Plenty of Drama on the Opening Night of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Added April 16, 2014 by Levi Watkins

The Stanley Cup playoffs always promises exciting action from the opening faceoff of the first round and Wednesday’s three Game 1 matchups definitely delivered. All three of the contests were decided by a single goal including one overtime contest.

The overtime game was won by the Montreal Canadiens, who had engaged in a see saw contest with the Tampa Bay Lightning throughout regulation. After trading goals during the 60 minutes of regulation time the Habs’ Dale Weise scored with just under two minutes left in the first overtime session to give his team the victory and a 1-0 series lead. Game two is set for Friday in Tampa with the series shifting to Montreal for games 3 and 4.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were prohibitive favorites over the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets but trailed for much of the game before salvaging a 4-3 win. The Jackets led 3-1 early in the second period before the Penguins scored three unanswered goals to salvage the victory. Brandon Sutter’s goal 8 minutes into the third period was the eventual game winner. The series resumes Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Anaheim’s victory over Dallas didn’t look particularly dramatic at the start with the Ducks opening up a 4-0 lead. The Stars chipped away at the lead, eventually cutting the deficit to 4-3 but were unable to tie the contest. Game two of the series will take place back in Dallas on Friday night.

Four additional first round series begin on Thursday night with the Dallas/Boston series getting underway on Friday.

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