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2024 NHL Playoffs: B/R Workers Takeaways on for Each Workforce’s First Playoff Sport

BR NHL Staff Featured Columnist I 2024 NHL Playoffs: B/R Staff Takeaways on for Every Team’s First Playoff Game 0 of 16 Grant Halverson/Getty Images The journey to the Stanley Cup Final has begun. And nothing sets the tone for a playoff series like Game 1. Our B/R NHL Staff will have reactions to every

2024 NHL Playoffs: B/R Workers Takeaways on for Each Workforce’s First Playoff Sport

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2024 NHL Playoffs: B/R Workers Takeaways on for Each Workforce’s First Playoff Sport

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    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 20: A fan catches a puck during the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on April 20, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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    The journey to the Stanley Cup Last has begun. And nothing units the tone for a playoff sequence like Sport 1.

    Our B/R NHL Workers could have reactions to each playoff staff’s Sport 1 efficiency, breaking down the most effective and most controversial moments.

    Do you may have your individual ideas on the postseason? Be at liberty to fireside off your scorching takes within the feedback part of the B/R app.

Oilers Come Out of the Gate on Hearth

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    EDMONTON, CANADA - APRIL 22: Zach Hyman #18 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his third goal of the game in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings with teammates Connor McDavid #97, Leon Draisaitl #29 and Evan Bouchard #2 in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on April 22, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    This, Oilers followers, is what “Cup or bust” seems like.

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    Edmonton’s protection was succesful, and its goaltending was steady, nevertheless it was the sheer puck talent of the ahead group, enjoying at an untenable (for the Los Angeles Kings) pace that made this model of Connor McDavid and Co. appear to be a reliable risk.

    For one recreation anyway. And to the psyche of a franchise and a fan base that hasn’t tasted real success—learn: a deep Cup run—in almost 20 years, it was precisely what was wanted. The 7-4 win for the Oilers was their first series-opening win in any spherical since 2017, having dropped seven straight Sport 1s since whereas being compelled to rally to win three of these sequence.

    Spoiler alert, they’ve not received a sequence during which they’ve taken the primary recreation since that deep run, beating Anaheim within the 2006 convention finals.

    The highest line of McDavid, Zach Hyman and Adam Henrique mixed for a ridiculous 11 factors, with No. 97 meting out 5 assists, Hyman scoring thrice and serving to as soon as and Henrique, who arrived on the commerce deadline, offering one in every of every. Edmonton’s different MVP/scoring champion, Leon Draisaitl, had a purpose and an help, too, and its vaunted energy play was a real distinction maker whereas accounting for 3 targets in 4 alternatives, together with two within the opening half of the third interval after the Kings had halved a 4-0 deficit.

    The final two get-togethers with the Kings have included a mixed 13 video games, but when the Oilers play like this it will not be an extended sequence.

    — Lyle Fitzsimmons

Kings Have Extra Questions Than Solutions

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    EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 22: Edmonton Oilers Left Wing Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates his incredible goal in the third period of the Western Conference First Round Edmonton Oilers game versus the Los Angeles Kings on April 22, 2023 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB. (Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    t’s onerous to think about a tougher Sport 1 from a Kings’ perspective.

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    Los Angeles was down two targets within the first 10 minutes and later noticed deficits of 4 and 5 on the best way to an as-one-sided-at-it-looks 7-4 loss to the Oilers to open their third consecutive Pacific Division first-round duel.

    The Kings had been crushed in six and 7 video games within the different latest get-togethers, having received the opener each occasions and had been typically profitable in slowing down Edmonton’s fleet, expert ahead group with a 1-3-1 scheme that restricted rushes and compelled dump-ins.

    However it wasn’t a factor on Monday evening because the hosts performed at hyper-speed from the outset, established a 4-0 lead earlier than Los Angeles displayed a pulse and unleashed a torrent of video-game strikes on beleaguered goalie Cam Talbot.

