Recap of Game 1 of the first series in the Eastern Conference
Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Final Score: Blue Jackets 4 – Capitals 3
Things didn’t look good for the Blue Jackets after being down 2-0 after the 1st period and losing three forwards. Yet the Blue Jackets were able to capitalize on the opportunity and left Game 1 with a victory. The Blue Jackets lost Josh Anderson for game misconduct, Alexander Wennberg with an apparent head injury and Nick Foligno after he suffered a puck to the face.
The Capitals took a 2-0 lead from two power play goals during the 1st period by Evgeny Kuznetsov. With the ability to keep the game close the Blue Jakcets cut the lead down to one following a goal from Wennberg in the 2nd period and then a Power Play goal by Thomas Vanek in the 3rd following Artemi Panarin pulling off a beautiful goal in OT which ultimately gave the Blue Jackets 4-3 victory during the Thursday Night game.
Foligno took a slap shot from Jerabek to the face just below the eye following Vanek’s goal. Though Foligno returned, his absence left a gapping hole for the Blue Jackets on the bench. Michael Kempny was injured for the Capitals following a hard hit by Anderson. Wennberg was also injured following a hit from Wilson. Both Kempny and Wennberg will be reevaluated moving forward.
Grubauer was in net for the Capitals during Game 1 and allowed four goals on 27 shots. Trotz mentioned he will evaluate his options for Game 2 whether Holtby or Grubauer will be in net for the Capitals. For the Blue Jackets, Segei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 30 shots. His performance during Game 1 allowed for Bobrovsky to put his old playoff performances behind him. During the penalty kill, following the first goal by Kuznetsov, Bobrovsky was able to stop the next 10 of the 11 shots.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins
Final Score: Bruins 5 – Maple Leafs 1
Marchand, Backes and Krejci all scored a power-play goal. Pastrnak was able to make it 3-1 with under a minute remaining in the 2nd period. Sean Kuraly of the Boston Bruins is always playing at full speed whether he is trying to size up the opponent to make a hit or chasing the puck down the ice. Kuraly was able to find the back of the net as he batted down the puck after Pastrnak’s shot bounced off the post. Pastrnak was able to move in on Anderson with about 13 minutes remaining in the 3rd period but the backhanded shot attempt hit the crossbar which ultimately resulted in a Kuraly goal.
Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots resulting in a .963 save percentage for the Bruins. While, Anderson allowed 5 goals but was able to make 35 saves resulting in a .875 save percentage for the Maple Leafs.
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, April 14th at 8PM
Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals on Sunday, April 15th at 7:30PM