UNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s No. 1 seeds opened their respective playoff schedules on Thursday. Washington Capitals fans went home happier than Chicago Blackhawks supporters.
Tom Wilson scored his first NHL playoff goal 5:15 into overtime as the Caps downed the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. The Toronto native capped a rally in which the Capitals held onto home-ice advantage after falling behind 2-0.
Mitch Marner and Jake Gardiner scored in the first 9:44 to put the Leafs ahead by a pair before Justin Williams supplied Washington’s first two goals. Williams tied it with four minutes left in the second period.
Braden Holtby turned back 35 shots for the Capitals, who host Game 2 on Saturday.
Frederik Andersen made 41 shots in the loss.
The eighth-seeded Nashville Predators began their playoff slate with a 1-0 win over the Blackhawks. Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in earning his second career playoff shutout.
Viktor Arvidsson scored the game’s lone goal, beating Corey Crawford 7:52 into the first period.
Crawford made 19 saves for the Blackhawks, who are back in action against the Predators in Chicago on Saturday.
Anaheim also captured its first-round opener as Jakob Silfverberg scored the game-winner and had an assist in a 3-2 verdict over Calgary. The Flames led 2-1 until Rickard Rackell and Silfverberg tallied less than four minutes apart late in the second period.
Ryan Getzlaf also scored and John Gibson stopped 30 shots to help Anaheim drop the Canadian-based teams to 0-5 in the playoffs.
Brian Elliott handled 38 shots for the Flames, who stay in Anaheim for Game 2 on Saturday.