5. Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1 (SO)
It was a February affair between the upstart Toronto Maple Leafs and the “been there before” New York Rangers. Throughout the game, the Maple Leafs and Rangers traded prime scoring opportunities. Auston Matthews put on a show for Toronto, but only Connor Brown could find the back of the net.
Meanwhile, New York found solving Frederik Andersen to be an impossible task. Despite peppering him with shots from all angles, they could not find a way to send a puck home until late in the third period. J.T. Miller tied the game at one goal a piece.
In overtime, the two teams traded scoring chances until the buzzer sounded. The work by the goalies was so impressive that they gave each other stick taps, despite the final result not being decided yet. Game recognized game.
Finally in the shootout, Mika Zibanejad sent the Rangers out of the Air Canada Centre with a victory. It would not be the last time Zibanejad came up clutch.