Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 2, Washington 1 (OT) – NYI leads 2-1
CHICAGO 4, Nashville 2 – CHI leads 2-1
Montreal 2, OTTAWA 1 (OT) – MTL leads 3-0
CALGARY 4, Vancouver 2 – CGY leads 2-1
BENNETT NETS GAME-WINNER TO GIVE CALGARY 2-1 SERIES LEAD
Sam Bennett scored the eventual game-winning goal at 2:14 of the third stanza – the first goal of his NHL career – to propel the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 18 years, 303 days old, Bennett became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal. Jarome Iginla holds the franchise record when he scored on April 23, 1996 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (2-1 3OT L) at 18 years, 297 days old.
* Bennett’s goal stood as the game-winner, making him the youngest player in franchise history to score a game-winning goal in the postseason. In fact, Elias says Bennett is the youngest player in NHL history to score a playoff game-winning goal in regulation. However, three other players in NHL history have scored postseason overtime-winners at an age younger than Bennett. They include Don Gallinger of the Boston Bruins on March 21, 1943, vs. Montreal Canadiens (17 years, 339 days), Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche on April 26, 2014, vs. Minnesota Wild (18 years, 237 days) and Boston's Patrice Bergeron on April 9, 2004, vs. Montreal (18 years, 260 days).
* T.J. Brodie (1-1—2) recorded his first career multiple-point game of the postseason. Brodie’s goal and assist were also his first playoff points in a Flames uniform.
* Sean Monahan scored his first career playoff goal on a power play. Brandon Bollig opened the scoring with his first playoff goal as a member of the Flames.
* Mason Raymond (0-1—1) had his first playoff point as a member of the Flames in his first game of this postseason. David Schlemko (0-1—1) recorded the first playoff assist of his career while Mikael Backlund (0-1—1) and Joe Colborne (0-1—1) registered the first playoff points of their careers.
* Jonas Hiller made 23 saves to win his second game of the series and improved to 14-13 in 29 career postseason appearances.
* Kris Russell (0-1—1) extended his playoff point streak to a career-high three games (2-1—3).
WEISE STRIKES TWICE TO POWER CANADIENS TO 3-0 LEAD IN SERIES
Dale Weise (2-0—2) scored the tying goal with 5:47 remaining in regulation and the overtime winner at 8:47 of the extra frame to power the Canadiens to a 3-0 series lead over the Ottawa Senators.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Weise was the first member of the Canadiens to score the game-tying goal in the final six minutes of regulation and the overtime winner in a playoff game since Eric Desjardins did so on June 3, 1993, vs. the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. Desjardins tied the game with 1:13 remaining in the third period and also scored at 0:51 of overtime (3-2 OT W). Montreal would go on to win the 24th Stanley Cup in franchise history.
* Elias also says that the last player to accomplish the same feat was the Kings' Marian Gaborik on May 3, 2014, at the Anaheim Ducks. Gaborik scored with seven seconds remaining in the third period and went on to score at 12:07 of overtime (3-2 OT W). The Kings went on to win their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.
* It was Weise’s first career multi-goal postseason game. Weise’s overtime-winner was his third career game-winning playoff goal and his second playoff overtime goal; his first such goal was on April 16, 2014 at the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-4 OT W). With two overtime playoff goals, Weise also moved into a six-way tie for second on the franchise’s all-time overtime postseason goals list. Russ Courtnall and Kirk Muller share the franchise’s all-time lead with three such goals.
* Three of Weise’s four career playoff goals have been game-winners.
* Torrey Mitchell (0-2—2) recorded his first career multi-assist playoff game and his second career multiple-point game of the postseason; he posted 1-1—2 on April 21, 2011 at Los Angeles while with the San Jose Sharks (6-3 W).
* Carey Price stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn his third straight victory of the postseason and improved to 20-21 in 41 career postseason decisions. Price has won six consecutive decisions dating to April 5 at the Florida Panthers (4-1 W).
* Price also appeared in his 45th career playoff game, tying Bill Durnan for fourth on the franchise’s all-time postseason games played list among goaltenders.
* The Canadiens improved to 80-63-3 all-time in playoff overtime games. Their 80 OT lead all NHL teams, as do their 146 OT games.
* The Canadiens also earned a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 2. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Montreal won two consecutive games in overtime in the same series was when they won three straight games in overtime from June 3-7, 1993 vs. Los Angeles in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final.
* ICYMI: Both clubs held a moment of silence prior to puck-drop in honor of Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds, who passed away on April 14.
TAVARES LIFTS ISLANDERS PAST CAPITALS WITH EARLY OVERTIME-WINNER
The Washington Capitals scored the tying goal with 6:06 remaining in regulation, but John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to power the New York Islanders to a 2-1 series lead.
* Tavares’ goal was the sixth-fastest playoff goal to start the first overtime in NHL history after Montreal's Brian Skrudland (0:09 on May 18, 1986 at Calgary), J.P. Parise of the Islanders (0:11 on April 11, 1975 at the New York Rangers), Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows (0:11 on June 4, 2011 vs. Boston), Martin Havlat of the Chicago Blackhawks (0:12 on April 16, 2009 vs. Calgary) and Chicago's Pit Martin (0:12 on April 9, 1972 at the Pittsburgh Penguins). Tavares’ goal was the second-fastest playoff goal to start the first overtime in franchise history.
