NHL Playoff Recaps: Maple Leafs rally big, Knights rolling, Devils and Kraken even their series

NHL Playoff Recaps:  April 24, 2023

Monday night saw some intense playoff action led by the Toronto Maple Leafs storming back on the Tampa Bay Lightning to take a 3-1 series lead.

Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights are also on the verge of advancing with a solid win over the Winnipeg Jets. The New Jersey Devils and Seattle Kraken have tied their respective series a two games each.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Leafs Rally

Maple Leafs 5 vs Lightning 4 (OT) (Series: 3-1, TOR)

Alexander Kerfoot scored 4:14 into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs an unlikely 5-4 comeback win in Game 4 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

The Maple Leafs hold a 3-1 lead in the series and can clinch with a victory in Game 5 in Toronto on Thursday. The Leafs haven’t won a postseason series since 2004.

The Lightning led 2-0 after a dominant first period and extended their lead to 4-1 through two periods. However, Auston Matthews’ goal at 9:44 of the third period sparked a major comeback for the Maple Leafs, who scored three times within a 6:20 span to even the score

Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov stopped 27 of 31 shots, most notably a Brandon Hagel penalty shot in the first period. Alex Killorn had two goals and Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each had two assists.

Devils 3 vs Rangers 1 (Series: 2-2)

Jonas Siegenthaler notched an assist on the first goal before later scoring what ended up being the game-winner for visiting New Jersey, which evened an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a win over New York in Game 4.

The Devils won both games at Madison Square Garden to wrest home-ice advantage back from the Rangers, who won the first two games of the best-of-seven series by identical 5-1 scores. Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday night in Newark, N.J.

Rookie goalie Akira Schmid made 22 saves in winning his second straight start. Igor Shesterkin recorded 20 saves for the Rangers.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Golden Knights take 3-1 lead

Apr 24, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Vegas Golden Knights forward Chandler Stephenson (20) checks Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dylan DeMelo (2) during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canada Life Centre. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Knights 4 vs Jets 2 (Series: 3-1, VGK)

Brett Howden scored two goals and Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves to lead visiting Vegas to a victory over Winnipeg in Game 4 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series.

William Karlsson and Ivan Barbashev also scored goals for Vegas, which took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore each added a pair of assists for the Golden Knights, who can wrap up the series with a victory in Game 5 on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist, Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored and Neal Pionk had two assists for Winnipeg, which fell to 7-17 all-time at home in the playoffs. Connor Hellebuyck finished with 26 saves to drop to 2-7 against the Golden Knights in the postseason.

Kraken 3 vs Avalanche 2 (OT) (Series: 2-2)

Jordan Eberle scored a power-play goal three minutes into overtime as Seattle defeated visiting Colorado to even their first-round Western Conference playoff series at two games apiece.

Daniel Sprong had a goal and an assist for Seattle, which also got a goal from Will Borgen. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 20 saves.

Mikko Rantanen scored twice for the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 40 of 43 shots.

–Field Level Media