2015 NHL Playoffs: Scores [Updated April 19], Schedules And Live Stream

Out of the eight first round games that were played Wednesday and Thursday, five have been one goal games — this includes one overtime and one double-overtime game. Also, the lower seeded team currently leads five of the eight series.

The following are scores from Thursday night.

Eastern Conference

New York Rangers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

The New York Rangers scored two early goals to take a 1-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rangers’ center Derick Brassard scored 28 seconds into the game and Ryan McDonagh added another goal later in the period. Henrik Lundquist made the early goals stand up for the Rangers, saving 24-of-25 shots.

New York outshot Pittsburgh 38-25, including 14-5 in the first period. The Penguins, who were the NHL’s most penalized team this season according to Jenn Martinez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, were whistled for first period penalties and five overall.

“Short-handed for seven, eight minutes of a 20-minute period, you’re not doing yourself any favors,” said Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi. “You’re taking half your lineup out of the equation. Those guys sit on the bench and they get cold. It’s hard to keep your legs going. It’s hard to keep any momentum going when you’re constantly killing penalties and in your own end.”

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury earned the third star of the game by saving 36 shots. Blake Comeau scored his first career playoff goal when he knocked in a rebound 6:15 into the second period.

The Rangers have now won four straight playoff game against the Penguins. New York took three straight from Pittsburgh to overcome a 3-1 second round deficit last year.

Game two is Saturday in New York at 8 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on NBC.

Update: Sidney Crosby netted two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins evened the series with a 4-3 victory. Game three is in Pittsburgh and televised on Monday on NBCSN.

Detroit was able to put just 14 shots on goal but the Red Wings made the most of their opportunities. Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals, including a power play goal just eight seconds into the second period. Luke Glendening’s short-handed goal gave Detroit a 3-1 lead early in the third period.

Tampa Bay outshot Detroit 46-14 for the game but was 0-for-7 on the power play. Brian Boyle and Nikita Nesterov netted goals for the Lightning, who were the league’s highest scoring team during the regular season.

This is the first playoff meeting between the franchises. The Lightning won three-of-the four meetings during the regular season. Detroit has made the playoffs 24 straight seasons.

Game two is Saturday in Tampa Bay, where the Lightning won a NHL-best 32 games this year. The game can be seen on NBC at 3 p.m. (ET).

Update: Tampa Bay earned a 5-1 win on Saturday to pull the series even. Game three will be Monday in Detroit.

Western Conference

Minnesota Wild 4, St. Louis Blues 2