The Colorado Avalanche pulled off a comeback victory in their first playoff game since 2010 and the Central Division champions hope to take a 2-0 series lead when they host the Minnesota Wild in Saturday's Game 2 from the Pepsi Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will take another shot at the earning the first playoff win in team history on Saturday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
The opener of the highly-anticipated Western Conference quarterfinal series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks did not disappoint, On Saturday afternoon, the clubs will try for an encore performance at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
At one end of the ice, Jimmy Howard made his best save of the game. At the other, Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal.
ANAHEIM, Calif.-Someday, Ryan Getzlaf will explain to his daughter Willa why he looked like Frankenstein's monster in photos taken the day she was born, his chin and cheek zippered with stitches and a purple bruise blossoming on the left side of his face.
It isn't often the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning play a 60-minute game.Twenty-six saves by Carey Price and two goals by Rene Bourque helped make this the rare case. David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored and the Canadiens beat the Lightning 4-1 Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Sunday's Game 3 in Montreal. They won Game 1 on Wednesday when Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime -- the fourth time in five meetings between the teams during this past season and the playoffs that one of their games was decided after regulation. On Friday, all the goals came in the second and third period, the first three against Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, who was pulled after Gallagher scored with 8:14 left. Price was within 1:59 of his first playoff shutout in three years before Teddy Purcell scored on a power play.
Pavel Datsyuk put the Detroit Red Wings up on a horse, and off they rode into the Boston night.
The Dallas Stars have gone to school this week at Honda Center, but they are learning some hard lessons.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Dallas Stars have gone to school this week at Honda Center, but they are learning some hard lessons.
Frederik Andersen made 34 saves and the Anaheim Ducks grabbed a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Ryan Getzlaf wore the strain all over his exhausted face. In the past 51 hours or so, he had taken a slap shot to the jaw, attended the birth of his third child and propelled the Anaheim Ducks to two gritty playoff victories.
Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard's best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night.
In the waning seconds of regulation, Paul Stastny arrived exactly where you expected him to be:
The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Pavel Datsyuk showed off a little of the magic that gives opponents nightmares and makes teammates smile.
Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 to play was the first and only marker of the game as the Detroit Red Wings surprised the Boston Bruins with a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.
The Colorado Avalanche stole the Central Division, broke records and brought playoff hockey back to Colorado. The School of Roy added a must-read chapter in coaching.
The Montreal Canadiens are gaining confidence with every playoff victory.
Erik Johnson guesses he had three inches to spare. Three inches to save a goal, save a game, maybe even save a season.
Antti Niemi needed only 18 seconds to show that he was on his game.
There is precedent for the Minnesota Wild rallying to win a playoff series after allowing a late tying goal in Game 1, then losing that same game in overtime.
It isn't often the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning play a 60-minute game.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was sorry Friday for an obscene gesture he made during the second overtime of the Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of their opening playoff series Thursday night.
A lot has changed for Joel Quenneville since he roamed behind the Blues bench from 1997 to 2004.
The Chicago Blackhawks relinquished a lead late in regulation, played more than 100 minutes of hockey and all they had to show for their efforts in the waning hours of Thursday was a 1-0 deficit in their opening round playoff series against the Blues.