Hawks And Blues Win In Overtime – NHL Roundup For May 1st
UNDATED (AP) — The first two games of the Stanley Cup playoffs went into overtime before the home team prevailed.
Bryan Bickell scored at 16:35 of the extra session as the Chicago Blackhawks topped Minnesota 2-1. Corey Crawford handled 26 shots and blanked the Wild after Cal Clutterbuck scored 4:48 into the game.
Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) scored the game-tying goal for the Hawks, who are seeking their fifth Stanley Cup and second in four years.
Wild goaltender Josh Harding stopped 35 shots while starting in place of Niklas Backstrom, who suffered a left leg injury during warmups.
A giveaway by reigning Stanley Cup MVP Jonathan Quick allowed St. Louis to score a short-handed goal and beat Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime. Quick was trying to retrieve a loose puck behind his net when Alex Steen swept in and stole it before scoring on a wraparound at 13:26 of OT.
Quick was otherwise outstanding, making 35 saves in regulation and allowing the Kings to stay in the game long enough for Justin Williams to tie it with 31.6 seconds left in regulation.
Last night's other playoff series opener went to Anaheim as Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo seh-LAH'-nee) scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period of the Ducks' 3-1 win over Detroit. Nick Bonino also notched a power-play goal for the Ducks, who didn't seal the victory until Francois Beauchemin (BOH'-sheh-mihn) scored an empty-netter.
Jonas Hiller made 21 saves and was perfect after Daniel Cleary tied the game 1-1 late in the first period.
UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract. They gave him the contract despite the fact that injuries limited Hornqvist to four goals and 10 assists in 24 games this season. Hornqvist scored 30 goals in 2009-10 to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach that benchmark. He ranks eighth on the franchise's all-time list in power-play goals and is 10th in overall goals with 84.
In other hockey news:
— Brian Rolston has retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams. The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12.