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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are officially underway! And the first night of games did not dissapoint.

Wednesday night's saw three games on the slate, with the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Columbus Blue Jackets fulfilling their death wish in the last week of the regular season to play the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Anaheim Ducks holding on versus the Dallas Stars by the skin of their teeth.


Montreal @ Tampa Bay: 5 - 4 (OT)

Dale Weise snapped home the OT-winner with just under two minutes to go in the first overtime period, giving the Habs the 1-0 lead in the series and stealing home-ice advantage back from the Lightning.




Columbus @ Pittsburgh: 3 - 4

Oh, the Penguins. Did we not all see this coming or what? Again, it's the defense and the goalie that has cast some serious doubts on the Penguins' chances in the postseason, as the Jackets made quite a game of the contest. But Bret Sutter did score the winner in the third period, and the Pens held on for the 1-0 lead in the series. If Sergei Bobrovsky can fine-tune his play just a little bit more, the Jackets have a series chance of puling off the upset.



Dallas @ Anaheim: 3- 4 

Being the #1 seed in the West, the Anaheim Ducks certainly looked like it through the first two periods of play versus the Stars. The Ducks built up a 4-0 lead through the first and second periods, but the Stars charged all the way back to come within a goal of completing the comeback and tying the game. Tyler Seguin scored in the third period to make the game 4-3, and in doing so he tied his postseason goal-scoring total from all of last year with the Bruins. In 22 playoff games. But in the end, the Ducks held on in the final minutes to go up 1-0 in the series.

Mark Burke 4/17/2014 02:06:00 PM Edit

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