    It is onerous to think about coach Jim Hiller not contemplating, strongly, a transfer to David Rittich to start out Sport 2, given Talbot’s struggles and Rittich’s 13-6-3 file, 2.15 goals-against common and .921 save share throughout 24 appearances.

    Nonetheless, there have been moments. The Kings trimmed a 4-0 deficit to 4-2 with second-period targets from Adrian Kempe and Mikey Anderson and had a Rogers Place crowd drawing in its breath after a purpose from Trevor Lewis throughout that stretch was disallowed after it hit the middle’s glove and went in. In the event that they’d have gotten inside one, who is aware of?

    “There have been soiled targets. That is how we will rating,” Kempe mentioned. “We had some seems early within the recreation, and within the second and third interval we had some high-danger probabilities that did not go in, however these ugly targets went in, and that is one thing we have now to maintain doing. Hold throwing pucks on internet and have our bodies round there.”

    — Lyle Fitzsimmons

Golden Knights Seize House-Ice Benefit

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    DALLAS, TX - APRIL 22: Mark Stone #61 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    There was just one NHL to win a Sport 1 on the street throughout the first spherical of the 2024 NHL Playoffs.

    For the haters on the market, I am sorry to say it was the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Say what you need concerning the Golden Knights’ varied long-term injured reserve shenanigans. When it is playoff time, the defending Stanley Cup champions boast a robust, battle-tested roster led by captain Mark Stone.

    The captain made an instantaneous affect after being on LTIR on account of a lacerated spleen with a power-play purpose simply 1:23 into the primary interval.

    Tallies from Jonathan Marchessault, Tomáš Hertl and Brayden McNabb proved to be sufficient for Vegas to carry on a win as Logan Thompson held down the fort in internet with 27 saves.

    Vegas was outshot 30-15 throughout the recreation, however on the finish of the day, it is the pucks that go into the online that matter.

    – Fortunate Ngamwajasat

Stars Fall Behind Early and Cannot Get better

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    DALLAS, TEXAS - APRIL 22: Chris Tanev #3 of the Dallas Stars attempts a shot as Anthony Mantha #39 of the Vegas Golden Knights defends during the third period in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2024 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Sam Hodde/Getty Images)

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    One other recreation for the Dallas Stars in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights this season and one other loss.

    What’s irritating about Sport 1 for Dallas is that the Western Convention’s finest staff throughout the common season really managed play for a lot of the recreation and edged Vegas on anticipated targets in accordance with

    However the recreation is performed on ice, not on a stats sheet, particularly within the postseason. Falling behind 2-0 early to an skilled Golden Knights staff is a recipe for failure. The Stars have but to file a win in opposition to the defending champions this season and can little doubt be disillusioned that they could not end the comeback in Sport 1.

    – Fortunate Ngamwajasat

Canucks Experience House Momentum to Enormous Win

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 21: Dakota Joshua #81 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates scoring in the third period against the Nashville Predators in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on April 21, 2024 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

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    It did not look nice for the Canucks by means of 40 minutes. They could not get by means of the impartial zone within the first interval and handed the Predators three completely different energy performs within the second interval, permitting the go-ahead purpose on one in every of them.

    To be truthful, they did not precisely give the Predators a lot at even energy, however the greatest concern was the invisibility of their high gamers. By means of two intervals their chief in photographs on purpose was Pius Suter. Shutdown defensemen Tyler Myers and Nikita Zadorov had two photographs on purpose every. In the meantime, Elias Peterson, Elias Lindholm, Conor Garland, J.T. Miller, and Brock Bowser mixed for 3 complete photographs on purpose in that span.

    Two consecutive shifts within the third interval modified it. Quinn Hughes discovered Pius Suter for a deflection after a sustained possession within the offensive zone. Lindholm instantly received on the forecheck the subsequent shift, created a turnover behind the online, and located Dakota Joshua within the low slot for the eventual game-winner, with Joshua serving to to kill the ultimate minutes and seal the sport with an empty netter.

