2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7 Saturday: Oilers join Hurricanes and Lightning with wins to advance to Round 2

The two most beautiful words in sport? Game 7. Fortunately for hockey fans, Saturday was filled with excitement as the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs the first round saw three Match 7s on the same day.

Boston and Carolina opened Saturday’s action at the PNC Arena, and like the first six games of the series, the home team prevailed. The Hurricanes secured their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Bruins. Max Domi led the way for Carolina with three points, including two goals in the second period. The Hurricanes have now won six straight Game 7s and next face the Rangers-Penguins series winner, which ends in another Game 7 on Sunday.

The Lightning’s dream of a Stanley Cup hat-trick is alive and well. Left wing Nicholas Paul scored twice for the Bolts in the first two periods, not a bad way to register his first two career playoff goals. The third period was scoreless but still saw plenty of action. Toronto left the net empty with about two minutes left in the game, but their comeback attempt failed. Brayden Point didn’t see a minute in the final period due to a lower-body injury. The Maple Leafs had 31 shots on goal but struggled to score due to a strong performance from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Their only goal was scored by Morgan Reilly at 1:25 in the second period.

“La Bamba” blared from the loudspeakers as Edmonton scored against a spectacular performance by Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was previously 4-0 in Game 7. After a first period scoreless, the Oilers recorded 24 shots on goal in the second 20-minute inning. Their first goal came from Cody Ceci – his first playoff goal – at 13:15 of the second period with an assist from Connor McDavid. McDavid then scored his own goal unassisted in the final period at 16:07. The Kings attempted a comeback, but Mike Smith was also hard to penetrate and didn’t give many second chances. Edmonton finished the night with a 41-29 advantage on shots.

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