Colorado, in the West Division, and Boston in the East, qualified for the second round of the play-offs by eliminating Saint-Louis and Washington on Sunday. The Avalanche of French Pierre-Édouard Bellemare did not detail against the Blues, champions in 2019, with a fourth victory in a row (5-2).
Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, who will face the winner of the duel between Las Vegas and Minnesota, the Golden Knights leading this series 3-1.
The Bruins also finished the job by winning (3-1) against the Capitals, thanks in particular to a double from Patrice Bergeron. They will face Pittsburgh or the New York Islanders, who are two everywhere in their series.
In the Central Division, Nashville restarted their streak (2-2) against Carolina, winning after two overtime (4-3), two days after having already resorted to a overtime (5-4), to reduce the gap. It was Luke Tunin, already scoring opener, who freed the Predators by scoring the winning goal at the start of second overtime.
Finally in the Canadian North Division, Winnipeg finds itself very close to the second round, after its third straight victory against Edmonton (5-4), after extra time. The Jets were behind (4-1) ten minutes from the end of the third period, before making a fantastic comeback.