Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Watch: All Four OT Winner from a Wild Monday Night Across the NHL

Monday night was a historic night in the NHL. For the first time since 1985 and just the third time ever, four NHL playoff games required overtime.

And talk about parity. 11 of the 24 playoff games through the end of Monday night have ended in OT. Too bad half of the series are now 3-0.

Here's a bit about each OT winner:

1. Bozak's Winner Gives Leafs Improbable 2-1 Lead over Caps:

The Leafs are trying to make the impossible dream come true this season. And yes, it had to be nice for the Leafs to start overtime with a power play, but kudos to Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak for teaming up on a really nice deflection (set play, baby), and getting the winner early in the extra session. This game could have had a significantly different outcome, as the Caps had a full two-minute 5-on-3 with a 3-1 lead in the second, and then another power play after that. But the Leafs, thanks to some brilliance from Frederik Andersen, made the kills and began the comeback not too long after.

Now Washington is in a bit of a hole. Will they come out of it?

2. Bobby Ryan Gives the Senators a 2-1 lead over the Bruins

Bobby Ryan gets away with a shot to the head of Riley Nash in overtime and the Senators get a power play. Next thing you know, Ryan is the hero. Wow.
Great win for the Sens, but horrible, horrible call:

3. Kevin Fiala Sticks a Dagger in the Hawks

Hard to say what is up with the Blackhawks, but man have the Predators ever come to life. Fiala was actually robbed by Corey Crawford a few moments earlier, so credit to 20-year-old Swiss, who had six shots on goal for the night, for sticking to it. And this was a sick move by Fiala. Predators lead the Blackhawks 3-0.

The Nashville win was not without drama, either. Viktor Arvidsson may or may not have interfered with Corey Crawford on Filip Forsberg's tying goal late in the third period. Yahoo's Puck Daddy breaks that play down here.

4. Corey Perry with a Seeing-Eye OT Winner

Another day, another bad bounce for the Calgary Flames. That said, Brian Elliot probably could have done a better job of handling this seemingly innocuous shot by Perry, given what was camped out in front of him on the play. And it's hard to have sympathy for the Flames due to the fact that they had a 4-1 lead with a minute left in the second period. Playing with fire is not a good idea, even if you are the Flames.