Recaps of last night’s playoff action plus updates on the other postseason teams.
STLTODAY.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Alex Steen scored in triple overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven divisional semifinal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was in my opinion last night’s most entertaining game. Five of the seven goals were scored in the first, after which the goaltending tightened up. The Blackhawks appeared to be cruising to victory until Jaden Schwartz scored late in the third to set up the overtime marathon.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres each scored in their return to the Sharks lineup, helping their club to a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks chased Kings’ starter Jonathan Quick from this one to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
DENVER POST/TWINCITIES.COM: Paul Stastny was the hero potting the game-tying and winning goals as the Colorado Avalanche overcame a two-goal deficit to down the Minnesota Wild 5-4. The Avalanche take a 1-0 series lead.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/PHILLY.COM: A double-minor by Flyers rookie Jason Akeson in the third period led to two power-play goals as the New York Rangers rolled to a 4-1 victory and a 1-0 series lead. Rangers forward Brad Richards led the way with a goal and two assists.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who required stitches after taking a puck to the face during Game One of the Ducks-Dallas Stars series, expects to return for Game Two.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars coach Lindy Ruff remains coy over the status of shutdown defenseman Brenden Dillon, who’s nursing a lower-body injury.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Penalty killing has become a problem for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky admits he didn’t have a good performance in Game One against the Penguins, and that he needs to be better.
BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins appear well-positioned for a Stanley Cup run.
MLIVE.COM: The faster, younger Red Wings hope to use quickness to neutralize the Bruins size and physicality.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning rookie Ondrej Palat (upper body) remains questionable for Game Two against the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The latest on the Canadiens can be found in “Canadian Corner”.