Maple Leafs edge Lightning 5-0 in Game 1

Yesterday was the start of the National Hockey League playoffs and let’s just say we were treated to some good games, but most importantly some nice surprises in these four No. 1 games.

Here is without a doubt a summary of this first evening of the series.

1. The Maple Leafs empty and dominate the Lightning by 5-0 . to win

Well, I won’t dwell on the fate of the Leafs, because my colleague Olivier Paiement did very well yesterday.

In Game 1, the Leafs back home had a chance to set the tone for the series, which is exactly what they did.

Sheldon Keefe’s group was indeed just perfect.

A 5-0 shutout by the Leafs last night surprised everyone and the gloomy performance of the Lightning also caused a stir.

Tampa really wasn’t a shadow of themselves last night, when their powerplay really resembled that of the Canadian.

Five of the Lightning’s seven power play minutes came from Kyle Clifford’s game misbehavior.

What is certain is that the two teams don’t like each other, and who fights says Corey Perry.

Basically, it’s just Game 1, but the Lightning will have to wake up if they don’t want to give Toronto their first first-round win since 2004.

Here are some goals from that match.

2. None other than Phillip Danault scores the Kings’ winning goal against the Oilers

In Game 1 between the Kings and Oilers, the Kings came out on top in Edmonton, 4-3.

Jonathan Quick was just scalding hot throughout the game, while Mike Smith cost the Oilers quite a bit of the game.

Here’s the proof.

The game remained tense until the end of the third period, when former Habs Phillip Danault deflected a point shot from Sean Durzi to score what would become the winning goal.

The Quebecer earned the game’s first star.

We recall that Danault faced Connor McDavid’s trio for most of the match, and as it should be, he did very well defensively against number 97.

Here are some goals from the match.

3. David Perron scores a hat-trick as the Blues completely surprise the Wild

The Blues won Game 1 of their series against the Wild in Minnesota last night by shutout 4-0.

Three of the Blues’ goals were scored by Quebecer David Perron.

The Quebecers really stood out because of this last night. Danault and Perron both let their team win.

It’s a convincing surprise win for the Blues against the Wild, with Minnesota being the clear favorite in this series.

It will be interesting to see how things unfold.

Here are some goals from that match.

4. The Hurricanes make short work of the Bruins in Game 1

Carolina won the first game of this series over Boston 5-1.

Brad Marchand was quite discreet, even though he allowed himself Marchand-esque gestures in this first game.

In the win, Jesperi Kotkaniemi was Rod Brind’Amour’s third least used player. KK spent 13 minutes 13 on the ice.

Here are some goals from the Canes victory.

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