Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Game #1
Penalty trouble kept the Bruins from enjoying complete control in the series opener as they put Montreal onto the powerplay seven times, conceding the one goal lead Boston had earned in the first period when Green (1) finished on a nice feed by Awrey.
After a fight between the goalscorer and Montreal's Ferguson the home side went on to take a 2-1 advantage through Cournoyer (1) and Duff (1); Lamaire assisting on both powerplay efforts. Despite being shorthanded for significant time in the game Boston still led in terms of shots in regulation, and ultimately made their chances pay off with a late game-tying goal from Esposito (1) with 1:03 left to play and the netminder pulled.
In overtime the Canadiens finally looked like they had a home ice advantage, outshooting the B's 4-1 in the extra frame, and taking the first game when Beliveau (1) squeaked his shot past Cheevers less than two minutes into OT.
BOS Cheevers (0-1-0 .897 3.00) 26/29, Powerplay 0/2
MON Worsley (1-0-0 .926 2.00) 25/27, Powerplay 2/7
BOS Green (1) Awrey 11:43
Fight BOS Green vs MON Ferguson 2:02
MON PPG Cournoyer (1) Haper, Lamaire 3:30
MON PPG Duff (1) Lamaire 4:11
BOS Esposito (1) D Smith, Hodge 18:57
MON Beliveau (1) Laperriere, Rousseau 1:49
Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 1-0
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings Game #1
Detroit blow a 3-1 second period lead as the Maple Leafs built momentum for the final frame on a goal from Armstrong (1) twenty-one seconds before the buzzer. Toronto had scored the only goal in the first period through Ellis (1) but the Wings came out hard in the middle period with eighteen shots to the visitors' nine scoring three unanswered goals from Delvecchio (1), Ullman (1), and D Roberts (1).
Neither team was afraid to get down into the trenches either with a fight in both the second and third periods; the latter coming very late on with Toronto enjoying a 5-3 lead after Conacher (1), F Mahovlich (1), and Pappin (1) turned the game around by outshooting their opponents fifteen to seven through the final twenty minutes.
TOR Bower (1-0-0 .903 3.00) 28/31, Powerplay 1/5
DET Edwards (0-1-0 .848 5.00) 28/33, Powerplay 1/4
TOR Ellis (1) Walton 4:38
DET Delvecchio (1) Howe, Prentice 0:23
DET PPG Ullman (1) G Jarrett 4:50
Fight TOR Stemkowski vs DET B Marshall 11:03
DET D Roberts (1) Watson, Unger 16:42
TOR Armstrong (1) Hillman, Horton 19:39
TOR Conacher (1) Pulford 5:11
TOR PPG F Mahovlich (1) Walton 9:26
TOR Pappin (1) Stanley, Keon 13:15
Fight TOR Horton vs DET Bergman
Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 1-0
Pittsburgh Penguins @ St Louis Blues Game #1
Pittsburgh proved better at dealing with playoff nerves as they controlled much of the match and probably feel they should have put more pressure on St Louis in the series if they had won by a larger margin. There was one goal each in the first two periods, McDonald (1) for the Penguins in the first and Schock (1) shorthanded in the second for the hosts.
Outside of that second period where the Blues registered thirteen shots to Pittsburgh's eight, the home team found themselves outshot twenty-seven to sixteen through the remaining forty minutes. This advantage held the Pens in good stead, going on ti win through a late Konik (1) goal before Hicks (1) put it to bed in an empty net.
PIT Binkley (1-0-0 .966 1.00) 28/29, Powerplay 0/5
StL Hall (0-1-0 .943 2.00) 34/36, Powerplay 0/2
PIT McDonald (1) Bathgate 0:11
StL SHG Schock (1) Arbour 10:08
PIT Konik (1) K McCreary 17:56
PIT ENG Hicks (1) Stratton, Bathgate 18:57
Pittsburgh lead the best-of-seven series 1-0
Los Angeles Kings @ Philadelphia Flyers Game #1
It was a brutal postseason debut for the Kings, and especially their netminder Sawchuk, as they were systematically destroyed by a very impressive Philadelphia performance that resulted in a six goal deficit, thanks in no small part to the hat-trick scored by Kennedy (3) as he grabbed two of the four third period Flyer goals that doubled their tally.
Los Angeles, already 3-0 down less than three minutes into the second period, tried to fight back but Irvine's (1) goal was quickly cancelled out, and then after Flett (1) scored on the powerplay at the end of the frame the Kings found their momentum wiped out two minutes into the third by yet another Philadelphia goal. In addition to the trick Hannigan (1+2) also put up three points for the Flyers.
LAK Sawchuk (0-1-0 .778 8.00) 28/36; Rutledge (0-0-0 1.000 0.00) 5/5, Powerplay 1/2
PHI Parent (1-0-0 .913 2.00) 21/23, Powerplay 1/2
PHI Kennedy (1) Hannigan 2:12
PHI Hoekstra (1) Sutherland, Rochefort 13:56
PHI Hannigan (1) Blackburn 2:46
LAK Irvine (1) Joyal, Flett 5:47
PHI Miszuk (1) Johnson 8:36
LAK PPG Flett (1) Joyal, Rolfe 19:33
PHI SHG Selby (1) Angotti 2:03
PHI PPG Kennedy (2) Blackburn, Hannigan
PHI Angotti (1) Dornhoefer, Selby 7:50
PHI Kennedy (3) Van Impe 10:45
LAK Goaltending Change: Rutledge in, Sawchuk out 10:45
Philadelphia leads best-of-seven series 1-0