ST. LOUIS — 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.
“It’s big. We want to start this series off on a good note,” Steen said. “Especially at home in front of our fans.”
Ryan Miller blanked the Blackhawks after Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway to put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period and Jaden Schwartz tied it with 1:45 to go in regulation.
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St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie from Everett was a scratch with an upper-body injury.
Game 2 is Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.
At Rangers 4, Flyers 1
Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period as New York stretched its home winning streak over rival Philadelphia to nine games.
At Avalanche 5, Wild 4 (OT)
Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting Colorado over Minnesota in their playoff opener. Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn added goals for Colorado.
At Sharks 6, Kings 3
Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates as San Jose jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and rival Los Angeles in their playoff opener.