Which Canadian teams are on the edge of glory this NHL postseason?
The GIST: One week into the NHL Playoffs and there’s already been what seems like a year’s worth of brawls and questionable calls. Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s teams and other squads on the edge of second round–clinching glory.
Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers notched a crucial series-tying 5–4 Game 4 overtime (OT) win over the LA Kings last night thanks to Zach Hyman’s game-winning goal. Slick moves. See if a return home to E-Town can turn the tide in their favor when the puck drops for Game 5 tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Defenseman Morgan Rielly and the Leafs topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 4–3 in OT during Saturday’s wild Game 3, which saw star center Auston Matthews’ first career fighting minutes, forward Sam Lafferty register a fine-inducing cross-check, and the Buds take a 2-1 series lead.
- Now Toronto can push the Lightning to the brink in tonight’s 7:30 p.m. ET Game 4.
Winnipeg Jets: Despite forcing OT with 22 seconds left in regulation, the Jets fell 5–4 in double OT to the Western Conference–winning Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 on Saturday. The Jets will be without star defenseman Josh Morrissey, but maybe a double-dose of mustard packets and maple syrup will be enough fuel to tie the series in tonight’s 9:30 p.m. ET Game 4.
Elsewhere: The Stanley Cup favorite Boston Bruins are up 3-1 over the Florida Panthers, but the Carolina Hurricanes could be the first teams to surge their way into the second round…if they notch a Game 5 win over the NY Islanders tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET. Storm’s a brewin’.