* Tavares’ goal was the second game-winning playoff goal of his career and the first overtime playoff goal of his career. Tavares led the League with four overtime goals during the regular season – a single-season franchise record – and is the franchise’s all-time leader in regular-season overtime goals with eight.
* Tavares also extended his playoff point streak to three games (1-2—3), matching his career-high from May 3-7, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh (2-2—4). He has at least one point nine consecutive games (dating to March 29 vs. the Detroit Red Wings), totaling 5-10—15 in that span.
* Kyle Okposo opened the scoring in the second period and extended his playoff point streak to three games (2-1—3), equaling his career-high from May 3-7, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh (3-1—4). Okposo has at least one point in five consecutive games (dating to April 10 at Pittsburgh), totaling 3-3—6 in that span.
* Josh Bailey (0-1—1) extended his playoff point streak to a career-high three games (1-3—4). He has at least one point in six consecutive games (dating to April 7 at the Philadelphia Flyers), totaling 1-6—7 in that span.
* Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 of 25 shots to improve to 12-12 in 26 career postseason appearances.
* The Islanders improved to 30-13 in 43 all-time overtime playoff games, including a record of 15-6 on home ice.
* ICYMI: Listen in as an all-access microphone picked up Okposo’s reaction when he opened the scoring and his reaction on the bench when Tavares netted the overtime-winner.
DARLING, BLACKHAWKS TOP PREDATORS TO TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD
The Blackhawks scored three second-period goals and Scott Darling made 35 saves in his first career playoff start en route to taking a 2-1 series lead over the Nashville Predators.
* Darling earned his second career postseason win in as many appearances and has made a combined total of 77 saves through two playoff games.
* Darling, who held the Predators scoreless for 67:44 as a reliever in Game 1, began his playoff career with an 83:03 shutout streak before surrendering a goal to Nashville’s Mike Ribeiro at 15:19 of the first period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Darling’s shutout streak is a Blackhawks franchise record to begin a playoff career.
* Jonathan Toews (1-1—2) scored his second goal of the postseason 36 seconds into the second stanza and added an assist to record his second multi-point game of the playoffs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Toews’ goal was Chicago’s fastest playoff goal to begin a period since he scored 27 seconds into the second period on May 7, 2010 at Vancouver (7-4 W).
* Marian Hossa (0-2—2) had his second multi-assist game of the postseason. He ranks second among active players with 86 assists and 131 points in the playoffs (174 GP).
* Andrew Desjardins opened the scoring with his first playoff goal as a Blackhawk. Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook each scored his first goals of the postseason, with Saad’s tally standing as his second career game-winning postseason goal.
AFTER THREE GAMES
The Islanders, Blackhawks and Flames all took a 2-1 series lead after their respective series’ were tied at 1-1. The Canadiens took a 3-0 lead in their series.
* Three First Round matchups in 2014 were tied after two games, with the winner of Game 3 going on to win each series.
* When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, Elias says that the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 189-92 (67.3%). Overall, teams that hold a 2-1 lead in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series have an all-time series record of 307-136 (69.3%).
* Elias also says teams that go up 3-0 in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 175-4 (97.8%).
Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom (1-0—1) has posted 2-2—4 over the last two games. With 17 career postseason goals and 47 career postseason points (17-30—47), Backstrom tied Kelly Miller and Dave Christian for seventh on the franchise’s all-time playoff goals list and also tied Miller for ninth on the franchise’s all-time playoff points list. ... Washington goaltender Braden Holtby made 40 saves. ... Nashville forward Craig Smith (0-2—2) has posted 2-3—5 over the last two games. Smith has recorded six points (2-4—6) in five career playoff games played. ... Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson made 47 saves in his first start since March 29 vs. Florida (4-2 L) and his fifth appearance since late January. The 47 saves were four shy of his playoff career-high of 51 from April 18, 2010 vs. San Jose w/ Colorado (1-0 OT W) ... Ottawa forward Clarke MacArthur has scored in back-to-back playoff games for the second time in his career (also May 8 and 10, 2013 vs. Boston w/ Toronto). He has at least one point in nine of his last 10 games (dating to March 31 at Detroit), compiling 5-6—11 in that span. ... Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson (0-1—1) extended his playoff point streak to three games (0-3—3), matching his career-high from May 5-9, 2013 vs. MTL (0-4—4). ... Ottawa forward Mark Stone (0-1—1) has recorded 0-3—3 in his last two games. He has posted at least one point in 11 of his last 12 outings (dating to March 28 at Toronto), totaling 8-8—16 in that span. ... Vancouver forward Shawn Matthias scored the first postseason goal of his career. ... Vancouver forward Bo Horvat (0-1—1) extended his playoff point streak to three games (1-2—3). He has recorded a point in five consecutive games (dating to April 9 vs. the Arizona Coyotes), totaling 1-4—5 in that span. ... Click here for an all-access look at Game 2 of the Penguins-Rangers series.