In case they weren't aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they're going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit.
The Los Angeles Kings are now the team bemoaning a late penalty while the San Jose Sharks celebrate a dramatic win.
Frustration won a rare faceoff with Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
Logan Couture put the Sharks right back into their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series Saturday night with a power-play goal to give San Jose a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Logan Couture had to leave the game for most of the second period, heading straight to the locker room after getting tangled up along the boards.
Once again, the San Jose Sharks used home ice to their benefit to get back into their series with the Los Angeles Kings.
The New York Rangers will try to bounce back from an overtime loss when they visit the Boston Bruins on Sunday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Sharks played half the game on guts Saturday night. But they finished in style. Down several players at various points of the game, they wound up finally finding the right formula on the power play - in the game's first two minutes and then in the very last second, in overtime, on Logan Couture's glorious goal.
At the start of overtime, there was a feeling that the whole playoff series might hinge on what would happen in the next few minutes. The HP Pavilion crowd felt it. So did some of the Sharks, at least the ones willing to admit it.
The Ottawa Senators will aim for their first win of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, when they host the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 at Scotiabank Place.
SAN JOSE, Calif.-The San Jose Sharks might have been missing their biggest agitator Saturday, but that didn't stop them from playing what might have been their most physical game of this year's postseason.
CHICAGO - The Red Wings turned the tables on the Blackhawks in the puck-possession game.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Change is the lone constant in hockey, the only sport that permits personnel changes on the fly. And like the complexities of the game within the game, there are changes within changes as coaches adjust to injuries, slumps or mismatches.
The Americans are not leaving Stockholm empty-handed thanks to 19-year-olds Alex Galchenyuk and John Gibson.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks now have a common enemy: the officials.
The NHL fined the San Jose Sharks $100,000 on Saturday for general manager Doug Wilson's comments criticizing the league for forward Raffi Torres' suspension for the rest of the second round of the playoffs.
In the corner of the Boston Bruins' locker room, hanging from the hooks in Andrew Ference's stall, is a yellow running singlet with the team's "Spoked B" logo on the front.
A practically perfectly executed game got the Detroit Red Wings the split they came into Chicago hoping to achieve.
Brendan Smith netted the game-winning goal late in the second period, part of a four-goal burst which lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks to even this Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. Damien Brunner, Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula also lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who recovered nicely following Wednesday's series-opening 4-1 loss. Henrik Zetterberg posted two assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots for the win. Patrick Kane registered the lone goal and Corey Crawford made 26 saves for the Blackhawks, who saw their eight-game win streak against Detroit ended. Game 3 shifts to Joe Louis Arena on Monday.
Dan Bylsma has spent more than four years watching Sidney Crosby be Sidney Crosby.
A practically perfectly executed game got the Red Wings the split they came into Chicago hoping to achieve.
This lockout-shortened season has been an easy ride for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Loui Eriksson scored twice on the power play and Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves to lead Sweden in a 3-0 victory over Finland in the semifinals of the 2013 World Hockey Championship.
The day before the Blackhawks got their hands on the Red Wings, Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers got their hands on each other. Right around the neck, actually, with some pushing and scowling followed by unpleasant words as they eventually skated away.
CHICAGO - Jumping into a game after a one-month layoff is a challenge, but it's the playoffs and Drew Miller was happy to make the leap.