretch in NHL history and first since a six-day run in 2015. There have been four stretches in Stanley Cup Playoffs history of at least seven consecutive days with playoff overtime: April 19-27, 2011 (nine days), April 21-27, 2014 (seven days), May 2-8, 2013 (seven days) and April 13-19, 2001 (seven days).
Burns, Thornton power Sharks past Avalanche
The San Jose Sharks turned to two of their veterans, defenseman Brent Burns and center Joe Thornton, to lead the way in a 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is in San Jose on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Video: COL@SJS, Gm1: Burns tallies goal off defender
After finishing San Jose's first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights with four points (one goal, three assists), Burns matched that total with a goal and three assists. The Norris Trophy finalist, who led the Sharks in scoring during the regular season with 83 points (16 points, 67 assists), has 51 career playoff points with San Jose (17 goals, 34 assists) and passed Dan Boyle (48 points; 11 goals, 37 assists) for the most by a defenseman in Sharks history.
Thornton had a goal and an assist; the 39-year-old has points in eight of his past 10 games dating to April 2, including six points (two goals, four assists) in seven playoff games. Thornton's assist was his 100th in the playoffs; he's the 24th player in NHL history and third active skater with at least 100 career postseason assists, trailing Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (120) and Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (100).
Thornton (1,566 games played) and Burns (1,043) are among 12 active NHL players who have played in at least 1,000 regular-season games but haven't played on a Stanley Cup winner. Two others are still competing in the 2019 playoffs: Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza (1,065 games played) and St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (1,184).
Stars, Blue Jackets try to even second-round series
The Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets each will try to bounce back Saturday after losing Game 1 in their respective series.
The Stars will rely on goalie Ben Bishop when they attempt to even the Western Conference Second Round by winning Game 2 against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS). Bishop, a 3-2 loser in the series opener, is 10-3 with one no-decision following a loss within a postseason (1.60 goals-against average, .941 save percentage, two shutouts). He's 9-2 in 11 playoff games after allowing at least three goals with a 1.42 GAA, .950 save percentage and two shutouts.
Columbus will try to rebound after a 3-2 overtime loss in the series opener when they play the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). Forward Artemi Panarin had a goal in Game 1 and has at least one point in each of the Blue Jackets' five playoff games this season.
Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-7 series have an all-time series record of 321-51 (86.3 percent), including 3-1 in 2019.