Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Bryan Bickell's tally with 3:25 remaining in overtime lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal at United Center. Viktor Stalberg broke into the Minnesota zone on the right wing, and was joined by Bickell in a 2-on-1. The former dished across to the latter, who took one stride with the puck and scored the winner on the backhand through the pads of Josh Harding. Marian Hossa picked up the other score and Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots for the Blackhawks, who played the eighth OT game in their last nine postseason tilts dating back to a first-round loss to Vancouver two years ago. Cal Clutterbuck notched the lone score for the Wild. Subbing for normal starter Niklas Backstrom, who departed in warmups due to a leg injury, Harding ended up with 35 saves in defeat. Game 2 is set for Chicago on Friday night.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Alexander Steen scored twice, including the game-winner with 6:34 left in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the defending champion Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series from Scottrade Center. Steen scored a power-play goal in the first, and then added a short-handed tally in the extra session after Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick misplayed the puck behind his own net. Quick was pressured by Steen behind his own net and tried to play the disc off the end boards, but it bounced to the low right side, where Steen recovered it before stuffing the puck into the empty net to help the Blues draw first blood in this best-of-seven series. Brian Elliott stopped 28-of-29 shots for the Blues, who were swept by the Kings during the conference semifinals last season and dropped all three regular- season games against Los Angeles this year. The reigning Conn Smythe winner Quick posted 40 saves and Justin Williams scored LA's lone goal with 31.6 ticks left in regulation to force overtime.