Ice Hockey - Blackhawks open series with win over Wild

Bryan Bickell scored in overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win in their NHL play-off game against Minnesota Wild.

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Chicago Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell (R) celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Minnesota Wild (Reuters)

Blackhawks 2, Wild 1 (overtime)

Bickell took a pass from Viktor Stalberg alone in the slot and slid a backhand shot around Josh Harding 16:35 into overtime to give the hosts a comeback victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Marian Hossa scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who trailed 1-0 early and managed only six shots in the opening period. Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots, including seven in overtime.

Cal Clutterbuck scored in his first career playoff game for the Wild. Harding, who was sidelined for most of the regular season due to complications treating his multiple sclerosis, made 35 saves in his first start since Jan. 30 after Niklas Backstrom was injured during pre-game warmups.

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Blues 2, Kings 1 (overtime)

Alex Steen scored a power-play goal in regulation and a short-handed tally at 13:26 of overtime as hosts St. Louis took the opener of their Western Conference first-round series against Los Angeles.

Less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk received a double-minor for high-sticking, Jonathan Quick went behind his net to collect the puck and set up a rush.

Steen came rushing in and forced Quick to misplay the puck before grabbing it near the left post and backhanding it into the vacant net.

Shattenkirk notched an assist and Brian Elliott made 28 saves for the fourth-seeded Blues, who had lost eight consecutive meetings with the Kings - including last season's second-round play-off series.

St. Louis host Game Two on Thursday.

Justin Williams scored and Quick turned aside 40 shots for fifth-seeded Los Angeles.

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Ducks 3, Red Wings 1

Teemu Selanne scored his 42nd career post-season goal to snap a tie early in the third period as second-seeded Anaheim claimed Game One of its Western Conference first-round series against visiting Detroit.

Nick Bonino also scored on the power play and defenseman Francois Beauchemin sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

Jonas Hiller turned aside 21 shots for the Pacific Division champion Ducks, who host the seventh-seeded Red Wings in Game Two on Thursday.

Dan Cleary scored with the man advantage and Jimmy Howard finished with 24 saves for Detroit, which won its final four regular-season games to secure a 22nd consecutive play-off appearance.

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