The NHL is finally back following a four-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s restart gets right into the thick of things, immediately jumping into the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with an unprecedented 24 teams given a shot to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.
An unprecedented number of teams requires an unprecedented postseason format to go along with it. The first portion of the playoffs features a qualifying round where teams outside of the top-four of each conference will face off against one another in a five-game series for one of eight remaining spots in the next round — those remaining top four have already qualified for the next round. You can check out the full schedule for the qualifying round here.
Below you’ll find updates, highlights and scores from every postseason game that has happened in this qualifying round so far. Stay with CBS Sports for your Stanley Cup playoff coverage and analysis, and check out CBS Sports HQ for daily highlights and breakdowns.
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GOAL! Johnny Gaudreau, on the power play st 7:06 of the second period. He nearly didn’t corral the puck, but was able to slide it past Connor Hellebyuck for his fifth career Stanley Cup Playoffs goal. We’re tied, 1-1
We are underway for the second period between Calgary and Winnipeg in Edmonton. The Jets lead 1-0, but the story is Mark Scheifele leaving the game early — and having to be helped off the ice — after Matthew Tkachuk delivered a big hit on Scheifele with a skate high, and appeared to clip Scheifele on the back of his leg. The Jets announced he would not return to the game.
GOAL! Jeff Petry Game winner! Canadiens tale-1-0 series lead over Penguins in their best-of-five series. Now, both 12-seeds — Montreal and Chicago — have taken 1-0 series leads in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Jonathan Drouin misses then OT penalty shot, and we remain locked up at 2-2 in Toronto
Another Penalty Shot!
Sheary misses wide
Penalty Shot! Conor Sheary vs. Carey Price
This third period has been littered with power plays, and now Pittsburgh will have another man advantage after an interference call against Montreal’s Paul Byron.
Power Play GOAL! Bryan Rust bangs home a deflection on the man-advantage, and just like that Pittsburgh has tied the game up at 2-2 at 12:34 of the 2nd period