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.
30. April 2017
|Gimenez set to miss Champions League semi-final|
|Klitschko ´one punch´ from knocking Joshua out|
|Melbourne Victory 1 Brisbane Roar 0: Berisha breaks resistance to book Grand Final spot|
|Slater scores first try in two years as Storm smash Dragons|
|Tottenham ambitions bigger than beating Arsenal, says Kane|
|Xavi wins first trophy with Al Sadd|
|Rule change helps Poulter keep PGA Tour card|
|Sauber to switch to Honda power|
|Klitschko sees Joshua as ´vulnerable´ despite dramatic Wembley loss|
|I wasn´t obsessed with goal drought, says Barcelona star Suarez|
|I can knockout anyone - Joshua revels in stunning Klitschko triumph|
|Alba frustrated but commits future to Barcelona|
|Pique: I have the most fun at Espanyol and Real Madrid|
|Gomez makes MLB history with cycle|
|Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Capitals facing 2-0 hole to champions Penguins|
|MLS Review: Kaka scores on return for Orlando, Sounders complete three-goal comeback|
|Gimenez doubtful for Madrid clash due to adductor injury|
|Wenger warns Tottenham they could lose stars due to wage structure|
|Devils win NHL Draft lottery, Flyers picking second|
|Klitschko wants rematch after Joshua loss|
|Joshua warns he will only get better as he eyes Fury after Wembley classic|
|Wade´s future with Bulls unclear, wants to see plan before making decision|
|Diamondbacks´ Miller to undergo Tommy John surgery|
|Zurich Classic leaders Blixt and Smith move clear|
|Back-to-back hat-tricks for Bridge but Read injury mars Crusaders´ day|
|Luis Enrique: Barcelona will give everything in pursuit of titles|
|Joshua knocks out Klitschko in Wembley epic|
29. April 2017
|BREAKING NEWS: Joshua beats Klitschko at Wembley|
|Toulon secure play-off berth, Clermont climb into top two|
|Manchester City boss Guardiola rues absence of ´special´ Jesus|
|I don´t get tired of praising these players - Simeone revels in Atletico Madrid´s rampant form|
|Pro12 top four all-but decided after Ospreys defeat Ulster|
|I could have scored more goals! - Bayern legend Lahm reflects on remarkable career|
|Espanyol 0 Barcelona 3: Suarez brace, Rakitic strike sends Luis Enrique´s side to the top|
|Bayern players celebrate Bundesliga success|
|Tigers thrash Warriors to reclaim top spot|
|Siegemund ousts Halep to return to Stuttgart final|
|Dyche delight as ´outstanding´ Burnley finally win away|
|Ancelotti thanks Bayern Munich ´family´ after securing Bundesliga title|
|Bumrah keeps his cool as Mumbai edge Super Over thriller|
|Championship Review: Brighton shocked, Wigan relegated, Redknapp works his magic|
|Short admits his role in Sunderland relegation|
|Crystal Palace 0 Burnley 2: Barnes and Gray seal long-awaited first away win|
|Las Palmas 0 Atletico Madrid 5: Gameiro strikes twice in resounding win|
|Wolfsburg 0 Bayern Munich 6: Ancelotti´s men clinch title in style|
|Hughes preaches patience with Berahino, Bilic forgives Calleri rabona|
|Svitolina and Mertens set for Istanbul showdown|
|Silva lauds Jakupovic penalty save as vital moment in Hull´s bid for survival|
|Vardy urged to ´finish on a high´ after firing Leicester to brink of safety|
|Zidane hails Marcelo, Carvajal as two of world´s top full-backs|
|Tigers close in on semis, Sarries duo bow out on a high|
|Monaco 3 Toulouse 1: PSG thrashing forgotten as Mbappe and Lemar seal spirited win|
|Marvellous Mladenovic ends Sharapova comeback|
|Dortmund get two days off ahead of huge Hoffenheim match|
|Madrid dug deep in our soul, says match-winner Marcelo|
|Moyes: It´s my worst day in football|
|Nadal cruises into 10th Barcelona final|
|WATCH: Subotic leads ´yellow wall´ chants after helping Cologne draw at Dortmund|
|Pouille to face red-hot Bedene in Budapest final|
|Southampton 0 Hull City 0: Jakupovic´s last-gasp penalty save preserves vital point|
|Sunderland relegated after 10 years in Premier League|
|Real Madrid 2 Valencia 1: Marcelo the hero after Ronaldo misses penalty|
|Sunderland 0 Bournemouth 1: Late King goal confirms hosts´ relegation|
|Stoke City 0 West Ham 0: Butland secures point for Potters|
|West Brom 0 Leicester City 1: Vardy fires Foxes closer to safety|
|RB Leipzig 0 Ingolstadt 0: Stalemate leaves Bayern on the brink of glory|
|Hamilton forecasts tough test for Mercedes|
|Borussia Dortmund 0 Cologne 0: Stoger brings BVB back to earth|
|Lions maintain fine form, Chiefs pushed by Sunwolves|
|Torino star Belotti unperturbed by excessive price tag|