The Montreal Canadiens are moving on in the NHL Playoffs following an overtime victory in Game with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. Having won each of the first three games, they were expected to cruise into the third round with ease. However, the Jets weren’t going to just hand it over without a fight on this particular night. They forced it into overtime, but in the end the Habs were still moving on.
Erik Gustafsson and Artturi Lehkonen had scored in the first period to hand the host Canadiens a 2-0 lead only for Logan Stanley to net twice in the second to give the Jets hope of an improbable comeback. Tyler Toffoli had other plans, though, as he scored less than two minutes into the extra period, advancing his team to the third round. In the other game on the evening, the New York Islanders took a pivotal victory in Game 5 over the Boston Bruins by a score of 5-4, giving them control of the series for the first time. Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, but the Islanders nearly blew a three-goal lead only to hang on and wrestle control away from the Bruins. David Pastrnak had scored twice and assisted once and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist as well, but now it will be the Bruins that will have to come up with two consecutive wins if they want to survive and advance.