Craig Anderson to the rescue

The first night of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs set the bar high for the postseason. We had a drama when the Washington Capitals lost their starting goalkeeper in the first half. We had intensity as the Capitals and Boston Bruins had a temperamental affair. Finally, we had a surprise when the Caps scored an overtime win against the favored Bruins.

On day two we have fascinating matchups and some high profile results as we have matchups for Game 1 in three series: Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights-Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers-Tampa Bay Lightning.

Check out the ESPN NHL Playoffs Daily to catch up on each post-season day until the Stanley Cup hits out in July.

Sunday games

First round, game 1: No. 4 New York Islanders at No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins | 12 o’clock

The Islanders only scored 2.38 goals per game against the Penguins this season and were inconsistent offensively on the track. Pittsburgh wants to leave the first round of the playoffs behind for the first time since 2018. The Penguins have lost nine of their last ten postseason games. “It’s a new group. We played good hockey on the track. I think we have to bring that with us and add another level when the playoffs start,” said penguin captain Sidney Crosby. Series preview.

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First Round, Game 1: No. 3 Minnesota Wild at No. 2 Vegas Golden Knights | 3 pm

The wild has been a thorn in the side of the Golden Knights since Vegas entered the league. Minnesota is 11-2-3 all-time against them, including 5-1-2 against Vegas this season. “They’re a great team. We’re a great team. So it’s going to be a fun series. If we play aggressively, we’re a great ice hockey team, a smart ice hockey team and we know how to play with that style.” We just won against them for most of the time, “said fierce striker Marcus Foligno. Series preview.

First Round, Game 1: No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 2 Florida Panthers | 19:30 o’clock

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos will return for the Blitz in Game 1 against Florida. For Stamkos it is the first game promotion since April 8th. For Kucherov it is the first game action since September 28, 2020. This is the first playoff series “Battle of Florida” in the 28 years of the two franchise companies have coexisted in the NHL. The Panthers have been 5-2-1 against the Blitz this season, including 3-0-1 after Stamkos was injured. Series preview.

Because of last night

Washington Capitals 3, Boston Bruins 2 (OT) (WSH lead 1-0)

When the Capitals lost starting goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek to an injury in the first phase, it was up to 18 years old that Craig Anderson saved Game 1. After only five appearances in a season that was mainly spent in the taxi squad, Anderson previously scored 21 saves Nic Dowd’s goal at 4:41 in extra time gave the Capitals victory over Boston. “If the opportunity presents itself, make the most of your opportunity. I’ve been here before. It’s a great feeling to be involved and a part of it,” said Anderson. Complete summary.

Three stars of the night

1. Craig Anderson, G, Washington Capitals

Anderson signed a one-year deal with the capital cities after Henrik Lundqvist was unable to play after a successful open heart surgery. His last playoff appearance was a Game 7 loss to Pittsburgh in the 2017 Eastern Conference final. Depending on the status of Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov, capitals may have to rely on Anderson. “It was great to see him come off the bench and play like he did in a big game like this. I don’t think anyone expected anything else. Everyone was pretty confident based on their careers and the number of them his starts his career, “said Capital’s coach Peter Laviolette.

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2. Nic Dowd, F, Washington Capitals

The Capitals Center’s second career playoff goal, a deflection of a shot by TJ Oshie, gave Washington game 1 win in extra time.

3. Tuukka Rask, G., Boston Bruins

Rask scored 29 saves in the defeat and was beaten twice on distractions in front of the net, including the game winner. “I think it went over my head or on my head or something, then I hit a stick, hit my chest and kind of landed on the net. I think I probably hit it against my own net,” he said.

quote of the Day

“Well, you could say I’m rested.”

– Capitals goalkeeper Craig Anderson, who only played five games for the cab in a regular season before saving the Caps in Game 1 against Boston.

Good deed of the day

Before the puck drop, Brad Marchand noticed a little Capitals fan was hit by a deflected shot while warming up and made sure she got a signed stick. # NHLBruins | #ALLCAPS

– NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) May 16, 2021

Brad Marchand saw a young Capitals fan get hit by a puck while warming up and had a signed stick delivered. One day, when she’s old enough, she may find out it was from Brad Marchand.

Connor McDavid, who today recorded a helper on his only goal at @EdmontonOilers in a regular end-of-season loss to VAN, added another point to his momentous 2020-21 when he finished it at 105. With 72 of these assists he now occupies the 6th place best on this illustrious playlist

– StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) May 16, 2021

In the regular season, the Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid assisted Adam Larsson’s goal in the first half for his 105th point in 56 games. His rate of 1.88 points per game is the highest in the NHL in 25 years (at least 50 games played).

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