Blues secure 2-0 lead on defending champs
Defenseman Barret Jackman scored his first career playoff goal with 50. 4 seconds remaining, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over...
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS — Defenseman Barret Jackman scored his first career playoff goal with 50.4 seconds remaining, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for the second straight time Thursday night.
Jackman, a stay-at-home type who totaled three goals and 12 points in the regular season, joined a rush and scored in transition against Jonathan Quick, last year's playoff MVP. Jackman beat Quick from just inside the blue line for a 2-0 series lead heading to Los Angeles.
The Blues capitalized on a stickhandling goof by Quick to win the opener on Alex Steen's short-handed goal in overtime.
Patrik Berglund's deflection tied it early in the third period for St. Louis, which was swept by the Kings in the second round last season.
Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who will try to rebound in Game 3 Saturday.
Red Wings 5,
at Ducks 4 (OT)
Gustav Nyquist's power-play goal at 1:21 of overtime after the Red Wings blew a three-goal lead in the third period gave Detroit a victory over Anaheim to even their playoff series 1-1.
Johan Franzen scored two goals and Damien Brunner had his first Stanley Cup playoff goal and two assists for the Red Wings.
Bobby Ryan scored the tying goal with 2:22 left in regulation for the Ducks, who also got goals from captain Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri while erasing Detroit's 4-1 lead.
At Capitals 3, Rangers 1
Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart as Washington won Game 1 of their first-round series.
Ovechkin, a two-time MVP who led the NHL with 32 goals, crashed the net to score on a power play about seven minutes into the second period to tie the game. Carl Hagelin had put New York ahead 1-0 in the first period — the only puck that made it past Braden Holtby, who had 35 saves.
Senators 4, at Canadiens 2
Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance in Game 1. Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored early in the third period to lift the Senators into the lead.
Erik Karlsson and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Senators, who were outshot 50-31 but saw Anderson easily win the goaltending duel with Carey Price, beaten twice through the pads.
Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher replied for Montreal, which set a team record for shots in a regulation-time playoff game.
• Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended for one game by the NHL for an illegal check to Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski's head during Game 1 of their first-round series.
• Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner did not practice, increasing the possibility they will be unavailable for Game 2 of their series against the Blackhawks.