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    For years, the Canucks paid premium costs for depth gamers they thought-about to be playoff materials. It did not work. How becoming that the distinction makers in Sport 1 had been Pius Suter and Dakota Joshua; two unheralded gamers signed frugally as free brokers. Nice groups construct depth not by profitable bidding wars however with good scouting and the suitable head coach who can optimize their talents.

    – Adam Herman

Preds Will Make It a Aggressive Sequence

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    VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 21: Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) passes the puck in front of goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Nashville Predators and the Vancouver Canucks on April 21, 2024, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. (Photo by Ethan Cairns/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    It is a robust loss for the Predators in that they led the sport for 51 minutes after which gave it away in about 20 seconds. Juuse Saros will need the primary purpose again. The staff’s high gamers will want they discovered yet one more purpose on the next energy performs after Ryan O’Reilly’s tally.

    General, head coach Andrew Brunette might be fantastic together with his staff’s efficiency. They performed the Canucks pretty even for lots of the sport. They held the Canucks, regardless of all their weapons, to only 21 photographs on internet. The penalty kill did an excellent job. It was a coin toss recreation that did not go their method. The Predators do not have the expertise to match the Canucks in a monitor meet and so a battle of attrition performs into their id; they’re betting they will play extra structured hockey than Vancouver and it virtually labored tonight.

    The underdog Preds aren’t going to lose their heads over one shut loss on Vancouver ice. Hockey followers in Nashville will lament what might have been however, if Sport 1 is any indication, they’re on this sequence.

Wild Evening in Winnipeg Ends with Jets Taking Sport 1

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    WINNIPEG, CANADA - APRIL 21: Mark Scheifele #55 of the Winnipeg Jets salutes the fans after receiving second star honours following a 7-6 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Canada Life Centre on April 21, 2024 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    This sequence might simply be worthy of a Convention or Stanley Cup Last. And boy, did each groups delivered than we might’ve even requested for with a 7-6 Winnipeg win in entrance of the Peg’s white-out crowd.

    The worst — or finest? — components of the playoffs are the rogue accomplishments that do not matter when all that issues is the scoreboard on the finish of the sport. Like, what if I instructed you the Avalanche received six targets previous Vezina favourite Connor Hellebuyck? If that is the common season, they’re pleased with that even when they ended up shedding the sport.

    However that is the playoffs, and we do not have the time to pat Colorado on the again. We’re as a substitute left questioning how on earth Alexander Georgiev allowed seven, and if he is the proper starter for Sport 2.

    The Jets have had the Avalanche’s quantity all season with a sweep on the sequence. They have been the right defensive match to Colorado’s offensive firepower in a method no different staff has fairly mastered.

    I do know Kyle Connor and Adam Lowry each scored twice to seal this win, however one thing about Mark Scheifele’s purpose shifted the vibes in sequence already. The person has been searching for a definitive playoff second with the Jets, with a postseason historical past marred by suspensions and damage. His purpose, and his response to his purpose, felt like watching a defining second in actual time.

    Now, it is solely Sport 1, and it was a one-goal win at dwelling. There are miles to go relating to this sequence. But when I had been you, I might hold tuning in.

    – Sara Civian

Georgiev Implodes as Avs Lose Goalfest in Winnipeg

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    WINNIPEG, CANADA - APRIL 21: Gabriel Vilardi #13 of the Winnipeg Jets watches as the puck gets behind goaltender Alexandar Georgiev #40 of the Colorado Avalanche for a first period goal in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Canada Life Centre on April 21, 2024 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    We received all caught up speaking about Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen when it got here to Colorado that possibly we did not assume lengthy sufficient about how goalie Alexandar Georgiev wasn’t fairly nearly as good as he was final season.

    The factor is, possibly we should always’ve seen this coming:

    Sportsnet Stats @SNstats

    Alexander Georgiev

    6.42 GAA & .785 Save Share in 3 video games vs Jets this season


    Georgiev was a serious downside in Sport 1. He supplied little-to-no assist for Colorado who needed to rating six to get it to inside one in every of Winnipeg earlier than shedding.

