Alex Steen caught Jonathan Quick napping behind the net and scored his second goal of the game short-handed to give the host St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Steen stole the puck from the unsuspecting goalie and scored unassisted on a backhander at 13:26 of overtime less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was whistled for a double-minor high sticking when he cut Dustin Penner.
Steen also scored on a power play in the first period for the Blues, who ended an eight-game losing streak against the team that swept them in the second round last spring.
Quick made 35 saves in regulation, keeping the Kings in it for Justin Williams’ tying goal with 31.6 seconds left in regulation.
Before Steen’s shocker, the Kings had been on a roll, outshooting the Blues 7-0 after coach Darryl Sutter called a timeout.
Blackhawks 2, Wild 1 (OT): Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and host Chicago started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating Minnesota.
Corey Crawford settled down after allowing a weak goal in the opening minutes. Marian Hossa also scored, and the Blackhawks took the early lead in this first-round series.
Game 2 is Friday at the United Center.
The Blackhawks finally put this one away when Johnny Oduya chipped the puck off the boards to Viktor Stahlberg on the right side. Stahlberg then dished it to Bickell on the two-on-one rush in front for the winner.
Ducks 3, Red Wings 1: Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, Jonas Hiller made 21 saves, and Anaheim returned to the postseason with a victory over visiting Detroit.
Nick Bonino also scored a power-play goal, and Francois Beauchemin added an empty-netter for the second-seeded Ducks. They hung on in the final minutes of the opener in just their second playoff series in four years.
The 42-year-old Selanne came up with yet another huge goal for the Pacific Division champions, putting a perfectly placed one-timer over Jimmy Howard’s shoulder while gliding backward.
Howard stopped 24 shots and Daniel Cleary scored on a power play for the Red Wings.