Friday, April 11
Philadelphia at Washington (7 p.m. EDT). Alexander Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 65 goals and 112 points, makes his playoff debut as the Capitals host the Flyers.

-Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings, broke a tie at 6:54 of the third period and added an empty-net goal, lifting Detroit to a 3-1 win over Nashville.
-Brendan Morrow and Marty Turco, Stars. Morrow had a goal and two assists and Turco had 23 saves to lead Dallas to a 4-0 win at Anaheim.
-Evgeni Nabokov, Sharks, stopped all 21 shots he faced in San Jose's 2-0 win over Calgary.

San Jose evened its first-round series with Calgary at a game after a 2-0 win on Thursday night.

Dallas scored all of its goals on the power play and beat defending champion Anaheim 4-0 in the opener of that first-round series. The Stars ended a six-game losing streak in Game 1s and took an opening game for just the second time in their past 10 tries.

Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn scored goals 1:28 apart in the opening minutes of their playoff debuts to help Montreal beat Boston 4-1 on Thursday night.

Detroit's Chris Chelios tied Patrick Roy's record by playing in his 247th playoff game on Thursday night and the 46-year-old defenseman extended his mark with 23 postseason appearances - two more than Ray Bourque and three more than a pack of five players, including Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman. Fellow defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom set a Red Wings record by playing in his 16th straight postseason, one more than Yzerman.

Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said Thursday that right wing Mark Parrish likely will have to sit out Game 2 against Colorado because of a head injury. Parrish was injured in the second period of the Wild's Game 1 loss on Wednesday night after colliding with Avalanche defenseman Ruslan Salei and hitting the boards. Parrish was taken to a local hospital for tests.

Defenseman Jason Smith practiced for the first time this week on Thursday and hopes to return from his upper-body injury for Game 1 of Philadelphia's playoff series against Washington. Smith, the team captain, missed the last game of the regular season and sat out a pair of practices this week.

Craig Leipold officially took over as owner of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, completing the purchase of the team from Bob Naegele in the middle of the first-round playoff series against Colorado. The NHL's Board of Governors unanimously approved the transaction, and Leipold said he doesn't have any immediate plans for sweeping changes. He said he would like to keep general manager Doug Risebrough, who has been mentioned as a possible replacement in Toronto.

``I was very upset about the officiating. I'll share those thoughts with the league and with the supervisor of the officials. I can't comment on how it affected my players. We had a good first period, and then there was a total imbalance in the second.'' - Calgary coach Mike Keenan after the Flames were whistled for six consecutive penalties during the second period of Thursday night's 2-0 loss to San Jose that tied the first-round series at a game.

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