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Artemi Panarin plays the hero for Columbus; Pastrnak, Palat, Kane and Forsberg also off to strong starts in the postseason Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Artemi Panarin – Columbus’ Bread Man baked up the overtime winner in addition to two assists in a 4-3 Game One victory at Washington. He finished the regular season with 29 points (9 G, 20 A) in the last 16 games and now has 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in 12 career playoff games.

David Pastrnak – Boston’s playmaking winger put up a goal and two helpers in a 5-1 Game One win vs. Toronto. Pastrnak finished the regular season with 16 points (11 G, 5 A) in the last 15 games, and now has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in seven career playoff games.

Ondrej Palat – The Lightning winger produced a goal and two assists in a 5-2 Game One win against New Jersey. Although he finished with a career-low 35 points this season, limited by injuries to just 56 games, Palat has six points (3 G, 3 A) in his past five games.

Evander Kane – The Sharks winger scored twice in a 3-0 Game One win at Anaheim, giving him 10 goals in the past 11 games.  

Filip Forsberg – Nashville’s talented winger scored a pair of goals in a 5-2 Game one win vs. Colorado. He had 15 points (8 G, 7 A) in the last 11 games of the regular season.

 

ZEROES

Morgan Rielly – Toronto’s star blueliner was overrun (3 for, 29 against, 9.4 CF%, 2-16 scoring chances) and was on the ice for two goals against in a 5-1 Game One loss at Boston.

Miles Wood – The Devils speedster spent most of the night in his own end of the rink (4 for, 19 against, 17.4 CF%, 0-9 scoring chances) in a 5-2 Game One loss at Tampa Bay.

Adam Henrique – The Ducks centre had a hard time (5 for, 16 against, 23.8 CF%, 2-9 scoring chances) in a 3-0 Game One loss to San Jose.

Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban – Nashville’s star defence tandem struggled (11 for, 13 against, 45.8 CF%, 1-7 scoring chances) and were on the ice for both goals against in a 5-2 Game One win against Colorado.

STANLEY CUP HALF FULL/HALF EMPTY

Brad Marchand – The Bruins winger scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-1 Game One win against Toronto, but he also did this:

 

VITAL SIGNS

Alexander Wennberg – The Blue Jackets centre suffered an upper-body injury after taking a head hit from Capitals RW Tom Wilson and was forced to leave Game One at Washington. Wilson, who received a two-minute charging penalty, may be in line for supplemental discipline.

Nazem Kadri – The Maple Leafs centre could be facing supplemental discipline for a nasty hit on Bruins winger Tommy Wingels.

Josh Anderson – Columbus’ physical winger crossed the line against Washington and received a major for boarding and a game misconduct for his hit on Capitals defenceman Michal Kempny, who didn’t return after taking the hit.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Yanni Gourde is a major contributor for the Lightning.

Devils LW Taylor Hall recorded a goal and an assist in a 5-2 Game One loss at Tampa Bay. He finished the regular season with 17 points (8 G, 9 A) in the last 10 games…Lightning RW Tyler Johnson and LW Yanni Gourde both had a goal and an assist against New Jersey. Johnson had finished the regular season with two points (1 G, 1 A) in the last 13 games while Gourde, playing in his first NHL playoff game, had 10 points (1 G, 9 A) in the last 10 games of the regular season…Bruins C David Krejci and LW Brad Marchand both had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 Game One win over Toronto. Bruins D Torey Krug added a pair of assists. While Krejci has twice led the playoffs in scoring, he had four assists in his past 15 playoff games, Marchand finished the regular season in a slump, with one assist in the last six games; Krug produced 11 points (1 G, 10 A) in the last 11 regular-season games…Blue Jackets RW Thomas Vanek contributed a goal and an assist, while rookie C Pierre-Luc Dubois added a couple of assists in a 4-3 OT Game One win at Washington. Vanek had 15 points (7 G, 8 A) in the last 15 games of the regular season, and Dubois had 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in the last eight games of the season…Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a pair of goals in in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game One against Columbus. He had 28 points (11 G, 17 A) in 18 games to finish the regular season…Capitals D John Carlson earned three assists against Columbus; he had 18 points (4 G, 14 A) in 18 games to wrap up the regular season…Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom added a pair of assists; he had 26 points (6 G, 20 A) in the last 19 games of the regular season…Predators C Colton Sissons and RW Austin Watson both had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 Game One win against Colorado. Sissons had zero points in his last 10 regular-season games, while Watson produced eight points (5 G, 3 A) in 14 games down the stretch…Predators C Ryan Johansen added a pair of assists, giving him 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in his past 10 games…Sharks C Joe Pavelski picked up two assists in a 3-0 Game One win at Anaheim. He had 20 points (7 G, 13 A) in the last 19 games of the regular season.

Bruins C Patrice Bergeron had stellar possession stats (23 for, 5 against, 82.1 CF%, 12-2 scoring chances) and got the better of (13 for, 5 against, 72.2 CF%, 7-2 scoring chances) his head-to-head match-up with Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews…Sharks D Brent Burns launched 13 shot attempts (9 SOG) and scored on goal in a 3-0 Game One win at Anaheim.

Sharks G Martin Jones posted a 25-save shutout in a 3-0 Game One win at Anaheim. He had a .880 save percentage in his last six starts of the regular season, but has a .928 save percentage in 33 career playoff games…Bruins G Tuukka Rask turned away 26 of 27 shots in a 5-1 Game One win against Toronto. He has a .929 save percentage in 67 career playoff games.

Many of the advanced stats used here come from Natural Stat TrickCorsica, Hockey Viz, and Hockey Reference.

Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca