BOSTON - The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk's wrist.
Just like that, on Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in the opener of the best-of-seven playoff series Friday night.
"We know we're good enough," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, "but it's one thing to know you're good enough and another thing to show it."
SAN JOSE, Calif. - 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.
With 52 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series.
"I'm very excited," Hertl said Friday. "It's my first game and my first goal in the playoffs. I'm very happy. It's a good game. I'm very happy, beating L.A."
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you're the best hockey player in the world.
DENVER - Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.
The first-year Colorado coach made some daring moves late in the game — like pulling his goaltender with 3:01 remaining — and yet the ploy worked out.
It's been that kind of season for Roy and his youthful squad.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks spent seven games struggling to get the puck past Jonathan Quick in a playoff loss a year ago.
Quick struggled to stop anything in the opener of the rematch.
Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the Sharks jumped on top of Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history and give the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carl Hagelin's contribution to the New York Rangers' playoff-opening win was etched all over his busted-up mouth.
Some efforts don't directly show up on the score sheet.
Hagelin took a high stick from Philadelphia's Jason Akeson with 7:35 left, and had his mouth cut open. That gave the Rangers a four-minute power play, and they made the most of it.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Power went out briefly at the SAP Center less than an hour before the scheduled start of Thursday night's playoff opener between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings.
A few thousand fans were in the arena when it went dark for a few seconds before emergency lights turned on.
About five minutes later, the lights came back on. Players later took the ice for warmups although there was none of the usual music over the loudspeaker.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest.
"It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard," Novak, 81, said in a telephone interview Thursday, after she released an open letter condemning remarks by Donald Trump and others about her appearance.
LONDON - With the crisis in Ukraine escalating by the day, the prospect of the Winter Olympics going to the former Soviet republic seems hard to imagine. Yet, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv hasn't given up on its bid for the 2022 Games.
Lviv remains among the five contenders in what is turning into a very unstable race, vying with Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; and Oslo.