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Flyers G Mason to sit out Game 2 vs. Rangers

Flyers G Steve Mason still not ready to play, will sit out Game 2 against Rangers
Ira Podell, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Steve Mason still isn't feeling well enough to play, so Ray Emery will be back in the net for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 against the New York Rangers.

Mason has been sidelined for a week because of an undisclosed upper-body injury after he was knocked over and hit his head on the ice against Pittsburgh. He and the Flyers have declined to say whether the goalie sustained a concussion.

Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2

Iron-jawed hero: Ryan Getzlaf has 2 points to lead Ducks past Stars 3-2 for a 2-0 series lead
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf wore the strain all over his exhausted face. In the past 51 hours or so, he had taken a slap shot to the jaw, attended the birth of his third child and propelled the Anaheim Ducks to two gritty playoff victories.

Getzlaf figures he has all summer to rest. He's too busy polishing his reputation as a dominant scorer and an equally formidable leader in another narrow win over the Dallas Stars.

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."

Flyers could have G Steve Mason back for Game 2

Flyers G Steve Mason practices alone, could be back for Game 2 vs. Rangers
Ira Podell, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.

Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion.

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.

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