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.
23. Juni 2018
|Murray to meet Wawrinka at Eastbourne|
|Nigeria goalkeeper Ikeme in remission after year-long cancer battle|
|Lukaku breaks Belgium record against Tunisia|
|Iran v Portugal: Team Melli bullish over qualification chances|
|Mauresmo to be France´s first female Davis Cup captain|
|Maradona angry at Argentina World Cup performances|
|Ireland cap stunning season with series win over Wallabies|
|Uruguay v Russia: Selection posers for already-qualified pair|
|Federer scraps his way to yet another Halle final|
|Lunin rejected ´3,000 offers´ to join Real Madrid|
|On your bike! Iceland physio sent home after cycling accident|
|Not just Real Madrid interested in Fekir, says Aulas|
|France frustrated by officials again as All Blacks complete sweep in style|
|Jose Enrique reveals brain tumour surgery|
|The referee was a disaster, fumes Matic|
|Lakmal to captain Sri Lanka in Chandimal´s absence|
|Alli back in England training|
|McIlroy, Watson plotting moves as Harman leads Travelers Championship|
|Tearful Neymar is a joyful boy, says Jesus|
|Ruiz: Coutinho has the same quality as Neymar|
|Kovacic announces intention to leave Real Madrid|
|Red Sox edge Mariners in 34-hit extravaganza|
|Marquez asks Mexico fans to ´let them rest´|
|Fabregas hopeful of Spain recall|
|Milinkovic-Savic plays down Juventus speculation|
|Rashford inspired by Ronaldo|
|Messi is not a leader, he is no Ronaldo, claims Petit|
|Better than Ballack? Hodgson backs Loftus-Cheek to shine against Panama|
|Svitolina and Garcia suffer upsets|
22. Juni 2018
|Walker responds to Ferdinand criticism|
|Djokovic still hungry for more after reaching major milestone|
|Ellis drop goal earns Castleford dramatic win|
|Nigeria hero Musa unsure on Leicester City future|
|X marks the spot - Granit´s rocket sets World Cup first|
|Xhaka and Shaqiri follow the script as Serbia are derailed|
|Chandimal appeal against ban rejected|
|Real Madrid sign teenage goalkeeper Lunin|
|Serbia 1 Switzerland 2: Shaqiri strikes late to clinch crucial comeback victory|
|Suspended Srna joins Serie A side Cagliari|
|Cilic sets up Kyrgios showdown as Djokovic reaches milestone|
|Kudla up next in Federer´s Halle ´fight´|
|Assistant Farbrace to take charge of England for T20 games|
|Hummels hoping to be fit for Sweden clash|
|Hend surges clear as Fleetwood struggles again in Pulheim|
|Giant-killers Mexico embrace sudden weight of expectation|
|Roma complete €17.25m Kluivert deal|
|Pakistan name strong group for Zimbabwe tour|
|Choc Horror: Boullier insists McLaren do not hand out Freddos as bonuses|
|Neymar: Not everyone knows what I went through|
|Poland v Colombia: No time to dwell on regrets, warns Aguilar|
|Musa shows Messi how it´s done to set up critical Argentina showdown|
|Nigeria 2 Iceland 0: Musa brace boosts Super Eagles & Argentina|
|McLaren and Renault open to Ricciardo talks|
|We must win, we have no other choice - Maaloul|
|Germany will respond against Sweden, insists Low|
|´The best among all Asians´, South Korea trust in Son against Mexico|
|Stalin´s bunker an unlikely site for Russia´s World Cup charm offensive|
|England v Panama: Rashford tipped to start as Southgate´s side aim for last 16|
|Erasmus wary of ´wonderful´ Cipriani|
|Hummels to miss Germany-Sweden, confirms Low|
|Murray accepts Eastbourne wildcard|
|St Petersburg madness lines up Neymar and Brazil with heroes of the past|
|Martinez happy to be ´boring Belgium´|
|Japan v Senegal: Squeaky clean Group H rivals eyeing huge step towards last 16|
|Argentina team the worst in history - Ardiles|
|Ravanelli upsets wife by taking Arsenal job...in Kiev|
|Federer moves a step closer to 10th title in Halle|
|Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0: Coutinho and Neymar score in stoppage time to snatch win|
|Andersson: Sweden embracing big occasion as bug sweeps through team|
|LeBron in ´good dialogue´ with Cavaliers|