From one impossible comeback, a big upset and a hard-fought duel, the Chase for the Cup started off with a bang, and it looks like the six teams that took the ice on Wednesday should be prepared for more tough games ahead.
Here are the recaps from the games that took place on Wednesday, April 11. Be sure to check out more of our in-depth Associated Press recaps and previews.
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
PITTSBURGH — Jakub Voracek has no idea how good the Philadelphia Flyers could be if they played 60 full minutes, or beyond.
At the moment, it's hardly necessary. Read the complete story here.
Nashville Predators 3, Detroit Red Wings 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Red Wings insisted they wanted the chance to open the postseason on the road. The Nashville Predators have given them a rude reminder of how tough life away from Detroit can be.
Gabriel Bourque scored two goals in his postseason debut, and Nashville held onto home-ice advantage by beating Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday night to open their Western Conference playoff series. Read the complete story here.
Los Angeles Kings 4, Vancouver Canucks 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A fortunate bounce gave the Los Angeles Kings a win over Vancouver.
Dustin Penner scored the winning goal with 3:14 left in the third period to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in the opener of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday night. Read the complete story here.