The offence was on full display on day two of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a total of 30 goals being scored.
A number of star NHLers made their playoff debuts, with a couple lighting up the lamp.
Let’s take a quick look at what went on around the league tonight:
Tampa Bay Lightning 5 – 2 New Jersey Devils
(Tampa lead series 1-0)
The offensively dominant Lightning proved to be to much for the inexperienced New Jersey Devils. With eight different players getting their names on the box score, Tampa breezed by the New Jersey with a comfortable 5-2 victory. Ondrej Palat led the way with a goal and two assists for Tampa, while Taylor Hall scored in his NHL playoff debut.
Boston Bruins 5 – 1 Toronto Maple Leafs
(Boston lead series 1-0)
Nazem Kadri back to the penalty box for this hit on Tommy Wingels. This one is definitely bad, possibly even supplemental bad. pic.twitter.com/tZ3HI1SBNY
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 13, 2018
The Bruins took full advantage of their home ice advantage by thumping their arch rivals. The Leafs found themselves a man down midway through the third period when Nazem Kadri was given a five minute major for charging, ten game misconduct and ejected from the game. The damage was already done, though, with the Bruins previously leading 4-1. They would add one more from David Krejci,to make it 5-1, which was his 30th playoff goal with Boston.
Washington Capitals 3 – 4 Columbus Blue Jackets OT
(Columbus lead series 1-0)
— NHL (@NHL) April 13, 2018
A little overtime magic from Artemi Panarin helped the Jackets steal game one on the road and give them a 1-0 series lead. Prior to that, Washington held a 2-0 lead after Evgeny Kuznetsov score two goals less than 30 seconds apart to close out the first period. That lead was squandered when the Blue Jackets forwards Alexander Wennberg and Thomas Vanek got their team back on level terms. Devante Smith-Pelly would snap home his first goal of the playoffs, but that was responded to send the game to overtime by Seth Jones. Evidently, the goaltending switch proved to be not the answer for Washington.
Nashville Predators 5-2 Colorado Avalanche
(Nashville lead 1-0)
Some slick moves from Filip Forsberg and a big third period by the defending Western Conference champs smashed any hopes of a game one upset for the Avalanche.
— NHL (@NHL) April 13, 2018
Colorado found themselves in a surprising position five minutes into the second frame; goals from Nikita Zadorov and Blake Comeau gave them a 2-1 lead shocking the home crowd. Despite that, the Predators on the ice were not shaken by what was happening then went on to score four unanswered goals.
Seeing what Colorado was able to do early in the game, this could turn out to be a more interesting series than first thought to be.
Anaheim 0 – 3 San Jose Sharks
(San Joes lead the series 1-0)
Evander Kane was the star of the show in his NHL playoff debut scoring two goals to help give his Sharks 1-0 series lead. His first goal came only 10-seconds into a 5-on-3 penalty, and picked up his second five-minutes later after sliding the puck in on his backhand. Brent Burns put the nail in the coffin with just under five minutes to play in the second. Between the pipes, Martin Jones stood tall stopping all 25 shots he faced to pick up his fifth career postseason shutout.