The Montreal Canadiens were among the favorites to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs when the post-season began. Montreal, in backing up their reputation as one of the best teams in the league, roared out to a 3-0 lead against the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
Saturday was generally a busy day in sports however in the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs specifically, the action was fairly quiet. Only the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers played as the two teams met for game two of their second round series.
The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs continued on Friday night with the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay entered the game perhaps at a little bit of a disadvantage since they were forced to play seven games in the opening round series, while Montreal only played six.
The second round of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs began on Thursday night. Four teams were in action as the Washington Capitals travelled to New York to take on the Rangers in the early game. The later game saw the Calgary Flames open their series against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Calgary Flames, playing in their first postseason in more than a handful of years, won their first playoff series since the 2004 Western Conference finals. Calgary will next face the Anaheim Ducks, a team that swept the Winnipeg Jets in the opening round.
The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs continued on Sunday and two more teams advanced to the second round.In the early game of the day, the Minnesota Wild hosted the St. Louis Blues in St. Paul.
Saturday's results from the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs saw two teams advance to the second round. Two more may join them by the end of Sunday as there are two pivotal game sixes scheduled for April 26th.
The Calgary Flames had a chance to eliminate the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night and in many ways it felt as though they were poised to do just that. Calgary had already won a game in Vancouver in their first round 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series and the Flames held an early lead in game five.
The Ottawa Senators saved face on Wednesday night as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens in game four of their opening round series in the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Vancouver Canucks will face elimination on Thursday night when game five of their opening round series against the Calgary Flames takes place in the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.