Check: Friday notes

The playoffs have begun in the East, and Charlotte has the early edge on the Penguins. The Checkers came back from two goals down in the third period and took Game 1 on Lucas Wallmark’s overtime goal. Lehigh Valley won its opener against Providence, and Syracuse topped Rochester. Toronto-Utica begins Saturday.

Ontario evened its series with Texas. Tucson beat San Jose on Thursday to start its series.

Nice Jeremy Colliton profile. The two Central Division series begin Saturday, too.

UConn’s Joseph Masonius signed with Wilkes-Barre.

Gut-wrenching story from Katie Strang in the Athletic (unlocked) on the late David Gove.

Congrats to our buddy Sean Bowley for a nice local honor.

And RIP, Gil Santos and Avicii.

Michael Fornabaio