NHL ROUNDUP


NHL ROUNDUP

Thursday’s playoffs

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Blue Jackets 4, Capitals 3, OT

WASHINGTON

Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give Columbus a victory over Washington. Panarin made an incredible individual move to drive by fellow Russian Dmitry Orlov and went backhand-to-forehand to beat Philipp Grubauer top shelf. Alexander Wennberg, Thomas Vanek and Seth Jones scored in regulation, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots for Columbus, which got two power-play goals to continue a strong trend since the trade deadline. Wennberg left the game with an upper-body injury in the third period and didn’t return. Jones drew a penalty late in the third period, almost put the puck in his own net and tied it on the ensuing power play with 4:26 left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Washington got two power-play goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov on Josh Anderson’s five-minute major penalty for boarding Michal Kempny and an even-strength goal on the rush in the third period by Devante Smith-Pelly.

Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1

BOSTON

Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to lead Boston to a victory over Toronto in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. David Pastrnak also scored for Boston, and Sean Kuraly bunted one out of the air and into the net over goalie Frederik Andersen to make it 4-1.

Lightning 5, Devils 2

TAMPA, FLA.

Tampa Bay got early goals from four players before holding off New Jersey. Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde scored, helping the Lightning build a 3-0 lead that New Jersey trimmed to one goal before Alex Killorn and Kucherov, who added an empty-netter with 1:12 remaining, finished off the win. Taylor Hall scored an unassisted goal in the second period, then assisted on Travis Zajac’s power-play goal that trimmed the Devils’ deficit to 3-2 midway through third against Andrei Vasilievskiy, who had 29 saves for Tampa Bay.

Associated Press

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