The round of the upsets ended appropriately. Although Washington held 2-0 and 3-1 leads in this game and a 2-0 lead in the series, the defending Stanley Cup champions ultimately fell to the Carolina Hurricanes. With that, the Wild Card teams have won every series in Round 1, shattering what most expected to happen going into the playoffs.
It was a crazy round solidifying the idea that anything can happen in the NHL postseason. It also leaves us with the obvious question: What will happen in Round 2?
I previewed the upcoming Western Conference matchups, which you can read here and you can expect more Round 2 preview content coming soon.
GAME 7: CAROLINA 4 WASHINGTON 3 (2OT) (Carolina wins series 4-3)
Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored a goal to put Washington up 3-1 at 13:22 of the second period. It was his first goal and sixth point of the 2019 playoffs.
The Hurricanes battled back though. Jaccob Slavin played a huge role in that, registering three assists and logging 38:27 minutes of ice time. That gives him nine assists in seven playoff games.
Brock McGinn scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. He has two goals and five points in seven postseason contests.
Sebastian Aho scored a shorthanded goal. It was his second goal and fifth point in Round 1.
Braden Holtby turned aside 38 of 42 shots last night. He had a 2.67 GAA and .914 save percentage in seven postseason starts.
At the other end of the ice, Petr Mrazek stopped 34 of 37 shots. He has a 2.53 GAA and .899 save percentage in seven starts in the playoffs.