    If there is a vibrant facet it is that the Avs put six previous Vezina favourite Connor Hellebuyck. But when they’ve to try this each recreation to have an opportunity, they haven’t any shot to take this sequence. There are numerous inquiries to reply after how Sport 1 went down. If we all know something about MacKinnon’s depth, the Avalanche will probably be able to avenge issues in Sport 2.

    – Joe Yerdon

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Job Carried out for Rangers in Convincing Win

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    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Matt Rempe #73 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 21, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Nothing is assured, however the Rangers should not have main points on dwelling ice in opposition to this Caps staff. A 4-1 win is a satisfying approach to get the job accomplished.

    The large supply of optimism is that the Rangers’ perceived weaknesses didn’t appear to be weaknesses. The underside six, which has plagued the staff all season, seemed nice. The third line dominated possession and, with the trio of Will Cuylle-Alex Wennberg-Kaapo Kakko on the ice, the Rangers out-attempted Washington 11-2. The fourth line scored two targets, with the primary purpose, specifically, being the results of a full 200-foot effort and an excellent cycle behind the online. Okay

    Defenseman Okay’Andre Miller seems higher alongside Braden Schneider and the sheltered Jacob Trouba-Erik Gustafsson pairing did not bleed probabilities. Most significantly, the Rangers didn’t quit any rush offense.

    It is solely a matter of time earlier than the facility play will get going. The Rangers received two targets from Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider however their high gamers did not have to dominate this recreation to comfortably win. We all know that the Vincent Trocheck line, Adam Fox, and the facility play can single-handedly win video games. We all know the Rangers can come again from behind. However can they get significant contributions from their depth, restrict probabilities in opposition to, and shield the impartial zone with a lead? They succeeded with all of that in Sport 1 in opposition to Washington. That is a hopeful bellwether for the remainder of the sequence and a possible second-round matchup in opposition to Carolina.

    – Adam Herman

Caps Want A lot Extra to Keep in Sequence

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    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Charlie Lindgren #79 of the Washington Capitals prepares to play against the New York Rangers in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 21, 2024 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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    If the Capitals are going to have even a combating likelihood on this sequence they may want a couple of issues to go their method.

    First, goaltender Charlie Lindgren should stand on his head. He was okay at finest, stopping 27 of 31 photographs. Whereas he can’t be immediately blamed for any particular person purpose in opposition to, he might have made saves on these by Artemi Panarin and Jimmy Vesey.
    Second, the Capitals want some magic from the facility play and notably Alexander Ovechkin. The facility play went 0-4. Ovechkin is a participant who can rating from anyplace and that’s an enormous boon for a staff that doesn’t generate many nice seems. Any kind of look will do. The Rangers took Ovi out of the sport, shadowing him on the PP and holding him out of the offensive zone at even energy. Ovechkin tried simply three photographs and all missed the online.

    Third, the Caps have to grind the sport right down to a halt. The 2024 Capitals don’t have the expertise to maintain up in a monitor meet with different high groups. They did a superb job within the first interval, combining for 11 photographs on purpose. It received away from them within the subsequent two intervals.
    The Capitals have a slim path to victory in a best-of-seven sequence in opposition to the Presidents’ Trophy Winners. They received not one of the vital situations in Sport 1. It leaves a sliver of optimism as a result of the Caps could have an opportunity if Lindgren and Ovechkin get going and their impartial zone defending improves. Extra probably, it foreshadows a swift playoff exit.
    – Adam Herman

Panthers Do Simply Sufficient to Take Sport 1

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    SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 16: Sam Reinhart #13 is congratulated by Eetu Luostarinen #27 of the Florida Panthers after he scored a third period goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Amerant Bank Arena on April 16, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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    Crucial factor for the Florida Panthers on this sequence in opposition to the Tampa Bay Lightning is to remain out of the field and in Sport 1 they did that fairly nicely.

    Positive, the Bolts did rating on the facility play nevertheless it was after it was 3-1 and with 10 seconds left within the recreation. If that is the way it’ll go for Florida, they’re going to take it.

