Blues able to steal series-opening win against Kings
St. Louis • Alex Steen stole the puck from goalie 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 night.
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.
Steen also 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.
Blackhawks 2, Wild 1 (OT) • At Chicago, Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Blackhawks started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season.
Corey Crawford settled down after allowing a weak goal in the opening minutes. Marian Hossa also scored, and the Blackhawks took the early lead in this first-round series.
Ducks 3, Red Wings 1 • At Anaheim, Calif., Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period and Jonas Hiller made 21 saves as Anaheim returned to the postseason.
• Chicago 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)
• St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
• Anaheim 3, Detroit 1
• Toronto at Boston,5 p.m., CNBC
• N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN
• San Jose at Vancouver, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN