• Smith brothers to meet in playoffs for 1st time

    April 18, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) - Growing up in Toronto's Mimico neighborhood, Brendan and Reilly Smith never played organized hockey together. Just everything else.''We were always playing mini sticks or road hockey or shinny on the ice out on the rink, stuff like that,'' Brendan Smith said. ''We were always playing with or against each other.''

  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

    April 18, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought.Miller allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period, then shut the door on the Chicago Blackhawks to pave the way for Alexander Steen's deciding goal in an epic 4-3, triple-overtime Game 1 victory on Thursday night.

  • Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

    April 18, 2014

    DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.Instead, he stuck around to help the Avalanche end a four-year playoff drought.

  • NHL Playoff Capsules

    April 18, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history.

  • Power briefly goes out ahead of Sharks-Kings game

    April 17, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - 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.