    However their Sport 1 effort noticed the whole lot that is made the Panthers so robust this 12 months. Sam Reinhart being a menace across the internet, Aleksander Barkov being a monster all around the ice and bodily presence that makes it onerous to do something. There’s additionally Sergei Bobtovsky in purpose.

    This wasn’t a dominant effort. Tampa Bay nonetheless seemed harmful with Nikita Kucherov being a risk each time he had or was close to the puck and Steven Stamkos nonetheless being so sensible within the offensive zone. What must be extra regarding for the Panthers is how good Andrei Vasilevskiy was, notably early on.

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    Nonetheless, Florida will get the win however holding it down on dwelling ice might be the factor that in the end decides the sequence.

    – Joe Yerdon

Bolts Get Shut Down in First Battle of Florida

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    SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 21: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Anthony Duclair (10) charges toward the play in the first period during game one of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers at Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise, Fla. (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    The most recent installment of “The Battle of Florida” noticed the Tampa Bay Lightning drop a 3-2 resolution to the Florida Panthers in Sport 1 of their opening-round sequence.

    It was all Panthers for the primary 16 minutes of the primary interval, with Sam Reinhart’s tip-in opening the scoring at 6:17. The Lightning struggled to get going and would’ve fallen additional behind on the rating sheet if not for Andrei Vasilevskiy’s stable goaltending.

    The Lightning had been outshot 9-0 earlier than Brandon Hagel tied the rating with lower than 4 minutes remaining within the first. That sparked the Bolts as they generated 5 extra photographs earlier than the top of the interval.

    That effort carried over for the Lightning into the second interval as each golf equipment settled right into a tight-checking mode. Nonetheless, a holding penalty by Bolts ahead Nick Paul late within the body resulted in Carter Verhaeghe restoring the Panthers lead with a power-play purpose early within the third.

    Tampa Bay pressed for the equalizer however was stymied by Florida’s aggressive forecheck. Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made a pair of huge saves on Lightning forwards Brayden Level and Steven Stamkos.

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    Lightning coach Jon Cooper pulled Vasilevskiy with 3:08 left within the third. Nonetheless, an empty netter by Matthew Tkachuk put the Panthers up 3-1.

    The Lightning received a sliver of hope when Verhaeghe took a cross-checking penalty with 1:11 left. Cooper pulled Vasilevskiy once more for a six-on-four power-play. Stamkos received them inside one with 9.3 seconds left however the Bolts ran out of time.

    – Lyle Richardson

Kuznetsov and Andersen Come Up Clutch for Canes

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    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 20: Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates after a goal during the first period against the New York Islanders in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on April 7, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    The Hurricanes had been haunted by Evgeny Kuznetsov’s eagle celebrations of playoffs previous when he was a sniper for the division rivals Washington Capitals

    That script flipped Saturday evening as that eagle landed in Raleigh minutes into Sport 1, however the pesky Islanders answered proper again.

    This was some of the boring Sport 1s you may see this playoffs, and that’s precisely what the Islanders wanted. It nonetheless wasn’t sufficient on this lopsided matchup.

    In what was a basic snoozefest, three issues stood out.

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    1. Kuznetsov has the potential to be an actual feel-good story by the top of this playoff run.

    2. The Islanders did the whole lot proper, suppressed the Hurricanes’ photographs, and but nonetheless misplaced. It is wanting bleak for the remainder of the sequence.

    3. Freddie Andersen got here again from that first questionable purpose allowed with full confidence and a few gusty saves. I ponder what his story will probably be on the finish of this run.

    – Sara Civian

Isles Include Carolina, however Lack Scoring Contact to Take Benefit

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    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 20: Kyle MacLean #32 of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates after a goal during the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on April 7, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    The New York Islanders did a superb job of containing the Carolina Hurricanes’ offense by means of most of Sport 1 of their opening-round sequence. Nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient because the Hurricanes prevailed, 3-1.

    An influence-play purpose by the Hurricanes’ Evgeny Kuznetsov put the Islanders on their heels early within the first interval. Nonetheless, they battled again to tie it when Kyle MacLean capitalized on a goalmouth scramble.

