Jonathan Quick realizes that even the NHL's best defensive team is powerless against a few bad bounces of the puck.

The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct.

A mood of euphoric exhaustion carried over to the next day after the St. Louis Blues won the longest game in franchise history and got the upper hand against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Tomas Hertl made an impressive playoff debut for the San Jose Sharks with a goal and an assist against the same Los Angeles Kings team that almost ended his season.

The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.

Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you're the best hockey player in the world.

The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks will aim for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals Friday when they host the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center.

The Boston Bruins begin their Eastern Conference title defense against an Original Six rival, as they host Game 1 of a best-of-seven series Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to even their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at one game apiece when they host the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 on Friday night.

Growing up in Toronto's Mimico neighborhood, Brendan and Reilly Smith never played organized hockey together. Just everything else.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A power outage darkened the SAP Center on Thursday night shortly before the Kings and Sharks were scheduled to warm up for their playoff opener, leaving the crowd murmuring in confusion and forcing antsy players to wait in corridors illuminated by dim backup lights while they wondered what to do next.

In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought.

Raffi Torres scored the goal. Then he released.

For the first time in his career, Patrick Kane is playing with a knee brace.

It was a tale of three games for the Wild.

The Minnesota Wild had this one within its grasp. So agonizingly close to a Game 1 playoff victory - 14 ticks of the clock to be exact.

Just as Pepsi Center got weird in a trance of white pom-poms and noise, the hockey hero emerged from the bench to hug a teammate.

SAN JOSE, Calif.-The San Jose Sharks scored only 10 goals a year ago in their seven-game playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings and goalie Jonathan Quick.

Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.

It was a tale of three games for the Wild.

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.

Buckle up, Blackhawks fans, this has the makings of some kind of thrill ride.

While the Blues were without one of their top players in T.J. Oshie for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Blackhawks, they did get the unexpected return of Vladimir Tarasenko.

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.

The Sharks scored only 10 goals a year ago in their seven-game series with the Los Angeles Kings.

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.

The Minnesota Wild had control. The players could see the finish line.

A pre-game power outage at SAP Center left the San Jose faithful sitting in the dark as they waited for Thursday's Game 1 to start.

For the first time in his career, Patrick Kane is playing with a knee brace.

Opening the NHL playoffs for the third consecutive season, facing rival Chicago in the postseason for the first time in 12 years, the Blues were able to hit the reset button in Game 1 Thursday night at Scottrade Center.

It was a tale of three games for the Wild.

DENVER � It was a tale of three games for the Minnesota Wild.

While the Blues were without one of their top players in T.J. Oshie for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Blackhawks, they did get the unexpected return of Vladimir Tarasenko.

Buckle up, Blackhawks fans, this has the makings of some kind of thrill ride.

Jimmy Howard sat at his locker, talking about the Boston Bruins, a big, powerhouse team the Red Wings beat three times during the regular season.

The San Jose Sharks spent seven games struggling to get the puck past Jonathan Quick in a playoff loss a year ago.

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.

Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.

Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime as the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, in a marathon Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals Thursday night at Scottrade Center.

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.

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."

The best goaltender on the ice Thursday night wore orange and black. There's your silver lining in a gruesome, 4-1 Game 1 loss to the New York Rangers, a defeat that seemed to suggest that this nine-game losing streak in Madison Square Garden is more about personnel than coincidence.

Laughed out loud Thursday when ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose described Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as being under more pressure than anyone in the United States.

Just as a collective gasp came from an overflow Honda Center crowd the moment a speeding puck hit the captain's face Wednesday night, the Ducks let out an equally sizable sigh of relief one day later.

The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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.

On the day before Vinny Lecavalier began his first playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers, someone reminded him of an anniversary.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, the magnitude of the games has changed, but not the results at Madison Square Garden.

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.

Carl Hagelin's contribution to the New York Rangers' playoff-opening win was etched all over his busted-up mouth.

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