While the Boston Bruins ultimately came away with a 2-1 win in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with Ottawa, the health of David Krejci will be a crucial development to follow leading up to Game 2.
Losing Krejci – a late scratch for Wednesday’s series opener – for an extended period of time would be a major blow for the Bruins. Krejci has dominated in the postseason with 77 points in 93 career games – leading the league in playoff scoring in 2011 and 2013.
Krejci ranked third on the Bruins in scoring during the regular season with 23 goals and added 31 assists.
“We miss him,” Cassidy said. “He’s a great playoff performer. But you have to soldier on and hopefully he’s able to go on Saturday.”
CAPITALS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Toronto native Tom Wilson scored his first NHL playoff goal 5:15 into overtime and Washington overcame a two-goal deficit to beat visiting Toronto in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Justin Williams scored twice in regulation and Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots for Washington.
PREDATORS 1, BLACKHAWKS 0: Pekka Rinne made 29 saves, Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period and Nashville won at Chicago in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
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.
Corey Crawford had 19 saves for Chicago, which got center Artem Anisimov back from a leg injury that sidelined him for the last part of the season, but struggled to find many good looks against a sound defensive performance by Nashville.
The Blackhawks, who won the Central Division this year with the most points in the Western Conference, are going for their fourth Stanley Cup championship in the last eight seasons. They eliminated Nashville during two of those title-winning runs, including in 2015 when the Predators blew leads of 3-0 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 6 of their first-round series.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS: Vegas hired Gerard Gallant as the first coach of the NHL expansion team.
Gallant helped revive the Florida Panthers, leading them to a first-place finish in the Atlantic Division last season and becoming a coach of the year finalist, but he was fired last November after the team stumbled to a slow start.