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* Patrice Bergeron scored the winner for the Bruins in the second game in as many days to require multiple overtimes.
Quinn Hughes and Carter Hart continued to shine for the Canucks and Flyers, respectively.

* The Avalanche blanked the Coyotes, while the Islanders rallied for another multi-goal comeback win in the postseason over the Capitals.

Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2) scored 1:13 into double overtime to lift the Bruins to a win in Game 1 – the second Eastern Conference game in as many days to require multiple overtimes after it was rescheduled to Wednesday due to Tuesday’s five-overtime thriller between the Lightning and Blue Jackets. 

* Boston improved to 7-0-0 in its last seven games against Carolina dating to March 5, 2019 (including regular season and playoffs; CAR: 0-5-1). Carolina will have a chance to rebound quickly, as Game 2 is scheduled for today at 8 p.m. ET.

* Bergeron scored his fourth career postseason overtime goal to break a tie with Mel Hill and Terry O’Reilly (both w/ 3) for the most in franchise history. Two of Bergeron’s overtime markers have come in double overtime (also Game 3 of the 2013 CF vs. PIT), while two of Hill’s three markers were also scored in multiple overtime frames (3OT in Game 1 and Game 7 of the 1939 SF vs. NYR).

* Bergeron improved his career playoff point total to 41-65—106 (140 GP) to move into sole possession of second all-time in franchise history behind Ray Bourque (36-125—161 in 180 GP). Bergeron is one point ahead of teammate David Krejci, who scored Wednesday to improve to 37-68—105 (136 GP).

Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes and Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, who each made their postseason debut earlier this month, helped their teams earn Game 1 wins on Wednesday:

* Hughes assisted on one of the two goals scored by Bo Horvat as Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in its First Round series versus the defending champions. The Canucks improved to 4-1 since the start of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, including four consecutive wins in which they have outscored their opponents by a combined 17-9 margin.
* Hughes has collected seven points through the first five postseason games of his NHL career (1-6—7). He became the eighth defenseman in NHL history – and the fourth rookie among that cohort – with seven or more points through his first five career postseason games.

* Hart made 27 saves as Philadelphia edged Montreal to take a 1-0 lead in its First Round series. The Flyers, who improved to 4-0 since the start of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, won each of their first four or more games in a postseason for the sixth time in franchise history and first since 1985 (6-0). The other four instances were in 1974 (6-0), 1975 (7-0), 1978 (4-0) and 1980 (6-0).

* Hart, who turns 22 today, improved to 3-0 through his first three career postseason appearances (1.00 GAA, .966 SV%). He became the fourth goaltender in franchise history to earn wins in each of his first three or more career postseason appearances, joining Pete Peeters in 1980 (5-0), Robert Moore in 1979 (3-0) and Brian Boucher in 2000 (3-0). Peeters’ run is tied for the third-longest such win streak in NHL history.

The Avalanche and Islanders earned Game 1 wins via fast goal-scoring outbursts:

* Colorado scored the only three goals of the contest in a span of 1:23 during the third period – including two just 10 seconds apart – to blank Arizona and take a 1-0 lead in its First Round series.

* The Avalanche, who scored two goals in a span of 10 seconds or less during a postseason game for the second time in franchise history and three in a span of 83 seconds or less in a playoff contest for the third time in club history, outshot the Coyotes by a 40-14 margin. It marked the first time in which the franchise held an opponent to fewer than 15 shots on goal in a postseason game.
Nazem Kadri (2-3—5 in 4 GP), Nathan MacKinnon (1-4—5 in 4 GP) and Mikko Rantanen (1-4—5 in 4 GP) have all found the score sheet in each of Colorado’s four contests since the start of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. They became the first players to record at least one point in each of the Avalanche’s first four or more games from the start of a postseason since 2004, when Peter Forsberg (4-6—10 in 7 GP), Joe Sakic (4-4—8 in 6 GP) and Rob Blake (0-5—5 in 4 GP) combined for the feat.

* New York scored four unanswered goals in a span of 12:58 to erase a 2-0 deficit and take a 1-0 lead in its First Round series.

Anthony Beauvillier scored the Islanders’ fourth goal of the game and has found the score sheet in each of New York’s five contests since the start of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers (4-2—6). He became the first player to record at least one point in each of the Islanders’ first five or more games from the start of a postseason since 1993, when Ray Ferraro (8-2—10 in 5 GP) and Patrick Flatley (1-6—7 in 5 GP) did so.

* New York overcame a multi-goal deficit to win a postseason contest for the sixth time in the past 30 years. Washington was its opponent in three of those games.


Rod Brind'Amour fined for actions in Hurricanes game against Bruins
Patrice Bergeron, Bruins' top line shake off delay, lead way in 2OT Game 1 win
Blue Jackets say they're ready for Game 2 after 5OT loss to Lightning
Sights and sounds from 5OT thriller between Lightning and Blue Jackets
Alexis Lafreniere, expected No. 1 pick in 2020 NHL Draft, to skip QMJHL season
The third day of the First Round features four Game 2s, beginning with the Lightning and Blue Jackets squaring off at 3 p.m. ET in a follow-up to their quintuple-overtime thriller in Game 1.

* Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 324-51 (86.4%).


Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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