Yanni Gourde scored 12:17 into overtime, and the Seattle Kraken — after defeating the Colorado Avalanche in Round 1 — kept up the momentum with a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
Joe Pavelski scored four goals for the Stars after missing the final five games of the opening round while in concussion protocol. His efforts weren’t enough to save the Stars, however, as the Kraken escaped in overtime.
Pavelski’s fourth goal of the night with 6½ minutes left in the third period tied the game at 4. He swatted a puck in the net out of mid-air.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, at 38 years and 295 days old, Pavelski became the oldest player with a four-goal game in playoff history. The milestone was previously held by Maurice Richard (35 years, 245 days), who accomplished it in Game 1 of the 1957 Stanley Cup Final as his Montreal Canadiens took on the Boston Bruins.
“Epic. Epic. Shame we wasted it and didn’t win,” Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said of Pavelski’s effort. “That’s on our group. … He tried to drag us to a win tonight.”
Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves, Matthew Tkachuk had three assists and the Florida Panthers survived a squandered two-goal lead to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Tuesday night in the opening game of their second-round playoff series.
Sam Bennett had a goal and an assist, and Carter Verhaeghe and Nick Cousins also scored for Florida. Aleksander Barkov registered two assists as the Panthers — who overcame a 3-1 series deficit in Round 1 — won their fourth consecutive game.