Two games took place in the NHL Playoffs on Thursday evening, and both of them saw teams down 2-1 advantages respectively. They also, just so happened, to both do it in overtime. The Boston Bruins got a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders to retake a lead in the series. Craig Smith scored six minutes into the game, and the Bruins held the lead all the way until less than six minutes to go when the Islanders drew level via Matthew Barzal’s goal.
But they wouldn’t deny the Bruins on the road this night, as Brad Marchand scored from a tough angle for his fifth goal of the postseason to give them a win less than four minutes into the extra period. The Carolina Hurricanes, also on the road, got a win they really had to have as they had lost in the opening two contests. A pair of goals by Brett Pesce and Sebastian Aho put them up 2-0 in the second period only for them to allow the Tampa Bay Lightning to come back with two from Brayden Point and Alex Killorn on power plays later in the same period. That score held until OT when Jordan Staal played the role of hero again, getting an assist from Aho (who had a role in all three goals for the ‘Canes). That puts both series’ at 2-1 now, making them much more interesting to keep an eye on.