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.
20. September 2017
|Solomona focused on Sale rather than England return|
|‘Raging Bull’ Jake LaMotta dies aged 96|
|Chelsea confident of recruitment compliance amid FIFA investigation|
|Brighton seal permanent signing of Newcastle keeper Krul|
|Louw, Nkosi and Schreuder get Springboks call|
|Perez donates 3m pesos to Mexico earthquake fund|
|Injured Mathews out of opening Pakistan Test|
|Double leg break victim Rossi to attempt incredible Aragon GP return|
|Barcelona condemn Spanish crackdown on Catalonia independence vote|
|Muguruza marches past Puig, Pliskova and Kerber progress in Tokyo|
|Benzema seals Real Madrid stay until 2021|
|Smith defends captaincy ahead of landmark ODI|
|Perisic promised Inter can match Manchester United|
|The race is on - Aubameyang lays down Lewandowski challenge|
|Cristiano Ronaldo´s Real Madrid return confirmed|
|Bellew tells Haye ´I oblige you´|
|Mbappe can prove he´s ready for Madrid at PSG - Morientes|
|Five-year ban for Pakistan batsman Latif|
|PSG ´destroyed the market´ with Neymar and Mbappe - Elber|
|Bulldogs chairman says sacked Hasler will not be compensated|
|Coutinho withdrawal inspired Leicester to victory, claims Shakespeare|
|Windies opener Brathwaite cleared to bowl|
|Valverde hopes Suarez benefits from Eibar rest|
|Wilshere returning to his best form - Wenger|
|Yankees, Cardinals keep pace in postseason race|
|Klopp: Liverpool are still a good football team|
|Pochettino hails ´top player´ Alli|
|Messi from ´another planet´, says Semedo|
|James performance pleases Ancelotti|
|Gordon´s homer breaks MLB single-season home run record|
|Spieth feeling good ahead of Tour Championship|
|Thomas unsurprised by stunning season|
|Lakers confirm Bogut signing|
|Maestro Messi brings up 300 Camp Nou goals|
|Saints trade 2015 first-round pick Anthony to Dolphins|
|Messi is extraordinary – Valverde hails Barcelona star|
|Inter eyeing Champions League return - Eder|
|UCI reduces Grand Tour team sizes|
|Klopp ´sick´ of conceding as Liverpool tumble out of EFL Cup|
|Hodgson urges caution over Souare handling|
|Gasquet stunned by Istomin in Metz|
19. September 2017
|Barcelona 6 Eibar 1: Majestic Messi leads romp with four goals for LaLiga leaders|
|Burnley 2 Leeds United 2 (aet, 3-5 pens): Lonergan the penalty hero as Championship leaders cause cu|
|Matic and Fellaini have never been this good – Mourinho tells Carrick, Herrera to be patient|
|I´m the first to trust young players - Conte defends Chelsea youth record|
|Inconsistent Windies disappoint Holder|
|Bairstow pleased to take ODI chance|
|Tottenham 1 Barnsley 0: Alli sees off stubborn Tykes|
|Bologna 1 Inter 1: Contentious Icardi spot-kick maintains Spalletti´s unbeaten run|
|Leicester City 2 Liverpool 0: Okazaki, Slimani dump Klopp´s men out of EFL Cup|
|Schalke 0 Bayern Munich 3: James scores on first Bundesliga start|
|Atletico benefiting from competition of fringe players - Simeone|
|England centurion Bairstow ends West Indies´ World Cup hopes|
|Manchester City have got two players for every position - Delph|
|Peng digs deep to avoid Guangzhou upset|
|Youzhny and Troicki battle through in St. Petersburg|
|Rossi close to Aragon return after completing 20 laps|
|Bayern could say they don´t need me – Lewandowski accepts football´s cut-throat nature|
|PGA Tour releases 2017-18 schedule|
|Wasps dealt blow as Cipriani ruled out for 12 weeks|
|Montella to keep on rotating as he plans for long season|
|Billionaire investor announces he is ´done´ funding Hamburg|
|Van Vleuten leads Dutch one-two in Bergen time trial|
|World Cup success Gibson´s top priority with South Africa|
|Philander sidelined for first Bangladesh Test|
|Wenger confirms Welbeck groin injury|
|Ljungberg sad to leave Wolfsburg|
|Ferdinand, McGregor and Curry - Sport´s most notable crossover stars|
|Will Bellew put pen to paper? - Haye claims terms for rematch agreed|
|Messi has his story, I have mine - Dybala plays down compatriot comparisons|