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Tampa outlasts Jackets in 5OT in Game 1

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TORONTO (AP) By the time he launched the last shot, Brayden Point was just trying to do anything he could to end the fourth-longest game in NHL history.

"I just see a rolling puck and I just throw it on net," Point said after scoring 10:27 into the fifth overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their playoff opener Tuesday.

"I'm not really aiming," he added. "Just sling one there and lucky enough it finds a corner."


Lehner beats 'Hawks as Vegas wins Game 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Shea Theodore and William Carrier scored 2:17 apart midway through the second period, Robin Lehner made 19 saves against his former team, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoffs first-round matchup on Tuesday night.

Reilly Smith scored twice in the third period as the top-seed in the Western Conference kept their scoring outburst from the round-robin seeding games going in the playoff opener. The Golden Knights scored 15 goals in the three seeding games and didn't slow down against the Blackhawks.


Dube nets 2, Flames edge Stars in opener

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Rasmus Andersson snapped a tie after Dillon Dube scored twice in the first period for the confident Calgary Flames, who beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series Tuesday.

"It feels good. You can feel the chemistry in the room and the trust between the guys," Flames defenseman TJ Brodie said. "It definitely feels different than previous years."


Bruins-Canes postponed after 5OT game

As the Boston Bruins watched from their locker room at the Scotiabank Arena, waiting for the previous game to end so they could take the ice, the players began rooting for someone - anyone - to score.

And to think: They said these Stanley Cup playoffs wouldn't have fans.


Trotz, Islanders face Caps in 1st round

Barry Trotz famously told the then-defending champion Washington Capitals two years ago any future title runs would go through Long Island.

Toronto will have to do.


Underdog Coyotes ready to take on Avs

Eight long seasons. Finally Arizona Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson is back skating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The last time Ekman-Larsson suited up for a playoff contest was the spring of 2012, when the Coyotes reached the Western Conference final. Facing the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of Wednesday's first-round series in Edmonton has been a long time coming.


No. 1 seed Flyers set to meet Canadiens

Alain Vigneault often has a dash of James Bond in him when he closes his news conferences.

"I'm going to have a martini," Vigneault says, "and enjoy the win."


Bigger Blues to face quicker Canucks

Hockey is trending to look like the Vancouver Canucks, with smaller players and more skill, speed and offense.

That didn't stop the big, heavy St. Louis Blues from bruising their way to the Stanley Cup last season and to the top of the Western Conference when the NHL season halted in March.


Pens GM Rutherford aims to retool roster

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jim Rutherford is not ready to blow up the core that's led the Pittsburgh Penguins to three Stanley Cups in a little more than a decade.

Still, the longtime general manager understands there's some serious retooling necessary following a second straight playoff flameout.


Rangers win lottery, shot at Lafreniere

The New York Rangers got a timely assist with their rebuilding efforts.

New York won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery, giving the franchise a shot at selecting winger Alexis Lafreniere.

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