Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins made their limited chances count. Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Bruins - held without a shot in the second period - held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Marchand scored off the rebound of Patrice Bergeron's shot.
Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things - and just as importantly, doing all the right things - while watching Matt Murray take his job. Never complaining about playing time and doing his best to help the 22-year-old Murray adjust to the grind during his first full season in the NHL. The Penguins held on to Fleury at the trade deadline, keenly aware that the time may come when they would need him to coax a little more magic out of his No. 29 sweater.
Henrik Lundqvist got over his troubles with the Montreal Canadiens in a hurry. The New York goalie survived a shaky first period to make 31 saves in the Rangers' 2-0 victory Wednesday night in their playoff opener. It will be up to the Canadiens to come up with an answer in Game 2 on Friday night at Bell Centre, or risk heading to New York down two games in the best-of-seven series.
Doug Weight said he hadn't thought about whether he wanted to return as coach of the New York Islanders while the season was winding down, but hoped to make a quick decision. The Islanders announced Wednesday that Weight, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach in January, was a permanent hire. ''I talked about it a lot with friends and obviously my family, people within the organization,'' Weight said on a conference call with the Islanders' beat writers.
The Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks were the NHL's two most-penalized teams this season. A week ago, the Flames' captain seriously injured the Ducks' best defenseman, leading to a third period featuring 106 combined penalty minutes. ''We know the emotions are always going to be ramped up in a playoff series,'' Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said Wednesday.