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Blues 2, Kings 1
For the second straight time, St. Louis stunned the goalie that stoned everyone last spring.
Barret Jackman said his eyes were closed when his first career playoff goal sailed past Jonathan Quick and into the net with 50.6 seconds to go in a win Thursday night. It gave the Blues a 2-0 series lead against defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles.
"He probably didn't think I was going to shoot, the way my hands are," Jackman said. "The building erupted and it's a pretty good feeling."
Quick knows he's to blame for the Kings' predicament. He was often spectacular in Game 1, but spoiled it with a stickhandling gaffe that led to Alex Steen's short-handed overtime goal. Quick thought he'd glove the puck on Jackman's innocent-appearing wrist shot.
"I've got to stop that. I've got to stop that," said Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient. "It's my fault. Two games in a row. I've got to be better."
Jackman, a rugged, stay-at-home type who totaled three goals and 12 points in the regular season, joined a rush and scored off a pass from Chris Stewart.
"A great little floater he sent to the net," said teammate Patrik Berglund, who tied it earlier in the third period. "A great screen so he couldn't see it."
Berglund's deflection tied it early in the third period for St. Louis, which was swept by the Kings in the second round last season while getting outscored 15-6.
"We stole one there," said forward David Perron, who assisted on the first goal. "The biggest thing is to come back as soon as we can to Earth and get ready for Game 3."
Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who'll try to rebound in Game 3 Saturday night.
"It's our own fault that we're in this position," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We've been fully prepared for their game, fully prepared for what they're going to do against us, and we just haven't stepped up to the plate.
"Tonight was a better effort, but we were only good for two periods."
The Kings led 3-0 in every playoff series last year and are down 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2002, when they lost in seven games to Colorado.
"It's four games to win a series, so we've just got to focus on the next one," Brown said. "We've got to take care of our home ice. That's it."
Senators 4, Canadiens 2
Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance in Game 1. Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored early in the third period to lift the Senators into the lead.
Game 2 set for Friday night at the Bell Centre.
Erik Karlsson and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Senators, who were outshot 50-31 but saw Anderson easily win the goaltending duel with Carey Price, who was beaten twice through the pads.
Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher replied for Montreal, which set a team record for shots in a regulation-time playoff game.
Montreal center Lars Eller was wheeled off on a stretcher bleeding heavily from the nose and was taken to a hospital with what the team said were head and facial injuries after he was caught with a shoulder to the face on an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.
Red Wings 5, Ducks 4 (OT)
Gustav Nyquist's power-play goal at 1:21 of overtime after the Red Wings blew a three-goal lead in the third period to even their playoff series with Anaheim.
Johan Franzen scored two goals and Damien Brunner had his first Stanley Cup playoff goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who survived a third-period collapse with a timely goal from Nyquist.
Bobby Ryan scored the tying goal with 2:22 left in regulation for the Ducks, who also got goals from captain Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri while erasing Detroit's 4-1 lead with a phenomenal surge in the final minutes.
Game 3 is Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Bruins Ference suspended
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended for one game by the NHL for an illegal check to Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski's head during Game 1 of their first-round series.
No penalty was called on the hit midway through the first period in the Bruins' 4-1 victory. Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston.