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

The two most beautiful words in sports? Game 7. Fortunately for hockey fans, Saturday was filled with a lot of excitement when the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2022 first round saw three Game 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 side came out victorious. The Hurricanes have punched their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Bruins. Max Domi led Carolina with three points, including two goals in the second period. The Hurricanes have now won six consecutive Game 7s and then go on to play the winner of the Rangers-Penguins series, which concludes in another Game 7 on Sunday.

The Lightning’s dream of a Stanley Cup three-peat is very much alive. Left winger Nicholas Paul scored twice for the Bolts in the first two periods – not a bad way to register his first two goals after the season. The third period was scoreless but still saw a lot of action. Toronto left the net empty with about two minutes remaining, but their comeback attempt failed. Brayden Point saw no minutes in the past period due to a lower body injury. The Maple Leafs had 31 shots on target but struggled to score due to a solid performance from goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy. Their only goal was scored by Morgan Reilly at 13:25 of the second period.

“La Bamba” boomed through the speakers as Edmonton managed to beat a spectacular performance by Los Angeles goalkeeper Jonathan Quick, who was previously 4-0 in Game 7s. After a scoreless first period, the Oilers scored 24 shots on target in the 20-minute second set. Their first goal came from Cody Ceci – his first ever in the postseason – at 1:15 PM of the second period with an assist from Connor McDavid. McDavid went on to register his own goal unassisted during the final period at 4:07 p.m. The Kings tried to make a comeback, but Mike Smith was also difficult to penetrate and didn’t allow many second chances. Edmonton closed the evening with a shot 41-29 on goal advantage.

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