By Brian Willwerth
A recap of Wednesday night’s action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
In Washington, The Capitals’ Alexander Semin scored with 1:36 left in overtime to give the top seed in the East a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers, and a 1-0 lead in the series. Jason Arnott stole a clearing pass and set up Semin, who one-timed it past Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
It was the Marc-Andre Fleury show in Pittsburgh. The Penguins’ goalie turned aside all 32 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Alex Kovalev and Arron Asham scored 18 seconds apart in the third period to give Pittsburgh some breathing room. The Pens lead the series, 1-0.
Speaking of shutouts, there was also one in Vancouver. Roberto Luongo made 32 saves as the top-seeded Canucks defeated the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0. Christopher Higgins and Jannik Hansen scored in the first period, and Luongo made it stand up the rest of the way.
In Detroit, the Red Wings scored three goals in the second period, and made it stand up against the Phoenix Coyotes. 4-2 was the final. Game 2 is set for Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.
The only road team to win Wednesday night was the Nashville Predators, who stole home-ice advantage away from the Anaheim Ducks with a 4-1 victory in Game 1. Mike Fisher had a pair of goals for Nashville. The Predators have never won a playoff series, but they have the early advantage in this one.