We've seen plenty of action so far with the first week in the books from the NHL's bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton. All but one series has concluded, and upsets have taken place across the board. There's been no shortage of incredible plays with teams vying for playoff spots and seeding positions. It's been nearly five months since the season was paused on March 12, but it seems as though players haven't missed a step.
Let's take a look at the top 10 plays from across the league until now.
Quinn Hughes may be a rookie, but he was one of the best defensemen in the league this season. His six points in four games lead all blue-liners in the postseason so far. He managed to finally get on the board with his first career playoff goal in Game 4. The 20-year-old simply makes it look easy sometimes, as he wired a wicked wrister top shelf through traffic from high in the zone.
The Montreal Canadiens defenseman scored two of his team's most important goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the series. Considering Jeff Petry started just 15% of his shifts at 5-on-5 in the offensive zone during the series, that's pretty impressive. It's hard to choose between his overtime goal in Game 1 or his game-winning goal in Game 3, so here's both.
The Columbus Blue Jackets thought they were down and out in Game 3 of their series against Toronto until Pierre-Luc Dubois decided they weren't. The forward scored two goals to help the Blue Jackets climb out of a 3-0 hole before they eventually tied it. Dubois capped off the night with a pretty backhand goal to complete the hat trick in overtime and recorded the first-ever three-goal night in Columbus postseason history.
These two sequences flew a bit under the radar, but they perfectly showcase some of the reasons Carey Price remains one of the best goalies in the league. Facing one of the league's most dangerous power plays, the Canadiens netminder flawlessly navigates around the crease, keeping his eye on the puck, and, most importantly, keeping it out of the net.
The Carolina Hurricanes netminder started his first postseason game in seven years, and it didn't look like he missed a beat. James Reimer stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced and made one of the most mesmerizing saves of the qualifying round. With nearly every player on the ice in his crease, the 32-year-old managed to sprawl and get his stick out to deny the Rangers of a sure goal.
Sebastian Aho turned 23 years old a couple of weeks ago, and it seems like he's getting better and better. He put up eight points in the Hurricanes' three games and helped seal the sweep against the New York Rangers when he potted a pretty solo effort goal in Game 3. He's a threat whenever he steps on the ice, and he's quickly proving why he's one of the best in the league.
William Carrier is a great hockey player, but he definitely isn't known for his elite goal-scoring capabilities. With just 21 goals in 203 career games, the Vegas Golden Knights forward secured his first-ever postseason goal in style. With the clock winding down in a tie game against the Dallas Stars, the gritty forward took a bank pass off the end boards and put it through his legs and into the net.
It seems like every time Connor McDavid steps on the ice, he does something new that blows the minds of hockey fans everywhere. This year's postseason was no different. Yes, he scored a hat trick - big deal. But his second goal was arguably one of the best of his career. In a quick few seconds, he managed to show off his incredible hand-eye coordination to bat a puck down, put his absurd speed on full display, and made Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta look like a minor-league defender.
The stakes may not have been as high as other qualifying-round series since it was just a round-robin game, but Nazem Kadri managed to score one of the most suspenseful goals of the opening round. With less than a second left on the clock, the Colorado Avalanche forward managed to whack one in the net to secure the victory.
The Toronto Maple Leafs looked to be on their way out of the postseason in disappointing fashion once again until they pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history. The Leafs managed to score three goals with their goalie pulled in the last four minutes of regulation and then won the game in overtime to force a Game 5. Toronto was the third team in NHL history to win a postseason game after overcoming a three-goal deficit in the final four minutes.