It was a hockey fan's dream on Friday, as games started early and went well into the evening. These games saw multiple teams enter the 16-team playoffs (playoffs for sure now), while some surprise teams will be entering Monday's lottery for the first overall pick.
Teams that won their series on Friday: NY Islanders, Arizona, Montreal, Chicago, Vancouver
Teams eliminated on Friday (while entering the draw for the first overall pick): Florida, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Minnesota (joining NY Rangers and Winnipeg)
The first game of the day saw the Islanders punch their ticket with a 5-1 Game 4 win over the Panthers. Anthony Beauvillier scored twice for the Islanders, giving him a point in every one of the four games in this series. Beauvillier can be a streaky player, but he is clearly on a roll for the Islanders. Not only is he leading the team in playoff scoring (five points), but he is also leading the team with 16 shots. If an increased shooting pace is a sign of things to come, then he should be able to break the 40-point barrier for the first time in his career.
The game that followed between Nashville and Arizona had its share of craziness. The Coyotes held a 3-2 lead with under a minute to play when Filip Forsberg scored to give the Predators new life and a chance to win in overtime.
In the end it didn't matter for the Preds, as Brad Richardson played overtime her