CHICAGO 2, MINNESOTA 1 (OT); CHI leads series 1-0 Bryan Bickell scored 16:35 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory. The goal was Bickell’s second overtime winner in 15 career playoff games; he has never scored an overtime goal in the regular season. Eight of Chicago’s last nine postseason games have gone to overtime – they are 4-4 in those contests.
ST. LOUIS 2, LOS ANGELES 1 (OT); STL leads series 1-0 Alexander Steen scored twice, including the shorthanded overtime winner, to help the Blues overcome Justin Williams’ game-tying score with 31.6 seconds remaining in regulation. Steen’s goal marked the first shorthanded overtime score in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since Fernando Pisani led the Oilers to a
4-3 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 14, 2006.
ANAHEIM 3, DETROIT 1; ANA leads series 1-0 Teemu Selanne, the oldest active player in the NHL at 42 years, 9 months, scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period. Selanne is the second-oldest player to score a game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Mark Recchi was 43 when he recorded the game-winner for the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 6, 2011.
HARDING GOES WILD
Minnesota backup goaltender Josh Harding unexpectedly started Game 1 after Niklas Backstrom suffered an injury during pregame warm-ups. Harding, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year and only played in five games during the regular season, hadn’t started a game since Jan. 30 when he allowed two goals on four shots and was pulled after 6:45. He didn’t show any rust Tuesday, making 35 saves and earning third star of the game honors.
NHL playoffs! Yes !!! Josh Harding… Great story
— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) May 1, 2013
Josh Harding exemplifies everything a hockey player should be! No quit, no feeling sorry, just battling against all odds fearlessly.
— Eric Nystrom (@enystrom23) May 1, 2013
STEEN, BLUES ERASE PAST
St. Louis forward Alexander Steen had scored one goal in 13 career postseason games heading into Tuesday’s opener and had not posted a multi-goal game since Oct. 26, 2011 . . . The win marked the Blues’ first playoff overtime victory since May 16, 2001 (4-3 over Colorado in 2OT) . . . St. Louis was 0-7-1 in its last eight games against Los Angeles dating to last season, including a four-game sweep in the 2012 Western Conference Semifinals.
ELLIOTT ON FIRE
St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott started the season with a 3-6-1 record,
3.65 goals-against average and .851 save percentage in his first 11 appearances, but compiled an 11-2-0 mark in April, including a 1.28 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts. He continued his hot streak Tuesday, allowing one goal on 29 shots.
Two of the first three games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs required overtime. Last year, a record 16 opening-round games (33.3%) went past regulation – road teams won 12 of those games (.750) . . . Thirty-two of last year’s 48 first-round games (66.7%) had one-goal margins.
DID YOU KNOW?
In best-of-seven series, the Game 1 winner has gone on to win the series 68.4% (405-187) of the time in NHL history. Here is a breakdown of how Game
1 winners have fared over the past five years.
START YOUR ENGINES
NASCAR racer Danica Patrick scored in the “Shoot the Puck” contest during the second intermission of the Blackhawks-Wild game.
CELEB FANS CHEER KINGS
Here we go…What do you say we do this all over again? GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) May 1, 2013
That was a horrible way to lose the game, but the Blues deserved the win after the way they played in regulation. On to game 2.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) May 1, 2013
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter played a franchise record 41:08 in Tuesday’s loss. He led all skaters in total time on ice (1,309:25) during the regular season . . . Chicago forward Marian Hossa scored the game-tying goal, the 36th postseason score of his career. Hossa leads all Blackhawks and is 10th among active players in career playoff goals . . . Playing in his first career postseason game, Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck scored the first goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs . . . The Kings have opened 16 consecutive playoff series on the road, an NHL record . . . Tuesday’s game marked the 140th postseason contest behind the bench for Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville, while it was the first playoff game for Wild head coach Mike Yeo. The 139-game difference is the largest gap between opposing playoff coaches since the 2002 Stanley Cup Final, when Detroit’s Scotty Bowman (348
games) faced Carolina’s Paul Maurice (30 games).
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ Boston, Game 1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS, NESN NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS2, MSG Plus, ROOT San Jose @ Vancouver, Game 1, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, CSN-CA
Source: NHL Media