The Ottawa Senators might still be considered underdogs in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but their Game 1 victory Saturday night has put them in the driver’s seat.
Despite bookmakers still having the Penguins as slight favourites to advance to the Stanley Cup final, teams that win the first game of a playoff series typically go on to win it. They have a 456-208 (68.7%) record, including a 9-3 mark this season.
Some more quick hits following Game 1, courtesy the NHL:
Saturday night’s game marked the 25th overtime contest of these playoffs. It appears the NHL record for OT games is set to fall this season – with almost a full two rounds to go, we’re only three OT games shy of the record.
Senators goalie Craig Anderson is two wins shy of matching Patrick Lalime’s franchise record for career playoff wins after picking up his 19th.
The Senators won their sixth OT game this postseason. Only three other teams in history have more in a single playoff run.
Bobby Ryan became the first Ottawa Senators player to score multiple overtime goals in a single playoff run.