Boston 5 Toronto 1
Tampa 5 New Jersey 2
Columbus 4 Washington 3 (OT) Artemi Panarin with OTW
San Jose 3 Anaheim 0
Nashville 5 Columbus 2
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
A trio of home teams – the Penguins, Jets and Golden Knights – look to take 2-0 series leads on Friday. Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series at home own an all-time series record of 236-30 (88.7%; via Elias).
FORSBERG CLIMBS PREDATORS’ ALL-TIME PLAYOFF POINTS LIST IN WIN
Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period – including a dazzling goal which gave Nashville a 4-2 lead – to lift the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Predators past the Avalanche in Game 1. It was Nashville’s 11th consecutive victory against Colorado dating to April 6, 2016 (regular season and playoffs).
* Forsberg boosted his career playoff totals to 17-11—28 (43 GP) to tie David Legwand (13-15—28 in 47 GP) and Shea Weber (13-15—28 in 59 GP) for the most playoff points in franchise history. Forsberg set franchise benchmarks for goals and points in a single postseason during Nashville’s run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final (9-7—16 in 22 GP).
PANARIN CAPS BLUE JACKETS RALLY WITH OVERTIME GOAL
Columbus overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 and Artemi Panarin (1-2—3) scored the first overtime goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs to give the Blue Jackets their first Game 1 victory in franchise history.
* The Blue Jackets have overcome a multi-goal deficit in three of their four all-time playoff wins, finishing each with an overtime goal.. Columbus shared the NHL lead in 2017-18 with seven wins in which they rallied from a multi-goal deficit (tied w/ PIT).
* Panarin, who set a franchise record with 82 points in 2017-18 (27-55—82), became the first player in franchise history to record three points in a postseason game.
* There were 14 multi-goal comeback wins and 27 games that required overtime in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eighteen of the 27 overtime games took place in the First Round.