The Hurricanes can say thank you to Sebastian Aho: his second goal in overtime allowed the North Carolina franchise to finally win 4-3 on Friday. This victory also eliminates the Predators, Carolina winning the series by four wins to two. In the next round, the Hurricanes will face the defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was on the same score, and also after extra time, that the other meeting of the evening between two Canadian teams ended and which saw Montreal win over Toronto (4-3).
The Maple Leafs, who dominated the North Division in the regular season, still lead the series (three wins to two now) but they can bite their fingers: they only needed a home win on Thursday to get there. qualify and play the 2nd round against Winnipeg. They will therefore have to wait for Game 6 of the series, unless the Canadians, who led 3-0 Thursday night before Toronto returns from the devil Vauvert, defy the odds.