National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 14 shots and the New York Rangers used a strong third period to take a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Rangers got a pair of power-play goals off a Jason Akeson double-minor in the third period, and used a smothering defense to limit the Flyers' chances and take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven series. Game 2 will take place on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Brad Richards posted a goal and two assists while Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin all lit the lamp for New York, which got two assists from late-season addition Martin St. Louis. This was New York's first postseason win at Madison Square Garden against Philadelphia since Apr. 12, 1987, in Game 4 of the Patrick Division Semifinals. Philadelphia had to play the game with Ray Emery in goal, as starter Steve Mason suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's game against Pittsburgh and was held out of the opener. Appearing the playoffs for the first time since 2011 with Anaheim, Emery turned away 22-of-23 shots in the first two periods, but then let up three goals on 13 shots in the third. Andrew MacDonald scored the only goal of the game for the Flyers, who are back in the playoffs after missing out last season.

NHL Playoff Capsules

Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Bernie Miklasz: All's well that ends well . . . even in a Blues marathon

For more than 100 minutes of hockey Thursday night, the Chicago Blackhawks and Blues defended every inch of the ice surface at Scottrade Center. They squeezed energy from their exhausted bodies. They tapped determination from their hazy minds. Minute by minute, the desperation poured out of them like sweat as the old rivals stubbornly refused to give into the circumstances or each other.

Recap: Colorado vs. Minnesota

Paul Stastny tied the game in the final seconds of regulation, then scored the winner in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche took a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of this Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Recap: St. Louis vs. Chicago

Alexander Steen scored the game-winner 26 seconds into triple overtime, as the St. Louis Blues battled back to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Scottrade Center.

Rich Hofmann: Flyers need to steal one in New York

In 1978, a Lufthansa facility at Kennedy Airport was the target and thieves stole $5 million in cash and nearly $1 million in jewelry. It was the largest cash robbery ever in the United States, a story so colorfully outrageous that it formed the spine of several movies, including "Goodfellas."

Stars aim to fix Game 1 miscues

Alex Goligoski and Vernon Fiddler were deep in conversation 10 minutes after the Stars lost Game 1 of their first-round playoff series to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.