The derby between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadien, the first opposition of the first round of the play-offs between the two teams, turned in favor of the second named (2-1). A real surprise since Toronto had dominated its division in the regular season while Montreal finished it with the fewest points among the qualifiers for the play-offs.
Defending champion, Tampa Bay was hooked Thursday night at home by the Florida Panthers (6-5, ap), which allowed them to close the gap and have only one victory behind. A real underperformance for the Lightning who led 5-3 after being down 2-0. The Panthers equalized three minutes from time to force the decision thanks to Ryan Lombergne in overtime. Tampa Bay, however, remains in the lead in the opposition (2-1).
The encounter between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders was also prolific. The New Yorkers came back three times, to no avail, losing a goal (5-4), which allowed Pittsburgh to take the advantage in the series (2-1).
Finally, in the West of the country, the Las Vegas Golden Knights easily dominated the Minnesota Wild (5-2), after having scored two goals behind, to switch to the lead in this first round (2-1).