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Rangers surge past Flyers to seize opener
Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener Thursday night.

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Rangers surge past Flyers to seize opener
Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener Thursday night.

Tarasenko back for Blues; Oshie sidelined
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko will play against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series on Thursday after missing the last 15 games with a hand injury, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Niemi starts in goal, Torres back for Sharks
Antti Niemi started in goal for the San Jose Sharks in the opener of their first-round playoff series against Los Angeles.

Power out briefly before Kings-Sharks game
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.

Ducks' Getzlaf to play after shot to head
A day after Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the head, the Ducks already had found the lighter side of a potentially disastrous playoff injury.

Penguins erase 2-goal deficit, top Jackets
Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Weise scores in OT, lifts Habs over Lightning
Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.

Bettman: We'll miss Shanahan in league office
Commissioner Gary Bettman will miss Brendan Shanahan, the Hall of Fame player and former head of player safety who recently took on the post of president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery
NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year.

Predators coach Trotz out after 15 seasons
Barry Trotz, the NHL's longest-tenured head coach with one team, will not be back for a 16th season with the Nashville Predators.

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