Alex Steen stole the puck from goalie Jonathan Quick behind the net and scored a short-handed goal to give the host St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Steen scored unassisted on a backhander at 13:26 of overtime less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was whistled for a double-minor high sticking when he cut Dustin Penner.
Steen also scored on a power play in the first period for the Blues, who ended an eight-game losing streak against the team that swept them in the second round last spring.
Quick, last year's Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP, made 35 saves in regulation, keeping the Kings in it for Justin Williams' tying goal with 31.6 seconds left.
Before Steen's shocker, the Kings had been on a roll, outshooting the Blues 7-0 after coach Darryl Sutter called a timeout. The Kings outscored the Blues 15-6 in the playoffs last season and 14-7 in three regular-season meetings. But they were thoroughly outplayed most of the way in Game 1, rescued time and time again by Quick including a few saves early on that he wasn't sure he'd made judging by the backward glances.
Williams' 16th career playoff goal tied it at 1, not long after Quick was pulled for an extra attacker. Brian Elliot didn't hug the post and missed with the glove on Williams' innocent-appearing shot from the right face-off circle.
Blackhawks 2, Wild 1: Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and host Chicago started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating Minnesota. Corey Crawford settled down after allowing a weak goal in the opening minutes. Marian Hossa also scored, and the Blackhawks took the early lead in this first-round series.
Game 2 is Friday at the United Center. The Blackhawks finally put this one away when Johnny Oduya chipped the puck off the boards to Viktor Stahlberg on the right side. Stahlberg then dished it to Bickell on the two-on-one rush in front for the winner.
Rolston retires: Brian Rolston retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams and helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup.
The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12.
As a rookie he helped the Devils win the Cup in the 1994-95 season. He also played for Colorado and Minnesota and completed his career with 342 goals, 419 assists and 761 points. His top offensive season was 2005-06 with the Wild -- 34 goals and 45 assists.