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Capitals rally for overtime win in Game 1

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
CAPITALS COMPLETE COMBACK, EARN OVERTIME WIN IN GAME 1

Down 2-0 less than 10 minutes after the opening faceoff, the Washington Capitals scored three unanswered goals, including the overtime winner by Tom Wilson, to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in their series opener.

* Wilson, a native of Toronto, scored his first career playoff goal (29 GP) and first career overtime goal (regular season and playoffs, 342 GP). The Elias Sports Bureau notes that he's the first player in Capitals history to score his first career playoff goal in overtime.

* Three-time Stanley Cup winner Justin Williams scored both Washington goals in regulation, his fourth career multigoal performance in the postseason (128 GP) and first since April 28, 2014 vs. the San Jose Sharks (while with the Los Angeles Kings).

* Braden Holtby (35 saves) extended his franchise record with his 23rd career playoff victory. He owns a 1.87 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and four shutouts in 47 career playoff appearances.

Video: Wilson, Williams lead Caps to Game 1 overtime win

 

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

WASHINGTON 3, Toronto 2 (OT) - WSH leads 1-0
Nashville 1, CHICAGO 0 - NSH leads 1-0
ANAHEIM 3, Calgary 2 - ANA leads 1-0

 

RINNE SHUTS OUT BLACKHAWKS AS PREDATORS TAKE SERIES LEAD

Pekka Rinne stopped all 29 shots he faced and Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal to lift the Nashville Predators to a 1-0 win in the series opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.

* The Predators earned their third all-time shutout in the postseason (71 GP) and first on the road. Rinne had his second career playoff shutout (49 GP); the other came May 2, 2012 vs. the Phoenix Coyotes (32 saves).

* Arvidsson, who set career highs in goals, assists and points during the regular season (31-30-61), scored his second career playoff goal. Each was a game-winner (also May 9, 2016 vs. San Jose).

Video: Rinne's 29-save shutout powers Preds to Game 1 win

 

DUCKS CONTINUE HOME SUCCESS AGAINST FLAMES

Ryan Getzlaf (1-1-2) and Jakob Silfverberg (1-1-2) had multiple-point games to help the Anaheim Ducks overcame a 2-1 deficit and win Game 1 at Honda Center.

* The Ducks won their 28th consecutive home game against the Calgary Flames (22 in the regular season, six in the playoffs) dating back to their last loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 25, 2006. The victory extends the longest such streak against a single opponent in NHL history.

* Getzlaf opened the scoring with the 100th point of his playoff career. He ranks first in Ducks franchise history with 30-71-101 in 105 playoff games.

Video: Silfverberg, Gibson help Ducks to Game 1 win

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Mitchell Marner scored 1:35 into his playoff debut, marking the fastest goal by a Maple Leafs player to begin his postseason career since Andy Blair scored 1:35 into his debut on March 19, 1929 at Detroit. … The Blackhawks were shut out at home during the postseason for the first time since April 23, 2012 (vs. Phoenix), snapping a streak of 37 straight games with at least one goal. … The Vegas Golden Knights named Gerard Gallant the first coach in team history. … The Dallas Stars announced that Ken Hitchcock, who led them to the Stanley Cup in 1999, has been hired as coach.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

NY Rangers @ Montreal (NYR leads 1-0), 7 p.m., USA, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG

Columbus @ Pittsburgh (PIT leads 1-0), 7 p.m., NHLN, SN, TVA Sports 2, ROOT, FS-O

St. Louis @ Minnesota (STL leads 1-0), 8 p.m., NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-N, FS-MW

San Jose @ Edmonton (SJS leads 1-0), 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NBCS CA

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Via Elias, teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series are 305-48 (86.4%).

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