    The second interval was all Islanders. Their stable defensive play stymied the Hurricanes whereas outshooting them 13-6. Carolina goaltender Frederik Andersen made a few massive saves within the interval, however the Isles had issue getting extra high-danger scoring probabilities.

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    The Hurricanes regained the lead on a Stefen Noesen deflection within the third interval. Martin Necas put it away with an empty netter late within the interval.

    The Islanders confirmed they will neutralize the Hurricanes offense for lengthy stretches however want their finest scorers to step up. Mathew Barzal, Bo Horvat, and Brock Nelson had been held scoreless whereas Anders Lee collected an help on the MacLean purpose.

    This seemed like a repeat of final 12 months’s close-checking opening-round sequence between these two golf equipment with 4 of the six video games determined by one purpose. The Hurricanes prevailed in that sequence and will accomplish that once more if the Isles fail to generate extra offense on this matchup.

    – Lyle Richardson

Bruins’ Depth Comes By means of in a Huge Manner

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    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 20: Jake DeBrusk #74 and Charlie McAvoy #73 of the Boston Bruins celebrate the second-period goal  against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on April 20, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    One factor concerning the Bruins and the Leafs? You completely must win at dwelling.

    Depart it to the probably Bruins heroes … Johnny Beecher, Jesper Boqvist, and Pat Maroon to strike first and early to make sure that finish.

    Then it was one other probably Bruin — stay-at-home defenseman Brandan Carlo — to make it 2-0.

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    As sarcastic as we’re being, precise Leafs menace Jake DeBrusk tucked away two to verify the 4-1 win.

    The Bruins are in fine condition if it is a signal of issues to come back. Boston will want all palms on deck in the event that they’re to have a deep run this time, and like many former Presidents’ Trophy winners earlier than them, they discovered that the onerous method. The Bruins had been humbled after their historic 2022-23 common season led to a 2023-24 first-round exit and the lack of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Maybe that humility mixed with the most effective goalie tandem within the league was what they wanted all alongside.

    However maybe, regardless of the lore between the Leafs and the Bruins, this sequence is as all the time a mismatch. Probably the regular-season dominance of the Bruins in opposition to the Leafs made this end result apparent.

    1. The Leafs all the time wanted a greater goaltender in the event that they had been going to win this sequence. Nothing magical occurred they usually nonetheless want higher goaltending.

    2. Jeremy Swayman guess on himself throughout arbitration within the offseason. He was proper to take action. He is formally the No. 1 Bruins goaltender.

    3. William Nylander deserves some extra respect. The Leafs sorely missed the Swede on Saturday evening after and it is horrible luck that he is out due to an undisclosed injury, particularly after enjoying all 82 regular-season video games.

    – Sara Civian

Nightmare Sequence Begin for Leafs Has Them Looking for Playoff Solutions Once more

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    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 20: Pat Maroon #61 of the Boston Bruins reacts to the first-period goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on April 20, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    It is beginning to really feel like watching the Toronto Maple Leafs within the playoffs seems like watching the plot of the film “Groundhog Day” unfold in entrance of our eyes.

    Toronto tried to outmuscle, out-physical and make life depressing for the Bruins by getting of their face and attempting questionable techniques to realize an edge in Sport 1. However one doesn’t merely stroll into Boston and beat the Bruins at their very own recreation. All that managed to do was give the Bruins energy performs which they scored to roll to a sound 5-1 win.

    The Leafs’ strengths lie with their talent gamers, and sure, they had been with out William Nylander in Sport 1, nevertheless it’s not as if Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly and John Tavares weren’t there. Sure, Toronto had quite a lot of probabilities to show the sport on its head (Matthews capturing at a vacated Jeremy Swayman internet within the second interval involves thoughts in addition to an prolonged 4-on-3 energy play they did not rating on), however the Leafs wished to be extra annoying and bodily than they wished to be good and in the event that they hold attempting that tactic, this sequence goes to be extraordinarily shortly.

    – Joe Yerdon

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