St. Louis, Chicago win playoff openers at home in overtime | NHL
On the first day of NHL playoffs, host St. Louis beat defending champion Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime and Chicago beat visiting Minnesota 2-1 in OT.
ST. LOUIS — Alex Steen stole the puck from goaltender Jonathan Quick behind the net and scored a short-handed goal to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, the first night of the Western Conference playoffs.
Steen scored unassisted on a backhander at 13:26 of overtime, less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was whistled for a double-minor high-sticking when he cut Dustin Penner.
"It's exactly what it looked like," Quick said of the game-ending goal. "I tried to make a play, he blocked it and scored."
Quick appeared to dawdle a bit handling the puck and Steen swooped in.
"I had fresh legs and I figured I'd try him," Steen said.
Steen scored on a power play in the first period for the Blues, who ended an eight-game losing streak against the team that swept them in the second round last spring.
Quick, last year's Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP, made 35 saves in regulation, keeping the Kings in it for Justin Williams' tying goal with 31.6 seconds left.
At Blackhawks 2,
Wild 1 (OT)
Bryan Bickell scored at 16:35 of overtime on a two-on-one rush and Chicago started the playoffs on a winning note, beating Minnesota.
Marian Hossa also scored for the top-seeded Blackhawks.
At Ducks 3, Red Wings 1
Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, Jonas Hiller made 21 saves and second-seeded Anaheim beat No. 7 Detroit.
"I thought their team was better than our team today," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought they controlled the game and had more cycles."