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            ***** National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules *****
                             (Thursday, April 17th)
                   Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1
 New  York, NY  ( - Henrik Lundqvist stopped 14 shots and the
 New  York Rangers  used a  strong third  period  to take  a 4-1  win over  the
 Philadelphia  Flyers in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
 The  Rangers got a pair of power-play goals off a Jason Akeson double-minor in
 the  third period,  and used a smothering defense to limit the Flyers' chances
 and  take a  1-0 lead in this  best-of-seven series. Game 2 will take place on
 Sunday  afternoon  at Madison  Square  Garden.  Brad  Richards posted  a  goal
 and  two  assists  while  Derek  Stepan,  Mats  Zuccarello  and  Carl  Hagelin
 all  lit  the lamp  for  New  York, which  got  two  assists from  late-season
 addition Martin St. Louis. This was New York's first postseason win at Madison
 Square  Garden against  Philadelphia since  Apr. 12,  1987, in  Game 4  of the
 Patrick  Division Semifinals.  Philadelphia  had  to play  the  game with  Ray
 Emery   in  goal,  as  starter  Steve  Mason  suffered  an  upper-body  injury
 in  Saturday's  game against  Pittsburgh  and  was  held  out of  the  opener.
 Appearing  the playoffs  for the  first time  since 2011  with Anaheim,  Emery
 turned  away  22-of-23 shots in  the first two periods,  but then let up three
 goals  on  13 shots  in the  third. Andrew  MacDonald scored  the only goal of
 the  game for the  Flyers, who are back in the playoffs after missing out last
                   Final Score: St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 (3-OT)
 St.  Louis, MO ( - Alexander Steen scored the game-winner 26
 seconds  into triple overtime, as the St. Louis Blues battled back to beat the
 defending  Stanley Cup  champion Chicago  Blackhawks 4-3  in Game  1 of  their
 Western Conference Quarterfinal series at Scottrade Center. St.  Louis  seemed
 destined  to drop  Game 1  as it  trailed by  a goal  late in  regulation, but
 Jaden  Schwartz  found the equalizer  with 1:45 left in  the third to force an
 extra  session.  After a  pair  of  entertaining  overtimes, Steen  ended  the
 longest game in Blues history when he scored from point-blank range off a nice
 set  up from Steve  Ott to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven set.
 Adam  Cracknell and  Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who dropped
 their  final six regular-season games to fall into second place in the Central
 Division  heading into  the postseason.  Ryan  Miller allowed  three goals  on
 seven  shots in the  first period but turned aside the final 35 shots he faced
 to help St. Louis hang on for the victory. Brent  Seabrook  notched a goal and
 an  assist, while  Johnny Oduya and Patrick  Kane potted a goal apiece for the
 Blackhawks,  who  received 48 saves from  Corey Crawford. Game 2 is slated for
 Saturday in St. Louis.
                   Final Score: Colorado 5, Minnesota 4 (OT)
 Denver,  CO (  - Paul  Stastny tied  the game  in the  final
 seconds  of  regulation, then  scored the  winner in  overtime as the Colorado
 Avalanche  took  a 5-4 win over  the Minnesota Wild  in Game 1 of this Western
 Conference  Quarterfinal  series. Stastny scored  with 13.4 seconds showing on
 the  clock in  regulation, then gave the  Avalanche a 1-0 lead in the best-of-
 seven  series with his marker at 7:27 in overtime. On the winner, Tyson Barrie
 kept  the  puck in at  the left  point and was  able to elude Jason Pominville
 before   pushing   the  puck  to  the   low  left  side.  From  there,  Nathan
 MacKinnon  picked up the  puck and skated around the right side where his pass
 was  one-timed in  by Stastny  for  the win.  Jamie McGinn  and Ryan  O'Reilly
 each  posted  a  goal  and  an  assist for  the  Avalanche,  who  are  in  the
 playoffs for the first  time since 2010 thanks to their  first  division title
 since  the 2002-03  season. Gabriel Landeskog also had a goal. Semyon Varlamov
 made 29 saves for Colorado, which had the second-fewest points in the NHL last
 season.  Charlie  Coyle, Ryan Suter,  Kyle Brodziak  and Erik Haula scored for
 the  Wild,  who are  back in the  playoffs for a  second straight season after
 missing  out  four straight  years.  Zach  Parise  had  two assists  and  Ilya
 Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots for Minnesota, which took the top wild card spot in
 the Western Conference. Game 2 of the series is Saturday in Denver.
                     Final Score: San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3
 San  Jose, CA ( - A pre-game power outage at SAP Center left
 the San Jose faithful sitting in the dark as they waited for Thursday's Game 1
 to  start.  Thankfully for the  home crowd, the Sharks  lit the lamp early and
 often. Tomas  Hertl  and Patrick Marleau  scored 48 seconds  apart late in San
 Jose's  three-goal first  period  and Antti  Niemi notched  31  saves, as  the
 Sharks  secured  a 6-3 win  over the  Los Angeles Kings  in the opener of this
 Western  Conference Quarterfinal  series.  Joe Thornton  also  tallied in  the
 first, while Raffi Torres and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each scored in the second to
 give  the Sharks a  5-0 lead. The Kings finally came to life with a three-goal
 third period, but Niemi made just  enough saves  down the stretch before Brent
 Burns  buried  an empty-netter in  the final minute  to ensure the Sharks drew
 first  blood in  this best-of-seven set. Vlasic, Hertl and Burns each added an
 assist,  while James Sheppard  picked up a pair of helpers for the Sharks, who
 were  bounced  from last  year's playoffs by  the Kings in  seven games in the
 semifinals.  Jake Muzzin, Trevor Lewis and Slava Voynov supplied the goals for
 Los  Angeles, which  saw  goaltender  Jonathan Quick  chased  after giving  up
 five goals on 28 shots. Martin Jones stopped all four shots he faced in relief
 for  the Kings, who will look to escape San Jose with a series split when they
 play Game 2 on Sunday.
 04/18 01:50:36 ET