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THURSDAY’S RESULTS
The Bruins took a commanding 3-1 lead in their First Round series with the Maple Leafs, while the Capitals evened their First Round matchup with the Blue Jackets

PASTRNAK POWERS BRUINS TO COMMANDING SERIES LEAD
David Pastrnak 
(0-2—2) recorded his third multi-point game of the postseason as the Bruins took a 3-1 series lead over the Maple Leafs. Pastrnak, who leads all players with 4-7—11 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, trails only Wayne Gretzky for the most points by a player in his team’s opening four playoff games since 1987.

Tuukka Rask (31 saves) earned his 33rd career playoff victory to move past Frank Brimsek (32) for sole possession of third on the Bruins’ all-time playoff wins list. Rask sits eighth among active netminders, one win shy of Roberto Luongo (34).

Torey Krug opened the scoring 28 seconds into the contest, marking the fastest goal to begin a playoff game since James van Riemsdyk (0:29 w/ PHI) in Game 2 of the 2011 Conference Semifinals.

* Boston took a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series for the 21st time in franchise history and holds an all-time series record of 18–2 in those instances.

CAPITALS EARN ANOTHER ROAD WIN TO EVEN SERIES WITH BLUE JACKETS
The Capitals received multi-point performances from Evgeny Kuznetsov (1-2—3), Alex Ovechkin (1-1—2) and Tom Wilson (1-1—2) to even their First Round series with the Blue Jackets. Elias notes that when a best-of-seven series in tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 201-54 (78.8%).

* Washington tied a best-of-seven series 2-2 after losing Games 1 and 2 for the first time in franchise history. In the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, three teams accomplished the feat: Anaheim (FR vs. EDM), NY Rangers (FR vs. OTT) and Nashville (F vs.PIT).

* The road team has won each of the first four games of the series, marking the fifth such occurrence in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the last 10 years.



QUICK CLICKS

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· Patrik Laine celebrates 20th birthday

· Predators’ Ryan Hartman suspended one game for illegal check to the head
 

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
The Penguins, Predators and Jets all secured Game 4 victories in their previous outings and now look to close out their series against the Flyers, Avalanche and Wild respectively. Pittsburgh and Nashville look to return to the Second Round after meeting in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, while Winnipeg looks for the first series victory in franchise history.


 

the information above was provided by the NHL PR department

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