It might have taken overtime for them, but the New York Islanders and the Minnesota Wild won’t mind seeing as how it took each to 1-0 leads in their respective first-round NHL playoff matchups. The Islanders took down the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a thriller, trading goals back and forth before OT was forced. The scorer of the game’s opening goal, Kyle Palmieri, would also be the game-winner, scoring to give his team the edge in the series.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau also had a goal and two assists in the win while Pittsburgh fell despite Sidney Crosby scoring a goal that took him to seventh on the NHL’s all-time postseason scoring chart. The Wild also went up 1-0 in their series as they knocked off the Las Vegas Golden Knights 1-0. It was a very tight one, but in the end Joel Erikkson Ek made the difference 3:20 into the first period of OT. Cam Talbot made 42 saves for them in goal as well to push them past the Golden Knights and hand them the early lead.