- Associated Press - Friday, April 13, 2012

GLENDALE, ARIZ. (AP) - Martin Hanzal scored 9:29 into overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes opened the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Despite losing leading goal scorer Radim Vrbata to an injury early, Phoenix had a 2-1 lead after Taylor Pyatt and Antoine Vermette scored in the second period.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith stopped two shots without his stick during a power play in the third period, but Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook put a rebound past him with 14.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Hanzal barely nicked Adrian Aucoin’s shot on a redirect in overtime to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 is Saturday night in Arizona.

Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago in his first game back from a concussion.

SHARKS 3, BLUES 2, 2 OT

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Martin Havlat scored his second goal of the game 3:34 into the second overtime, giving San Jose a win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their series.

Andrew Desjardins tied it for San Jose with 5:16 in regulation, banging in a one-timer from the slot from Tommy Wingels, and Dan Boyle had two assists. Antti Niemi, who won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, made 40 saves.

Patrik Berglund scored his first two career playoff goals in the third period for the Blues, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

St. Louis swept the regular season series 4-0 for the first time since 1994-95 and lost only six games in regulation at home during the regular season. The Blues dropped the last two, however, to Phoenix and Columbus after clinching the Central Division.

BRUINS 1, CAPITALS 0, OT

BOSTON (AP) _ Chris Kelly scored on a long slap shot 1:18 into overtime.

Braden Holtby made 29 saves for the Capitals.

Tim Thomas stopped all 17 shots he faced for Boston.

The game was physical and scoreless until Thomas turned back a Washington attack early in the extra period. Brian Rolston dropped it for Benoit Pouliot to clear the zone and he pushed it up to Kelly, who slapped it over Holtby’s glove for the game-winner.

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