Overtime? You wanted overtime? We had four periods of overtime on Thursday night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Philadelphia Flyers Recap
1 - 4 NYR leads 1-0
5 things to know
Triple OT Thriller
After getting lit up in the first period and giving up three goals on seven shots, Ryan Miller seemed to really settle in and give his St. Louis Blues a chance to win. He stopped the last 31 shots he faced (with a little help from Max Lapierre) over four periods of hockey and snapped what had been a six-game losing streak for the Blues to give them a 1-0 series lead.
For Chicago, it was a real kick in the groin.
Reminder: Nathan MacKinnon is only 18
It's still early in his career, but Nathan MacKinnon looks like he is going to be a special player. It was also obvious that the playoff stage was not too big for him in his first postseason game as he recorded three assists, including one on Paul Stastny's overtime winner, in Colorado's come-from-behind win over Minnesota on Thursday. By doing so he become just the second 18-year-old since 1987 to record three assists in a playoff game. Vancouver Canucks forward Trevor Linden was the other doing it back on April 9, 1989.
The 'reverse Avery'
A couple of years ago in a Rangers-Devils playoff game, Sean Avery was doing Sean Avery things in front of Martin Brodeur, swinging his arms back and forth in an effort to distract the Hall of Fame goalie. The NHL did not find the humor in it and immediately changed the rules with what has affectionately been referred to as "the Sean Avery rule."
On Thursday, in the first period of the Wild-Avalanche game, Colorado's Semyon Varlamov was trying to even the score for goalies everywhere.
Power outage carries over for Kings
Over the last two years Jonathan Quick has been one of the best playoff goalies the NHL has seen in recent history. The Los Angeles Kings did not get that type of performance on Thursday. It wasn't all his fault, but Quick lasted just two periods, giving up five goals on 28 shots, as the Kings were steamrolled by the Sharks in a game that started with a power outage and quickly turned into a brawl on the ice.
The Flyers were lucky it was even a game, to be honest. Sure, it was 1-1 in the third period, and the Flyers looked poised to flat out steal a game that had been controlled by New York. But then Jason Akeson -- in his third NHL game, on his first-ever trip to New York City -- got a wee bit excited at the end of a third period shift, whacking Carl Hagelin in the face with his stick. It was a double minor, the Rangers scored two goals, and went on to roll, 4-1.
Ironically though, Akeson was the only Flyers player who finished the game with a positive even-strength shot differential. It was a very bad night for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Montreal leads 1-0 | 7 p.m. ET, CNBC/CBC/Local Tampa Bay Times Forum, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins Series tied 0-0 | 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/TSN/Local TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks Anaheim leads 1-0 | 10 p.m. ET, NBCSN/TSN/Local Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.