WASHINGTON (AP) — Toronto native Tom Wilson scored his first NHL playoff goal 5:15 into overtime and the Washington Capitals survived a scare to beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.
The top-seeded Capitals came back from a two-goal deficit to take the early lead in the series and at least momentarily stop the panic about a slip-up. Justin Williams scored twice in regulation, and Washington showed it could handle the adversity of falling behind.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Washington.
PREDATORS 1, BLACKHAWKS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 29 saves, Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period and Nashville beat Chicago in Game 1.
Rinne’s second career postseason shutout sent Nashville to just its second playoff win in Chicago in seven tries. The Predators did not have a 1-0 victory during the regular season.
Game 2 is Saturday night at the United Center.
DUCKS 3, FLAMES 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jakob Silfverberg scored the tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist to lead Anaheim in the series opener.
Rickard Rakell scored the tying goal after Calgary made a horrendous line change in the second period, and John Gibson made 30 saves for the Ducks.
Game 2 is Saturday night at Honda Center.