NHL Playoffs: Blues, 'Hawks, Ducks strike first

NHL Playoffs: Blues, 'Hawks, Ducks strike first
May 1, 2013, 1:30 am
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St. Louis Blues 2, Los Angeles Kings 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jonathan Quick got the Los Angeles Kings to overtime. Then last year's Stanley Cup MVP gave it away.

Alex Steen stole the puck from the unsuspecting goalie behind the net and scored a short-handed goal to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the defending Cup champions on Tuesday. Read more.

Chicago Blackhawks 2, Minnesota Wild 1

CHICAGO (AP) All a great regular season got the Chicago Blackhawks when they playoffs began Tuesday night was a lot of extra work.

At least they started the playoffs on a winning note.

Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Blackhawks escaped with a victory after dominating the regular season, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night. Read more.

Anaheim Ducks 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, Jonas Hiller made 21 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks returned to the postseason with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Nick Bonino also scored a power-play goal, and Francois Beauchemin added an empty-netter for the second-seeded Ducks. They hung on in the final minutes of the opener in just their second playoff series in four years. Read more.