Phil Kessel scored and added an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins began the Stanley Cup playoffs in impressive fashion in a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets to take a 1-0 series lead.
All three Penguins goals came in the second period, beginning with Kessel setting up Bryan Rust's wrister just one minute and 15 seconds into the period.
Kessel found the back of the net two-and-a-half minutes later before Nick Bonino gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead.
Matt Calvert helped Columbus avoid the shutout as Marc-Andre Fleury, who was not supposed to start for the Penguins, stopped 31 shots. Fleury was only in net because starting goalie Matt Murray was injured during pre-game warm-ups.
The St. Louis Blues won a manic overtime game against Minnesota Wild 2-1 as Vladimir Tarasenko set up Joel Edmundson's game-winner with just over two minutes remaining in overtime.
The Wild dominated most of the game, but still trailed 1-0 until Zach Parise's goal with 22.7 seconds remaining in the third period forced overtime.
There was also an overtime victory for the San Jose Sharks as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 with Melker Karlsson collecting the game-winner three minutes and 22 seconds into the extra period.
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers - Lundqvist had 31 saves as the New York Rangers opened the playoffs with a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. It was the 10th career postseason shutout for Lundqvist, who now has 56 wins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Sharks - Vlasic had a pair of assists, including on the game-winner to help the Sharks rally from an early 2-0 deficit to take a 1-0 series lead on the Oilers.
Jake Allen, Blues - Allen was the sole reason the Blues were even in Wednesday's game against the Wild. Minnesota dominated the game, but Allen had 51 saves as the Blues were outshot 52-26. "We always rely on him and, 50-some saves, that's pretty impressive," Edmundson told NBC Sports following the game.
Brad Marchand's goal with 2:33 remaining in the third period was the deciding goal in Boston Bruins' 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Thursday’s game to watch
Game 1: Maple Leafs at Capitals - Is this the year the Washington Capitals finally get over the hump? The Presidents' Trophy winners begin their Stanley Cup quest against the upset-minded Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen will have to stand on his head for the Leafs to have any hope against a potent Capitals offense led by Alex Ovechkin.
26. Juli 2017
|Perisic to Man Utd dependent on Inter finding valid alternative - Spalletti|
|Costly Dhawan drop leaves Gunaratne with fractured thumb|
|Guardiola refuses to rule out City rivalling Madrid in Mbappe pursuit|
|Recovering Slater expects to face Cowboys|
|Bayern Munich as big if not bigger than Real Madrid - James Rodriguez|
|All Blacks vice-captain Smith to take sabbatical|
|Real Madrid friends reunited: Zinedine Zidane, Raul and David Beckham meet in LA|
|Lure of Pep made it easy for Danilo to choose Man City over Chelsea|
|Shaw, Brewers won´t back down in tight NL Central race|
|Man Utd boss Mourinho says ´dangerous´ fees a threat to football|
|Victory star Rojas set to return to Europe|
|Lynn to miss up to seven months after shoulder surgery|
|Beckham happy for Madrid coach Zidane|
|Mayweather-McGregor to be shown in U.S. movie theatres|
|Toluca 0 Atletico Madrid 0: LaLiga giants held to dour draw|
|Jaziri saves eight match points to win in Atlanta|
|Tottenham 2 Roma 3: Kolarov makes debut in thriller|
|Premier League spending unsustainable – Levy|
|Mourinho: I miss Rooney a lot|
|Instagram post was Pique´s ´gut feeling´ over Neymar future|
|Mackay lauds Greller for getting ´most critical yardage ever´|
|Top seeds bow out early in Hamburg|
|Suns guard Brandon Knight out for season with torn ACL|
25. Juli 2017
|Emery unmoved when quizzed on PSG´s pursuit of Neymar|
|Jackson, Olding to be prosecuted in relation to alleged rape|
|Real Madrid´s attack doesn´t need Mbappe to wreak havoc, claims Casemiro|
|Warriors officially confirm new deals for Curry, Durant|
|Balotelli fitter than last season, warns Dante|
|Mata and Herrera provide Manchester United injury boost|
|Orlando capture Dwyer in record swoop|
|Bardsley bolsters Burnley backline options|
|Ibrahimovic still a leader at Old Trafford – Pogba|
|Wozniacki prevails in Bastad, Duan dumped out of Jiangxi Open|
|Thiago Maia joins Brazilian influx at Lille|
|LeBron James refutes report he´d be ´tempted to beat Kyrie Irving´s a**´|
|WATCH: Neymar´s aim defeats Messi and Suarez|
|Hart can help West Ham reach top eight – Hislop|
|Ajax´s Nouri out of intensive care and breathing unaided|
|Mourinho wants a midfielder and winger at Man Utd|
|Peerless Peaty breaks WR twice in one day... with final still to come|
|Mourinho slams UEFA over Bailly ban|
|Payet was a flawed individual – Sullivan|
|Dhawan and Mukund to open for India|
|Conte pleased with Morata cameo|
|F1 Raceweek: New-look Hamilton a cut above in Budapest? Grosjean cooking up a storm|
|Kaka uncertain of Orlando future as he targets MLS play-offs|
|Cassano should be applauded, says Prandelli|
|Sanches seeking to swap Munich for Milan|
|Brown loaned to Brighton after signing Chelsea contract|
|Stokes holds no grudge against Rabada|
|VAR would have ruled out ´Hand of God´ goal, Maradona admits|
|Former Ireland scrum-half O´Leary retires|
|Bordeaux abandon Wellington Silva transfer|
|Joshua-Klitschko II ´pencilled in´ for November 11 - Hearn|
|Kaka backs Bonucci to help Milan rediscover glory days|
|Chelsea 2 Bayern Munich 3: Muller at the double as Bayern bounce back|
|Injured Michu confirms retirement|
|Barrington backing Farrell to inspire England to World Cup glory|
|Neymar will make right decision amid PSG links - Kaka|
|Wagner backs Liverpool to win the league|
|Monaco deny world-record €180m Real Madrid deal for Mbappe – report|
|Higuain: I need to score more in Europe|
|Soliola given five-match ban for Slater hit|
|Devastated Rutherford to miss World Championships|
|Real Madrid ´would be alright´ but Dolberg in no rush to leave Ajax|
|Canada rugby sevens wing Zaruba lands NFL contract|
|Mane, Ings back in full Liverpool training|
|Mahrez would do great things at Roma – Gonalons|
|Sensational Peaty smashes his own world record|
|Australia´s ´ton of talent´ leaves Hayne eyeing Fiji World Cup call|