Stars, Sharks Strike First

Ryan Dadoun
Rotoworld
The Sharks take advantage of another team (this time the Preds) falling flat in an elimination game. Friday's Hockey Dose

Dose: Couture Club

The Sharks take advantage of another team (this time the Preds) falling flat in an elimination game. Friday's Hockey Dose

With last night's action, all four of the second round series are underway.  This weekend will feature all four series' Game 2s with two contests on each day.  The games will be 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET starts too, so you should be able to basically make your weekend all about watching hockey if you're so inclined.

Before we get any further along though, let's take a look at last night's series openers:

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STARS 2 BLUES 1 (Dallas leads 1-0)

Dallas outshot St. Louis 31-17 through the first 40 minutes.  St. Louis had a mild edge in the third period, but it still finished 42-32 in Dallas' favor.

Blues goalie Brian Elliott turned aside 40 of those 42 Stars shots.  He has a 2.36 GAA and .932 save percentage in eight playoff games.

At the other end of the ice Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves to improve to 4-1 in the playoffs.  He has a 2.01 GAA and .925 save percentage in the postseason.

Radek Faksa netted the game-winning goal.  He's scored twice so far in the playoffs and both of those goals have been winners.  He also had his second assist of the postseason on Friday.

Antoine Roussel netted his second goal of the postseason for Dallas.  He had 13 goals and 29 points in 80 regular season contests.

Kevin Shattenkirk accounted for the Blues' lone goal.  That gives him two markers and five points in eight playoff games.

It was Colton Sceviour of all people that ended up leading the Stars in shots on goal with five.  He had just eight shots in six contests leading into this game.  Unfortunately, Sceviour's efforts weren't rewarded as he finished Friday's game with no points and a minus-one rating.

SHARKS 5 PREDATORS 2 (San Jose leads 1-0)

You wouldn't know it from the final score, but this one was a nail biter until the end.  The Predators actually struck first in the second period and the Sharks didn't take the lead until 11:49 of the third when Joel Ward made it a 2-1 game.  This one went downhill quickly for Nashville after that though.

Predators forward Ryan Johansen finished with a goal and an assist.  That brings him up to two markers and five points in eight playoff contests.

San Jose's Logan Couture scored two goals, including the game winner.  He now has three goals and eight points in six postseason games.

Martin Jones was the winning goaltender by turning aside 29 of 31 shots.  He has a 2.15 GAA and .917 save percentage in six playoff starts.

Meanwhile two of San Jose's goals were empty netters, so Pekka Rinne finished with a respectable 33 saves on 36 shots.  He's 4-4 in the playoffs now with a 2.53 GAA and .915 save percentage.

As previously mentioned Ward found the back of the net Friday night, but he also registered an assist.  He's averaging a point-per-game so far in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with 43 points in 79 games.

Tomas Hertl found the back of the net for San Jose.  It was his second goal and third point of the 2016 playoffs.

Brent Burns registered two assists.  The Sharks defenseman has now enjoyed three straight multi-point contests.

Mike Fisher scored his second goal in eight postseason games.  Unfortunately the Predators forward also had a minus-three rating last night. 

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