Alex Steen stole the puck from goalie Jonathan Quick behind the net and scored a shorthanded goal to give the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night in St. Louis.
Steen scored unassisted on a backhander at 13:26 of overtime less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was whistled for a double-minor high sticking when he cut Dustin Penner.
Steen also scored on a power play in the first period for the Blues, who ended an eight-game losing streak against the team that swept them in the second round last spring.
Quick, last year’s Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP, made 35 saves in regulation, keeping the Kings in it for Justin Williams’s tying goal with 31.6 seconds left.
Before Steen’s shocker, the Kings had been on a roll, outshooting the Blues, 7-0, after a timeout.
The Kings outscored the Blues, 15-6, in the playoffs last season and 14-7 in three regular-season meetings. But they were thoroughly outplayed most of the way, rescued time and time again by Quick.
Williams’s 16th career playoff goal tied it at 1, not long after Quick, the former UMass star, was pulled for an extra attacker. Brian Elliot didn’t hug the post and missed with the glove on Williams’s shot.
Blackhawks 2, Wild 1 — Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and host Chicago beat Minnesota to start the playoffs on a winning note.
Corey Crawford settled down after allowing a weak goal early. Marian Hossa also scored, and the Blackhawks took the early lead in this first-round series.
The Blackhawks finally put this one away when Johnny Oduya chipped the puck off the boards up to Viktor Stalberg on the right side. Stalberg then dished it to Bickell on the two-on-one rush in front for the winner at 16:35.
The Blackhawks seemingly caught a break before the game when Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom was scratched because of a leg injury suffered in the pregame warm-ups.
Josh Harding replaced him and more than held his own after being limited to just five games following a multiple sclerosis diagnosis last summer. Harding made 35 saves.
Ducks 3, Red Wings 1 — Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period and Jonas Hiller made 21 saves as host Anaheim beat Detroit.
Nick Bonino also scored a power-play goal, and Francois Beauchemin added an empty-netter for the second-seeded Ducks. They hung on in the final minutes of the opener in just their second playoff series in four years.