NEW YORK — According to Tom Petty, even the losers get lucky sometimes. The first two home games of all Round One playoff series are complete and all but one series is tied 1-1. Except for the outmatched Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins, who lost Game 1, the other Game 1 losers won Game 2. The New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 at Madison Square Garden.
The Dallas Stars clamped down on the Calgary Flames, the Florida Panthers reminded the Washington Capitals who won the President’s Trophy, but Predators third goalie Connor Ingram made the Colorado Avalanche sweat before losing 2-1 in OT.
To the pucks…
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NHL News & National Hockey Now
NHL: Connor Ingram is an amazing story. The graduate of the NHL’s substance-abuse program, who has battled to put his career back on the right track, stood on his head and nearly beat Colorado. However, Cale Makar scored in overtime. That’s a 2-0 series lead for the Colorado Avalanche.
SPORTSNET: Jeff Carter “running” New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin.
NHL: Dallas pulls even with Calgary thanks to a 29-save shutout effort from Jake Oettinger. The Stars are shutting down the Flames offensively so far this series and boast a 114:59 active shutout streak.
NHL: Florida roars back with a 5-1 dismantling of the Washington Capitals to even their series 1-1.
Calgary Hockey Now: Calgary smothered by Dallas. That’s one goal in two games for the Flames so far this series.
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins are turning to goaltender Jeremy Swayman for a must win game 3.
Philly Hockey Now: The youth is going to get served next season in Philly according to GM Chuck Fletcher.
Vegas Hockey Now: The end of a disappointing season means lots of changes in Vegas.
Detroit Hockey Now: Do the Red Wings have a young core to build off of?