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Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0

Red Wings beat Bruins 1-0 in playoff opener as Pavel Datsyuk scores with 3:01 left
Howard Ulman, The Associated Press

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."

Hertl has impressive playoff debut for Sharks

Tomas Hertl has impressive playoff debut for Sharks in win over LA Kings
The Associated Press

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."

Penguins wary of Blue Jackets after Game 1 escape

Hit parade? Umberger's return figures to up physicality between Penguins and Blue Jackets
Will Graves, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you're the best hockey player in the world.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

Stastny scores OT winner after tying game late in regulation as Avs beat Wild 5-4 in opener
Pat Graham, The Associated Press

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.

Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

Healthy Hertl, Torres help spark Sharks to 6-3 win over Kings in playoff opener
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

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.

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

Steen gets winner at 26 seconds of third OT, Blues knock off Blackhawks 4-3
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

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.

Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1

Rangers score 3 goals in 3rd period, 2 on power play, to beat Flyers 4-1 in series opener
Ira Podell, The Associated Press

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.

Power briefly goes out ahead of Sharks-Kings game

Power briefly goes out at SAP Center ahead of Sharks-Kings opener in Stanley Cup playoffs
The Associated Press

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.

Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'

'Vertigo' star Kim Novak decries Oscar night jabs at her and Liza Minnelli's looks as bullying
Lynn Elber, The Associated Press

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.

Ukraine 2022 Olympic bid on hold but still alive

Lviv hasn't given up on bid for 2022 Winter Olympics despite crisis in Ukraine
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

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.

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