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Key moments from last night's NHL playoff action

A look at plays that changed the game during night one of the Stanley Cup playoffs

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QUICK'S GAFFE On their way to winning the Stanley Cup last year, Los Angeles swept St. Louis in the Western Conference semi-finals. The Blues were determined from the start of Game 1 to show the Kings this series would be different, peppering goalie Jonathan Quick with 14 first period shots, and a whopping total of 42. Game 1 was tied 1-1 after three periods only because of Quick's outstanding play.


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However, Game 1 will be remembered for Quick's gaffe midway through the first overtime. Alex Steen stole the puck from Quick behind the net and scored a short-handed goal to give the Blues a 2-1 win.


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BRILLIANT BACKUP The series got off to a bad start for Minnesota even before it began. Already missing Jason Pominville due to an injury, the Wild lost starting netminder Niklas Backstrom who injured his leg during warmups. Enter Josh Harding. Despite playing in just five games this year, the 28-yeal-old was brilliant, stopping 35 of 37 shots.

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Unfortunately for the Wild, the 37th shot beat Harding as Blackhawks' forward Bryan Bickell slid the puck past the Minnesota goalie 16:35 into the first overtime period to give Chicago the 2-1 win.


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SPECIAL TEAMS The final game of the night was also a low-scoring affair, with every goal, (save one empty-netter) coming on the power play. Daniel Cleary tied the game 1-1 in the first, setting the stage for the oldest Duck to shine.

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With Jakub Kindl in the box, 42-year old Teemu Selanne broke the tie early in the third and Anaheim went on to take Game 1 over Detroit 3-1.


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